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Sometimes when I read fanfic about Aly and Alanna it depresses me, because I feel like people make a lot of assumptions about their relationship based on very limited evidence.
For one, people seem to really hate Aly for not getting along with Alanna. This is weird to me because I thought it was pretty commonly known that teenagers are generally jerks to their parents for a few years. It’s hard to find your own identity apart from your parents, even harder if they have big personalities (or are the stuff of legends). I don’t think Aly is exceptionally awful or immature, just normal for her age. That stuff usually goes along gender lines too, I wouldn’t be surprised if while Aly is mad at Alanna, either Alan or Thom is struggling with George. It’s a pretty normal part of development.
People also seem to think that Aly literally hates Alanna, and that it’s always been that way. I think it’s pretty apparent that Aly loves and misses her mother, and she worries over Alanna during most of Trickster’s Choice. There is one time in Tortall And Other Lands that Aly does say she hates her mother, but she’s in the middle of a postpartum meltdown, so I don’t think she really means it that way. Also just because at age 16 Aly doesn’t always like her mother doesn’t mean she had the same issues at age 8, or will have the same issues at age 32. We all grow and change. I mean, I said a lot of mean stuff to my mom when I was a teenager (…and sometimes still now) but it doesn’t invalidate the love I feel for her now, or felt then. Aly and Alanna have a lot in common (which is why they argue so much). They might fight about Aly’s direction in life, but then they might also spend an afternoon shopping in Port Cayn and enjoying themselves (I noticed that Aly is all excited about new shoes in TC and we know Alanna likes dresses, so in my headcanon they go on a lot of mother/daughter shopping trips that full of bickering, but also full of fun).
I think people forget that just because a character is narrating doesn’t mean their perception is always a reliable or infallible one. Aly’s view of her mother, and her feelings about her are not static. I don’t think they would ever have a super-tight, my-mother-is-my-best-friend kind of relationship, but I just don’t think it’s really as contentious as some seem to see it.
But I’m open to thoughts! Anyone totally agree/disagree?