This series of books are my all-time favorite reads. I’ve read them so many times that I’m on my third copy. I kid you not. I resonated so much with them that I got a freaking tattoo that I have never regretted even several years later now. I cannot recommend these books enough to the people in my life, and especially to young women; and this is why:
Her characters are multi-faceted and endearing, being imbued with an astounding realism and have admirable qualities. She reveals the various hues of human emotion and behaviour that leads to making difficult life choices, which often cannot be limited to the good/evil polarities but falls somewhere in between. She gives insight into the deeply embedded beliefs of various cultures and religions, bringing to light their unique splendors and equally to their tragic delusions. I find myself contemplating my own life philosophy through her characters (and wishing somewhat that I lived within her world instead of this one and just for the apparently pretty people and their licentiousness....ahem).
Her heroines also display various female archetypes with all their virtues and vices that illuminate the complexity of the female experience. I feel that in a culture that currently seems to elevate weak/shallow characters like that of Bella from the twilight series, the feminist within rejoices at the more realistic/empowering portrayal of females in this series. I can see myself reflected a bit within them, as well as noticed some similarities between them and the women currently in my life. They are relatable but also forgiving in that their perceived flaws are turned into strengths and she illustrates how these shape their fascinating personalities in their own way.
She pays particular attention to the myriad ways love is expressed with all the advantages and drawbacks of the ‘love as thou wilt’ philosophy. She explores both the subtle and dramatic ways it takes possession of a person and gives us a wondrous vision of the diversity of this emotion. The way in which she presents the potency of desire in its many forms is also exhilarating. She encourages healthy sexuality by bestowing an assertive twist to her character’s love lives, exploring the various ailments of repressed sexuality and setting her characters free to find honor in the expression of their physical needs.
This is a great series for young women to read for its grand adventures, unique perspective on women’s inherent potential, and its delightful entrenchment in mythology, religion, and philosophy. It is a series that invites in-depth reflection and nurtures the budding of healthy self-confidence and relationships. And the story in itself is awesomsauce filled with action, drama, sex, and whimsy. What more could a person want?
Go get yourself a copy now, you won’t regret it!