In my last post I suggested that book!Arya doesn’t really have the same level of “bad fans” as show!Arya, and I wanted to illustrate that a little better.
For the type of fan that Boiledleather talked about on his earlier post, I think the key characteristic was doing immoral things…
Here’s what I’d love to see from this fandom; call a spade a spade. If you enjoy, or identify as a favorite character, someone like Tywin, Roose, Ramsay, etc, don’t buy into moral relativist BS about how they’re somehow doing “the right thing” just because they justify it to themselves. Like Tywin, Roose, Ramsay, etc, for being compelling to watch/read, for getting the job done (albeit at great cost to the innocent,) or for “badass” sighting enjoyment, whatever. Don’t pretend that murder isn’t murder and rape isn’t rape, just because they pretend. Stop blaming other characters for decisions these ones actively choose to make (like Tywin pillaging the Riverlands or killing Elia’s children).
As for Arya, I get it. It’s cathartic to see her “take revenge.” But this story wasn’t written to be escapist. You can enjoy it in that way, but the text (and the show, if I can trust some of Maisie’s interviews) aren’t going to do the whole “cool guys walk away from explosions” schtick. Game of Thrones/ASOIAF has real life consequences when it comes to traumatized teens.
Bran Stark + Dragons [x]
The self-righteous little fan girl in me totally wants this to happen, to prove once and for all that Bran and his storyline are more important than Jon, Dany and Tyrion. :D
But right now I’m in the camp that this won’t happen. Bran has powers, but he’s on his own path. Just read an insightful (and plot spoilery) tumblr meta, in fact, which pits the Jon/Dany/Tyrion POVs against the three major Stark children, with the former being about driving big plot and the latter being about “a heart in conflict with itself.” No wonder the Stark children are my faves.
YES. Especially true today, as I watched the first two episodes of Game of Thrones with my parents, replete with all of their Jaime/Cersei and Viserys/Dany heavy petting. :p :/
Main!Kitty + Ultimate!Kitty on Mutant Pride
I admit, I’m not really a fan of comics, but from my understanding, a lot of comic writers came to the craft from this perspective. It’s nice they gave Kitty the same sentiment, and the same ethnic background.