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'To love another person is to see the face of God' - Les Miserablés
'There's some good in this world... and it's worth fighting for' - The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers.
'This is why I love books... they jump into the abyss to be with you.' - John Green
@kaelbu For some reason I can't see anything inside your spoiler tags. Is this just me?
In the book:
So perhaps, the more interesting question is: what did Wickham do to Gigi?
thepiratequeenkt @polkwonder Super-late on the reply, but just because your friends (who possibly are struggling with infertility) haven't experienced something doesn't mean that it is impossible. This "my personal experience is X thus it must be true" line of argument is all-too-common in American public discourse and baffles me as a non-US resident, as personal opinion trumps evidence. If we are going to rely solely on personal experience, I can with certainly tell you that my personal experience (many years working in health care, including working with teens, victims of sexual assault, and providing prenatal care, etc) shows that there is a spectrum of fertility, and not everyone needs to "repeatedly go at it like rabbits" to get pregnant. I have met many, many women (mostly young women) who became pregnant after one-time or brief encounters.I completely agree that young people should be given accurate information on sexuality, but that information should include the fact that pregnancy is generally possible with any unprotected (hetero, vaginal) sexual intercourse. The rate per event may be low, such that for some couples repeated events increase the overall "success" rate, just as (if we're going with analogies) the chances of being hit by a bus while crossing the road is low but while your chances of being hit overall may increase if you dart across busy roads daily, that doesn't mean you shouldn't look for buses before stepping onto the road the first time...
I kind like the idea that in this iteration, Wickham doesn't actually do anything to Lydia's life. No sex tape, unexpected pregnancy, debt, whatever...it's much more subtle and at the same time a bit more terrible, that Lydia is in an emotionally abusive relationship with George, and that's all.Isn't that what the LBD is all about, moving things into a modern context but also allowing for more complexity in the characters? Lydia isn't just a airhead party girl, Charlotte is more than just Lizzie's plain friend, etc?Spoiler cut for excessively detailed speculation:Besides, the way I can see it playing out is that Lizzie, who is still a little bit mad a Lydia and not watching her videos, comes back from Pemberly to find Lydia seemingly happy in her relationship and a lot more settled, but over time realizes that Lydia's been reduced to pretty much a shadow of her old self. Once they realize exactly why, they try to get through to Lydia first. There's maybe two or three videos, posted on either Lydia's or Lizzie's account, where Lizzie, Jane, and Mary (maybe Mrs Bennett even expresses worry) all try to talk to Lydia and convince her that this goes beyond Wickham's history and "you don't trust me or want me to be happy!" But when they finally get Lydia to admit she should get out, the next posted video has Lydia sucked right back in, defending Wickham and acting like nothing's wrong. Maybe there's even a confrontation video with Wickham where he just sticks to his whole "I''m not doing anything wrong and you're just attacking me with nothing to stand on, so I'm not going anywhere" shtick. Finally, that's where Darcy steps in, gives Wickham a crapload of money to leave town, disappear, move to New York, whatever; he does this in a way that convinces Lizzie that he did it because he genuinely cared for Lydia's wellbeing, and when she finds out, that's what finally wins her over. After that...babies ever after?
[SPOILER]What's with the question mark for the next video?? I have a huge sinking feeling about this and as one youtube commentator said, 'like watching a car crash in slow motion'.
But it's really brilliant that the writers chose this route of abusive relationships rather than this huge scandal we were all speculating about because it's often this sort of relationship that leaves a deeper scar, especially when there are so many real-life cases that go on unnoticed.
And it's also really interesting to see the videos of both Lizzie's and Lydia's love lives (or in Lydia's case, an imaginary one) unfolding and you can clearly see the contrast between a healthy budding relationship and destructive abusive one. Because relationships aren't suppose to change who you are or at least if it does change you it should be something that makes you a better person. Like for example, Lizzie is still Lizzie though she realises the need to be more aware of other people's feelings. But Lydia is just a shadow of her former bubbly self. So whenever I hear the end credits of Lydia's video, the sound is so jarring with the contents of the video. And it makes it all the much sadder. Sigh... [/SPOILER]
I think it might be, it's all over her videos in the comments, and has it's own youtube channel...
All I wanted were the answers, but I still don't know the questions.
Well. Stuff has happened. On a related topic...
NOOOOOOO!!!!! DAMN YOU WICKHAM!!!
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