There’s a weird thing I discovered about my relation to characters when I binged Tara. I found myself sympathizing with Tara above her family members, who were all clearly suffering because of her condition. But, idk, I just found it so sad and actually hated them when they reacted annoyed or angry toward Tara and her unwitting transitions. I mean, I understood it from their point of view, but I still felt so bad for Tara before I felt anything for them. I felt like none of them wanted to see anything from Tara’s point of view. They were all being selfish. And maybe Tara was, too, but she had a reason. She wanted to get better and understand herself.
And, you know, it’s the same thing with Norman in BM. I hate that everyone else is abandoning him over something that he would control if he could. It makes me angry when characters who have serious issues are treated like their awful burdens on their family when it’s because of something they seriously can not help. That being said, Tara and Norman aren’t perfect in their dealing with themselves, but they don’t deserve to be treated like everyone’s life would be better if they just disappeared. That’s f’ed up.