I remember someone on the Animorphs LJ community (if you remember ewho, let me know!) saying that Rachel and Tobias both used each other to hang onto their respective humanity—and that they each picked the worst possible person to use for that.
I would love to hear more of this if you figure it out :)
I remember reading this conversation (and maybe participating in it?) but for the life of me I can’t remember who said that. However, I will say that I completely agree and that’s part of why I love that dysfunctional duo.
mayday comes to the startling revelation that she has a Huge Crush on her best friend
a lot of the criticism regarding Kirsten’s portrayal of Mary Jane in the Sam Raimi movies begins with “but she didn’t do anything, she was just there to be kidnapped all the time,” and while i do see where that comes from i also think that people misunderstand the character and the story, and are nitpicky thanks to this new trend of Strong Female Characters™.
what people have to understand is that Mary Jane is only human in a world of superheroes and super villains (who usually also happen to be geniuses), and there is only so much a regular person with no extraordinary abilities can do in these circumstances. yes, perhaps the director could’ve not had her be kidnapped in all three movies, but that’s not necessarily the character’s fault. she was involved with Peter and his enemies were all close to him, best friend’s fathers, teacher’s friends, best friends, and figured out who Spider-Man was and that she was a way for them to get to him.
Mary Jane, though not necessarily resembling a lot of her original 616 persona, was a great, layered, real character in the previous Spidey trilogy. she didn’t physically kick ass (well, she actually did at least once each movie, but people tend to purposefully overlook or downplay that) or had witty, memorable lines, and she could be annoying and unreasonable, but so could Peter. and he was. but somehow he gets away with it because “he’s only human” and she gets to be called a “bitch.” Peter can go and kiss his best friend’s girlfriend, and cheat on his girlfriend, and keep secrets from everyone while shaming them for not being 100% truthful towards him, and still gets to be the hero. but Mary Jane dates four guys in a five-year period and she’s a slut. she pursues her career and has ups and downs in it and is whiny. gets upset over being cheated on and having her boyfriend become a big-headed jerk and she’s a bitch. there’s something very telling in that; that the guy can not be perfect and it’s normal, but as soon as a woman isn’t, there’s something wrong with her and therefore she should be dismissed.
a female character doesn’t automatically become a damsel in distress the second she gets in harm’s way — a damsel is someone whose only purpose is to be kidnapped and saved and push the hero’s story forward while having none of her own, and Mary Jane wasn’t that. she had her own arc, much more so that a lot of characters in many superhero movies as of late. a good female character doesn’t have to be a badass, and try to fight the villain even though she has no powers, and be courageous, and smart, and funny, and charming, and beautiful, and caring, and sweet, she has to be real. i don’t identify with perfect characters, and i know i speak for everyone on this. i don’t sympathize and empathize with a story or someone who never has problems and is perfect all the time.
we need to reevaluate the way we see and judge female characters. there’s nothing wrong in disliking a character, sometimes it just doesn’t click, or we think the portrayal is not very good, we have a gripe with the actor, or the writing, but when it’s because we hold that character to weird, unattainable standards that we don’t apply to any others and it becomes a personal vendetta like it has with Kirsten’s MJ — twelve years after the first movie people still have this red-hot hate towards her — it stops being just a matter of different strokes and becomes harmful.
and, quite frankly, pretty insufferable.
Femslash February is over, but have Cassie and Rachel at prom anyway
I did want to finish this in time, but I guess not. glitter takes forever. thanks to Jess for all her suggestions, and to Kendra and Ani too <3
I LOVE THIS
OMGOSH MYRTU YOU’RE THE BEST
OH GOSH THIS IS REALLY CUTE MYRTU I LOVE THIS
Fandom x Comics.
[From: Astonishing X-Men 67, 2013; Iron Man Fatal Frontier 7, 2013; Loki Agent of Asgard 1, 2014; Ms. Marvel 1, 2014.]
Friends draw Animorphs and get sad because there is no Animorphs art.
Attempt to fix this but then get sad because I don’t feel like colouring at all tonight and it looks like poop.
Alright, so I’ll be upfront that Cho was never one of my favorite characters just because she didn’t interest me that much, but the hate she gets from the fandom is totally unjustified, so here goes my defense.
See there are these fun things called “character flaws” and without them every character would be boring as hell. Personally I think Cho was a little emotional, but is that a crime? Every character in the series has flaws, this is one of Cho’s! And let’s also keep in mind that she’s a teenage girl with her hormones all out of whack and a bunch of crazy, really scary stuff going on! She has every reason to be emotional, at least to some degree!
- Defended her friend
Of course she defended her friend! These two girls were close, enough that Cho felt she could trust her with the secret of Dumbledore’s Army. She was probably hurt and ashamed when Marietta turned them into Umbridge, but she didn’t want to turn on her friend with everyone else. Marietta herself was probably under a lot of pressure and felt awful about giving in and even if she didn’t, we’re going to slam Cho for trying to stick with her friend even though she did something wrong? She wouldn’t have been friends with Marietta if she didn’t see a lot of good traits in her, and she didn’t want everyone to only think of her as the girl who betrayed Dumbledore’s Army.
- Was just a “pretty girl”, no personality
To be honest, we don’t really get to see enough of Cho to make this judgement. She really doesn’t appear that much in the books aside from brief conversations with Harry and him catching glimpses of her in the halls and such. But that doesn’t mean she has no personality; this sort of contradicts the first point—how can she be overemotional and also have no personality? We can note that (in the books), Cho never caves under Umbridge’s pressure and from what we’ve seen she’s proved herself to be a capable witch and a nice person.
- Cried too much
Is there some new trend of hating women who feel? Her boyfriend was murdered by Voldemort. Doesn’t that give her a reason to be upset? For crying out loud, if any of her criticizers had their boyfriend or girlfriend murdered by someone, I’d be willing to bet they would cry! And Cho is emotional, which we’ve already covered! It really hurt her and she was afraid for her own life and for her family and for the rest of the world—not only was Cedric killed, but Voldemort was on the rise and the Ministry was doing nothing! She had every right to be terrified and stressed out, which would make her more likely to cry about Cedric’s death.
- Not treating Harry right during dating
This is a matter of personal opinion; I agree their dates were awkward and didn’t go very well. But returning to the above point, Cho was under an incredible amount of emotional stress. It probably wasn’t right of her to go out with Harry in the state she was in, but she did like him and when she turned him down for Cedric before, she seemed genuinely regretful that she had to hurt him. Besides, she’s fifteen! How many fifteen year olds have perfect dates? The whole point of dating as a teenager is to get used to the feel of things and try to figure out how relationships work. Cho could probably look back on that and agree it was wrong of her to have tried another relationship when she was still upset about Cedric. And let’s not forget that this was also partly a plot device to push Harry away from Cho so that he’d end up with Ginny.
- Not getting over her boyfriend’s murder quickly
Are you serious? She’s going to be slammed for mourning her boyfriend’s death? Is this a joke? He DIED. He was FIFTEEN. You’re going to criticize her for being upset? I would like to see anyone who throws this insult at Cho to try to go through what she did and bounce right back. It was a horrible, unforeseen, tragic event. We don’t have an inside look at her and Cedric’s relationship, but presumably they were close! I feel like people who level this accusation at her are irritated that she didn’t get together with Harry right after Cedric’s death.
In short—basically Cho is getting hate for being a human being. How dare she. How dare she not be made of stone and never feel anything. The nerve.
For Kels who is strong like an amazon, even if she doesn’t realise it xo