Ugh just when I think I’m reading a fanfiction that is really great (tons of humor, a bit of cute stuff, correct characterization) and then it goes and takes a giant shit on Rachel fucking Matheson.
Even worse? Rather than something original and well thought out, it’s just regurgitating the same repetitive, annoying as fuck cycle that the show did.
Step one: Rachel acts like a person and says something about how she doesn’t like Bass/how anyone who trusts him is stupid (great advice seeing as throughout both seasons he’s proven to be extremely mentally unstable, even when on the “good side”, but I digress).
Step two: Charlie says “we need him” or something along those lines.
Step three: Rachel (who was kept as a captive by this man for what–15 years? The man who killed her son and husband and actually literally had her tortured.) openly says how stupid Charlie is being. Now at least in canon they have the fucking decency to have Rachel just tell Charlie she’s stupid.These god awful mother fucking fanfic writers try and make it all about Rachel being a controlling, overbearing mom that is still treating Charlie like a child (guess which reader can spot the author’s parental issues *hand raised*).
Step four: Charlie fucking screams at her while Bass (and usually Miles, who is also “fed up with Rachel”, even if he CLEARLY loves her in canon) sits back and is silently amazed by Charlie being willing to put terrible Rachel monster in her place.
Do we even watch the same show?! Do you understand Bass as a character at ALL?! If you’re writing a fic that happened after season one’s fall out, then you should know that Bass is fully aware that he can be the world’s biggest ass hat. He admits it to Miles outright and justifies it by saying that at least he knows what he wants (and character development was so shitty in season 2 that I disagree). He has admitted it to Charlie. HELL he APOLOGIZED to Rachel on his death bed! Do they like one another? No. Bass thinks she’s a hypocritical kill joy and she thinks he’s a sociopath hell bent on dragging the last little big bit of family she has into the dirt and putting them in goddamn coffins like Ben and Danny.
Don’t tell me that Bass does not fully realize the type of man he is and the things he’s done. It. Isn’t. True.
I get it. I fucking get it. 90 percent of the people on this show, for what ever reason, hate Rachel Matheson. I don’t think you’re right, but whatever, you do you.
What pisses me off is lazy fucking writing. Cool. You got some dialog down. Let’s all give a clap for you because you can have Miles call Bass a dick and you realize Bass is a shameless womanizer. But you just took a big steaming dump on not only a character you hate, but your MAIN CHARACTERS AS WELL!
By doing so you downplay your supposed portrayal of Charlie as a mature adult and slam her right back into “I’m 14 and I hate my mom”. And you completely stomp on a large part of Miles’ character arch that not only involves a very long, complicated love story but a strong friendship and a struggle for his own personal identity and where his moral boundaries are drawn. In two little paragraphs you essentially just take white out to the canon and erase whatever doesn’t suit your needs.
And for what? I don’t even understand why anyone wants to put this in there. And trust me, lots of people feel the need. Did we not go through this cycle with Charlie/Rachel enough on the show? To the point where it was always awkward and uncomfortable to watch. To the point where essentially the writers gave up on character development between the two and hoped we’d all be too focused on the weird sexual tension Charlie and Bass had going on to realize that they just kept repeating a cycle with Charlie/Rachel that added nothing to the characters nor the plot?
I just don’t understand. It’s lazy. Yeah. Fucking lazy. If you’re going to write something, even if it is within canon, at least write something original, branch out and develop the characters you’re taking on.