Re: People's idea of modern au Sansa
I… really don’t get where everyone sees Sansa in modern fan art or speculation or whatever as a popular cheerleader type who is essentially a Basic White Girl who wears Uggs and squees over Taylor Swift and boy bands (not that there’s anything bad about that stuff) ? At all?
I mean, Sansa who:
-hates riding (ie exerting herself) because it gets you hot and sweaty
-would rather sit and have tea and cakes or read (she enjoys tourneys but that’s vastly different from playing a sport yourself)
-frequently spouts facts about Westerosi history, literature, heraldry and music
-frequently makes book references when she’s excited about something or making an argument to someone else
-was promised advanced harp lessons because she loves music
-judging by the kind of stories she likes best (Prince Aemon, Florian and Jonquil) she enjoys bittersweet things, not fluffy upbeat romance songs
-is a crafter
-was a better student than Arya according to her sister, and better than her more educated brothers at reading and writing
-has fandoms and OTPs
In other words, Sansa is a huge neeeeeerrrrrrrrd. It’s really weird to think because she’s pretty and likes fashion and has crushes this somehow makes it impossible for her to be anything but Regina George/a valley girl. Nerd girls can be into makeup, pop music, high heels, or whatever, you know. Many of us are definitely feminine and don’t fit the Amy Farrah Fowler stereotype (although she’s awesome too).
Of course, while much of this unfounded theory comes from her detractors who project their own bullies and least favorite character tropes into her for no reason other than they dislike Sansa and want to justify it (and ironically show how they’re far more shallow than they accuse her of being), there are surprisingly a lot of Sansa fans who do this too.
But I see no evidence to think so. You can, for sure, but I don’t see why, anymore than I see a reason to make Jon a Hot Topic emo or Arya a playground bully who shoves you into the dirt and steals your lunch money. There’s simply no textual basis I’ve seen, to tout it as fact.
(My own modern au? Sansa’s style icons are Lily Collins and Elle Fanning, she loves Lana del Rey and Florence Welch, she studies Victorian romance novels at a young age for fun because her hipster self isn’t impressed by what’s on the market for sixth graders, still loves church, she sits and embroiders her purses while her siblings play basketball together, and watches horror movies with Bran and Arya.)