I’ve been thinking about wish fulfilment stories recently and especially the way here on tumblr that we tend to be embarrassed about some of our (female) characters and how there’s a lot of apologising that goes on when we talk about these characters
I do it too, I’m no different
But man, how great is wish fulfilment in our stories? How great is it to write our characters in love and enjoying life and being domestic and being badass? How wonderful is it to have the prettiest pink princess and have her saving the world? How amazing is it to have badass space marines who settle down and get married and drop the kids off at school and get their nails done?
These are our stories, and they’re important to us for a reason, and if I want to write a ridiculously overblown power fantasy about Simone the Vampire Werewolf Mermaid Queen who also runs a triad and is secretly a Sith Lord and has two wives and a husband, fuck everything, I’m going to write it
We’ve spent our whole lives being told our stories aren’t important, that the things we want to see in stories aren’t important or interesting, and instead we get to watch an endless parade of male bodied wishfulfilment in every form of media in every culture
Our stories are important and wish fulfilment is important and having stories that make us feel powerful and happy is important