Lost Girl, Changeling’s Champion, secrets, self discovery, and abandonment.

Lost Girl a story about a fey child raised in the human world without the benefit of knowing what she is, how to control it, and who she is.  A world of secrets within secrets, a hidden fey world within and kept from the human one, secrets within friend groups and alliances that are not as honest or secure in this dangerous world as they seem to be.  Bo much fight through unknown territory to find herself and a place she belongs.

Changeling’s Champion (as it is not so likely my classmates have read this, I will bring a few copies tomorrow) is a story about Holly a fey child stolen from her family and soul-mate at her birth by the Unseleighe court to unseat the reign of the man she would marry.  She is sent into the human world and guarded over by Prince Ari’s enemies. He struggles with his own identity, destiny, political world, and finding the woman who can make him feel whole again.

In both stories the main characters must chose to challenge the easy path, they must solve riddles and often find themselves faced with deceit and betrayal on the part of their enemies and in some cases closest friends.  Both must fight on in the face of a overwhelming sense of abandonment and lack of identity.  In both of these stories the humans, while effected by the actions of the Fey world,  knows nothing of the machinations that actually control their world. Bo and Ari must fight also against their own natures to win their truth.

Do these stories resonate with modern United States cultures because of a loss of belonging, the idea that you can be true to yourself or get ahead, suppression of self interest, and an underlying belief that the world is controlled by forces beyond the control of the ordinary human? I will grant of course that most Americans do not necessarily believe that there is a secret fey ruled order organizing their world, but at the same time the sense of disenfranchisement and feeling that the real power to change the world in not in the hands of the ‘average Joe’ is very pervasive.  Here are powerful champions struggling to find their place in the world.  Levi-Strauss suggests that the stories of a culture reveal the truth of the culture.