It’s Araeph’s 500th
tumblr post! Thanks to everyone for reading, following, reblogging, discussing,
and putting hilarious tags on my posts (you know who you are). As a reward,
here is a masterlist of my criticism, along with a few choice pieces from other
people. I will try to update it regularly going forward.
Have fun browsing the
list, and let me know if anything is missing!
No Longer Bilbo’s Story Summary: An examination of how Tauriel, Legolas, and Alfrid
pull attention away from Bilbo Baggins and wrap the narrative around themselves
to no benefit of the story as a whole. The Destruction of Narrative
Integrity: Tauriel “It’s not just about how well a character is
written. It’s about how well a character causes the rest of the story to be
written.” A look at the role of Tauriel’s character in The Desolation of Smaug. An Embarrassment of Fanservice:
Legolas Legolas of Mirkwood continues the fine Tauriel
tradition of sidlining canon characters, themes, and events in pursuit of his
own awesomeness. Alfrid and the Keys to the Kingdom
An exploration of how Alfrid the Anti-Stu gets everyone around to put
him in charge of important business. Reforging the Shards of the Hobbit
An examination of possible fixes for the Hobbit movies to rid them of their Sues.
The Rise and Fall of a Dragon
A comparison of Zuko and Arthur’s character arcs, with confronting
their fathers as the pivot point. The Triumph of Uther Pendragon
A BBC's Merlin review,
in which I argue that this show most closely resembles Uther—not Merlin or
Arthur—in ideas, form, and function. [Ao3]
Remember when Mai and Ty lee were frightful of Azula having revenge on them. Punishing them for their famous betrayal. They even looked out of the shop to check out if she was there. They actually were feeling safe when she was imprisoned. Azula has a very strong intimidation presence that got to everyone’s heart, even if they pretend they don’t (like Mai).
They were right, though. Someone like Azula would’ve turned to an avenger after she lost everything and seek revenge. Her goals would be restore the throne and kill/imprison certain people.
Smoke and Shadow part 3
Azula just give Ty lee a slap, a talk friendly to Mai. And remembered the old days when they were little with a smile. Azula’d always still Azula to the core, but the pretty thing her (and the proof of her changing) that she hasn’t choose revenge on her former friends as they strongly expected.