Yeah, there's a lot of instant gratification in fanfiction. The relationship in World Under Siege definitely isn't healthy, I agree. But I think the fact that it is problematic is well acknowledged by Jane and the story itself. I think there's some leeway in fandom; though we understand that a couple wouldn't actually work in real life, fans still like to explore their dynamics. Especially because Loki straddles that line between villain and anti-villain across his appearances. It would be particularly difficult to redeem such a character, despite how attractive many people find him. When you pair that character type with someone like Jane, who isn't fooling herself about what Loki does but is still able to empathize with him, the effect can be very interesting, if not conventionally romantic. I still call that shipping, though it's different from the way someone might ship a more plausible couple.
I particularly enjoyed that part; I love it when Jane catches Loki off guard. Particularly when he attempts to frighten her and it backfires on him.
Thank you. ^_^
Yeah, I understand how sexually charged violence is hard to read for some (probably most) people. I totally respect your dislike of those aspects. I haven't read any LoTasha, but that sounds like it would be interesting! If you know of some good fics with that pairing, I'd love to take a look.
Our taste in fictional relationships may be a little different, but I really enjoyed this discussion.
If everyone agreed, fandom would be a lot less interesting. ^_^
Ooh, sorry for the misunderstanding, I see what you mean now. That's a valid interpretation. I personally didn't find that behavior out of character for a few reasons. For Jane, I think she's in a difficult situation; she has to interact with Loki in a meaningful way because she needs information in order to work against him. I think (though I may be mistaken) that there've been studies about how you begin to feel closer to people the more time you spend with them, especially the more you learn about them, even if you don't like them. Also, I don't think we have much control over who we're attracted to, though I doubt Jane would actually enter a relationship with someone violent or threatening. Like you mentioned, Stockholm may also be in effect -- I think Jane even mentions the syndrome at least once.
For Loki, I really don't know, as I only know his characters from the films and the only woman we see him being aggressive with in Natasha, which is obviously a very different situation. I think I accepted the idea of him being sexually violent specifically because Jane is Thor's girlfriend, and at the beginning at least I think Loki can only see her that way. I think his inferiority complex with Thor has more to do with that behavior than his eventual attraction to Jane. I don't see him as a womanizer, generally, though it's no surprise that his fanon interpretation sometimes swings that way. Also, if I'm remembering correctly, Ione began the story before Avengers was actually in theatres, and didn't get to see the movie until she'd gone a few chapters in, so I just accepted the differences between her version of Loki and the films' Loki for the sake of enjoying the story.
I'll have to look into LoTasha, I'd like to see those two interact more. Though it's hard to fathom how such accomplished manipulators would work together. Thanks for the rundown!
Eh, it can get long, I don't mind.