“Frigid Bitch” Nesta Archeron
Is she a sister who failed her younger siblings? Or a sister who fought for her younger siblings?
She’s standoffish and emotionless. But perhaps she’s hesitant and reserved.
Maybe she’s an insulting shrew to Cassian. Or rather defensive toward the male?
What is Nesta Archeron to you?
To me she was someone I loathed in the beginning chapters of ACOTAR. That is until I finally caught a glimpse through Nesta’s walls that she keeps up.
Nesta saved Feyre’s foxglove painting and trekked for days through the winter woods to try and get Feyre back from Tamlin.
And this is how Feyre describes her in the moment she finally begins to understand her eldest sister.
“I looked at my sister, really looked at her, at this woman who couldn’t stomach the sycophants who now surrounded her, who had never spent a day in the forest but had gone into wolf territory … Who had shrouded the loss of our mother, then our downfall, in icy rage and bitterness, because the anger had been a lifeline, the cruelty a release. But she had cared—beneath it, she had cared, and perhaps loved more fiercely than I could comprehend, more deeply and loyally.”
Here we have a complex character. Flawed, yet still learning how to trust and grow after all the traumatic events in her life.
One can only imagine how some perspectives might change if she were a male.
If Nesta was a male character she would dubbed with “tortured hero” status, yet she is given the “frigid bitch” treatment.
You can dislike Nesta. That’s completely fine! But it becomes a problem when blinded by labels and stereotypes we put on females that we would disregard when a male is the focus instead.