you've put the whole triss vs. yenn thing into words so perfectly. there's nothing specifically wrong with triss (although i don't quite like the fact that she kept the existence of yenn from geralt in tw2), but when people argue over the two of them, yenn gets absolutely shat on the majority of the time because she's not as outgoing or bubbly as triss, so don't blame yenn fans for getting defensive and poking some fun at triss you know?
I chalk it up to people not being educated on her backstory. In a way she was cheated out of a lot of character development in the eyes of gamers. Book readers already know her significance, who she is to Geralt and Ciri, what’s driving her and why she is the way she is. The thing that really ticks me off are these WRONG, unwarranted, mean and rude attacks on her. “Bitch, hag, manipulative, bossy, hunchback.” It’s vile and immature behavior. Yen takes a lot of heat for being a strong willed, independent woman. I thought that was a good thing???
For example Triss (love you girl) will ask what she should do in dialogue options. Option 1. “Should I do this?” Or option 2. “Should I do this?” and she’ll agree and support your decision regardless. Yen on the other hand is either “well I already did that” or “this is what we’re gonna do and here’s why.” And she does give some push back if you question her or argue with her. But if you actually talk with her, debate with her she can come around and see things differently. That to me is EXTREMELY refreshing coming from an NPC and a female character in particular. Yet this is the very reason she gets hate. I don’t know if people have a power trip issue and can’t stand that she can make decisions on her own or what… This is sad because I believe this wouldn’t be the case if she were a male.
“Iorveth. Would you be so
kind as to refrain from hanging around my home like a love sick puppy? Saskia does not want to see you.”
Iorveth makes her uneasy, as
far as anyone could truly be considered capable of such a feat. There is
something about him that puts her on edge, something in that haggard face, in
that shifty remaining eye, in the way he moves. Also, he is living proof that
men, no matter what species, are all the same – too full of themselves to take
no for an answer.
“This is all I have to say
on the matter. Unless you’re here for an entirely different reason, although I
How about The Witcher for the ask meme? :) Any of the games is fine
The character I first fell in love with: Geralt! I don’t get why people act like he’s “so emotionless”, he’s my sweet snarky dad. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: Yennefer! Everyone talked about how much of a “bitch” she is so I was expecting someone very different to who we got in tw3. Yennefer is my bossy wife <3 The character everyone else loves that I don’t: Triss…. I don’t hate her it’s just that her relationship with Geralt makes me uncomfortable, especially since I tried to avoid romancing her in tw1 + tw2 but the games still acted like Geralt was in love with her *sigh* The character I love that everyone else hates: I don’t think everyone hates her but I’ve seen a lot of (mostly male) people saying nasty things about Yennefer, just because she has a personality and stands up for herself lmao :’) And also Philippa Eilhart, who is my problematic fav of the series. The character I used to love but don’t any longer: None? The character I would totally smooch: I can’t decide between them so Ciri + Geralt + Yennefer. Also Saskia and Iorveth.
The character I’d want to be like: Again, I can’t decide between them so Ciri + Geralt + Yennefer, the beautiful trio. The character I’d slap: Oh god there are so many… A pairing that I love: Geralt/Yennefer A pairing that I don’t: Geralt/Triss, andGeralt/Ciri… which isjust… no
Phil had my heart the moment she hit me with her flawless sarcasm when I played TW2 for the first time. Making my way through TW3 and the books I just kept thinking that she had a lot of stories that needed to be told. So here I am (what have I got myself in for!?)
What is the most challenging aspect of playing this muse?
“When you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you” That pretty much sums it up. There’s a lot of darkness in Phil, and it is much deeper and much nastier than what I thought it would be when I started writing her. So writing her dark aspects is at times a confrontation with my own darkness I guess.