If you’ve been in the Bad Dragon tags recently, then you’ve seen quite the range of emotion from disbelief, disappointment, frustration, and full out anger. It probably is a touch confusing to anyone new to BD who just got their first toy (or is eyeballing one) and they waltz into the tag to see something like this:
So what’s the deal? Let me relate my own experiences and observations. This is a very long post, so hold on tight, grab a snickers, and let’s do this!
my least favorite thing is when people accuse you of hating female characters if you don’t ship the main heterosexual pair in a show
but like, the usual issue with the main heterosexual pair in any show is that we’re expected to think they’re going to get together simply because they are a male and a female who exist in the same vicinity?
i’ll ship the main heterosexual pair when they put work and chemistry into their writing, especially their writing of women, thank you very much
like, from what i’ve seen of each, i’d be waaaay onboard to ship like… joan and sherlock in elementary, or abbie and ichabod in sleepy hollow because the writers clearly care about those characters and their dynamics and put a lot of care into their interactions
i ship mulder and scully because there are seasons and seasons of them establishing a rapport and going through hell for each other and learning from one another and generally having great onscreen chemistry
on an anime basis, i ship the hell out of soul and maka in soul eater because the entire basis of the show and their conflicts is that they care so much about one another and they need to communicate more and establish a healthy rapport as partners because being healthy and communicative at each other literally makes them stronger
but the key thing there is that all of those female characters are rounded and developed and well-written with their own vulnerabilities and strengths, who don’t simply exist as extensions of the Cool and Interesting Male Characters in their series
but then other shows come along and write a Cool Main Character and then “oh yeah i guess he should have a love interest too” and throw a female character in there who’s mostly just snarky and kind of sarcastic and always in conflict with him because she is Sensible and Doesn’t Understand his Genius
i’m not shipping your dumb hetero ship until you work harder on her and make her a real person because i’m not going to let you get away with feeding me scraps
something all of tumblr should see.
You know. ParaNorman is a fantastic movie, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, and it’s a modern marvel as far as animation goes. But it really pisses me off when people take one part of the lesson this movie taught and completely fail to acknowledge the first half of that lesson.
So let’s all take a minute to remember that Aggie was actively and purposefully silenced and exploited by the town and by Norman’s family for centuries before this encounter ever happened. Every time she tried to wake up and defend herself for being legitimately wronged, they put her back into the ground and used her story to sell touristy junk and rake in profits and fun times for the town.
So rather than taking the easy way out and just putting her back to sleep and making her shut up, Norman went against what his forebears did and took the time to go talk and listen to what Aggie had to say. And it’s been a while since I’ve watched this movie so forgive me if I’m wrong, but I can’t remember a single time Norman said she had no reason to be angry or hurt.
So there’s that.