i have now included every character who actually has appeared onscreen

anonymous asked:

So seems like Ui is your fav, why do you like him so much? He's ok to me I guess

I love Ui because he suffers

To be more detailed though, I’m more interested in a tightly constructed narrative for a character than whether I like or dislike their personality traits. Literally every panel we see of Ui, we learn something about him.

His first chapter alone establishes that he’s the hope of the Arima squad, and that he has a relationship of some kind with Hairu who is the new character introduced this arc. 

Also that him and Hairu have a relationship slightly closer than coworkers, because he allows Hairu to call him by his first name in private. Ui’s uptight and rule following behavior would usually not allow for this kind of action. 

His next appearance establishes what Ui is meant to be, the opposite of when Kureo and AMon were introduced, Ui is somebody who genuinely believes that the CCG are meant to be heroes to protect others. It also informs us of the motivation to his character

At the same time it introduces his flaws, Ui is motivated by jealousy of Haise when it comes to Arima, and at the same time a fear of his out of control ghoul side. 

Next chapter establishes one that Ui actually does believe his rhetoric, he calls out Kijima and reacts with disgust to the torture video. This is especially meaningful in contrast to Amon, who was very attached to Kureo who carried out similiar activities and never once called them into question. At the same time, we see that Ui is also very easily able to be cowed from his objections against Kijima, Kijima in particular mentions his beautiful feminine appearance as a way to quiet him. Could he have insecurities about appearing too sensitive? Is he more concerned with conforming to the CCG than his own personal morals. 

In the next chapter he appears, we learn about Ui’s other habit of criticizing other he’s close to for not acting human enough (ironic no?) and also he drops another hint about the Garden Academy and that it’s different from the regular academy. 

His next appearance establishes his sly nature, and also his rivalry with Matsuri.

The next chapter further strengthens his genuine disgust towards ghouls.To the point where he can barely handle a ghoul acting normally like a human. 

There’s also the scene with Arima that further establishes how close Ui is to his comrades, before finally, we get to the rose Arc and this scene.

It encapsulates both, all of Ui’s grief and all of Ui’s repression of his emotions in one panel. Hairu was somebody he was truly close to, more than a coworker, her death sends him spiraling, but all it shows on the outside is a slight tightening of his fists. 

From this about eight chapters you know everything you need to know about Ui. He’s a strict adherence of the system, but on the inside he’s very sensitive and also genuinely wants to connect with the people he works with as more than coworkers. To him they’re most likely his only connections. Everything you need to know about Ui is compact and well told in the narrative, not a single panel or appearance is wasted. Which is why an emotional climax that came about fifty chapters later worked so well as it did with him.

To me Ui is the most well characterized of the Special Class CCG officers, and yes I’m including Suzuya and Arima, because there’s a very clear line of what he believes, what he wants, what his flaws are, but most importantly how those flaws lead to consequences in his narrative. Not only are there active consequences near constantly hitting him every time he is onscreen, but they further develop his narrative. After this point you can see why Ui’s loneliness and vulernability make him want to believe int he system of the CCG even more and why he becomes so attached to Furuta as his last hope after this point, something that is going to lead to more consequences down the line. 

This is in comparison to Suzuya and Arima, Suzuya who I can’t really figure out what his narrative consequences are supposed to be exactly or I keep predicting they might hit him at some point, and Arima who faced his narrative consequences but now is being idealized in the manga and the manga can’t really seem to accept the fact that he is dead. 

That’s not a knock against either of those characters, I’m not talking about character I’m talking about integration into a narrative and to me, Ui’s integration into the narrative is among the tightest of the still ongoing characters.

(Also he’s adorable, he’s just so bitter and wound up about everything, and his dumb coconut haircut. Lookit him he’s on permanent babysitter duty). 

Supergirl: Gender, Race & Shipping

Full disclosure: I am currently working on a research project about fan ship preferences within the Supergirl fandom for part of my grad degree, which I will happily describe more in a separate post if anyone’s curious. If this is a topic you’d like to discuss on the record, let me know!

Okay, so. A lot of speculation goes on in the Supergirl tag about about how people behave when they create & consume fanwork with regard to which characters get loved/hated/ignored/portrayed in problematic ways. There is definitely some truth to those complaints, but it’s a bit more complicated than we’d all like to think. 

As of the end of October, I’ve now spent a full calendar year performing data collection/content analysis on the AO3 Supergirl tag to see what people are actually doing … and the answer is: not entirely what you’d assume based on tumblr discourse. There is, however, some weirdness I cannot explain via numbers & patterns alone, which is where I suspect the issues with bias lie, so… opening it up to y’all for more insight.

First off: we can’t talk about interest in any male character in this fandom without first acknowledging that a whopping EIGHTY-NINE PERCENT of all the fic on AO3 produced to date is focused exclusively on the women, either romantically or platonically.

This fandom, as a whole, doesn’t give a shit about any of the guys. How do we know this? Because that sliver of 9.7% includes sixteen different M/F ships – meaning that any one het pairing makes up an average share of less than 1% of all the Supergirl fics on AO3. (The six slash pairings combined, meanwhile, also account for only 1% of all fic.)

Second: Which male characters get love from authors vs. readers? Again: not entirely who you’d expect if you just listened to tumblr.

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In light of the bad decisions made in the new killing joke movie, and the corresponding negativity surrounding the dc animation, I’d like to point out all the positive things that came from the DCAU and other animated projects.

But first:

Batman the animated series is SO IMPORTANT to the history of animation. Its tone and popularity mad way for all of the wonderful cartoons of the current decade. BtAS is one of the shows that gave animation, other than Disney, a fighting chance. It challenged the dynamic of animated television being “just for kids” and gave us wonderful, complex, and thought provoking stories. I will stand by its influence to my dying breath.

Now that that’s out of the way, an actual list.

-Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker.

You cannot deny that Conroy is a damn good Batman, and Hamill is a FANTASTIC joker. They are iconic in the roles. When I heard that they were reprising their parts in Justice League Action (along with Clancy Brown), I was ecstatic. Both of them are living legends.

-“I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman!”

-Small time crime

Something that’s often overlooked in comics in general are the more average criminals. I love a good supervillain as much as the next girl, but BtAS episodes like P.O.V, and Appointment in Crime Alley are fantastic watches. They give us a better look at less glamorous super criminals which is REALLY refreshing.

-Respecting origins

Beware the Grey Ghost. Just Beware the Grey Ghost. It treats a kinda hokey premise with the respect and dignity it needed, to look back on how far the genre has come. Damn if you don’t get a bit teary eyed watching it.

The same principal in the Justice League Episode Legends, which is loving tribute to silver age comics. If you’re a fan of that time period, please go watch this.

-Renee Montoya

I’m in love with her fuck.
But really, she was a fantastic introduction to the universe, and a Hispanic protagonist for once.

-Harley Quinn

Yeah ya’ll knew this one was coming. Look, even if you don’t like Harley, you can’t deny that her creation was damn awesome, especially since she’d stuck around to this day. The episode Mad Love really shows how fucked up their relationship is, and treats it as such. Hell. Yes.

-Mr. Freezes’s backstory/ Nora Fries

That revamped backstory is another one that wriggled its way into the mainstream. Fighting for the life of a loved one is already painful, but having your freedom ripped away, and any chance at your loved one’s survival is even more heartbreaking.

-Baby Doll

Both of her episodes deal with disabilities… Hear me out.
Because of her appearance, altered by an illness that makes her never age physically, she has issues being taken seriously for her work, having relationships, being a member of society, and letting go of the past. She’s lost so much that her physical disability that she has trouble coping and ends up with a mental disability as well (I’m not sure what but you can form your own opinion). Putting this character on the small screen is an example of how a character can mean something to someone, even if there’s no direct correlation.

-Mask of the Phantasm

I don’t care what you’re doing go and watch this move. I swear it’s amazing. The joker is amazing the storytelling is amazing, Andrea is amazing, the Phantasm is amazing, the soundtrack is amazing, EVERYTHING is amazing. We get a good female character, who not only shows the fallibility of Batman, but has her own issues to deal with that hurt her more than they hurt Bruce. Even though the Joker is a villain, he doesn’t totally steal the spotlight. We have a great mystery, especially with the target audience, and a natural set of flashbacks detailing the Bats origin.

-Static Shock

All of it. All of Static Shock. I don’t actually now how to break this down into bullet points but STATIC MUTHAFUCKN SHOCK.
In all seriousness, I have a huge soft spot for this cartoon, because it’s what got me into comics in the first place, but Static/Virgil, and the whole show really, is representation sorely needed. I saw so many black kids dressed up like him that Halloween because they all wanted to be a hero.
This show dealt with some shit too. When we find out Richie’s father is a racist, it really hits home how friendships can be torn apart through bigotry, even if it’s not direct. It handled guns well, especially for younger children. I could quote Static’s lesson at the end verbatim for over 5 years. They deal with drugs, homelessness, and multiple types of racism, with quite a bit of tact, and are a good way to introduce the serious issues to kids.
Not to mention that he would have slipped under the radar without this show. I very much doubt h would have gotten a New 52 relaunch without the success of this show.
Just. Static Shock.

-One of the best Superman origin stories to date

That origin is very highly regarded as the most faithful adaptations of all time. Though it didn’t introduce anything new, it holds up and stands out over the course of time.

-Making Lois Lane a badass

(Confession: I’m 100% convinced that they saw April O’Neill, shrugged, and said take what’s good about her and chuck it into Lois. I’m aware I have no evidence bite me. (Yes I’m aware it’s technically the other way around))
But really, Lois was fukin badass. She was always chasing her story, passionate about everything she did, worked hard to maintain her success, and treated Superman as a person. Even if Lois got herself in perilous situations she had a reason to be there. Whether it be chasing a story, or fighting for an interview Lois always had some form of agency. She was kidnaped because of Superman, sure, but she made the choice to be connected to him with that interview, and eventual relationship.

-Speed Demons

In a nutshell, Flash is a bit of a showoff, but it’s part of his style and throws off his competitors/adversaries. I like that it also shows Superman isn’t above having a little fun for fun’s sake.


You cannot deny that Leslie Willis is just flat out cool. Though she never made it as big as Harley, she did appear in Supergirl, and continues to be a superman villain in mainstream comics today.



-Terry McGinnis

Batman Beyond was just pure quality, like, I don’t even know how to describe it. I mean, Terry’s lasted this long, and like Static got a comic reboot.


I know it’s not enough, but the DCAU Justice League had 2 women, one of whom was Hispanic, and a black man. It was a step up from superfriends and gave the same needed representation that Static Shock provided.


Honestly, so much of this is just flat out continuity porn. Like the first episode of the second season of Justice League is almost a finale to StAS. It has quite a few callbacks that gave fans something to chew on.

-Reasonable discussion of religion

In the Terror Beyond from Justice League season 2, Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl talk about their religions with actual tact and grace. There’s a whole heck of a lot of tolerance and (minor spoilesrish thing) Hawkgirl does not challenge Grundys beliefs. Despite disagreeing, seeing that his ideas won’t hurt anyone she allows him to slip away thinking his soul is waiting. It’s very mature and really shows what the universe is capable of.


Tears. Nothing but tears. I’m crying just thinking about it. One of the best Funeral scenes. “Justice doesn’t always have to come from the darkness”. TEARS.

-A believable shock reveal

Hawkgirl betraying the team feels completely genuine, fucking sad, but totally possible in the universe. This beats out every SHOCK TWIST I’ve seen in the past 6 years. I feel like this treated its audience like adults, and I’m grateful for it.

-The CADMUS arch.

Amanda Waller, Question, Captain Atom’s “Betrayal”, Lex’s manipulation, Doctor Hamilton’s betrayal, the callback to A Better World, the romances between Huntress/Question, and Ollie/Dinah, The superfriends reference in Ultimen, the Suicide Squad in Task force X, AMANDA WALLER, giving the spotlight to lesser known heroes, the political discussion, and THE EPILOGUE.


This gets it’s own bullet because it was a masterpiece of storytelling. It NAILED Batman’s compassion, had a reference to MoTP, served as a much needed finale for Batman Beyond, devolved Terry beautifully, AMANDA FUCKIN WALLER, and a nice side message about how family can be forged.

And that’s just stopping at the basics of the DCAU, not including Teen Titans, Young Justice, a slew of animated movies and other TV, and all the comic tie ins.

I have strong opinions on the way people are taking the female characters in the animated universe and reducing them to “Things for Bruce to feel MANLY about”. The only one of FIVE in depth onscreen romances that even comes close to this is Barbra, so I understand why people are mad.

Look, I’m not saying we shouldn’t critique, we should always seek to improve, but ignoring any and all good Bruce Timm has done undermines media as a whole. Should Barbra and Bruce be fucking in TKJ? Probably not. Should they have been fucking in TAS? Nope. But saying that the “DCAU needs to die” is shitting on years of animation and comic book history.

Once Upon a Meta: Regina/Emma/SwanQueen: the ongoing journey.

I have something ridiculous for the ‘think tank’. Something ridiculously elaborate and long.  Something possibly ridiculously delusional. Before I submit that though, this, would be the preamble to the preamble ;-) …(And maybe even a, red flag, for some?)

It represents what I was able to see (re: SwanQueen-S3), from watching OUaT, before entering the fandom (post S3)…

What I saw before all the ugly-minded little shits in this fandom told me I was delusional and to scoot off (or, words to that affect) and go watch some ‘Gay Show’ and leave OUaT to all ‘The Normal People’, for whom it was intended!….Which says a helluva lot about them, given one doesn’t even need to be “Gay” to see it…Just to have insight of the subtleties of the screen medium and appreciation for a transcendent love story. (Oh and an open mind? Which is sorely lacking by all those who consider themselves the “normal intended audience”).  

So, in spite of everything (and dear lawrd, is there a lot of everything to despite), I  thought I should honour that? To share the (delusional?) insights—for anyone who might be interested—of someone whose perceptions weren’t polluted by external influences of online fandom (or OUaT’s  unfortunate PR). 

The fact I should feel compelled to explain and justify why I would write such a thing seems sad, but things being such as they are, is it any wonder?  

It has taken a considerable degree of  resilience and a good dose of stepping back and taking another look, because this fandom tends to get one to the point of wanting to rip one’s own heart out—Regina-style and bury it in the fucking ground!

The idea of submitting my ridiculous “optimistic” delusional analysis/theorising, here, seems bizarrely incongruous—in a corner of the fandom, so overwhelmingly negative it makes me feel more “delusional” than the anti-SQ brigade at times. And that has given me many second thoughts (not to mention made me question whether it would even be welcome!)…But I guess, I appreciate (constructive) contrasts? rather than group-think. And the critical thinking with a social conscience (here on this blog) that holds them to a higher standard…Should it come to pass that any optimism for this show, for more discerning viewers (or, anyone not happy to abide by the sexist/heterosexist norm), is tragically misplaced. (Not to mention the respect I have for the unenviable task of attempting to mitigate the ignorance and toxicity of this fandom. All that windmill fighting you do :)…plus, you are after all, “mirroring” the sentiments of others and things being as they are, that makes for a dark reflection.)

I didn’t want to get into the politics. I just wanted to do a story/character analysis, lol, but it seems unavoidably necessary— a dark cloud hanging over my analysis as it were. So… Sigh. Let’s see, if I can present some sort of logical (and hopefully not too controversial) argument. (I’ve got the flue and a crushing headache, so let’s see if I can think through the haze…that’s not to illicit sympathy, just to apologise in advance for any incomprehensible rambling? )     

I’ve given a lot of thought to all your intelligent discussion and have doubts of my own wisdom, but I feel some resistance to certain assumptions that are the basis for much of the criticisms (not just here!) directed at the show. Hence, can’t help playing devil’s advocate (Including your thoughtful response to my earlier- 2nd? post here, where I posed that hypothesis. A while back, I know). I don’t take these sensitive topics lightly and I am uncertain as to my own take. But, on considering all things (and going back and forth because I’m not arrogant enough to not have self doubt—I wish I was!), something keeps popping out at me. So much is judged through the prism of fandom (and media PR). And from that perspective—given what a disturbing beast this fandom is—I’m not sure anything other than a negative view of the show is likely to be had. It’s unfortunate. But, who is responsible? Them (the show creators)?   

We assume the mindboggling, seemingly character assassinating ships, are pandering to the masses. We assume they have been poorly structured. We assume they are for real and SQ was just a queerbaiting invention intended only for fanon shipping. But, what if all those assumptions are wrong? That, changes the complexity of things considerably, does it not?

The problem with the “Queerbaiting” charge is the inbuilt assumptions and cynicism leave no room for the possibility that anything might actually mean something

I’m just asking folks to consider this:

Subtle subversive storytelling (for) the mainstream masses. Hypothetically speaking, if  it were what they were doing, playing the long game, the outward signs look the same. For all its positive aspects, this is the problem with online fandom—all the people who would be a fan of what they are doing, turn on them, because they’re not in on the plan (and they’re rushing to judgement). Depicting a long term invested love story between two characters who both happen to be women; and presenting two Lesbians, is not necessarily going to look the same.

Now it might not be what the creators of OUaT are doing. I can’t be absolutely certain, obviously—I’m not in on the plan! But, the point is, if it was it would look exactly the same. That’s the dilemma.  It’s not a movie. Beginning. Middle. End. Done. Open to be judged. It’s an ongoing (mainstream) tv series and we’re still on the journey.  At what point do you make a final judgment?  When you’ve seen part of the evidence, or do you hold off judgement until all the evidence is in? 

It’s hard for people, being immersed in the world of fandom and all the rival fans (and the inevitable horridness that comes with the combination of ignorant nasty people en masse and the dehumanising web medium) inciting you and making you desperate to be acknowledged by official sources to validate your view (and existence in this fandom). Add to that, perceptions of other shows and general pop culture (who are guilty of setting the negative precedent), polluting the waters.

But the show creators are not the keepers of the zoo. Not only is it not their job to ‘manage the fandom’, but I’d suggest such a thing would be impossible. The idea of a lovely harmonious fandom is, a nice one, but perhaps these days—when every dog and his man are on ze web (there’s a reason it’s called the ‘web’ yunno ;), when dealing with an entity which is not fringe, it’s a concept a bit like ‘utopia’. In reality, an inevitable clusterfuck.   

They may appear to be kinda crap at PR (totally crap?), but again, if they were playing the long game, what they say in the media would be restrained and highly selective. Which brings me back around to how I saw things from what they’ve given us onscreen (speaking as someone who did not enter the fandom until post S3). No matter what they say, or don’t say, in media, at Cons, on twitter, on the street, in the men’s room…What they have done onscreen between Emma and Regina has had far greater significance than anything that has occurred between either with any (present time) love interest (unless, like the CSers, you count a make-out session as certain twu wuv). They are the core characters with the core relationship (on solo journeys interwoven) since day one. The “queerbaiting” criteria suggests after “gay panic” sets in, they not only introduce hetero LI’s, but retract any meaningful interaction (between the queer-ship). They haven’t. Quite the contrary. (obviously S1 had the most interaction by quantity, but that was foundation building and a different stage in the relationship). Also, selling/teasing the ‘queer-ship’ in the media: Lord knows they never did that! (Ironically, to the point, people were convinced the actresses didn’t get along!). There’s two ways of looking at the LI’s: Either they are an offense to the idea the leading ladies are Lesbian because said LI’s are Male; or, it’s all part of the journey on a mainstream show subverting preconceived ideas (everyone’s preconceived ideas). Again, depicting a long term invested love story between two characters who both happen to be women; and presenting two Lesbians, is not necessarily going to look the same.  

Wow. Yunno, when you commit to articulating certain vague ideas/ponderings/theories in written form for others to read, it becomes all too apparent how against the grain I’m going and how ridiculous (and irritating?) they must seem to so many. It’s all about giving the benefit of the doubt, when I feel so much is still indeterminable. Because I love these individual original character creations…So, why wouldn’t I?   Obviously, when the show proves the cynical/pessimistic approach to be the wise one after all, no one is going to be more disappointed than me! Lol… Until then, I sorta like that instead of being sucked into the deep dark soul-destroying vortex that is this fandom, I can still see the beauty and the possibility that things might not be quite as they seem.   

Soooo, that out of the way, my character/story analysis thingy will be with you for your consideration forthwith :)  (oh, and the pre-written preamble, before writing this. I could not be bothered grappling over whether it’s still relevant :-D…so, uh hum. yuh. :-P) 

I would just say, to anyone who has absolutely no appetite for sticking with the show, or giving the writers the benefit of the doubt (or spending longer than a few brief moments reading something! lol)—this will probably not be your cup of tea.

So therefore, allow me to present you:

Regina/Emma/SwanQueen: the ongoing journey.

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Thoughts of an Outlander Cheerleader

This blog contains some of my thoughts on Outlander (show and books). 

I was inspired to write a blog (which I rarely do) because another blog (link below) brought up some points about Jamie and Frank in the “books vs. show” debate. Some things struck me about the blog. The blogger states that:

Outlander mentions Jamie 1636 times vs Frank’s 199 (a ratio of 87.83)
Dragonfly in Amber mentions Jamie 1832 vs Frank’s 133 (a ratio of 92.74)

and then says “It’s also quite obvious who is the more important character. Can’t dispute hard data, Ron.“ The problem with this is she uses these numbers to compare the amount of Jamie vs. Frank in the book vs show, but never actually says how much they appear in the show, which is a necessity of you are going to compare. So, I thought I would.

How I counted: Even if he is not in the shot, if he is in the scene I counted it. So when Frank was talking to the Reverend, even if the shot was on the reverend, I counted it as a Frank scene, because well, he was in the scene. Same for Jamie, except sometimes Jamie is in the background. So while I still counted the time he appeared onscreen, if the scene wasn’t on him (for example when they go to Castle Leach in the beginning of Ep 102)

Season 1: Jamie appears in 396:30 mins vs Frank in 50:56 mins, a ratio: 87.13
Season 2: Jamie appears in 380:05 mins vs Frank in 27:12 mins a ratio of 92.87

Virtually the EXACT same numbers!
There is as much of Frank as is in the books when compared to Jamie.
She was right in her quote “It’s also quite obvious who is the more important character” just wrong about who Ron gave more importance too.  The more important character is Jamie in the show, And yes, we can’t dispute hard data!

Some people complain that there wasn’t enough Jamie compared to the books. Well, this is also false.

Total running time of season 1 is 14 hrs 28 mins.
Jamie was in 46% of season 1 this is much more than he appeared Outlander.

total season 2 is 12:09:55 hrs
Jamie in season 2: 52%, again more than he appeared in DIA

I really hope people stop exaggerating the amount of Frank in the show and minimizing the amount of Jamie. It is insulting the Sam and the production. If people re-read Outlander and DIA just reading Jamie parts (like I have), you will thank Ron and Company for adding more Jamie. If anyone knows how many pages actually Jamie appears in Outlander and DIA, please let me know for a full comparison (I’m going by rough estimate of the books and memory)

Now if you want to question the "type” of Jamie, that is a debate, but as so many people interpret the books in different ways, I’m not sure that can be solved. But I will say for myself, I have yet to see someone mention one single characteristic that Jamie has in the book that isn’t portrayed in he show. Not one. To me, it’s the same character and he is true to the book.  I had a good exchange with the blogger regarding this. I understand that she wanted to see more of “her Jamie” in the show. And I feel bad that she and others feels like they missed out.  But as a huge fan of the books and the show, I saw the Jamie I wanted to see. I saw the same Jamie that is portrayed in the books and I know many other people did too. Sam did an excellent job bringing him to life.

We get a TON of stuff from Jamie’s POV and what he was doing that wasn’t in the book, or it was just mentioned, something Claire tells the reader. But the reader doesn’t experience it.  In the book the whole thing is from Claire’s eyes. She is in every scene, it is all through her experience (which as Diana has said is biased). The first two books have always been Claire’s story to me-she is telling it. In the show, halfway through season 1 and into virtually all of season 2, we see what Jamie was doing when he wasn’t with Claire.  For me, from then on the show has become Jamie and Claire’s story (which isn’t how I experienced the book)

It is a fabulous show. Does it get every single detail “right”? No, I don’t think so. Claire starting to take off her ring in Ep 201 comes to mind. Not including the scaring in Ep 213 too. Not including flashbacks of Jamie in Ep 114. And why could the show not include some more iconic lines from the book, like “your face is my heart”? I can think of scenes in the show that could have been shortened to include 5 minutes of extra Jamie and Claire sweetness. That doesn’t mean I didn’t see many beautiful scenes between the two of them in BOTH seasons. Great moments that were not in the book. Their beautiful hug after Prestonpans. “It;s as if I stepped outside on a cloudy day, and suddenly the sun came out” in Ep 107. All the eye sex in Episode 103. “Come find me, come find us” in Episode 204.

I understand (but don’t agree) that there are fans that don’t like Frank, and complain that he is more likeable in the show. This seems like a strange complaint to me. Most of the supporting characters on the show have been adapted to make characters more likeable, Rupert, Murtagh, Angus, Geillis, Dougal and yes Frank. Why is Frank the one that gets bashed by fans? I have no idea. No one complained about Geillis getting dialogue of other characters and (SPOILER) she ends up doing a heck of a lot worse than Frank could or would ever do. The show is staying true to the story overall. Yes, they’ve missed a few points, I would have liked to see more intimacy between Jamie and Claire, not that it wasn’t there, but I would have liked more. Diana has even said they’ve stayed very true to the story considering all they have to deal with. Things that fans don’t understand or aren’t aware of unless they are in the actual production. She wrote a huge Facebook post about the complications of adapting when she wrote the script for Ep 211.

Some people say Outlander (the first book) isn’t a “love triangle” between Jamie/Claire/Frank. Except it is, and that’s not my opinion, the author herself says it is in many interviews. The synopsis of the book clearly says “Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.” If this isn’t a triangle I don’t know what is. Seriously. She spends almost half of the first book trying to get back to Frank. I don’t think people should minimize that. In the book, once she makes her decision at the stones, that’s it, she chose Jamie. No more love triangle. There is no more Frank until she goes back to him. JUST like in the show.

I wouldn’t agree that Ron doesn’t get the books, when he pretty much sees it the way I do. And I get the books. We all read it differently, doesn’t make it wrong, just different. But people seem to think Ron and Company should do it exactly the way they want it, but what about many of us who don’t see it that way? That see it the way Ron does? Or see it completely differently? What about fans who love the show and have never read the books? Many of them now have said that the online experience of insulting them for not reading the book, or insulting them being happy with the adaptation has ruined the fun of social media for them. I have been insulted and “ganged up on” many times for liking the show.  And this goes on in both “sides”. People insult fans for liking the show, people insult fans for not liking the show. It’s very sad.
There has never been show in history that has gotten every detail right for all the viewers. The book doesn’t always get it “right” either. Jamie calling patients at the hospital “scum”, Jamie snapping at Claire because of her morning sickness. Claire thinking of Frank as BJR is telling her about Wentworth. Jamie trying to justify him wanting to have sex with the whores. Claire never telling Jamie about Laoghaire (something I still don’t feel made sense for Claire’s character). But like the show, it’s as close to perfect as I have ever experienced.

Some people have called me “just a show cheerleader” as a way to insult me in some way. But the insult is on them. I’m proud to be an Outlander Cheerleader!

Here is the link to the very well written and thought out Blog I’ve been referring to. Just because I don’t agree with her does not mean I don’t respect her opinion. I just have a different point of view.      https://justagirlwithspirit.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/looking-for-mr-fraser/

The Importance of Fan Favorite Characters

As you all know by now, I’m incredibly obsessed with Felicity Smoak and her backstory. If you have any doubts read this, this, oh, and this, too. It’s amazing how this character has evolved and all of the credit for everything that makes Felicity, well, Felicity, goes to Emily Bett Rickards. EBR has made Felicity irreplaceable, and we, as fans and through our voices, have further cemented her popularity and place in the show. I’m always puzzled when I see Tweets or blog posts that the studio and EPs are only paying lip service to the fan base, or that Felicity Smoak will eventually be phased out. I am even more puzzled by those posts that call Felicity a terrible character and EBR a terrible actress. I’m puzzled why these naysayers would think that the studio, or for that matter, the EPs, would keep a character and an actress on the show if they weren’t any good….Felicity Smoak would not be on this show if EBR had not played her one shot to perfection. If she had been a one dimensional character, Felicity Smoak would have made her appearance, there would have been no buzz, and we never would have seen her again. Instead, EBR took her limited materials, and created a multi-layered character in less than 5 minutes of screen time. And that, my friends, is talent. She set Twitter buzzing, phones ringing, and a fan favorite was born.

As you all know by now (and if you didn’t, where have you been????), Felicity Smoak was set to be a one-off character, bridging a gap in the storyline. She was created to help Oliver get from Point A to Point B and that was supposed to be it. Instead, when the dailies started coming, MG and AK saw the positive effect the character was having and started writing more scenes for her. She was different from any other character, and as they have said many times in multiple interviews, more representative of their sense of humor, their banter and was therefore great fun for them to write. She was brought back at different points during the first half of Season 1 and then, the day before The Odyssey aired (the episode when Felicity was brought onto Team Arrow) she was made a series regular for Season 2. From the beginning, the chemistry between EBR and SA was undeniable. They clicked in a way that was lacking on the show. They had a spark that made every interaction they had onscreen enjoyable and mesmerizing. While the EPs have said that Felicity was unable to have banter with Oliver like she can with Ray Palmer, I disagree to a certain extent. It certainly isn’t comedic or “geeky” type banter, but Oliver and Felicity do banter, it’s just different, more subtle and definitely flirtatious!

Fan favorites having an impact on a television show is certainly nothing new. The experts in television have long recognized that valuable commodity of a fan favorite character. In fact, as far back as the 60s, fan favorite characters have led show runners to sometimes completely change the course of a show because of the response from the television audience. For example, in the original Dark Shadows television show, the character of Barnabas Collins was introduced to help “boost sagging ratings” during the show’s second season. The character was so well-liked, that fans started writing (ah, the days of actual fan mail!) ABC, demanding more appearances. By the third season, the entire show (yes, the ENTIRE show) was written around this character.

Can you imagine Happy Days without the Fonz? Yeah, neither can I. But originally, the Fonz was supposed to be a background character. However, Henry Winkler’s performance changed the minds of the producers because fans were either pining for “the bad boy” or “wanted to be him.” So The Fonz was upgraded to a main character, and Potsie (the BFF) was demoted….Fonz even rated entire episodes built around him.

There are other fan favorite characters in television history that changed the dynamic of a television show. More recently, Supernatural changed it’s dynamic by changing from a two brothers fighting demons show to a trio by adding Castiel as a series lead. Played by Misha Collins, Castiel was originally slated for a six episode story arc in Season 4. At the end of the arc, fans wanted more, they wanted Castiel back. According to whatculture.com, the success of Castiel was how Misha Collins perfectly balanced an arrogant, holier-than-though angel who was broken and afraid of the world he found himself in. “Subtle vulnerability” was key to the success of the character and made him a major player.

But what about other comic book shows? Take a look at the Walking Dead. Fans of the comic intensely disliked the idea of the comic characters being replaced by new characters on the TV adaptation (sound familiar?). Yet Daryl Dixon (played brilliantly by Norman Reedus), who was supposed to be a minor background character, quickly became a fan favorite during season 1, even among the “nitpicky comic fans that scrutinized every point where TV strayed from the comic (again, sound familiar?). Norman Reedus became a series regular in Season 2, and despite a small minority of fans who “hate” Daryl, he is still one of the most popular characters in the show.

Other fan favorite characters that changed a television series include Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike was originally slated to be a three episode villain and then killed off. Yet, the character, as portrayed by James Marsters, became incredibly popular due to his evil charming self and was promoted to series regular. Even Scandal re-worked itself around a fan favorite - Mellie Grant. Yes…Mellie Grant was a fan favorite that was meant to only appear in three episodes of the first season. She ended up in every episode, became a main cast member by the second season and has been described as the breakout character of the show and often termed a scene stealer.

History shows us the impact a fan base can have on a television show. Positive promotion, feedback, and comments go a long way to cementing the stability of a character. While anything could happen in a television show, it’s without doubt that fan favorite characters are treated with the same intensity and care as original characters. I’m so glad that as Felicity Smoak/Emily Bett Rickards fans, we constantly show Arrow, the producers, the studio, and EBR, how much we love and value Felicity Smoak on Arrow.

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