wrote a pretty neat post on examples of fictional poly marriage structures in SFF
. If you haven't read it, you might like to! It is way more helpful and interesting than the thing I'm going to talk about here.
She used the Homestuck troll romance quadrants as one of the examples (though they don't seem to have actual marriage
) and added as an afterthought, It is, however, still awesome to work out troll relationship quadrants for people.
This last kinda bemused me, because it didn't make any more sense to me than applying our equally-contrived heterosexual Earth romance norms to the Alternian characters. (Which people *are* wont to do if they think they can get away with it, but whatever.)
But in the name of Science! I tried the exercise as a thought experiment. Supergirl? Well, I see her at the center of a multi-pronged "V", but all her relationships are decorated with tiny hearts. Super*man*? Maaaaybe, but isn't it more interesting to watch him juggle Lois and Bruce and Lex without trying to trap them in ill-assigned categories? On the other hand, there just aren't *enough* categories to cover the Batfamily.
And so on. And I'd have shrugged and just chalked it up to fandom: enjoying it differently, except there was ONE character who actually worked for me! And she is not an alien or anything!
I've you've read the title of this post, ( you will not be shocked to learn it is Cristina Yang. )