Here is the book review/vlog for Fire by Kristin Cashore.
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-Amanda & Barrett
“I think it relates to her need to be independent because after marriage the man is supposed to protect and support the wife and her children while Katsa is perfectly fine doing that herself. I also think she didn’t want that expectation to hurt Po when Po would let Katsa do what she pleased if they married. People might think it was weird. I think how Randa treated her took part in her not wanting to be taken care of by a man and not raising children in a world with people like Randa.” -riwkms
Very valid point! I can see in a world where marriage does mean male dominance that she would be hesitant, even if Po didn’t expect anything of her, other people might! Well worded. Randa did treat her horribly. She was treated a lot like a trophy when he wasn’t sending her on missions, and maybe she relates that to marriage as well. Very good point! :)
-Barret & Amanda
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“Hello! I think Katsa didn’t want to get married because she didn’t want a man telling her what to do. She didn’t want to be a wife that sat at home with the kids all day, cooked, and cleaned. She just didn’t want to fall under that stereo type. I’m with you about liking Fire a little more than Graceling and I also can’t see why some on my friends didn’t like Fire. I think it was because Graceling had more action. Looking forward to seeing your review to Fire and Bitterblue!” -Kurai250 (youtube)
Thanks so much for commenting! I’m really glad you let us know what you thought about this book! I agree with you. Katsa hated the defenseless woman stereotype and wanted nothing to do with it. That was definitely VERY evident. Po understood that about her. He understood she needed that freedom, but what did getting married have to do with any of that?
She could keep taking the seabane and not have children. She didn’t have to be a housewife if she didn’t want to. But how did marrying Po change all that? He was the youngest of the Leinid princes and would be the last of the seven to inherit a throne that he didn’t even want, so would that actually have affected Katsa if she were to marry Po?
That being said, I’m still not sure how not getting married equates to independence. I feel like because Po understood her so fully, he would have been able to give her that independence even in marriage. Am I wrong? That’s just what I got out of it.
Thank you so much for wanting to discuss this with us!! We love comments and opinions on literature we love! Happy reading!
-Barrett & Amanda
*Note: if you haven’t seen the Graceling book vlog that PBV put out, this is what we are referring to: here
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So look forward to seeing the book reviews/vlogs for these three awesome books!
Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.
I have already read and finished Graceling. I’m rereading Fire right now, and I just bought Bitterblue today.
Keep a look out! :)