I find her ignorant. Regardless of whether or not Eric is a survivor, he is in a situation not of his own choosing — a situation that has disrupted his life, turned it upside down, and ripped him from the people he loves. He was essentially sold to Freyda by his evil, sexually abusive maker, and in that role he must sexually perform. Yes, Eric is a survivor and yes, he will make the best of it, but a spade is a spade no matter how you dress it up.
That’s a completely ridiculous way to look at this situation. Eric is not a helpless baby vampire. He is not a victim, and he is not a sex toy. Eric is smart, resourceful, and financially and politically savvy.
Oh of course! Because one you reach a certain level of intelligence, resourcefulness, and financial and political savvy you’re immune to rape, right? All potential rapists can’t get passed your super cool forcefield. I guess since Freyda can obviously get through Eric’s forcefield, she’s not a rapist.
Too bad Sookie’s not financially savvy enough, eh? I’m sure she would’ve loved a forcefield in the car trunk, or the graveyard…
Eric’s maker didn’t sell him into sexual slavery. He provided him with an incredible opportunity to advance in the vampire hierarchy.
How do you define “sexual slavery”? Because I define it as forcing someone to do your bidding (“slavery”), which includes sexual acts that he/she is given no chance to consent to (“sexual”).
And it was to get Eric’s maker some more cash and power, too. Lest we forget.
Yes, he should have consulted with Eric first—how high-handed of him
YES IT WAS EXTREMELY HIGH-HANDED
TO THE DEGREE OF COMPLETELY TAKING AWAY EVERY SHRED OF CONTROL OVER ERIC’S LIFE FROM ERIC
THIS SO SO FAR BEYOND “HIGH-HANDED” IT’S ALMOST PASSED “UNDERSTATEMENT” AND INTO COMPLETELY WRONG USE OF THE TERM
—but as any parent he decided that he knew what was better for Eric than Eric did.
Daddy knows when rape is best!
However, Eric’s maker is gone, and everything in the vampire world is negotiable, including sex. Marriage contracts are negotiable.
NO IT’S NOT
Eric tried every trick he knew to get out of this contract, and it was iron-cad. Sex is guaranteed too. ERIC IS BEING FORCED INTO A “RELATIONSHIP” WHERE SEX IS EXPECTED OF HIM AND HE CAN’T DO ANYTHING TO GET OUT OF IT.
Clearly Eric was able to re-negotiate some conditions in the marriage contract in DEA, so then he should have been able to negotiate his way out of the contract if he really wanted to.
How can we trust that though? Oh, Freyda was willing to cough up some extra cash, so maybe she’ll only rape him three times a year? What a swell gal.
The truth is that Eric didn’t want to because Freyda offered him something that Sookie never could—a purpose that would make use of all his skills and abilities and of his 1,000 years of experience as a vampire. Freyda asked him to help her build an empire. Sookie never really needed Eric, but Freyda does.
Nope. Never. She never once, EVER IN HER LIFE, needed Eric.
Sarcasm aside, it shouldn’t even come down to who needs who. If Eric wanted in to this relationship and clearly wanted to build an empire with Freyda and he was free to back out, then fine. But he didn’t, and he’s not. And he wants Sookie. That’s what matters.
Eric hoped that Sookie would take the final decision out of his hands by using fairy magic to solve their relationship problems. When she didn’t, he had to choose between Freyda and Sookie, and he chose Freyda. Eric made his bed; now he has to lie in it.
He chose Freyda and life over-
THERE’S NO OTHER CHOICE
EXCEPT MAYBE DEATH
AND CHOOSING SEX OVER DEATH IS STILL NT CONSENT
AND SEX WITHOUT CONSENT IS RAPE
It doesn’t matter who sells you into an arranged marriage or how often sex is expected of you, it’s STILL SEXUAL SLAVERY AND ITS DESPICABLE.
“Clearly Eric was able to re-negotiate some conditions in the marriage contract in DEA, so then he should have been able to negotiate his way out of the contract if he really wanted to.”
Uh, NO. This makes no sense. Just because one or several clauses in a contract is negotiable doesn’t mean the entire contract is. That’s insane troll logic. Eric tried to get out of the contract. His re-negotiations were all that he could do to make his situation (sexual slavery) bearable. If Eric had wanted to marry Freyda and help her build an empire he would have gone and done it. But he didn’t. He wanted to stay in Area 5 with Sookie and Pam.
Sadly that option was taken away from him and while yes, Eric is a survivor, that doesn’t mean he should just sit back and take it. People survive horrible things all the time; rape, genocide, mass killings. It doesn’t mean that they should say to the perpetrators “How different my life is now, thanks.” CH expects Eric to enjoy the sex he has with Freyda because it’s sex and he should be happy hes getting any at all? Bullshit. (oh wait, I forgot that the theme of the book was settling) She thinks he should be glad to have new opportunities
to do someone else’s bitch work ? It doesn’t matter how many opportunities he has if they’re not the ones he wanted. It’s like being force to study medicine at John Hopkins, sure it’s nice and all but it won’t do shit for you if you want to be a tattoo artist.