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Teyla in The Furies

So let's talk about Teyla in The Furies. Back in the beginning we conceived the Legacy series as having a book that focused on each team member, while the first and last books gave time to everyone. The Lost was John's book, Allegiance was Ronon's, and The Furies is Teyla's. Secrets will be Rodney's. Of course each book has all the characters in it, but their own "episode" gives them the most character growth and room. What did you guys think about Teyla in The Furies?

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hiveshipmist
Jul. 21st, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
I was delighted for her taking ownership of her Wraith heritage and working within the framework of the culture, not really needing much help from Guide anymore, and even charting her own course with her alliance with Waterlight. This shows much character growth for her, both in team contribution capabilities and self-acceptance of not hating or fearing a part of herself and her ancestors. She is free to realize her full potential. Teyla navigating the cruiser through the stars, unassisted and as she pleases, well symbolizes her becoming.
jo_graham
Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yes -- what you said! That's exactly what I was trying to do. She's growing in a lot of ways, some of which are really scary and challenging to her. She's taking charge. She's the one leading the show, both with Sheppard and with Guide, and they're following her cues. That's different, and it's definitely a coming into her own.
silverbullet27
Jul. 21st, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with hiveshipmist - Teyla found her freedom in this novel. For good or the bad we'll see. She enjoys to be a queen and give orders instead of being orders given. Even as the head of her people Halling and the others told her how to decide, to act, etc.
I didnt really liked her character in the first 4 seasons of the series, but in the 5th and now the books she's growing to someone interesting, thrilling... likeable for me ;)
jo_graham
Jul. 22nd, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
I think she really is enjoying being a queen, which isn't something she expected or thinks says good things about her. But it's who she is. When we meet Teyla, she's the Warrior Maiden. But as she's getting older it's time to grow and change. The warrior princess has to turn into the queen.
kaviiq
Jul. 21st, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm going to echo the above love of her character growth. It seems that her character arc isn't just based around coming to terms with her Gift, but also with the idea of the Wraith being people rather than a terror that strikes purely for the sake of striking terror. It's clearly not easy for her, and I like how long it takes for her to admit that she's stopped hating the one guy that keeps risking his neck for both their sakes. (I'm not convinced that she would really start liking him just yet, but 'not hating' is still a pretty big step for her - especially with the history of Athos - to take.)
jo_graham
Jul. 22nd, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
It's truly not easy for her -- her people have suffered so much from the Wraith, and she has personally too. After all, her father was Culled when she was a young teenager! That's not the kind of thing you get over easily. But I think she is growing and it's a really good thing.
amycat8733
Jul. 24th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
I thought it was good. We get to see more of the inner workings of her personality and the duality of her wraithness. I like that John grew comfortable enough with "Steelflower" that he was contemplating making love to her and forgot when he brought Torren to her. I like Torren's acceptance as well. I do have to say that "The Lost" is my fave though. It has actually helped me with some of my fics.
jo_graham
Jul. 24th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
John really is getting used to Steelflower, which -- yeah, that's kind of scary! It's her, whether or not she looks like a Wraith queen, and it's kind of scary for him that he does forget.

I love The Lost too, and I'm glad you've found it fun to play with.
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