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Book Club: Golden Lily 15 & 16

Book Club Disclaimer:
Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)

THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.

Okay, team! Sorry for slacking off on you this weekend. Things were kind of insane. I'm getting my act together now, and we'll do two chapter today to make up for the ground we lost.

The Golden Lily, Chapter 15 & 16

Jill's "in love" with Sydney. Or at least infatuated with the way Sydney can wear burgundy trim on her uniform. Definitely one of the bond's more surprising side effects.

Lots of little things happen in 15, with the biggest being its ending, when Sydney gets pitched to by the Warriors of Light. Here we get everything out on the table. I made the Warriors both like and unlike the Alchemists, with whom they share a common origin. They've got that same obsession with darkness and light, though the Warriors skew it to very extreme and unstable levels. (This, by the way, echoes closely to some of the old myths about vampires in Eastern Europe, which also had a strong emphasis on the duality of life and death. Contrary to some sci-fi fan's ranting I read the other day, George Lucas did not, in fact, invent the concept of light vs. dark battles). Anyway. The Warriors have strayed from their kin in organization. They're far more haphazard, as we see. You'll find no color coding with them, and the Alchemists would never use an outdated Xerox machine. I like this contrast for a number of reasons, one being that it makes the Warriors a little more manageable for me as the author. If they were that hellbent on destruction and actually organized, they'd be a much bigger threat in the vampire world.

Chapter 16 continues with an analysis of the Warriors, picking up the thread from book 1 that suggests maybe Clarence isn't as crazy as people have believed. We also get our first mention of Marcus Finch, whom you'll all get to meet next week.

But the pinnacle of this chapter, is unquestionably, when Adrian gets the Mustang. I absolutely love this. When writing epic, starcrossed lovers, it's easy to fall into cliches. Everyone does it. So I just really love having this Mustang be a subplot in the "impossible odds are keeping us apart!" romance. It's so unexpected and ordinary...and yet not. And it's also a gesture of love that's so tuned into Sydney that it really shows just how much Adrian gets her. It's not generic flowers or a violinist showing up at her door. Sure, Adrian's getting something out of it too--he gets to be with her. But the fact he knew exactly how to get through to her is really telling of how they've advanced.

There's a lot of detail here about the Mustang. I've mentioned before that I know nothing about cars and have to do research. This was a huge one. I had to look up pictures and all the stats on various years in order to get seat covers, bumper shape, engine size, and all that just right for Sydney to talk about. It's all completely left my brain now, though.


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Feb. 5th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Something I've always wondered about the car. Is it (and the paint color in the apartment) yellow to match Sydney's aura?
Erin E Gerstung
Feb. 5th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
The Library scene where Jill is "in love" with Sydney thanks to the side effects of Adrian is my all-time favorite!! I don't think I've ever laughed so hard before. It's the small details like that, that just make my day. :)
Feb. 5th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
I believe chapter 16 was when I was having a character epiphany about Sydney. She was brought up in a close knit family that emphasized their black and white morality and traditionalist values. Being around the people she was taught to hate and seeing something so different from what she thought she knew slowly chips away at the walls she had built until she, little by little, lets herself change. She's still holding tight to an idea of right and wrong, she's just letting it expand. I could be totally off base, but it seemed to really parallel what a lot of young adults raised in a conservative Christian household go through. Being taught that certain things are just wrong, only to be surrounded by those things in college or work and realize that what you were told and what you're seeing doesn't add up. It's a hard transition and it stresses you out, but in the end you end up feeling much better about who you are with a less strict view of the world.
Feb. 5th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
I think these are great, and I love that you do them. They're like director's commentary for books. :)
Feb. 5th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
I love the Mustang subplot! So sweet!
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