Tuesday, 13 October 2009

You Don't Expect To Come Across Political Analysis...

..in an article on dragon sex in science fiction:
Cross is doing something tricky with her dragon sex. She's talking about those uncontrollable, giant forces that I mentioned earlier in connection with Jones' book. But instead of her dragons standing in for adult sexual relationships, they stand in for the often-abusive relationships between aristocrats and peasants. She uses weird scenes of these dragons jabbing their venom-laced tongues deep inside our heroine's special spot to show us how peasants are debased by their aristocratic overlords. At the same time, the peasants are made complicit in their degradation because they crave the high they get from the dragon venom. So Cross' dragons stand in for the overwhelming desire people have for power over each other. Power that gives them the right to enslave, rape, and rule over other people.
Errr, if you say so, love...

3 comments:

Clarissa said...

One for Pseuds Corner me thinks...

JuliaM said...

Indeed!

David Gillies said...

Thanks for reading that bloody nonsense so I didn't have to.

I remember reading Dragonflight aged 11 or so and even then thinking that Anne McCaffrey probably needed a bloody good rogering.