anghraine's meta

ofglendower  asked:

I will!!! If you don't mind me asking, since you have so many amazing meta posts... do you have anything to recommend me reading? Any articles or whatnot? If not, that's totally okay.

i honestly have so much to recommend…. like.. so much…. so i’m limiting seriously here.

first: check out my #meta tag, my own meta, my #subcreation tagmy resource page, and this post because all three have a lot of good stuff!

so first i’m going to trigger warn: these metas will discuss mental illness, genocide, colonialism,  & racism.

@anghraine@anthropologyarda @askmiddlearth @avelera @bisexualthorin @erunyauve @hobbitballerina @lintamande @nenuials@psychopompious @striders-walk @texasdreamer01 @universityofarda 

also check out @notbecauseofvictories #subcreation tag!

(btw, this list is in no way complete, so if anyone else has recommendations please add it to the post!)

the fellowship of the ring
           - concerning hobbits (of color)
           - oldest and fatherless: the terrible secret of tom bombadil
the two towers
            - the rohirrim are colonialist oppressors
the return of the king
            - the illegitimacy of aragorn’s claim to the throne

             - where the extra content in the hobbit came from
             - the massive cock-up leading to the battle of the five armies (part 2)
dwarf meta
- thorin oakenshield and the big-ass diaspora metaphor
             - drunk on victory: why dragon-sickness isn’t necessary for thorin to go mad in battle of the five armies
             - fili & kili aren’t immature
             - the obscenity of smaug: on mahal and dwarven sacred space

          - accurate lay-over map of middle earth & beleriand
unreliable narrators
           - racist elves and a bit of silmarillion revisionism
           - and they took pity on the forsaken
           - the first battle of the thousand caves
         - arda reconstructed: where are the women, chris? (part 1) (part 2
         - lúthien and the helcaraxë
          - the halls of mandos are awful (or at least, the version of them in LACE are)`

While I’m at it, @hazelwillow asked me for my thoughts on what’s going on with Kylo Ren and redemption, so:

The thing is, the possibility of redemption is raised early–very early. There wasn’t a hint of it with Vader until the film in which he actually was redeemed. While that did end up being accelerated from a more gradual arc that was planned, even so, we didn’t get a whiff of redemption until late in the game. And that’s normal. 

Of all character arc tropes, redemption is probably the most eucatastrophic: the sudden joyous turn. We often emphasize the unfamiliar eu/ἐΰς (good), but catastrophe is just as essential to it–the turn. It has to be a swerve of some kind, sudden and drastic. Redemption is not about everyone-has-flaws, a bit of self improvement, even considerable self improvement. It’s about an essential shift in being.

That is, for a redemption arc to hold any weight, the character has to be pretty damn shitty, and in almost all cases, the redemption has to be unexpected.

So, with Ben Organa, the possibility of redemption is raised very, very early. In a way, it’s raised by Ben himself, monologuing at his (redeemed) grandfather’s mask about the lure of the Light on him and begging for forgiveness for it. (Um?) It comes up again when he’s holding Rey prisoner and out of nowhere tries to comfort her (um???) with “Don’t be afraid. I feel it, too.” Then there’s his mother Leia insisting on the possibility. It’s implied that his uncle Luke also thought him redeemable. Han seems to have written him off–with pain, but nevertheless–until Leia asks him to intercede, but he comes around by the time he confronts him. Ben very evidently wavers throughout his confrontation with Han, sounding outright childlike at points, but in a swerve, rejects redemption and instead kills his father to rid himself of his inner torment over him (um???????????).

This is just straight-up catastrophe–the sudden downturn. So we’ve got the first and most obvious possibility:

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Korra and elemental identity (Book 1)

Every now and then, someone points out that Korra doesn’t seem to use her native element much, or act like a “proper” waterbender, or whatever. As a criticism of Korra, I agree that it’s particularly inane, but it seems people are in such a hurry to defend her that we don’t stop to think about why.

So, I’ve been thinking about why ;)

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anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on the situation where shippers are accused of being racist for not shipping Rey and Finn? Personally I'd ship Finn with both Poe and Rey and I'd be happy if either was canon. But how can it be racist to ship a mixed race same same couple? That doesn't even make any sense. Either couple would be groundbreaking and both are clearly healthy ships between friends. What's to hate about either of them? Is this just another symptom of a crazy ship war? Or something more?

Just another symptom, though of something bigger than any one fandom. 

On the face of it, TFA fandom is almost unutterably bizarre. It’s not just wanky, it’s wanky to the point of outright denying reality. But if you operate on the assumption that fandom SJ arguments are largely self-serving justifications for personal preference, everything begins to make sense. It’s the natural, if tragic, culmination of the purer-than-thou shipping/stanning that’s come to dominate fandom discourse.

I’ve seen people arguing that Rey/Finn = cishets getting their cooties on everything. I’ve seen people arguing that Poe isn’t really a man of colour because he’s light-skinned (with completely irrelevant asides about SOME LATINOS ARE WHITE, OK), and somehow Finn/a ~white passing~ Latino man is less progressive than Finn/a white Anglo woman. I’ve seen people arguing that the popularity of Poe/Finn is clear evidence of fandom misogyny, and people arguing that Rey/Finn is driven primarily by Finn’s feelings whereas Rey’s are platonic, so actually it’s evidence of fandom misogyny.


The thing is, over the last few years, a lot of perfectly typical fandom wars over characters and ships have constantly gotten reframed in SJ terms. It’s not that there were not serious, serious problems in fandom wrt SJ issues (there were, and are). Nevertheless most fandom firestorms are driven by different people liking and disliking different things. People always need to justify the thing they like as Most Canon or Most Intelligent or Most Righteous–the specifics vary, but it comes down to “why can’t other people see that mine is the true path?”

And of course fandoms are rarely balanced, with everything liked and disliked in equal measure. Some characters and some ships end up much more popular than others. Sometimes their fans get defensive, and justify their popularity with some SJ thing. Sometimes fans of other things are sure that the popularity of a thing they don’t like must have some dark significance, which only escalates the already-existing antagonism.

(Read “sometimes” as “constantly.”)

So at this point, fans are used to justifying the righteousness of their own positions and the heresy of all others by reaching into a SJ grab bag. In many cases, they don’t even have to reach–they just plug in the justifications they’ve used in the same essential arguments before. 

People treating Poe/Finn with the same righteous contempt that they have treated every other bromance slash juggernaut and making absurd leaps to count it as any-two-white-guys, then, isn’t incomprehensible. For the vast majority, it was never about combating racism. It was about not liking bromance slash and appropriating the language of anti-racism to justify their resentment of its popularity. The Poe/Finn fans going on screeds about Finn/Rey being the same generic straight couple that’s everywhere and so much less progressive than their ship, while blithely ignoring how groundbreaking it would be in a SW film? Same thing–they’re trotting out the usual arguments they’d use to justify themselves against het shippers, an appropriation of the language of anti-homophobia, rather than responding to any particulars. It’s part and parcel of the same thing as the unending Reylo wank. There were eight fics in the Reylo tag when the twelve-word anti-Reylo trollfic (now the most kudos-ed fic in the fandom) was posted. It wasn’t in response to Reylo’s popularity, it was a slam at the existence of unrighteous ships.

A lot of people have insisted that fandom wouldn’t go for the tropes they do if they weren’t written for white men, or straight couples, or whatever. But a lot of others have pointed out that fans are consistently drawn to those tropes even in the rare cases when they aren’t confined to the usual defaults. In that view, juggernaut ships are almost always generated by a small number of very popular tropes, and their fans will generally go after those tropes in any widely-liked source, regardless of the particulars. 

TFA was nothing if not trope-y. And fandom with perfect predictability glommed onto the tropes that fandom always gloms onto: the bromance between two attractive young men, the mysterious tension between the shining hero and angsty villain, mutual hatred between rivals that seems suspiciously excessive, the sweet, natural friendship with strong hints of romance. 

But also with perfect predictability, fans justified themselves with the same “the slash juggernaut is more popular than my het ship because racism” and “het shippers are whining bc they’re not the center of everything for once” and “HOW COULD PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THE SUFFERING OF A VILLAIN? THINK OF THE CHILDREN.” With plenty of “if character were [hand-picked marginalization], fans wouldn’t like the thing that fans persistently like.” And since TFA is just progressive enough that most of the arguments don’t even apply, and the rest ignore blatantly obvious confounding factors, it’s become very clear how self-serving the rhetoric really is.

It is not that the physical appearance of casts are beneath critical attention; it could be worthwhile to consider the frequent casting of Pride and Prejudice’s angelic Jane Bennet, described only as beautiful and heavier than her sister Elizabeth, as a willowy blonde, or the Lord of the Rings films taking pains to replicate the descriptions of the fair, Anglo-based Rohirrim but not the dark, Mediterranean-inspired Gondorians. Nearer to the topic at hand, one might even consider why it is that Cesare Borgia, traditionally considered a monster, is all but invariably portrayed as dark in art and cinema, despite the description of him in his twenties as “bello e biondo,” beautiful and blond (Sabatini 192). The popular images of his sister Lucrezia, however, have become consistently golden-haired with her demotion from chief villain to vapid tool of her family. The historical Lucrezia was, in fact, blonde, so this might seem unworthy of comment to a purist of the fidelity school. Yet it seems clear to me that what an adaptation retains from its source material is no less significant, and potentially suggestive, than what is ignored or altered.

this is pretty much eight years of ranting concentrated into a single paragraph

Elizabeth's feelings about Darcy

I was once writing a fic series about this but got lured away by the siren song of Star Wars. Anyway, I’ve been meaning to provide a guide to the evolution of Elizabeth’s emotions for awhile, and at long last I have time to myself, so–here goes.

note from the future: omfg this is ridiculously long, basically all my thoughts on their entire relationship after the first proposal crossed with a recap. every time I try to shorten it, it just grows again. CONSIDER YOURSELF FOREWARNED.

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landofalwayswinter  asked:

Did Padme's family know she had kids? I know she looked pregnant in the funeral scene but her and Anakin were Secret Married so idk. Would Padme's family accept that Luke and Leia are her kids? You have the best Star Wars meta btw :3

Thanks :)

They met Anakin and clearly realized that he and Padmé were in the process of getting romantically involved, even if they didn’t know about the secret marriage. The mere fact of being Skywalkers born on the day of Padmé’s death is suggestive enough. Once the death of the Emperor destroys the need for secrecy, I imagine those basic Wikipedia profile facts would become pretty widely known to anyone. The Naberries might very well guess at the truth before Luke and Leia themselves.

Even if not, the GFFA canonically has blood testing technology. They use it to test Anakin’s midichlorians in TPM. It’s not much of a stretch to think they could do basic genetic testing. 

Between trying to cram Wollstonecraft and Dryden into my brain, I’ve been thinking about Beru’s maiden name.

It seems to fit the common-ish Tatooine style of names: Skywalker, Darklighter, the like. Personally, I imagine that those kinds of names have been customary for people of that region of Tatooine, with ‘Lars’ and whatnot signaling relative newcomers or people from a different region. (I’ve certainly always gotten a pioneer homesteader vibe from the Lars farm.)

Of course, Beru’s name is a little different. TV Tropes jokingly refers to that kind of name as “Luke Nounverber.” Which the other ones are! And, like traditional Nounverber names, they seem to have pretty specific meaning. Someone who “walks” the skies—a pilot, obviously. (Most likely would refer to an ancestor, but nobody will take my pilot!Shmi headcanon from me.) Darklighter is more abstract, but I imagine refers to instilling hope: casting light in the dark. Or someone who happened to be carrying a flashlight at a propitious moment, idk.

Whitesun isn’t actually a Nounverber name, ofc: it’s Adjectivenoun. Now, those have totally existed side-by-side, so it doesn’t need to be significant. But it does seem a bit, hm … insignificant? You can imagine how someone would have come to be called Skywalker or Darklighter. Whitesun refers to… the sun is bright?? (Shouldn’t it be Whitesuns?)

Hm. Well, in names, there’s quite a bit of blurring the lines between similar etymological components—similar in meaning or pronunciation/appearance. The latter is particularly easy when orthography is so, uh, idiosyncratic. Like, well, White and Whit getting used more or less interchangeably.

But whereas white of course refers to the colour (well, lightness or brightness), whit comes from wiht, person or human being. (Hence the Middle English ‘wight,’ living creature or being, that shows up all through Chaucer—I’d only seen it used for malevolent ghosts, so I was very confused at first!)

Sun would be sunne or sonne, easily confused with the patronymic -son, descendant or male child (depending on the case). A name like Whitesun could easily have evolved from Whitson. Now, of course they’re not speaking actual English, but it’s mediated through English to a very pervasive degree, so w/e. 

And … it’s not exactly difficult to envision circumstances where a native Tatooinian might take on a name that literally says ‘I am the child of a human being.’

tl;dr - totally adopting @fialleril’s freeborn!Beru headcanon.

thefladopus  asked:

Hello anghraine! I have a mixed bag question for you. I'm the kind of person who believes Rey is Luke's daughter and hopes Kylo can go thru a redemption arc. They aren't mutually exclusive after all. However, I've seen some Rey Skywalker fans who want her to kill we cousin. But that to me seems against the message of SW that killing family is wrong. The Vader of ANH and ESB was prob worse than TFA Kylo, yet it would've been wrong for Luke to kill his father regardless. What do you think?

First of all, I’m with you on both believing Rey to be Luke’s daughter and wanting a redemption arc for Kylo—I’ve seen people grandstanding about how people who believe one never believe the other, but that’s patently absurd. There’s nothing contradictory there at all.

Wrt the OT … hmm. I can’t say that I came away with the idea that killing family was the thematic issue at the core of ROTJ. It’s the form that it takes, but that’s because Luke personally feels it to be wrong. 

Let me put it another way. 

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I feel that P&P adaptations in general really don’t get the pacing of Darcy’s letter. 

They keep starting with the Wickham part, where Darcy is the most blameless (i.e., completely), and with the sympathy established, get into l’affaire Bingley, by which time “okay I did it, but not (mostly) for the reasons you thought” can feel more or less acceptable. Going from ‘seduction of a fifteen-year-old girl for her inheritance’ to ‘bad relationship advice based on some legitimate reasons’ also makes the latter seem pretty damn forgivable. 

Basically, the emotional reaction to him is this:

A decided improvement and an okay ending point to kick off the second half of the book.

But it’s wrongggggggg.

The pacing of the letter serves a lot of purposes, but a major one is reflecting Darcy’s state of mind while writing it, which is then reflected in Elizabeth’s response. The beginning is proud and cold, seguing into the account of his real motivations and actions with regard to Bingley and Jane. His tone gradually gentles through that part, culminating in some foreshadow-y quasi-regret that muddies the waters a little. But then with his supposed Hindley Earnshaw shenanigans with Wickham, there’s a sharp swerve. Everything we thought was wrong, and he’s completely blameless, and it’s even worse because actually Wickham has horribly wronged him, and on top of that, he’s softened far enough by that point that he goes out of his way to excuse her (/us) from blame, which makes it feel SUPER AWFUL, culminating in a gesture of remarkable trust and then for an absolute high note, the end: I will only add, God bless you. 

The 1995 can’t even work the line in. The 2005 has to do it visually (it is powerful in its own way, but still diminished and jumbled). So the emotional development through the letter and the emotional reaction to him are basically:

That’s a very different sort of emotional beat, that echoes what will happen through the rest of the story–Darcy is on the way up from that point on. And the closing line with his full name attached is important. AGHHHHHH

Cesare and Kuvira
it’s all crocordile’s fault! Juliana, I am sure you know some/all of this, but other people may read it, so I’m talking like you don’t, sorry :P Kuvira reminds me of Cesare Borgia, a lot. And this is why.

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thefladopus  asked:

Hello! Regarding your earlier great LOK comments, I wanted to ask you why you thought some people were more willing to excuse Korra's out of control attack on Tarrlok yet they judged her harshly during the early book 2 episodes when she was being bitchy yet slightly reasonable to be angry. Is it because Tarrlok was a villain and they justified just desserts vs Korra treating her mentor and father unfairly? Or is it a tendency to ignore occasions when a hero does something wrong? Thanks!

It’s actually interesting because I would argue that Korra’s anger at her father and Tenzin was entirely justified, and I was appalled that people considered her bitchy for criticizing them. That said, I do think that her indignation was framed by the show itself as disproportionate and somewhat petulant, particularly as the one validating her is … y’know. Unalaq.

Where Korra’s anger was wildly disproportionate and directed at an unfair target is with Mako. But in that case, many people were more likely to give her slack and to think Mako’s fear of her was comic or more of the waffling people had (more understandably) lost patience with long before. 

And yeah, I do think it’s that Tarrlok was Bad and Korra is Good, and also that in the specific situation he attacked first (she went picking a fight, but nevertheless she wasn’t the first one to break out the ice razors). So literally anything she did in response, even if he was disarmed, became morally justified. (I saw people arguing exactly this; it’s not an exaggeration.)

OTOH, Tonraq and Tenzin are also Good, and their poor choices for Korra and deception of her are known to be well-intentioned. If anything, they’re more clearly Good than Korra herself. So Korra lashing out at well-intentioned men became bitchy. 

Mako was still a massive fandom unfavourite in early S2, so Korra lashing out at him was okay and funny. But once Mako became well-liked in S3-4, it got used retroactively to condemn Korra all over again.

Backing away, though, we end up with the idea that:

1. burning a disarmed man alive is okay

2. lashing out at a partner to the point that they’re genuinely afraid of you and destroying their possessions at their place of work is okay

3. an adult woman rejecting the authority of her father and teacher over her is ungrateful and spoiled

4. a woman expressing anger over her family’s deception of her is ungrateful and spoiled

It was just … wtf; that said, I do think it wasn’t helped by the bizarre structuring and pacing of S1-2.

…one bnf reblog later, I belatedly wish I’d explained in the post rather than the tags the way I was using the different types of House qualities.

I wasn’t thinking, okay, you’ve got four Slytherin qualities and two Gryffindor ones, off to Slytherin you go, or even okay, we’ve got some Slytherin and Gryffindor, ergo Slytherdor.

I basically think of it as weighted. It’s not that the types of qualities are all of equal importance; someone with qualities from all four Houses could still come out a clear Ravenclaw (*cough*Darcy*cough*). Nor was I thinking that any type(s) of quality, even the defining one, is/are inherently Most Important. Rather I’m thinking of which characteristic(s) seem to be central to who a character is, which dominate their overall personality, things like that. I only think of characters as hybrids when it’s their most important, identity-shaping qualities that are split. But getting very similar qualities across the board can influence it too; a character who hits Hufflepuff on their essential and nonessential qualities is a very strong Hufflepuff, of course.

(The same reasoning goes for individual types of quality: if someone has Hufflepuff and Slytherin values, I’ll go with which predominates. In a conflict, would the value for power/reward beat out community and decency? If it’s still even or unclear, I split it.)

So, how I’d look at my faves:

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anonymous asked:

hey, hope I'm not bothering you, but I wanted to ask something. I believe Rey is a Skywalker, I think you do too, but recent events have made me worry they might have Rey's parents be complete strangers. There's merits to that, but I think it's v unfair to plaster Rey in everything Skywalker to such an extent... and not make her a Skywalker. I'll love Rey whatever (she's beating Luke as my fav, it's crazy) but it doesn't sit right with me if she's unrelated, she deserves more. What do you think?

Not at all! I’m busy, so it takes awhile to respond, but I never mind (respectful) asks :)

Yes, I’m on the Rey-is-a-Skywalker bandwagon (defining ‘Skywalker’ as ‘biological descendant of Shmi’). In-story, whatever, and I do understand the appeal of found family narratives etc. But the SW saga is about the Skywalkers. This isn’t just a matter of interpretation (however obvious):

The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films.

- Kathleen Kennedy

Rey is the protagonist of the ST. The primary narrative revolves around her. It associates her strongly with both Luke and Leia. If that narrative is to continue the Skywalker family story, the lead absolutely should be a Skywalker. 

Yes, there is a next-generation Skywalker—Ben—and yes, he’s a main character. But the story is not about him. Nor is it about Finn, though he’s certainly one of the leads (in the way that Obi-Wan in the PT and Han in the OT were). I cannot see the ST as continuing the overarching Skywalker story without a Skywalker lead, period. And I’m with you: I love Rey regardless, but I’d feel cheated if she doesn’t get to be the Skywalker lead of the Skywalker story.

There’s another remark, I think also from Kennedy, about how the ST is about families dealing with the legacy of the previous generation, though I can’t find it at the top of my head. But that’s there too.

Also making such a deal about Rey’s mysterious background is pretty damn absurd if she was abandoned by random people for some random reason. And we’ve been told that the revelation of her family will live up to the expectations that have been built. So while there’s a slim possibility that she’ll be a Kenobi or whatever, I think it’s overwhelmingly likely for her to be a Skywalker based on the in-story connections to Luke and Leia, and even more so for the Skywalker metanarrative.

self-praise meme

Stolen from ta-dala: Repost this, then list the six ten posts you’re proudest of (all lists should be in sets of ten and I am not obsessive at all)

I personally excluded fic, photosets, and reposts of old stuff

1) why I don’t like the dragon argument

Why I intensely dislike “if you can have dragons, you can have marginalized people in your fantasy,” as a member of several of those groups.

2) Cesare and Kuvira

I might have written a post comparing Kuvira from LOK and Cesare Borgia. I might have reblogged it with a works cited afterwards.

3) Ernil

Why I see Aragorn as a model Machiavellian prince (and yes, still a decent person).

4) Elizabeth’s grand theory of Faramirs

Book!Faramir and movie!Faramir are incomparable less because of different media, and more because they are completely dissimilar in pretty much every conceivable way.

5) untitled (quasi-narcissistic love)

Why character parallels are my great tropey weakness.

6) woobies (again) and arrows

Why glimmers of good qualities in a pretty nasty character, or vice-versa, appeal strongly to people and that’s okay.

7) why men need to stop whining about Fitzwilliam Darcy

Darcy is not the perfect man and he does not get completely transformed by love; he’s appealing to many women because he respects the woman he loves enough to actually listen to her, even when she’s partially wrong, and takes no for an answer.

8) Korra and elemental identity

Book 1!Korra is a waterbender by birth, but an earthbender by temperament; the strengths and values of water are something that she needs and begins to regain over the course of the season.

9) Borgias and Hogwarts Houses

Exactly what it says on the tin: chiefly discussing their character development through the lens of Slytherdor!Cesare and Slytherpuff!Lucrezia, with some Gryffindor!Juan, Slytherin!Rodrigo, Slytherdor!Vanozza, and Hufflepuff!Alfonso on the way.

(Never finished, but I do have about half of the final piece written >_>)

10) Elizabeth’s feelings about Darcy

Charting the development of Elizabeth’s love for Darcy from the Hunsford proposal onwards. Yes, literally everything. With quotes. Lots of quotes.

Honourable mentions: untitled (why the defenses of the white mcwhiteperson casting of the LOTR movies are fucked-up) and untitled (why I actually don’t like the C/L arc in S3, contrary to all appearances)

tagging: steinbecks, crocordile, greenkaorichan, ikkinthekitsune, kareenvorbarra, heckofabecca, hobbitballerina, quentyl, mahidevrans, thessalies

anonymous asked:

I don't understand, what are your feelings on the problem of Susan? I take it most people are angry, or at least disappointed, about the implications of her ultimate fate. You don't think it was problematic?

Of course it is. It comes out of virtually nowhere and is very, very gendered. What I dislike is the constant, uncritical parroting of things like this, which is virtually the only thing I ever see about her:

There comes a point where Susan, who was the older girl, is lost to Narnia because she becomes interested in lipstick. She’s become irreligious basically because she found sex. I have a big problem with that.” (JK Rowling)

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anonymous asked:

I feel bad for spaming your inbox, but if I ever got an account I'd seriously just reblog your whole blog XD Do you think real life L is closer to Showtime L (perhaps minus the killing)? Sometimes C comes off as having an unhealthy obsession with L in RL, with all the dead lovers he kills of hers, but I think the weirdest thing that no one really remarks all that much on is how ok with it ultimately L is? I mean to the point that it seems the obsession is mutual? Sure C lemme be your spy haha

Thanks :)

(Though in that case I hope you like Star Wars :D)

Showtime’s portrayal of Lucrezia is—well, honestly, I think it’s pretty messy. It seems that they’re simultaneously trying to portray the Lucrezia of real life, the Lucrezia of the Borgia myth, and the Lucrezia that suits the show’s narrative. Each of the three is compelling and a totally valid choice artistically, but the combination of all of them doesn’t always work well, and she’s often given less attention than Cesare and Rodrigo, so she seems very incoherent at times. 

So there are definitely things that I don’t think are true to Lucrezia the person (or even Lucrezia as-otherwise-characterized-in-the-show!). That said, I do feel that there’s always a respect for her—for the woman who inspired her, and the show tried to be fair to her even while incorporating the more sensationalist material. In particular, there’s a consistent effort to show a tension between the side of her that’s sly, cunning, manipulative, seeking and relishing power for both herself and her family, and her basic good nature and kindness. 

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