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I wanted to touch on romantic tropes and the idea of soulmates as perceived in modern day conversations. I think the idea of a soulmate, or someone who seemingly should instantly solve who you are like a puzzle piece, is naive and heavily relies on the fact of fate and not that people are often messy, wrong, and always growing. I lightly explore that through a character who is shaping someone, in Jane Austen fashion, into her "dream" person. Because I often think people don't come prepackaged like a bundle deal and relationships often take quite hard, and painful work.

Pegah Serajeh

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