It still confuses me that…if The Hobbit wanted more female characters, why didn’t they just gender-swap half the dwarves…..?????? Make 6 or 7 dwarves dwarf-women?? Why not??????
To be clear: this isn’t an anti-Tauriel post. But creating an entirely new character and doing all those screenwriting backflips to make her relevant to the story took a lot of time and effort and screentime and inventing new plotlines–which isn’t necessarily a bad thing– but….
But gender-swapping half of the dwarves would have given us MORE badass female leads, with less work… ????
And yeah some people would’ve complained about the gender-swapping not being book-accurate, but those same people complain even more when you add a non-canon character??? I mean…I’m pretty sure the backlash against adding a non-canon character who takes up a ton of screentime is far greater than the backlash against gender-swapping existing characters (especially since they’re characters who we wanted and expected to be altered, because most had zero personality in the original book.)
Again this isn’t anti-Tauriel, it’s just….why didn’t they take the route that would’ve given us more female characters, with less work, and less backlash….???