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Lo ami, vero?”
“Credo di non sapere cosa significhi amare.”
“Io invece credo che tu lo sappia. Lo dimostra il modo in cui parli di lui, nonostante gli sforzi che fai per odiarlo.
—  Joël Dicker

anonymous asked:

Jyn hate was definitely one of the things that confused me after Rogue One came out...I thought, given how Tumblr reacted to men complaining about another female lead and how well Rey was received, the fandom would like her better...

I’m not often surprised by fandom trends, but I really was. 

Of course, Jyn is very different from Rey—another thing about the reviews that I found frustrating was discussing Jyn as just another SW heroine (one actually called her and Leia demure), even though 1) female protagonist is very different from one of several leads, and 2) she’s much more strongly and overtly linked to Luke and Han than any female characters. 

And Rey is a character we’ve only seen in this early, ultra-sympathetic phase, while RO takes us from Jyn’s childhood to her death and actively focuses on how hardened and detached she’s had to become to survive and how she pulls herself out of it. Fandom, particularly these days, seems … extremely ill-equipped at dealing with character flaws that don’t deepen sympathy. 

I don’t mean this as a slam against Rey—her flaws are real, but they’re largely turned inward (self-deception etc), which is a different sort of arc. It’s legitimate, but I think less of a challenge to audience sympathy; it leads her to make unhealthy choices, but rarely wrong ones. Jyn goes from essentially amoral to profoundly heroic with a lot of bumps along the way. 

I do think it’s interesting that on both these extreme ends, there does seem the similar feature of… this total inability to engage fairly with a woman being self-centered. It’s a flaw, an interesting one, but to fandom it’s this completely unconscionable thing in a woman (quickly slathered over with social justice excuses), and the reviewers just ignored it with all the LALALA ANOTHER NICE HEROINE LALA. Jyn isn’t nice, and yet has a good heart, and that’s apparently incomprehensible. 

Vedi, le parole vanno bene, ma certe volte sono inutili e non bastano più. Arriva il momento in cui certe persone non vogliono ascoltarti.
—  Joël Dicker