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posted by [personal profile] astarte at 10:33am on 05/12/2011 under


Artist/Song Title: The Bird and The Bee - Fucking Boyfriend
Subject: Merlin, Gwen PoV, Gwen/Arthur
Summary: 'Are you an amateur or is it you're unkind?' They dream in courtship, but would wake in wedlock. Or why you shouldn't skip the boyfriend part before marrying a girl. It could leave her with the slight impression that she is your beard.
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boyfriend from Astarte XX on Vimeo.



I still haven't found my perfect season 5 TXF song, in the meantime I needed to get this out of my system after seeing Merlin 4x09 and the song waiting in my 'To vid or not to vid'-folder. Season 4 has been amazing so far - I don't even feel guilty about watching a family show anymore for blatant slash. Gwen/Arthur isn't my pairing, but I really get their relationship on the show. And with my interpretation of what it is and what it isn't, it becomes quite complex in my head. I think Arthur is in love with this chivalrous idea of love and he has very real issues of his own to work out. Gwen challenges him, because she sees his flaws, but is willing to believe that he can overcome them. Gwen isn't in love with Arthur, but rather with his possibilities and how that would benefit the people of Camelot. What he could become, instead of who he is. That's one reason why her statement, 'All I ever wanted is to be your Queen', made perfect sense to me.

The lack of passion I see people complain about, is what makes this couple fascinating for me on a meta level. We have seen Gwen truly interested in compassionate, humble men like Merlin and Lancelot for starters or even light-heartedly flirting with Gwaine, because he is that kind of charming. So her type of men is certainly not Arthur. She has seen him grow up while serving Morgana and has a pretty intimidate knowledge of his reckless royal prat-side. So how can she put a stop to his romantic advantages without offending him, especially when Arthur doesn't press the physical side? It traps her in a delicate position. The master/servant aspect of their connection was always something Arthur was aware of and certainly Gwen. Plus family show what can you show besides kisses? And troll foreplay. She knows that Arthur is a good man and might be a great king. He will unquestionably be better on his worst day than Uther was on his best.

So Gwen goes along with it at first and then she kinda liked where this was heading and then there really wasn't one good reason why she shouldn't fall in love with Arthur. Except she never truly did. Not in any way that defines a lover. That doesn't make their relationship any less real, just much more flawed and I always like that on my TV.

One day I might make that dark, fucked-up video. 'Fucking Boyfriend' is not about that analysis or with any deeper meaning beyond, 'Way to take the fucking highroad, Arthur.'
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posted by [identity profile] legoline.livejournal.com at 05:37pm on 05/12/2011
And with my interpretation of what it is and what it isn't, it becomes quite complex in my head. I think Arthur is in love with this chivalrous idea of love and he has very real issues of his own to work out. Gwen challenges him, because she sees his flaws, but is willing to believe that he can overcome them. Gwen isn't in love with Arthur, but rather with his possibilities and how that would benefit the people of Camelot. What he could become, instead of who he is.

You know, this will be my personal canon from now on. Everything you said here makes so much sense.

Also, very cool vid :) Greatediting.
 
posted by [identity profile] astartexx.livejournal.com at 10:12pm on 05/12/2011
Ah thanks, glad you enjoyed the vid and the little meta. Gwen/Arthur is too sweet for my taste to get invested, but I always got were they are coming from. They are trying so hard to make it work, even when a lot of things should come natural to them as couple. Plus Gwen is awesome when she lets her detective skills loose.
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posted by [identity profile] legoline.livejournal.com at 06:44am on 06/12/2011
I'm not that a big Arthur/Gwen fan either, mostly because their relationship feels forced to me. I blame sloppy writing for it, but I love your interpretation of their relationship. It makes so much sense in the context of the show and I certainly prefer it over sloppy writing.

(Yes. I love Gwen when she gets all "private eye"-like. She's so clever, I wish she'd have to do more again.)
 
posted by [identity profile] astartexx.livejournal.com at 09:06pm on 06/12/2011
Oh sloppy writing plays a huge part in this, plus Gwen or Morgana scenes seem to land first on the chopping block when they need to delete something. I watched the deleted scenes for S4 and we got a piggyback ride instead of a very good discussion between Gwen and Arthur regarding magic. She addresses her father's death and comes around and supports Arthur's position, that magic can't be all EVIL. Her council was sound.

Here's a link to the whole playlist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPzqTep7UR0&feature=autoplay&list=PL4AFA6530D51A96DA&lf=plpp_video&playnext=1)
 
posted by [identity profile] ellethill.livejournal.com at 07:44pm on 05/12/2011
I think you give one of the best interpretation that could be given for their relationship. I was nodding all the way. Also, the video was gorgeous!
 
posted by [identity profile] astartexx.livejournal.com at 10:17pm on 05/12/2011
Merci beaucoup. And yes, I think the interpretation isn't too far-stretched or cynical for what we have seen of them. They just try to make the relationship work, when each of them is lacking in something essential emotionally to be in love.
 
posted by [identity profile] cassiopaya81.livejournal.com at 07:51pm on 05/12/2011
AMEN!!!!!!

and that from the biggest Arthur/Merlin shipper ;)
 
posted by [identity profile] astartexx.livejournal.com at 10:20pm on 05/12/2011
Hehe, see I can make perfect sense out of a lot of things that doesn't seem that way at first glace. On the other hand I'm pretty sure, the writers didn't intend this on purpose and with all the emotional consequences.

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