About THIS, further thoughts just on Supernatural (I didn’t want to add this tangent to that post):
Some fandoms are particularly bad about the Mary Sue thing and how they treat female characters in general. Supernatural, i’m looking at you. Im sick of people not wanting female characters to be introduced and when they are, for them to be killed off as soon as possible. Oh, but if it’s Bobby or Cas that die, it’s a tragedy!
All the while, Charlie is a Mary Sue, Jessica is a Mary Sue, Jo is a Mary Sue, Anna is a Mary Sue, Cassie is a Mary Sue - these are very different female characters. And it’s not just the characters that get hate, also the real life women involved - the actresses that portay them, the wives of the main actors, and don’t even get me started on Sera Gamble! The venom and hostility for Sera Gamble in season 7 was absolutely disgusting and misogynistic. The hate she shot was sickening. it made me ashamed for the SPN fandom and took me right out of it.
Anyway, the lack of female characters on SPN is a huge problem for me. We’re almost in season 10 and the show could really introduce a couple female characters to keep things fresh, but no. So many of the males are there season after season. At SPN conventions? All the regulars are male. Crowley is fun, but he’s had his spotlight, I want Abaddon to stay around now. But who’s betting Abaddon wins this war and not Crowley? She’s most likely gonna end up dead at the end of the season, and Crowley’s gonna rule Hell again. Angels, i’m sick of, and they’re all men too. Females have never stayed around. Meg lasted the longest but was also killed unceremoniously for no reason.
Shame on the SPN writers for listening to the crazy hatred of female characters and not having recurring female characters because “the audience doesn’t respond to them” or “we’ve found females don’t fit well in our universe” or “they only work as antagonists” or some such bullshit. When showrunners actually listen to that shit and believe it, ugh. Like Felicia Day said at Comic Con 2013, that show needs so much vagina!
We need more Mary Sues. We need more unapologetically powerful female characters, on a wish-fulfilment level of awesome. We need them to be gods and superheroes and billionaire playboy philanthropists and science experiments gone wrong and normal kids bitten by spiders who now save the world. Why should female characters have to be realistic, while male characters have all the fun? Why shouldn’t a female hero appear alongside Iron Man and Thor, in a way where she can truly hold her own?
We Need More Mary Sues (via monkeyknifefight)
Yes! And now i’m gonna ramble about my feelings on the term “Mary Sue”.
I hate the term Mary Sue because it’s just an exuse for people to bash any female character they dislike. Literally every single female character on television has been labeled a Mary Sue by SOMEONE, from Alicia Florick to Elena Gilbert to Fiona Gallagher, to Olivia Pope, to Rory Gilmore, to Joan Watson, to Buffy Summers and all sorts of awesome ladies.
I’ve seen countless versions of what describes a Mary Sue. If she’s a nice, stable, sensitive person, she’s a Mary Sue, because God forbid she’s actually nice and not mean in a witty way. If she’s a badass, but also kind, funny and smart, she’s a Mary Sue, yeah, because women can’t possess all of those traits, if she does you need to call her a Mary Sue to feel good about disliking her. Any female character you don’t like for any stupid reason, you call her a Mary Sue and you have a free pass to judge and dislike her. Female characters are hated an insane amount anyway, like if they’re not fully mature yet (Sansa Stark), if they don’t fit an idiotic beauty standard (Hannah Horvath), if they own their sexuality (Virginia Johnson), if they’re a “control freak” (Skylar White) etc. You don’t even need a reason, every one of them gets hate, even the almost universally loved ones.
And what I would REALLY like to know is why there isn’t a male equivalent of Mary Sue (if there is i’ve never heard it, so it can’t be too popular, i’ve heard the term Mary Sue hundreds of times). Why aren’t male characters John Sues? Oh, because boys are so wonderful and adorable and easy to love no matter what, even if they’re a piece of shit like Don Draper or Walter White. There’s no male equivalent because it’s a sexist, misogynistic culture, that’s why. I’m sick of the term Mary Sue because it’s an acceptable way of putting another stupid label on a woman, a label that isn’t even well defined. And don’t even tell me it doesn’t always have a negative conotation, because it does. However you use it, It’s putting a female character in a box. Another box where she doesn’t belong.
(Source: matchgirl42, via bellanut)
I kind of love her, maybe a lot.
Loved it. How can a movie about suicide, drugs, depression and physical abuse be so sweet and funny? It was perfect. Can’t wait to see Before I Disappear also feautring Emmy Rossum and Paul Wesley.
Paris Geller: A friend that puts you at ease. XD
Breaking Bad 3.09: Kafkaesque
Lea Michele - If You Say So
Oh Katherine, the amusement you provide me is never-ending. LOL at how how she manipulated the car situation so she could seduce Stefan at the motel. I love getting Katherine’s pov so much.
Princess. I’m thrilled she won the oscar.
My favorite looks from last night’s Academy Awards.
"Not in front of the books, Lane!" Rory <3
If you consider a woman less pure after you’ve touched her
maybe you should take a look at your hands.
— Kaija Sabbah (via anachronica)
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