With a creative career, everyone is just so very different. We
all look different and have different voices and different little
talents. It is so important that we all see the world just a bit
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wait you actually like the mary-sue that is heather?? and you ship her with queen astrid!? are you nuts?!
I’ve been stewing over how to answer this ask for a couple of hours now…mostly because it (and the other 4 Heather-bashing ‘asks’ I got) make me facepalm. Also, I’ve rewritten this twice, trying to make it not sound mean, but if there are parts that do sound mean, I apologize. I’m frustrated.
1) Yes, I like Heather. In fact, I adore Heather and wish we saw more of her with the riders.
2) Let’s list the reasons why people think Heather is a mary-sue, shall we?
She’s got a somewhat tragic backstory
She’s got a dysfunctional family
She starts out as a loner
She has a unique dragon
She’s ‘too pretty’ for living in the wild on her own
She makes bad choices at times
She cares about her friends and tries to protect them
The writers focus more on her than on Astrid at times
Thanks to DoB, people are convinced there’s a triangle with her, Hiccup, and Astrid.
She can cook
She’s got a badass weapon
Hm. You know what I’m noticing? She actually shares a lot of similarities with Hiccup. I’ll bold the ones she shares with him to make it a bit easier to notice.
Remember the trick of describing Batman as a female instead of a male and people get pissed?
You’re doing the same fucking thing with Heather.
As to her being ‘too pretty’ and ‘clean’ for living in the wild on her own?
It’s fairly canon that the twins and Gobber are meant to be the dirtiest, smelliest, most disgusting of the Hooligans. Guess what? They look pretty damned clean to me.Yes, Gobber has some dirt and grime, but it’s part of his design. The twins? It’s not. The animators have limited time and budgets to constantly make everyone individually dirty.
Also, why aren’t you complaining that Astrid, Fishlegs, Snotlout, and Hiccup aren’t filthy?
Astrid’s constantly doing gymnastics on the ground and practicing her fighting (dirt and sweat).
Fishlegs has a boulder class dragon and is constantly feeding her rocks (lemme tell you, finding good, gronckle-snack sized rocks is NOT a clean job) while also spending many days translating the Dragon Eye without caring for himself (sweat+varying dragon breath smells+ink+the process of making paper/vellum/parchment)
Snotlout? Not only is constantly getting burned (soot+ash), but he rides a dragon coated in flammable gel (that gel+surely a sulfuric smell).
And Hiccup? He is constantly messing around in the forge. Forges are hot. Soot+Sweat+Metal+Sawdust. He’s also constantly finding himself in trouble out in the wild. Dirt+sweat.
Also, that triangle with her, Hiccup, and Astrid? Yeah, Astrid’s at the center of that triangle. It’s more than a little obvious that Heather has the hots for Astrid. Look at the way they interact: Heather is more playful and caring around Astrid and she gets a bit sad when she teases Astrid about her and Hiccup. She doesn’t act the same way at all around any of the other riders.
And, uh, she trusted Astrid with the information that she was spying on the Dragon Hunters. Not Hiccup. Astrid.
And, the cooking? Guess what? It was the woman’s job to cook back then and, before Alvin and Dagur happened, she was living a normal life. Guess what that means? She’s going to know how to cook. Now that I think about it, it’s actually strange that Astrid and Ruffnut are canonically bad cooks -but then again, the HttYD franchise basically throws history out the window :/
And, finally, her weapon. Yes, I admit it’s a bit excessive, but it looks cool. And, uh, do you not remember Hiccup’s compact-and-portable-bola-throwing-catapult from HttYD1? What about Toothless as a whole?
Sometimes, you just gotta give a character something badass to work with.
Okay. Okay, I’ve spent too long writing this when that time could have been spent on my fanfiction. I’m still frustrated, but I know if I continue this, it’s going to get more sarcastic and more angry.