So I covered a theater production of “Beauty and the Beast” last night, and I was kind of dreading it, because I felt like reylos had ruined it for me.
What I found interesting was the Director’s Note. She talked about how BatB is relevant in the current political climate, where we have people who are openly and fiercely against “the Other” and afraid of change.
Put in that context, the comparison does not work for Reylo. I know Kylostans believe Kylo is the Other, but, while he may be many things, he’s not that. Reylo is the status quo, especially when it comes to fandom. What fandom and even much of the GA don’t understand is how Finn can be the hero when they empathize more strongly with Kylo.
Then I was reading about Serena Williams’ wedding and how they chose a Beauty and the Beast theme. Not because it’s about the redemption of a monster, but because a lot of people don’t get it, don’t “see” them as a couple. And that’s really more BatB than a pairing of rivals that fits the “aesthetic” will ever be.