Adena El Amin the Love Interest of My Dreams
Okay, so here’s the thing… shows with a demographic like The Bold Type’s typically have a love interest that the audience is meant to fall hard for in its first season and ground the series’ long romantic storytelling. Am I really trying to make a claim here that Adena is the Mr. Big of The Bold Type? Yes. No. Kind of? Okay, so Adena is definitely NOTHING like the character of the Mr. Big. I mean he is the epitome of straight white male privilege and Adena is well… the complete opposite of that. However, Mr. Big was a very well executed love interest character from a narrative perspective. The thing is: actually delivering a good love interest character is incredibly difficult. Often, the love interest character is treated as a trophy after a series of trials for the flawed, but loveable protagonist. And that’s such a tired trope at this point that most vehemently reject the label of love interest if it involves their favorite character because it generally means the character is severely underdeveloped. But a love interest character when delivered well can be a delicious slow build. And Adena, is in fact, a masterfully executed character.
this is actually a very long essay so read at your own risk.