Why I ship Reylo and Like Kylo Ren
Okay consider this: Have you ever heard of the starwars character the Bendu? From Star wars Rebels? He is neither Light or Dark side, but in the middle. I’ve studied the lore (not deeply but enough) to know that there are separate paths for both jedi and the sith (the Ashla and the Bogan)… but there is also a path for the Bendu, the Gray.
What is important to understand about Ben/Kylo is that he’s been literally brain washed from his mother’s womb (as Quoted from the novel: Bloodline). Manipulated and lied to in many ways and I think the harshness of the Luke’s Jedi ways from what he learned from Obi-wan a war general who had a seat in the Jedi order, it’s that it’s too restrictive. Especially if you’re as emotionally vunerable as Ben Solo and Anakin for example is.
And with toxic values such as this, and with such an authoritarian oppressive constrictive view forced onto people with too much passion or uncertainty. Is it any wonder that Kylo ren feels torn?
Turning Sith, seems to be his only option because it’s all he’s ever been told. It’s one or the other. He’s literally being torn apart. And killing his father, which he was told would set him free… has done the opposite. It’s made him feel more conflicted than he already was. He’s trapped; mentally and spiritually.
That is, until he meets Rey. And Rey is by no means Jedi material. She’s just as passionate and emotionally vulnerable. Too many lost attachments… isolated just as he is.
Both kindred spirits that are both equally lost and I think the last Jedi is going to illustrate this perfectly. There is no more Jedi. Luke is right, it needs to end along with the Sith. Too many lives have been destroyed trying to kill each other instead of trying to understand the flow of the force. I believe, these two are the key to bring back balance. The first two Gray jedi; since Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger and many like them who have tried before.
I like these kinds of stories personally, because life isn’t black and white. It’s complex and whiney, harsh, terrifying but inside there’s light in everyone. Willing to come out. Kylo ren is very much like all those morally gray coded characters, in every sense of the matter.
Whether you enjoy it or not, whether it entertains you…is irrelevent. These kinds of characters and stories are needed for children. To not judge a person by their cover, or condemn a person to death for their mistakes if they’re willing to make up for them.
I could go on and on with how many literary comparisons with Kylo ren’s character I could make:
Severus Snape, Heath cliff, Mr Darcy, The Count of Monty Christo, Lelouch Vi Britannia, Captain Jack Sparrow, etc.
Look up the term Byronic Hero:
Definition: Cooked up by the “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” Lord Byron, a Byronic hero is an antihero of the highest order. He (or she) is typically rebellious, arrogant, anti-social or in exile, and darkly, enticingly romantic.
(This. Is why I like him. I’m not saying you have to, I’m not saying everyone does. But I’m not going to stand here and be belittled for what it is perceived to be “Why are you shipping a hero with a villain are you into torture porn?”)
Neither Rey or Ben are Ashla or Bogan. They are bendu. It is the will of the force. (or could be… we shall see.) Part 2 of the conversation here: http://slytherinlock.tumblr.com/post/159790811188/honestly-i-love-rey-with-all-my-heart-i-also