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Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
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Oct 26, 07

Read in October, 2007

I read this book back in sixth grade and thought it was exciting in the "wow, dragons are so cool; I wish I had one!" sense. I read it again on a whim and found it unintentionally disturbing. It's not just that the writing seemed dry and the characterization wooden. I realize the book was written in the late 60's, but the male-female dynamics still seem uncomfortably dated. The text seems to condone F'lar's treatment of Lessa; he patronizes her, yells at her, shakes her when he's angry, and practically rapes her. She never confronts him about it. And then, plot aside, she's supposed to "come around" to love him in the end. I never noticed it when I was younger, but it troubles me now that this is supposed to feel romantic.
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Kimmay I agree with you on the way F'lar treated Lessa... he acted like a creep not the protagonist. If I didn't already have the next books in the series I probably would not cvontinue on with it, but since I have them already I will probably read the next few at least. Hopefully the writing style gets better... at least hopefully the "attitudes" improve. :O)

Karina I never felt that with Lessa as I reckoned she was secretly planning his death until things got better.

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