Friday, May 30, 2014

Free Love

Posted by A Drop of Romeo at 3:33 PM
Free Love by Random Acts of Authorship
When her brother-in-law Luke turns up unexpectedly on her doorstep, Amy learns that sometimes love has a price. Complete. This story was a SKOW nominee in the Best Love Triangle category in July 2007.
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Melissa Thinks: The term “free love” was coined in the Victorian era by feminists who sought to keep personal affairs personal by separating the state and church from things such as marriage, sex, birth control, etc. In the 1960’s and 70’s, in the time the Vietnam War, Woodstock and the hippie movement, “free love” became more associated with promiscuity—things like one night stands, multiple sexual partners, and adultery. It is in this time period that our story takes place.

“Free Love” by Random Acts of Authorship is a stunning tale of confliction, desire, and heartbreak. This 2007 SKOW nominee continuously amazed me. I was completely engrossed in Amy’s situation and was rooting for her and Luke until the very end. Much like the namesake term’s meaning, “Free Love” is about the character’s desire to love who they want without the inevitable backlash from friends, family, and the public in general. That’s why this story is so great—even though it takes place in the 70’s, there are still many things applicable to our lives today.

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