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Reviewer: SORAL179 Signed [Report This]
Date: 05/19/2016 8:24 PM Title: Song of the Unwilling Bride

Another gem with two few reviews. The angle of tradition over adult bonding and the confusion about sexual purity for her versus Spock's unfaithfulness and how his lusts made her mad with desire. There are just so many angles this poem is worth re readi g repeatedly. 

Author's Response:

Glad you liked.  Indeed, this story/poem has gotten the fewest reviews of the lot, and I'm interested in how people interpret it.  The real villain, as I saw it, was the ruthless formality required of upper-class Vulcans (which obviously included Spock's family);  "It put value on my uncircumcized state", which means that the poor woman couldn't even masturbate when Spock's unintended desires hit her.  I'll reveal here that this is a criticism by mirror-image of the Real Life middle-eastern custom of... er, over-circumcizing women;  the result is the same -- the woman can't release herself, so she has to find some handy male to do it.  So in effect, the attempt to keep the woman "pure" causes exactly the opposite.  Talk about unintended consequences!

Reviewer: angelocustode Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 03/16/2014 1:33 AM Title: Song of the Unwilling Bride

Wow, this poem is intense and full of quite plausible insights. I like it that T'Pring here is not just the cruel, selfish bitch. She's cruel but also hurt and suffering, her cold-bloodedness fruit of years of humiliating unwillingly shared passions that were not hers nor directed at her.

More insights into Vulcan anatomy - fascinating.

Author's Response:

Thanks!  Glad you liked.  Yes, once I'd written that description of Vulcan male genitalia, I knew I had to give a logical(!) explanation for it.  It was a simple step to transfer that into T'Pring's situation., especially seeing the ruthless formality required of upper-class Vulcans.  That would give her a good reason to prefer Stonn, who wanted her, to Spock, who didn't.

Reviewer: crullna Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 10/18/2010 2:53 AM Title: Song of the Unwilling Bride

I very much like the point of view you´re presenting here - to me, the reasons T'Pring cited in the series to be `divorced´ of Spock sounded a bit too trite... there seemed to be so much more behind the whole deceit. Perhaps she really loved Stonn and sought the best possible way to be with him, despite her bond with Spock. Perhaps she just wanted to make her own choice for once and made use of the huge amount of testosterone in the arena, namely playing three males to her benefit. Or maybe she was just a bitter young woman, who entertained the "pure-blood"thoughts of her noble family and was disgusted to be Spock´s consort... there are so many possibilities and I´m so glad you showed us one of them. Very nicely and intensly written. Thank you very much for sharing,

all the best,


Author's Response:

Thank you much, Crull.  Yes, I felt obliged to write that poem because I thought that T'Pring's reply (in a formal setting, remember, with T'Pau watching) was quite inadequate.  Since I'd already written "Shelter" and "Poses" at the time, I expanded some of the details in them to the logical(!) next step.  Glad you liked.


--Leslie <;)))><

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