Talking to a new coworker yesterday about Star Wars who is a very casual fan (although she has seen all the movies) and she describes her opinion of the new Sequel Trilogy as follows (swear to god):
Me *casual*: So, what do you think of the new movie then?
Her: Oh, I loved it! It was so cool, with like - you know - the old guy, what’s his na-”
Me *TRU FAN*: HAN SOLO.
Her: Uh, yeah, yeah. And the girl and the guy… they were so cool.
Me *casual again*: MMhmmm, mmhmmm… **trying to hold back from mentioning Kylo**
Her: But, I have to say… Kylo Ren is my favorite charact-
Me *unable to contain self*: OMG YES YES YES OMG
Her: Yeah, like, seriously he is so hot… and emotional… and bad ass…
Me: **nodding furiously**
Her: Like, I don’t think he’s gonna be evil either… no way, he’s so human.
Me: YES. OMG. YES. So what do you think about him, generally?
Her: He just seems so sad, you know? Like, I think his dad said it, right? He’s being used.
Me: Yeah, I think I’d like to see him redeemed… become a good guy. His parents are Han and Leia, and he’s the last Skywalker.
Her: Yeah, totally!! I think a lot of people want to see him be a good guy! He would be such a bad ass good guy!! And become allies with that girl, you know? And, I think he’s gonna end up with that girl, the main girl. He didn’t look at her like a villain at all, and she was totally into him - in that one scene she was like… *makes face like Rey* She was into it. *laughs* I want him to look at me that way, too…
Me: **SCREAMING INSIDE but keeping it together on the outside** Yep, me too. Couldn’t agree more! **STILL SCREAMING ON THE INSIDE**
GUYS. THE MAIN STREAM GETS IT. THE MAIN STREAM DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THIS ANTI BULLSHIT. Kylo is NOT this hated character by the wider fandom who is irredeemable!
THERE IS HOPE. Reylo is totally there!!!! It’s NOT JUST US!