DA. That anon was rude, but here's the thing. I don't doubt OQers believe you're ERs first. But for the rest of us here's how we see it. OQers like that Lana's in scenes with SM instead of a good actor and you support Regina's OQ sl which almost destroyed her character. That's like when CSers say that they loved 5A, but at the same time call themselves JMo fans. How can you say you're her fan and condone that her big arc was taken from her and that she was reduced to a LI? OQers are very similar
Well, first of all, that’s not how “the rest of you” see it – because I know a lot of people who aren’t OQ who don’t see it that way. That is how some people see it, but not how “the rest of you” see it. Don’t speak for the whole; you are not the whole.
Second of all, here’s the thing: that is a matter of opinion.
You think that the OQ storyline destroyed her character, fine, you’re allowed to feel that way – but that is not an absolute truth. That is your opinion. Not everyone shares that opinion.
Characters grow, they change, they have experiences and relationships that influence the way they think, act, feel. And some people will like those changes, and some don’t. Just because I do and you don’t doesn’t mean I am not a fan of the character. If anything, it means that you are no longer a fan of the character, and I still am. Which is not a value judgement on you as a fan of that character – if you’re a huge fan of Regina in seasons 1, 2, 3, but not 4, 5, 6, you’re still a Regina fan. You’re still an Evil Regal. You just don’t agree with the direction the show took her.
That’s not my fault, it’s not Lana’s fault or even Sean’s fault. It’s the fault of the writers who made choices that you didn’t like. It doesn’t make you more of a fan, or less of a fan – and me feeling differently from you doesn’t make me more of a fan or less of a fan either.
I am a fan of Regina. I love Regina. I love watching her story, I love watching her grow and change and try to find her place in the world. I don’t think that the season five storyline was good, but I don’t think it was not good because of Robin – I think it was not good because the writers didn’t put in enough effort to actually tell it well. Which, let me tell you, after the shitty, offensive soap-opera twist they gave it, was hard to do. But it can be done – I know this because I am an OQer and I have seen it done by talented writers who were willing to invest the time to explore what that dumbass plot line actually could have been if they had actually invested the time in letting their characters experience and process and deal with it rather than just sweep it under the rug.
I’m a little confused as to how you think Regina got reduced to nothing but a love interest, though, considering that the implication to that is that she was reduced to how she was relevant to Robin, and love him though I do, Robin could not have been less relevant to the show in season 5. He was rarely there, when he was he didn’t always speak, and all of his scenes were to support HER storyline. He had nothing of his own. Robin was reduced to a love-interest. Regina still had relevance to other storylines, and to the plot as a whole. The OQ storyline was reduced to a way to prop up Regina’s relationship with her sister – Robin and Regina themselves did not have a single conversation with each other about their own storyline in all of 5A until the episode where he DIED. Their romance was not the focus – Zelena and the baby were the focus of the OQ storyline, it wasn’t even about OQ anymore and it certainly wasn’t about Robin.
So to answer your question, I can say I am a fan of Regina because I am a fan of Regina. I am a fan of Regina in all seasons, Regina is the only reason I still watch this dang show. I am a fan of Regina. You don’t get to decide who is a true fan of Regina, you don’t get to say that anyone who likes her now isn’t a fan because the only way to be a fan is to only like the parts of her story that YOU like. That’s not how it works. I’m a fan of Regina, I’m a fan of Lana. I’m not a fan of every decision the show has made for her, but them’s the breaks. It’s not my show.
As for the CSers who loved 5A and “call themselves JMo fans” they call themselves that because they are JMo fans. They are people who enjoy her work, they enjoy her character, and they enjoy the relationship they were getting a metric shit TON of on their screen every week. So OF COURSE they call themselves fans of her – they are people who love JMo’s work who got to keep seeing JMo doing the very thing that they loved the most week after week after week. And they don’t feel like her arc was stolen from her, they feel like she was an active participant in a storyline that they enjoyed. Maybe you didn’t enjoy it, maybe I didn’t enjoy it, but our opinions do not dictate the veracity of someone else’s dedication to an actor or character.
Being a bitter, angry “the show destroyed my favorite characters” fan doesn’t make you MORE of a fan of something, it doesn’t make you a TRUER fan of something, and it doesn’t give you the right to determine who is or is not a fan, or who does or does not belong in the fandom.
It doesn’t. Period.
You don’t get to gatekeep that way.
I love Regina, therefore I am a fan of Regina, therefore I am an Evil Regal. The character does not have a “Sell by” date to be considered safe for fan-ing. That isn’t how it works.