Sunny: So today we decided to do a joint discussion in a different format (inspired by The Bookish Manicurist). Our underlying theme is The One by Kiera Cass. Countining this theme, on Francoise's blog we talked about our One Theories.
Sunny: I've always been on Team Maxon since the beginning, personally something about Aspen has been off to me. But Maxon.., who doesn't love a sweet and awkward prince.Francoise: Yes I agree completely! Aspen has never seemed to be the loving and caring type, America and his relationship was more physical.
Sunny: I know right! I find Aspen's relationship with America less meaningful, there is more chemistry between Maxon and America. Aspen somehow pops up in the most inconvienent moments, convinent for him though.
Francoise: Yeah, he always manages to be there when she is at her most confused or vulnerable. Just when she's leaning more towards Maxon, Aspen has to be there to make her even more confused.
Sunny: I think America as a character benefits more under Maxon's influence. Aspen is such a debby downer sometimes.
Francoise: Also Maxon needs America because before she came, he didn't understand what it was like to be in the lower class. He grows more as a person with her around.
Sunny: I like that together they make each other stronger whereas when America is around Aspen and she needs his support he is just a "pick me, pick me" whisper in her ear.
Francoise: The reason why I like Maxon more is because he's not afraid to say that he needs help or has a lot of learning to do. He is a very humble character who is open-minded and doesn't judge people no matter what class they're in.
Sunny: Because of his upbringing, he can be misguided easily. Though I believe he has the best intentions for the city. I like that he's admittedly not a perfect person and he treats people with respect.
Francoise: In the early days, their relationship was so much easier. It was childish in the good way because he was so naive as to what was really happening outside his little bubble, the palace.
Sunny: In a way, America gave him a bigger perspective and outlook on many things. Their relationship was easy-going and I like that it began with a friendship.
Francoise: Yeah and I like the constant, playful banter between them and the love/hate relationship at the start. Remember the way they met? Who didn't laugh at that scene.
Sunny: That was good, I miss those days! I'd really love to see a strong-willed and independent Maxon in The One (I'd love if Maxon gained some swoon appeal!).
Francoise: Yes, I hope it's less about America and choosing between the two boys, and more on their relationship.
Sunny: Yeah! I mean no Aspen hate intended, I'm just not a big fan. I think all of the characters could use a little improvement but nonetheless I'm really excited for The One!
Francoise: Me too, I can't wait. Who will she choose?