What’s your Whump age limit?
I had a realization today, whilst pondering why I don’t feel like I can get into the rebooted MacGyver despite the loads of whump I’m hearing it has.
Bit of backstory… the original series is my whumpy roots… I watched it as a kid and Mac is one of the first characters I can distinctly remember enjoying seeing hurt. And there were plenty of episodes where he was. I still love the series despite it being horribly dated. So I thought I was hesitating to watch it because it’s something close to my heart that I’d hate to see ruined. But I realized the main reason (and there are several others that I won’t get into) is that Lucas Till just does NOT do it for me as a whumpee and I was trying to figure out why. Is it just because Richard Dean Anderson is my boo and no one could replace him? I don’t think so… there are plenty of other actors I could see in the role who would have me running towards the series with bells on (Mike Vogel from The Brave comes to mind).
It hit me today that it’s for the same reason I couldn’t really enjoy the Peter whump in Spiderman Homecoming. Even though logically I know that the actors are adults… they look like teenagers. Which, now that I’m in my thirties, to me equals KIDS. And I just can’t do it! I can’t have the happy tingles seeing kids get beat to shit. Is this how normal people feel when they watch all whumpy things? How awful…
So my question for the community is this… what’s your age limit for whump enjoyment (assuming that you have one)? And how does that correlate to your own age? I’d imagine someone closer to their teens probably wouldn’t have an issue seeing teens get whumped (I certainly didn’t back then, even though I always preferred older male characters)
And I know I don’t enjoy seeing elderly characters roughed up either. Something about both ends of the spectrum just triggers this “PROTECT!” mentality vs. the usual “yes….yessssss… more!”. The difference is fascinating