because it pretty much defines her as a character

Reasons why some people don’t like Yennefer

Having been part of the witcher fandom for more than a year now I have had all the time I needed to watch the never ending waifu war between Triss fans and Yen fans. And I’ve read a lot of things. Among other things, Triss fans saying again and again and again that “normal” people should choose Triss and that the one choosing Yen must have some kind of serious issues. On the other side, Yen fans seem so often desperate about the fact that the other team doesn’t see Yen’s true self and vulnerable side. I’ve also read so many times Triss fans saying that we don’t see Yen’s flaws and can’t stand it when people point them out. Today as a Yen fan (who happens to like Triss as well by the way, but this is not the point), I’m trying an experiment. I’ll try to find an answer to the “how can people not like Yennefer” question.

Well first I think that it was intentional from the very beginning. And when I say beginning I’m not talking about the games. Sapkowski himself stated that he never intended to write Yennefer as a likable character, as a character who would “please the reader”. And indeed to be honest Yen can be hard to like.
First because she hides who she is very well behind a cold and emotionless mask. And thing is, a lot of people won’t try to look beyond that mask, simply because a lot of people think that actions define who you are as a person. So if you act cold then you are cold. If you don’t show emotions then you don’t have them. If you pretend you don’t care, then you don’t. But fact is, life is not that simple. A lot of people actually hide their emotions in order to protect themselves, we all do to some extend. Yen is a master at that game and who could blame her knowing her past? That is a side of her personality to which I very strongly relate because I’m very much the same. For this reason maybe, I have become very good at noticing masks and people who use them and I always try to see beyond those masks. It’s something I do naturally, without even realizing it. And there are two things I learned from it : first, people who use masks and hide who they are at first are usually great people and they are worth the trouble, and second : some people will never be able to, or want to look beyond the masks. For that reason, to some people Yennefer will never be more than the cold, bossy woman you can see when you first meet her. And maybe they are not entirely wrong, because in a way Yen IS that cold, bossy woman, in her actions she is in any case. Plus I think it is not entirely wrong to say that what you choose to show the world about yourself defines you in a way. But I still think some people are missing half the information they need to see the big picture.

I know what some of you will think at that point : “But I’m pretty sure I understand Yennefer perfectly and I still don’t like her”. Well I think that’s very possible and once again very intentional. Because let’s face it, even beneath the mask Yennefer is not perfect at all. I love that character very much. I love how strong and resilient she is despite all she has been through. I love her self confidence probably because I would like to have a little bit more of that myself. I love the way she is willing to give everything she has and everything she is for the people she loves because I’m very much the same and can really relate to that. I love her wits, I love her sarcastic sense of humor. I love how smart she is, how much she loves to learn things, how good she is at teaching other people. I think she really has a good heart too, and as a matter of fact there are several examples of her randomly helping strangers in the books.
That being said I understand very well that there are downsides to all that. I understand that her self confidence can be seen as arrogance, especially when it leads her to make mistakes or to think that her way of getting things done is necessarily the best. I get that some people don’t like sarcasm. I know that sometimes Yen will see some sacrifices as « necessary » to protect the people she loves and will not hesitate to make these sacrifices and I get that some people will see that as selfish.
And I think all of this is great. I think it shows that the character is very realistic and very well written. Because here’s a fact : one cannot please everyone. The thing you love about someone could be the very reason why some others will dislike that person. And I love the fact that this is true of Yen (and every single character in the witcher books). I love that Sapkowski took that HUGE risk. Because yes most writers, especially fantasy writers, will prefer to write their main characters as unrealistic to make sure that every single reader out there will like them and thus like the book. Either that or they will write about a huge cast of characters, because when you write about a lot of characters every reader can find one they like (that would be, let’s say G.R.R Martin’s style). Sapkowski didn’t do any of that. He kept a small cast of three main characters and yet decided to write them as flawed, and realistic, and somehow not entirely likable. And I admire him for that, it makes me love his writing and Yen as a character even more.

So yes, Yennefer cannot be liked by everyone who reads the books, that’s a fact, but what about the games. Well even though the games are not perfect regarding the way they wrote her I think overall they did a really great job, and to some extend everything I’ve said so far about the books stays true in the games. But I also think that CDPR’s take on the universe gave people more reasons not to like Yennefer, artificial reasons this time.
First, well obviously Yen is not in the first two games and CDPR presented in those games the Triss romance as “obvious” without giving the player any background from the books. I must say that I have played the games first and well I kinda liked Triss and I kinda liked the romance with her. I wasn’t THAT much of a fan, it wasn’t one of my all time favorite ships, but well it was kinda nice. And even though I didn’t think the chemistry between Triss and Geralt was that great I still thought of Yen as a bit of an intruder before playing the third game. So I can very well imagine the way some people, the ones who were really invested in the Triss/Geralt relationship, felt about it. I mean it happens to me sometimes when I play a new game, or read a new book to kinda “hope” that it won’t be that great because I want my old favorite stuff to still be my favorite and I feel kinda guilty about feeling otherwise. It’s stupid maybe, but I get that sense of loyalty to something you like very much. And in order to protect that love you have for the old stuff sometimes you voluntarily don’t see how great the new stuff is. I’m not saying here that all Triss fans still prefer Triss because they are being reluctant to let go of her and see how great Yen is. But I think it does have an impact on the way some people see Yen as a character. I think they “have” to dislike Yen in order to make sure that she won’t interfere with their canon romance, with the picture they have in mind.

Finally, I think unfortunately that the games have had an impact on the way people see the books, and this is the thing that makes me just a little bit sad. Because the last point I think is relevant to understand the way people see Yen is the fact that everyone is reluctant to change their opinions on things. Once you think you know something and have made up your mind about how you feel about that thing it takes a very open minded person and some kind of courage and effort to change your point of view. And even though I really like CDPR’s take on Yennefer, I do think that they didn’t show the entire picture. And I’ve seen so many people reading the books after having played the games and taking their opinion on the characters with them and transposing those opinions into the books and having an interpretation of the books which is in some way based on the games. And I think it’s a shame. Because fact is, whether you like the books or the games better is up to you BUT the games are based on the books, not the other way around. Meaning that CDPR’s characters are an adaptation of the books characters, they are CDPR’s view on the characters. So transposing CDPR’s characters into the books is a little bit like choosing deliberately to see only one side, one interpretation of the characters instead of seeing the whole picture and making your own interpretation. It’s a bit like seeing the sunlight through a green glass and then being able to only see it through that same glass even though you are missing on a whole part of it. Or to use Sapkowski’s own words it’s like mistaking the stars reflected in a pond at night for those in the sky.

I have to add there that I don’t intend to start yet another waifu war with this post, I’m not blaming anyone, just trying to understand the way people see Yen as a character and how the games can have an impact on the way people see the books. I am fully aware that this is not a one sided thing, that some Yen fans also have a need to dislike Triss for some reason, that some of them won’t like her in the games because of the books, or the other way around and that could probably make a topic for another post just like this one. This post only intended to make people reflect on the issue so please read it with an open mind.

Lucifer - Seasons 1 & 2 (but mostly 2)

Once again, a show that surprised me in a very good way. I liked Lucifer at first, but I never though in the beginning it would become one of my most anticipated shows.

I was like loving Lucifer, Linda and Maze from the get go, but the others were kinda “meh” and I found Chloe, Dan and Amenadiel very bland, especially in comparison. Since she was supposed to be the female interest, I was a little thrown off, because the main duo didn’t work out for me.

But then, every one of them (and I literally mean “everyone”, this is not often a show flips me over so much. Totally changed my mind when the start wasn’t that good imo) started to grow on me and became more and more interesting by the minute.

From Lucifer to Trixie, with Amenadiel, Lucifer’s mom, his “dad”, Chloe, Dan, Ella… This became the kind of show where I could tell “If the writers harm a soul, any soul, they’ll have to fight me (although Maze doesn’t have a soul but don’t touch her also)”. And frankly, I never though Lucifer would get me that way.

THAT is a great surprise. THAT is what all shows should aim for, and what I’m looking for now in a TV show. Most of the ones I watch are like that now, or at least to my satisfaction it is. And that feels fucking good.

So, basically, season 1 only was there to slowly get me to care about all of them before they added more. Since I was with a little prejudice before, I probably didn’t enjoyed it to its fullest.

But what sealed the deal for me was season 2. Season 2 was marvelous in terms of storytelling and character growth and relationships between all of them.

I mean the concept behind his relationships with others alone is fascinating.

I’ve loved seeing Linda process the fact Lucifer was really the devil (like she didn’t jumped in right away like “Yeah, okay, you’re the devil, whatevs”, but ultimately, her loyalty remained with him and Maze) and becoming closer to Maze and forming an amazingly touching and beautiful and genuine friendship.

I love how Maze allows herself more to need people and tell them so. Even Lucifer in the end got that he hurt her. And she would go at great lengths to protect Chloe or Linda too now, you can’t convince me otherwise.

And did I mentioned I loved Ella’s adding to the cast ? The mum character is great too, and I really believe God Johnson was a manifestation of his father. Otherwise, how would he know about Lucifer’s real name ? How would he not react to Lucifer’s red eyes when he asks him angrily to apologize ?

And more importantly, why was he not affected by Lucifer’s “What do you desire ?” if he was just a stranger believing he was god ?

As to why the mother didn’t feel anything, I think it’s because it was just kind of a manifestation, but not him fully possessing someone to appear on earth.

Can we talk about how everyone was worried sick for Linda ? Maze was crying her heart out for Amenadiel to help, she broke my heart. She needed so much her little Linda to survive. I’m almost tearing up again writing that, still a little emotional about it.

And Lucifer wanting immediately to get to Linda as soon as his mother flees. Amenadiel had to say he would take care of her for Lucifer to focus again on the task.

I mean, I already loved her from day one. But ever since Lucifer revealed his true face to her, she’s been even more of a blessing. She’s the best and most loyal friend the world ever bare (at least this one).

The little speech she gave Lucifer in the end made me tear up. It was beautiful and so… heartwarming.

I often go on and on about Linda and Maze, because ever since they’ve started having scenes together, I saw their chemistry and how much I loved them both together and as individuals.

The moment where Linda learns about Lucifer and doesn’t wanna see Maze and they end up talking it out through the door : it gave me so much feels and they do it everytime.

But my little comic “discussion” posts don’t reflect how much I cherish the relationship between Lucifer and Linda. Because the growth on this relationship is amazing. 

And the little scene between them at the end of season 2 finale has to be my favorite for them so far. I mean, the feels, but also… In the midst of conversation, Lucifer realizes something for himself. Yet, after he vocalized it, he says like immediately right after “But let’s focus on you”.

And I know he’s gonna be like that if Linda’s not well, because she’s his friend. But I find this little sentence so simple yet, full of meaning. And I love that little detail.

Oh and can we talk about how Linda didn’t flinch first in front of THE Goddess ? Like, she knew she was getting hurt and possibly killed horribly, but she still chose to resist giving the information before she couldn’t take it anymore.

Just so she could protect Lucifer’s secret ! I’m… This woman will be the death of me, she’s too precious. I mean, she risked her life for this. I’m still sobbing. My poor Linda and her gigantic heart.

Frankly, I was mad as hell Charlotte (we’re gonna call her Charlotte, it’s simpler than “The Goddess” and faster to type) hurt Linda. Like, she’s in the holy trinity for me of “You don’t touch him/her or there’ll be trouble”.

But I also like the mother character very much. And ultimately, I kinda understood where she could come from.

Because I don’t think she ever intended on hurting people from the get go, even though I thought she was only trouble at first. But I was kinda wrong.

The big thing that defined Charlotte the whole way was her love for her children. That and she was pretty pissed at God for making her suffer so much and being basically a deceptive and MIA bastard.

BUT, I get from that she is a mother. And all she wanted to do from day one was to protect and maybe avenge her children. She went to great lengths to do that, even if that meant there would be casualties.

The fact in their last moments together, Lucifer had to tell her about war, and casualties, and the fact that basically people would suffer says tons to me. I think she really didn’t realize.

She kinda knew, but she was so focused on getting her children with her, keeping them safe, that she ultimately lost track of everything else. Not to mention she’s not any kind of mother.

She’s an overprotective (kinda) mother with creation powers. So yeah, she’s a ticking time bomb, but it’s not really her fault. To me, she has too much strength for her wrath. And she doesn’t mean wrong. But her love for her sons is brighter and prevails.

So of course she’s gonna hurt people getting in the way. And if the result is far worse than intended, it’s just because her power is too much, even for herself sometimes.

Overall, I’m going to miss her deeply.

I loved the weird friendship taking place between Dan and Amenadiel.

Frankly, those two are cinnamon rolls who don’t get enough credit already ! I’m so glad Dan finally found out Charlotte was Luci’s mom. Like I knew the “you’d be Lucifer’s dad” joke would come back. And it was priceless.

I was sad, however, to see him hurt in the end by this cold “who are you ?”. I was starting to ship them a bit, so I hope he’ll learn about all this someday and understands WHO he’s been sleeping with. (Spoiler alert : it’s a big divine who)

Amenadiel is hilarious in the finale, and the way he protect those people now. Not to mention he’s the reason Linda’s still alive, so thanks for that.

So Lucifer is mum’s favorite and Amenadiel is daddy’s boy ? I love this little detail ! Like this show is surreal sometimes. It knows what his audience wants and doesn’t even know they want (or so it seems).

Even the way Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship had been treated is unusual. And I didn’t thought I would ship it at first, but they’re cute and it feels natural. And I’m rooting for Chloe to know everything there is to know, and finally seeing the light (well, i mean…).

Because I want relationships to tighten even more. It worked wonders with Linda, so I have faith it will only be more meaningful afterwards. (But I’m wondering if Dan and Ella would learn about it ultimately).

And god, I could go on for hours. I love this show. I want more rn !

I’m so so glad they have a supersized third season due to the four remaining episodes they got in bonus. They so deserve the expansion, and frankly, I trust them so far to do the right thing with the extra amount of episodes.

They already proved us they were capable of constructing a story interesting and complex, and touching without resorting to classic storylines (at least not so much, some parts are bound to be kept as intended in the original story, I think) and showing beautiful and genuine relationships between its characters.

I think not everybody can pull a 22 episodes thing and get it right. But Lucifer already did a marvelous job with 18 episodes in season 2 . They only have to do it for 4 more in season 3 (well 8 more, but I think they already have the story so far for the four remaining of season 2 pushed to season 3, so it’s no brainer imo).

But I’m not a TV show writer, so I don’t know. We’ll see. I might not be so much on tumblr this summer (I hope to get on with my projects, among other things), expect for Killjoys, Dark Matter and Game of Thrones, of course.

Otherwise, I’ll probably see you in the fall !

In S1E1, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl each explain how to summon their gem weapons and their explanations make the process seem as if it’s something personal and specific to each of them. But when you think about it….

Pearl- become attuned to the flow of the planet and “dance” with it.
Amethyst- it happens when you need it to.
Garnet- channel the energy of the universe.

They’re all saying the same thing, just in their own ways. Pearl is analytical and uses an esoteric metaphor, Amethyst doesn’t think that hard about it and is more instinctual, and Garnet isn’t good at explaining herself since her mind is a conversation. Basically, the idea is that summoning your weapon or using your powers is a natural thing and it has to be second nature like using a part of your body. Which is why Steven’s powers in the beginning are unreliable, at the mercy of his emotions, and frequently activated by sheer accident. Channeling the universe or dancing like a petal falling from a tree are just flowery ways of saying you need to be in tune with yourself and the world around you….like meditating or communing with nature or some similar spiritual activity. Amethyst pretty much lived like a wild animal until Rose found her, so as I said, she wasn’t much help to Steven because she’s a creature of instinct. It’s been second nature to her since she emerged from the ground. You can’t ask a fish how it knows to swim. Garnet being in tune with herself and her powers is pretty much her defining trait as a character due to being a fusion. Her entire existence is having inner peace; the core of her being is the harmony and love between Ruby and Sapphire. It’s her identity. It’s something she lives and breathes, but she can’t explain it any more than you can explain why or how you have the gender or orientation you do. She simply is. Pearl offers the most insightful explanation, but her metaphor about how even the seemingly random falling of petals is still part of the planet’s rhythm is wholly lost on Steven. Plus, becoming one everything is still an abstract concept that a child won’t comprehend right off the bat and certainly won’t be able to simply “do” just because he wants to. Try to fall asleep. Try to relax. Try to be happy. As a pearl who wasn’t meant to have the same identity as other gems or do the same things as other gems, it makes sense that she would offer what would theoretically be the most help since she had to learn all this herself too. It was a matter of Pearl not being able to properly metabolize complex information for Steven that prevented him from taking away anything of use to him. She was the karate instructor talking about Buddhist teachings to the student who joined so he could chop cinder blocks in half. But I guess that explains why Pearl is the one in charge of training Steven and Connie in combat, since fighting isn’t intrinsic to her being and she learned it from scratch the way Steven and Connie are now. She might not be able to explain certain things to Steven, but she appears to comprehend their mechanisms to a better degree than Amethyst or Garnet.

Steven’s folly in the series is thinking his powers are something separate from him that he simply activates, like pulling a parachute’s cord or using a remote control. He thinks he summons his shield by eating ice cream or heals things by slapping his spit on them, not realizing the key to these abilities lies in his spiritual balance and willpower. He couldn’t fuse until he forged the sort of intimate bonds with his peers that are needed for trusting your partner with the light that your body becomes. And his growth only truly began when he learned the true nature of gems and accepted that he is a gem rather than a human with a gem.

In short, Steven’s journey in mastering his powers is essentially a journey in discovering himself. Which we all know by this point.

You know what, Danny Phantom was, imho, one of the best shows because it had so many things that make me think back and reflect on how genuinely awesome the female characters were.

First of all, they were great. I personally admire the fact that the creators had a Mexican girl be the popular, pretty girl that everyone wanted to go out with and everyone wanted to be friends with. I know she’s Mexican because I distinctly remember Paulina going out to pick up her dress for her quinceañera, which is a Mexican tradition for girls who are having 15th birthday parties. Instead of having a typical, expected American girl be the popular girl, it was this girl with dark skin and an accent. As a Mexican girl, I loved Paulina, even if she was superficial and somewhat fake. It makes me feel good to see that kind of representation because she was pretty and everyone liked her, which break a lot of stereotypes about Mexican girls.

We also have Valerie, a black girl who is utterly amazing and very smart. She is made out to be the villain on some occasions, but she had legitimate reasons to antagonize Danny. She was a do-gooder in her eyes for wanting to take care of the ghost boy. But her character received a lot of development, which I’m very happy for because she was shown to be strong and fun and interesting. She and Danny even came close to being a couple! The romance didn’t define her character, but her courage and boldness did. She took on ghosts on her own and she kicked ass! I’m so happy she was given so much depth!

Jazz is also pretty great. We would expect for her to be useless, but she’s so clever. She figured out Danny’s secret all on her own and early on in the show, and she respected her brother’s privacy. She took interest and looked into ghost stuff to look out for her brother, and she’s pretty brave! She even took on her brother! I like her because she’s the smart one, but she’s not Ms. Perfect, even if everyone paints her to be that. She is a major support to her brother and she cares so much about him. She’s not the obnoxious know it all sister, either. She is really interesting.

And then, there’s Danny’s mom, Maddie. This one kicks ass so hard. She’s so cool, she can fight a bear and win. She’s not the typical housewife. She’s a genius and can build equipment and keeps her husband in line, and she’s such a delight because people like her presence. She’s not very silly like her husband, but she still has fun. She’s such a strong mom. She’s an acrobat and she’s so ready for anything and she doesn’t need anyone to help her be a badass. She just chooses to be by her husband’s side.

Sam is a ride of a character. She is like the embodiment of the phrase “fuck the system”. She doesn’t give in the gender roles or society’s expectations of being a peppy, preppy feminine girl that wears the frilly dresses her mother buys her. She’s very independent and doesn’t let people convince her to stop being a vegetarian or a goth girl or herself. She likes dark things and black and she wears things that make her comfortable and doesn’t get affected by people if they make fun of her. She even feels uncomfortable being girly and that’s great! She even dislikes being in the sun. And she’s not a rebellious girl ,though she gets caught up in the messes Danny gets her and Tucker into. She’s kind of a brilliant character. She’s very resistant and strong-willed and tough. And even with her crush on Danny, it doesn’t make her love-struck or distracted. She’s focused and she’s always ready to help and she’s a real friend who has Danny’s and Tucker’s backs.

These ladies are so precious because they’re unique and have a very special touch to them. I could go on about the rest of the girls, but I’m tired of typing on my phone. I just wanted to point out how awesome these ladies are and how Danny Phantom let them all shine. None of them depended on men to get where they wanted to go or to take care of what they had to do. They’re very A+, which makes DP A+ as well. 👌👏👏👏

I have mixed feelings about people arguing that Fiona’s too overly sexualized. On one hand, I can kind of agree and see what they mean, but on the other it makes complete sense that she would. For starters, the whole theme of the game is about the female body and sexual desires.

Large breasts and wide hips are a sign of fertility.

Debilitas doesn’t really come into this, since he doesn’t see her as a sexual object. He’s essentially a child and sees her as this pretty little doll in an equally as pretty costume. Any child will want something that they think is pretty, especially when it comes to dolls and their imaginations, simply because they associate prettiness with something positive. For all we know, Debi could have honestly thought Fiona was playing with him throughout the whole thing instead of him just wanting to play with her.

Daniella, however, is a bit more interesting. This thin, beautiful and slender woman is completely envious of Fiona who is this curvaceous, fully grown and mature adult with everything that’s to be desired about the female form. She cannot see past her own image as being incomplete because she lacks the things that make her a ‘true’ woman. But is it just the womb that she’d believe would make her a true woman? She hates her own reflection and destroys any mirror she passes by. You can’t see the womb on the outside of the body, so regardless of whether or not she knows if she has one, I think she easily compares her outer appearance with that of Fiona’s and gets angry that she’s far from being what she personally believes to be the epitome of female desire. This is completely up for interpretation of course, but I’m sure you get what I mean.

Riccardo and Lorenzo pretty much speak for themselves. Both of them want to impregnate her to make use of her Azoth, but it’s clear that both of them find her sexually attractive. She was purposefully exploited by the characters in this sense, because they were the ones who framed her body with clothes that would define her sexual appeal and objectify her as a trophy to be won.

From an in-game perspective, Fiona doesn’t choose the environment she’s in. She doesn’t choose to wear those clothes. Fiona is just a normal girl thrown into a world where the antagonists want her for what she is, not who she is.

Yes, it goes against her character to be so overly sexualised since Fiona is reserved, timid and modest, but she can’t help her physical appearance. She didn’t decide to have large breasts or wide hips, and yet she’s sexualised for having them. That’s a struggle a lot of women face.

The Search, its problems, and how to fix it.  Part 5, Azula

I’ve written extensively about “The Search” ATLA comics, how they’ve disappointed me, and how I would have done them differently

I’ve written about Ursa, Ozai, Zuko, and explained my idea for a rewrite.

But I haven’t talked about Azula yet.

This one will be brief compared to my others, because I feel my issues with Azula can be more quickly explained.

So here it is, Azula, her problems, and some ways we could fix them.

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anonymous asked:

I like Piz, I would date Piz. He is the type of guy I wish to marry one day. In real life, I hope guys like him still exists. I think Piz would actually be good for Veronica’s well being. He would save her from her own self-destruction. I’m team Piz solely for the fact that I think more girls should be team Piz in their own lives. If only more people root for the nice guys instead of the bad boys. What's wrong with boring? What's wrong with having a nice job and a nice guy who loves you? Wake up

Because none of that appeals to Veronica.

She doesn’t need to be “saved”. She saves herself. Piz doesn’t understand that fact, which is why he doesn’t belong in a noir world.

Yes. In “real life”, I’m sure a nice, boring, 9 to 5 guy like Piz is better than a roller coaster ride. I’m sure it’s less stressful and more stable.

But Veronica Mars isn’t real life. It’s fiction. And in fiction, there’s nothing worse than boring. Boring makes people stop tuning in. It makes them stop caring. And if all a character brings to the table is “not a bad boy”, and has no other defined characteristics… that’s fucking boring. Why is he better for Veronica other than being Not!Logan? Because that’s all there is to him. He’s Not!Logan. And he doesn’t understand and support Veronica. Which is why he’s not right for Veronica.

I’m sure he’s right for plenty of women out there in the world. But he’s not right for her. And that’s why he gets so much shit. Because he’s a character on a television show that adds nothing to said television show.

(also, Logan joined the Navy and became a fighter pilot. I’m pretty sure that covers the “nice job” part. And he’s been in love with Veronica for years, so I’m pretty sure that covers the “nice guy who loves you” part. So I mean…)

Sam Alden’s Hawaii 1997: Extended Thoughts on Male POV Romance

Sam Alden’s Ignatz award winning comic Hawaii 1997 presents another example of the male romance pov. In Hawaii 1997, Alden doesn’t make the same mistake that the film Spring made, no part of the emotional resonance of the comic is weighted upon anything about the woman in the story.  Alden’s comic represents a more traditional set of values for the straight male romance narrative–which is that fundamentally, the story is not about a male and a female, but about a male, and his feelings.  The woman in these stories is a objectified place holder on which the male POV is allowed to reflect it’s merits as a character.

So for instance, Annie Hall, exists to be the girl at the end of Woody Allen’s affections, which allow for his character to come tho the forefront and entertain us.  The male POV in a romance is designed to act as a fantasy for the viewer onto themselves.  These stories rest how compelling they are on the extent to which we find our central figure compelling.  He has to be someone that feels in some ways better than us, but in other ways flawed in the ways in which we  could overcome.  I don’t think it’s a mistake that as hollywood has perfected this narrative, that role has most successfully been played by comedic actors.

Alden doesn’t give us a compelling male lead–but through his art style and perspective, by suggesting to us form and character–he forces you to meet the book slightly past halfway(he literally draws the reader in at one part, as our eyes blur with Sam’s).  The story largely succeeds or fails at that point based upon how fully you can fill in all of the gaps Alden has left.

The story we get is woman as young girl, as gold coin to unlock and achieve through mastery of a game–she pretty much appears to the male character for expressly this purpose.  Her existence in the comic is completely defined as the fantasy that she is able to successfully create for Sam and the reader.  She engages Sam and the comic to chase her, before finally positing herself balefully out of grasp.  She transforms into: the one who got away; who says this is a haunting I have given you, and you will be marked with it.  And because the comic has so shoved us into it’s skin to this point, the way we take that information is as the gold coin removing itself, as a time spanning wound–we feel her lack, as a cruel joke on what we deserve–which is to possess her.

This is a very effective message, both because of the suggestive nature of the art, and because it is a central cultural myth for the men of at least western culture–that the world is his to possess–that women are subservient to his desires; and that if he fails to love, it is not for a lack in him, but out of cruel violation by the woman of her part in this play.  Hawaii 1997 affirms the male tears for every girl he thought should have loved him, but for some reason beyond his understanding eluded his grasp.

It is okay to have that as what your art is about.  It is as I say, a story as old as patriarchal time.  But it is also a parlor of cheap tricks and easy affirmations pushing a status quo that over half of the population has seen the other side of.  Making your male pov character an empty cipher through which traditional straight male values can flow through to depict women as cruel is cheap poker.  Is that a phrase, “cheap poker”?  Let’s pretend it is.  It’s cheap, it’s easy.  And if you’ve ever been a woman who has seen the tears of a man’s entitled unrequited affections–you can’t help but roll your eyes.  It’s the comic equivalent of calling your ex a bitch just because she dumped you–but Alden doesn’t even give us a meaningful romance to justify even that.  This is the barest most minimal bones necessary to cry about a woman not doing what you felt entitled to her doing.

It’s very successful, and I think that’s what a lot of critics responded to when it won an Ignatz, but I think the question should have been asked “successful at what?”

And though the stylistic choices work to the extent that they are effective in creating both an atmosphere, and a visual that requires the reader to animate it–it is fair to say there’s a lot in it that looks really lazy.  The shapes and forms in general are pretty boring to look at.  They are largely masked though by shadow, and a two panel per page format which rushes you along like a worried supervisor.  There are a few panels worth lingering on, but they are far and few between.  As a stylistic choice, it’s short term pay offs in atmosphere are hampered by the long term hindrances they present if you y’know wanted to re-read it.  Which in a story so slight of frame, and so short on challenging narrative–is a fairly damning thing.

This comic then ends up at the same place that Spring(2015) did–it all hinges on one thing, and you either buy it, or you don’t.  At least, Spring (2015) had cool special effects too.

And while certainly Alden has moved onto bigger and brighter things from this story that was released a few years ago, I think it was and still is emblematic of a strain of comics which confuse ugliness with sincerity, and feelings(especially male feelings) with having something to say.

Validated dudes passing off easy coded messages to the rest of dudedom, and they call it deep.

I mean on the plus side it wasn’t a cute motivational comic, I guess.


un-memories  asked:

1/2 So I come from a super small rural town where it's actually pretty rare to see a POC. I've only talked face-to-face with a POC a handful of times. One of my main characters in a story I've just started is a POC, which does play into the plot, but I'm pretty nervous about messing something up or accidentally stereotyping her, which is the last thing I want to do. She's of Egyptian decent and I have no idea where to start. I'm not even sure how to describe her skin color, because I don't

2/2 want to use food names to describe it. Also, do you have any general stereotypes to avoid? Thanks so much!

Egyptian Woman Characters

Is she Black Egyptian, Arab Egyptian or…? Anyhow, I can’t tell you exactly where to start because her being Egyptian doesn’t define who she is. There might be some cultural aspects that come into play, depending on her upbringing and home life, but really the culture in which she lives her daily experience is going to speak more of her than just her being Egyptian.

What’s the dominant culture that she grew up in? How much (or little) does her family’s culture play a role into her life and influence her dress, speech, beliefs, mannerisms?

Develop her personality before you get caught up in writing a “x character” well. Then delve into learning about her culture(s) which might involve research on said cultures (seek first hand accounts and works by Egyptian people first) as well as speaking with Egyptian people willing to discuss how you’re representing them.

As for stereotypes, googling “Egyptian Stereotypes” would be a start.

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~Mod Colette

anonymous asked:

question: do you think it's valid to interpret willow as bisexual? it seemed like her feelings for both xander and oz were pretty significant, and obviously bi women can fall for women just as hard as lesbians do.

I’m a straight woman, so I think my opinion really doesn’t amount to a hell of a lot here. Lesbians and bisexual women are infinitely more qualified than me to address this. What I’ll mostly pass along is my understanding of some issues around these ideas, but I do recommend talking it out with people directly affected by those interpretations.

In a broad sense, in my opinion, every interpretation is valid. Interpretation and connection with characters and their stories are deeply personal things, and I’m not comfortable with the idea of anyone attempting to police that or enforce specific viewpoints on others. I’m not saying everyone has to agree, and I’m not saying everyone has to link hands and sing songs with someone whose interpretation clashes with or even offends theirs. See previous re: interpretation is personal. I’m pretty much not going to hang with someone who looks at Rei Hino and sees nothing but a cruel abusive Usagi-hating bitch, but that’s the point where I quietly hit the back button and leave them to their corner of the internet. Agreeing with me isn’t a requirement of having an interpretation.

That said, I think it’s important to be aware of (or at least open to the possibility, as none of us are born with perfect knowledge) that some interpretations can and sometimes are harmful. This is particularly true of minorities, where representation is already so incredibly difficult to find.

In a lot of instances, from my understanding, claiming a lesbian character as bisexual gets side eyed hard because so often it’s used not truly in service of greater diversity for bisexual characters, but to erase the character’s lesbianism. Michiru is a perfect example of this, where because she’s femme – and thus outside a very narrow idea of what a lesbian “is supposed” to be while also not existing for the male gaze – that she should instead be paired with a man. It’s particularly frustrating with something like Sailor Moon, where SO MANY characters could easily lend themselves to bisexual interpretations and headcanons, that it wouldn’t necessitate taking representation away from anyone but the straight people. And speaking as a straight people, WE’RE DOING FINE IN THAT DEPARTMENT.

This leads us to Willow, and that’s obviously a more complicated issue. There’s an unforgivable lack of representation for both lesbians and bisexuals, and Willow’s canonically been involved in romantic and sexual relationships with men prior to meeting Tara. I don’t feel qualified to talk much on the larger implications of representation there. What I will say though is that Willow HERSELF identifies as a lesbian, more than once, after she’s in a committed relationship with Tara. That it’s often done in a humourous way (the infamous, “Hello, gay now!”) doesn’t change the fact that it’s what she says of herself and is reflected in her relationships both with Tara and then Kennedy.

Sexuality can be a fluid thing, so might Will at some point reexamine herself and identify as bisexual instead? I’d say I could see it. Part of Willow’s personality is defining herself through labels, and I don’t think it would be out of character for her to have grabbed and displayed “lesbian” because “Well I’m with Tara now so that’s what I am”. But I can also see Willow as someone whose pre-Tara life experiences led her to conclusions about herself that later turned out to not be true. It doesn’t negate her crush on Xander (though Willow pretty much negated that one herself), and it doesn’t wipe out that she truly loved Oz. It just means society is a narrow and kind of inflexible thing sometimes and that it can take a long while for someone to discover who they really are.

Ultimately – since you’re asking the question – I suppose what I’d say is to have a good think about WHY you’re wanting to interpret Willow as bisexual. Those reasons are yours, and you don’t owe me (or anyone) any explanations. But consider it. Is there a reason you don’t care to see her as a lesbian? Be honest with yourself, and consider your answer from there.

anonymous asked:

You know when I followed you, you seemed like you were really positive female characters. I've never seen you posting any rude slut shaming posts about characters but I have to admit your hatred for Elena is really annoying and off putting like I get that you ship bamon but you seem to tear down Elena an unnecessary amount like I get that she has her flaws but you just seem to hate everything she does. Idk I just think that we should be uplifting and supporting of all female characters

So first off I want to applaud your commitment. I’m not gonna lie I always thought Elena stans were myths, you know like unicorns or reverse racism, but clearly someone out here stans for her so kudos. Now onto your message 

I’m not quite sure who told you this but contrary to popular belief I do not have to like a character just because that character is female. I don’t have to support a terribly misogynistic trash bag of a character just because. So no I’m absolutely not going to support every female character, if she’s written like crap and stripped of every redeeming quality she has I’m not going to pretend the sun shines out of her ass because she is a girl. 

I don’t hate everything Elena does for the record. I hate when she behaves like a self serving jack ass but is treated like shes a pinnacle of compassion and morality when that hasn’t been the case since season 1 if ever. I don’t even dislike Elena because she’s a selfish, entitled, moronic little twit I could deal with that, my irritation and hatred of Elena’s character comes from the fact that NO ONE else treats her like she’s a selfish twat. 

I read most of the TVD books (until the ghost writer books because those are trash) and tbh Elena is written almost exactly how she is in the books and I actually loved Elena in the book and do you know why?? Because the book acknowledged that she was a severely fucked up character and had HER acknowledge that she was a severely fucked up and I loved them for that. I loved the fact that Elena could be cruel, calculating, manipulative, and a downright awful person on occasion (just like on the show). I loved the fact that she would commit grand acts of heroism, not because she was a good person but she loved the praise and admiration that would come from Stefan and or her friends. She was a disturbing complex fucking character and the narrative actually acknowledged that unlike this show. This show gives us all of Elena’s selfish sociopathic tendencies without allowing her to have an ounce of culpability. If they would allow Elena to be herself while still reminding the audience that hey just because your pretty and popular, you still cant be an asshole or all of your friends are gonna say fuck off and leave you to rot than I could find myself a lot more on board with her character. 

Instead we get Elena being an asshole and everyone rushing to protect her, and guard her precious doppleganger feelings while actual characters worthy of the audiences love, respect, and admiration are shuffled off to the side to die a thousand times and treated as disposable sidekicks. I’m trying really hard not to assume your a DE fan but idk what else to think when you bring up me shipping bamon as a reason to not like Elena. Would you look at that I just wrote almost three paragraphs about my dislike of Elena without bringing up any ships???!!! It’s almost as if Elena’s a shit character and I don’t need to hide behind a ship to see that. Lol like where the hell have you been?? pretty much nobody likes Elena, she’s not a relatable character, nobody has it in them to root for her because she’s been pretty awful lately.

I will never root for Elena just because she’s a girl that’s just not me. I need so much more than that, its not my job to root for every female character just because, its the writers job to write complex characters that the audience can root for and relate too and that hasn’t been Elena’s character since season 3. I don’t need to see a pretty, selfish girl whose never held accountable for her actions, that’s not appealing to me at all. Give me more Caroline Forbes’ and Bonnie Bennetts. Give me characters that kick ass but are still vulnerable, give me characters that don’t define themselves by a man, give me characters who are always trying to be better. Give me characters who I can empathize with. Give me characters with consequences

Kay, can I just say that after thinking about it, it’s actually really awesome that when Daenerys is talking to Khal Moro, she doesn’t use the fact that she was the wife of a Khal to get respect.

Like, Daenerys is her own person, she has accomplished so much and has conquered whole cities and people and has three dragons (sort of) under her command. Being Khal Drogo’s wife was only one small part of her life and certainly isn’t what defines her. It’s all the other titles that she has earned on her own; Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Stormborn, Queen of Mareen, Breaker of Chains, etc. She gave every title that belonged solely to her, that she earned herself, before revealing that she was also once Khal Drogo’s Khaleesi. 

That is what makes Daenerys such a great character to me. She is not going to rely upon her status as the ‘wife of a ruler’ to define her or garner her respect, because she is now a ruler in her own right, a Queen and so much more. 

anonymous asked:

Did people trend things such as "lincoln deserved better" or "ricky deserved better" since he has been bullied by Jason? Nope, don't think so. When I said that I'm sick of people always bringing up the fact that Lexa is lesbian is because she's so much more than that. Her sexuality doesn't define who she is (even if the lgbt community may see itself in this character which I totally understand and even agree on). What made me angry is the way she died and how Jason used the fandom to get ratings

pretty sure “lincoln deserved better” will be worlwide trending right after the episode. mark my words.  

anonymous asked:

Why do you think donna meagle deserved better? I'm not disagreeing with you but I wanna know why you think that. I think she does too but can't define exactly why :-)

She deserved

  • More screen time
  • More plotlines of her own
  • For her dating lifestyle to be acknowledged as a valid way to live your life and not a phase
  • More screentime
  • For her wedding vows to not be so ridiculously out of character
  • More time with pretty much all characters because her dynamics with everyone are amazing
  • To be less stereotypical (”sassy black woman”) (if black women are reading this and feel like I’m wrong, please speak up, you have complete authority over me in this matter)
  • More screentime
  • A better wardrobe most of the time
  • For that hairdo in S1 never to have existed

jayzjerin  asked:

Woah, funny how you mentioned how crazy Riley went about Maya taking a necklace that was sitting there "for months gathering dust" just because it "didn't belong to her" I know it's not always about the ships, but that totally reminds me of how Maya kinda "took" (for the lack of better words) Lucas after he and Riley's romance had been pretty much stagnant for a while because Riley wasn't able to handle it all that well either.

You’re right, I wasn’t really thinking about ships in that particular instance. And I have to go through more eps before I commit myself fully to what I’m about to say, but…

I think it really ties into Riley as a character, and how she defines herself by things external to her. What others think about her matters more than what she thinks of herself. She goes beyond simply taking her parents as role-models, and literally says: “I think I’m unique. He’s Cory. She’s Topanga. But I’m both.” (GM C&T) - the latter part of that sentence kinda contradicts the first in my book (you can take from your parents; you can have some of their attributes and they raise you, but saying you are them is a step above). And I haven’t rewatched GM Father yet, but I remember thinking “chill out, honey” when Riley breaks a very sweet moment between Cory & Maya (who lacks a father figure) with: “Hey, he’s my father”, and “ You do know that you’re my father, right?”

Let me just say that I’m very *iffy* on the idea of people belonging to someone in general (like that doesn’t really do it for me in terms of romance); BUT I do agree that Riley subconsciously sees Lucas as hers in a way. She has a 8 year plan! And even when she questions her own feelings (Semi-Formal; she can’t say for herself how she feels), she clings to their “unoffical thing” because she’s still stuck on that idea of belonging together/to each other. However, once she finds out about Maya’s feelings - out of love for Maya (and understanding that she did the same), she steps back. But I don’t think she anticipated how quickly things would just click for Lucas and Maya (she underestimated, or overlooked, Lucas’s feelings for Maya, even though she had been noticing things over the course of S2). So that’s when she kinda freaks out (her heart breaks, really; it’s painful to watch). And now I hear in GMHS, they’re “sharing” Lucas (again, dude’s not an object!) - and this has Riley written all over it, in her misguided, well-intentioned way.

Basically, bringing things back to the Pilot, I think there’s a larger lesson to be taken away from this: it’s a matter of identity, and defining/discovering who you are for yourself and not according to/in relation to others. It’s an internal process. And then you are able to genuinely share yourself in a relationship, romantic or otherwise. When Riley achieves that, it will truly become HER world (and not Cory’s). 

Since I’m on the subject- the over sexualization of the (female) Sonic characters really is a big reason on why I don’t like Spaz, Axer, and Butler’s work.

Under read more because it turned out longer than I EVER expected to be talking about goddamn cartoon animal tits-

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