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Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
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Mar 24, 2010

it was amazing
Read from March 24 to April 18, 2010

In many books, the main character falls in love with another character. But usually, this love is not evident at first. In Terry Pratchett's novel, one of the main characters, Susan, falls in love with Imp, also known as Buddy, another main character. However, the author does not use the word "love" or any romantic words to describe Susan and Imp's relationship. Clues in the text lead the reader to believe that their relationship is deeper than "just friends." In fact, once or twice, the author tries to make the reader believe that Susan and Imp don't like each other at all. For example, when Susan tries to warn Buddy, he retorts saying that Susan is being unreasonable and stupid. They have a big fight, and they seem to hate each other. Although the author might be trying to lead the reader away from Imp and Susan's love relationship at this part, I think the fight just goes to prove my point. In many books, and in real life, people who love each other argue for no good reason. In shows and books, they call this a "lover's quarrel." So, maybe this fight is showing that Susan and Buddy are comfortable with each other.
Events like these aren't the only thing that lead me to think of Susan and Imp as lovers. The other characters in the book comment on their relationship as well. For example, Arch-chancellor Ridcully hints at their relationship when he says that Susan is attracted to Buddy, which is why she follows his band and their tours.
I think Imp and Susan's relationship symbolizes true love. Their relationship, which lasts through loud arguments and long-distance travelling (in which Buddy leaves to another town or city for his tour and Susan follows him), shows that true love can outlive all fights, outlast all grudges, and overcome all obstacles. What Imp and Susan show through their relationship is that love cannot be easily forgotten about.

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