the lion king trilogy

Day and June when they didn't know each other's identities in Legend
  • Day: So many things to tell her
  • But how to make her see
  • The truth about my past, impossible
  • She'd turn away from me
  • June: He's holding back, he's hiding
  • But what I can't decide
  • Why won't he be the king I know he is?
  • The king I see inside

anonymous asked:

The only thing typical about Olicity fans is that we are typically dedicated, typically passionate and typically badass. Not to throw shade but I feel an overcast coming on. I think it's silly for anyone to think that a superhero\action show to survive just on that alone. There's this great article that explains brilliantly why the best comic book shows employ romance into the story and how important it is to give an audience that emotional connection. It's common sense to know this no?

Unless I’ve managed to avoid the horde of careless and destructive Olicity fans, I certainly can’t disagree with you about their lovely qualities! If I (or others) didn’t know it before the #TypicalOlicityFan project, I’d say that we sure do now. :)

I haven’t read the article to which you’re referring, but it certainly sounds like one with which I’d agree. I tend to believe that more fantastical works of fiction - whether based on comics or sci fi or singing lions cavorting around the African savannah - generally need to feature a romance of some sort. The absurd premises require viewers to suspend a whole lot of disbelief, and it’s essential to have a grounding factor of some sort. The hero needs to be humanized, and getting the girl/guy is the most relatable way to do it. Romance tends to bring vulnerability out in characters, and that chink in the hero’s armor as he or she falls in love with the girl or guy is often enough to round him/her out as an individual.

I don’t want to discount familiar bonds or friendships as grounding influences in fiction, but the grand sweeping romances often elevate the narrative to a whole different level. We want the hero to win, and hugging a sister or high-fiving a best friend is often not as epically rewarding as winning the heart of the love interest. It feels like a victory for many viewers as well as the protagonist, and it allows us to imagine a happy ending even after the screen goes black and the credits begin to roll.

That’s not to say that all works of fiction - even those featuring particularly epic relationships - that include romance are about romance. Oliver drove off into the sunset with Felicity, but Arrow hasn’t been reframed as Olicity Hour on Wednesday nights. Princess Leia and Han Solo exchanging their “I love you” and “I know” in the carbonite freezing chamber is one of the most memorable moments of The Empire Strikes Back, but the original Star Wars trilogy was still about Luke’s hero’s journey. The Lion King won an Academy Award for the “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” ballad that saw lions Simba and Nala falling for one another, but that didn’t stop either of them from returning to Pride Rock and retaking the metaphorical throne in battle. 

In summary: I believe that romances handled right are more helpful than hindering to most stories, and I absolutely believe that incorporating romance does not necessarily change the foundation of a show/film.