May. 8th, 2016

shamera: merlin: taming the great dragon (merlin: dragonlord)
So while I've made a post regarding how often the Merlin magic reveal fanfics tend to greatly irritate me due to Arthur's reactions (recap: him punishing Merlin for keeping secrets as if Arthur had a right to secrets that would have gotten Merlin killed, and Merlin just-- what? Taking it??? Like he's worth nothing without Arthur's goodwill???), the one good thing that comes out of every magic reveal story is thus:

Gwaine.

While some people write Arthur reacting well or poorly, there seems to be a universal consensus with Gwaine because I have not seen one story (not one!) where Gwaine reacts badly to news of Merlin's magic. The most negative reaction I have ever seen in fanfics from Gwaine is him needing a few minutes to digest the information before he jumps to Merlin's defense. The reaction range for Gwaine seems to flow from him accepting it casually to excited wonder.

And after five canon seasons of Merlin constantly being told that magic is evil and awful and never going to be accepted... that is what I want to read in fanfics. Yes, yes, Arthur and Merlin are two sides of the same coin and Arthur's reactions are Very Important to Merlin, but.

I want more Gwaine, and Lancelot if anyone can work him in (he deserves so much more than 1-2 episodes after he got knighted before he got killed off), and I want them to be that sense of wonder because goodness knows everyone else's reactions tend to start with hate and lead to executions.

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