hey kristen! i was just wondering how you manage to stay so positive?? like i have already seen such bad reactions from ppl to the episode saying jonerys is fake, predictable, a bad fanfic (which makes no sense considering grrm told the writers how the show is supposed to end and he approves of most of what they do), and that it's all bad acting and the show is crap now and i've tried to stay away from all the bs but it keeps messing with me so i was just wondering how you cope <3
Hey! When someone says something like that, I immediately block that person.
People who make those claims about Jonerys clearly have no actual understanding of the story, the future it has been setting up or foreshadowing for years, or the characters themselves. So such people have nothing to contribute discourse-wise since they are so frequently and loudly wrong. AND they contribute nothing to my laid back, fangirly enjoyment. So I block! I have quite a long block list but it has made my experience much better.
I also think these people are, again, wrong about the acting. We got phenomenal performances from both Emilia and Kit. I expect this past episode will earn them both their SECOND Emmy nom. But people insist that they act badly because they are grasping at reasons to say the ship has no “chemistry” so they can try and justify their relentless anti hate of the ship. But … again. Wrong :D
To be clear I don’t live in an echo chamber. If someone writes a well thought-out analysis then I can appreciate civil disagreement. But most of the people saying it is OOC for Jon to love Dany or that this is a silly or predictable pairing are not actually writing analysis or looking for adult discussion, they’re whining. And I get plenty of that from my students so I don’t need it in my hobbies haha.
Lastly, I stay positive because so far I’ve been right. So even when people do or say things that cause me to doubt, I continue to trust in my own interpretations and ideas about the characters and the story because I haven’t let myself down yet. And I personally don’t think this pairing is stupid or doomed.
I could be wrong of course, because I am a little surprised by the severity of Arya’s treatment of Sansa, for example. So perhaps I could be way off base and next season things could go awry for Jon and Dany. But I choose to believe that my instincts and understanding are right and that helps me stay positive :D