Special shout out to that genius anon who wrote the “Given the chance, I’ll do it again in a heartbeat” line in the RR meme (that I couldn’t find anymore due to the number of comments/threads)~ just wanted to say you’re the reason for this dj, whoever you are~ thank you! That line gave me feels! O3O)/
I need to rant for a second because this keeps happening and I HATE IT
Can we PLEASE stop telling people (characters) that they can’t do X or Y or come on the mission or are wrong because “you’re too emotional”? I HATE THAT.
I don’t mind if it’s the initial response and then proven wrong, and whoever said it admits they were wrong or at least doesn’t do it again. I don’t even mind if it’s said and then proven to be correct - if the character goes on the mission anyway, and messes everything up. Fair enough. But when it’s played straight, as if it’s perfectly normal and valid to dismiss someone’s opinion or whatever based on how YOU think they feel, except it turns out that’s not how they feel and they’re not too emotional to do the thing at all… no. Stop.
I mean take Emma. Was she wrong about Tamara? No. Was she wrong about Hades? No. Did she help defeat Hades? Yes. Did she lose the ability to think straight and mess up everything? No and no.
Oh, but she’s emotional and you can’t possibly also be right about things or get the job done if you’re emotional.
I hate this entire concept. I hate it every time it’s played straight in a story. I can accept it with characters who have shown themselves to actually BE impulsive and reckless when emotional - like Anakin Skywalker, for example, or even Hook. But with someone like Emma Swan, who usually keeps a level head and can usually put her emotions aside to deal with the task at hand, and whose gut feeling is usually right? No.
And the fact that pretty much every character except Hook and Henry keep doing this with Emma is getting annoying. Realistically, while they might’ve done it initially, they really should’ve learned by now. Especially her parents. And Emma herself certainly shouldn’t be doing it to other characters because she ought to know how it feels.
To be clear, this isn’t meant as a criticism of any of the characters who do this. It’s a criticism of the writers who apparently think this is a valid reason to disregard someone’s opinion or gut feeling or what they want.
It’s a really cheap way of creating conflict or taking the character out of the action, I think that’s usually the intent. And it’s stupid. And it makes the characters look stupid. And I hate it.
What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed there, regardless. It wasn’t just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn’t expect them to be. You can’t make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.