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Friday, February 25th, 2005

    Time Event

    Original poster: bant

    Here I am travelling to Escapade and will be on holiday for the next week. I totally forgot to do my recs for TPM. So sorry. I will try and post later.

    Bonding Universe by Anne Higgins

    Original poster: raina_at

    Title: Bonding Universe
    Author: Anne Higgins
    Rating: Anne Higgins calls it 'sex', I'd give it R
    Pairing: Q/O
    Warnings: there's no chan, but it gnaws on the edges.
    Author's e-mail, web site and/or LJ id:;
    Her homepage, as far as I know, she doesn't have a lj.
    Link to story: Bonding through the Years, Bonding Universe Part 1
    Bedrest is Boring, Bonding Universe Part 2
    Care and Feeding of a Bondmate, Bonding Universe Part 3
    Reasons for recommending: This is a true classic of the TPM fandom, one that is either loved or viewed a bit suspiciously in my experience. First of all, well, it's cute. Secondly, through much of this story, Obi-Wan is a child, but the relationship he and Qui-Gon have is nevertheless romantic in nature, even if sex is only a part of it once Obi-Wan is grown up.
    Why do I like it, then? Well, for one, I like the cuteness. I like Anne Higgins' writing style. I like the idea of a romance removed from the physical, that is purely spiritual in nature, and yet absolute, like only a child can love. And thirdly, it deals with a theme very close to my heart (*cough*): Fate versus Choice.
    In this story, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are destined to be together, they've got a fully formed soul bond from the very moment Obi-Wan is born, and there is nothing either of them can do about it. What fascinates me about the story is the contrast between Obi-Wan's easy acceptance of the bond (it's all he ever knew) and Qui-Gon's struggle to accept and embrace it. Anne Higgins could have done more to flesh this conflict out, but it's rudimentarily there, addressed in the question of whether if he'd had a choice, Qui-Gon would have chosen the bond. I would really like to see something written in this universe once (Anne Higgins has given it free to play with, as far as I know) that deals a bit more closely with that aspect.

    Quote from story: Quote from Bonding through the Years )

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