Why I'm a Dark NNPacker (or, Submission, Abuse and Control? In *my* OTP?)

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Title: Why I'm a Dark NNPacker (or, Submission, Abuse and Control? In *my* OTP?)
Creator: Melissa Treglia
Date(s): 15 March 2010
Medium: essay
Fandom: Forever Knight
Topic: Nick/Natalie
External Links: Why I'm a Dark NNPacker (or, Submission, Abuse and Control? In *my* OTP?); archive link
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"Why I'm a Dark NNPacker (or, Submission, Abuse and Control? In *my* OTP?)" is an analysis of the abusive aspects of the relationship between Nick and Natalie.

Melissa admits that, initially, she was a regular NatPacker:

In the pretty standard idealistic fashion of the main 'Pack, I'll have you know. I foresaw Natalie finding Nick's cure and them tiptoeing through the tulips in the sunlight, holding each other's hand with a passel of tow-headed babes skipping behind them in their Sunday finery, and the Turtles' "So Happy Together" blaring over the soundtrack. Are you nauseated by that image, yet?

However, (for personal reasons) Melissa came to reexamine the relationship between the two characters.

In the essay, she looks first at each of them separately, interpreting Natalie as an abuse victim and Nick as "Tony Soprano with a more aristocratic upbringing". She then examines in some detail the negative influence that two such people have upon one another.

Nick is trying so badly to be more human, and missing the point that what he needs to be is more humane. Natalie, too, is also missing it by trying to give him what he wants rather than what he needs. An honest, but costly, mistake.

Comments

  • "I've said since 1996 that the greatest disaster of "Last Knight" was both Nick and Nat having simultaneous breakdowns: when one was still a bit stable and able to talk the other out of a funk (or at least walk away) disaster was averted. In LK...they were both at the end of their ropes and there was no one to see or talk reason." - excerpted from Amilyn's comment on DW

History

Originally crossposted to LiveJournal, where Melissa later deleted her journal along with any comments.