Why did Nevada care so much about the flowers at the wedding? I didn’t like how bridezilla she was.
They were symbolic. Rogan’s mother is an expert on all things Prime and she understood that they had to have a large public wedding. Rogan and Nevada made a ton of enemies through the trilogy, and Victoria Tremaine is a pariah, whom everyone fears and tries to avoid.
Arossa knew that the only way for the Victoria Tremaine’s granddaughter to be accepted by other Houses was to send a clear signal that House Rogan was not only agreeable but proud of the marriage. That required a Wedding. In front of the the entire Houston elite. Important people had to come to the wedding, witness it, and be photographed so the evidence of their presence would legitimize it.
Nevada understood this, but she still tried to rebel a little in her own way. It’s not about her being a bridezilla. It’s about her wanting small simple things at her wedding, like flowers, to go her way. As any bride would. Really, any bride deserves a wedding planner who doesn’t treat her like a child and actually listens to her requests.
And her poor, shy sister, who grew up knowing that every time a nurse, a teacher, or other adult tried to run away with her because her magic, they lost their jobs and often their friends and families, and who carries around way too much guilt and fear for her age, loves her so much, that she overcame the entire lifetime of her upbringing and had her Frozen moment for Nevada’s sake. Because Nevada is that loved and she is worth it.
It’s not spelled out in the novella specifically, because it’s told from a teenager’s point of view and Catalina isn’t fully aware of the subtext, but all of that is in there if one cares to look.
Nobody judges heroines more harshly than other women. Nobody. The hero can literally do anything and will be forgiven, but if you have a willful young woman, like Nevada, who is sacrificing something to be with a man she loves but refuses to just meekly go with society’s conventions, or someone like Catalina, who isn’t snapping witty and off-color one liners in every paragraph and who instead worries about the misery her magic brings when it wears off, well, they get no love. They are bratty, or boring, or bridezilla.
It’s okay. I love them the bestest. 🙂