It’s really bizarre and frustrating to see posts like this one about how to get away with murder that take the characters completely on the surface level and fly in the face of what the show is setting out to do. Like the whole point of these characters and this show is to take the people from other shows, other mediums who have traditionally been thrown into one-dimensional roles and show them as fully complex, realized people with both flaws and attributes.
The oversexed, flamboyant gay character becomes a ruthless, ambitious go-getter willing to use the role society has placed him in to get what he wants, but who flounders under pressure when he’s faced with real emotions, when he’s thrown into a situation with too many unknowns and variables.
The one-note do gooder crusader becomes someone willing to break rules, defy morals, corrupt himself in order to help someone he truly thinks deserves it - someone he knows the system is going to make a pariah because he’s lived under the weight of that system his whole life.
The pretty, quiet, malleable student is fully aware of how people see her (‘it’s just my face’), is determined to remain true to herself, to force others to see her as she wants to be seen.
The type-a ‘prom queen’ works hard, fucking hard to have her life as ordered and perfect as she wants it, and has dreams and ambitions as much as any other person - she isn’t just someone’s antagonist, someone’s villain.
All of this is cemented by the fact that the one character in the show who is reduced to a gag is the straight, white man - the one who, in any other show, would be the lead, would be the one allowed to have layers, to have an underlying reason for the way he acts and the choices he makes.
And like, the way people seem DETERMINED to fly in the face of the progressive, fascinating, deliberate choices the show makes is regards to its characters is so telling about the way media is received, about the stereotypes it engenders, about the assumptions people themselves bring to what they consume. The need to make these characters simple, palatable, understandable in the context of stereotypes and assumptions is so clear and something that needs to be confronted, imo.
Women and Their Emotions: The Sad, Questionable Tale of Juana la Loca
You know how sometimes when you’re in the middle of midterms and you want to post about whacky and wild royals but you don’t have time to research more obscure figures who, while super valuable, you’re not all that familiar with? Yeah. That’s where I was. I wanted to write about someone whose story I’d read about a few times, while not tipping back into the big, familiar folks that I’m saving for later. Also, I’ve been rewatching The Tudors. And as I watched Maria Doyle Kennedy look nothing like the real Catherine of Aragon while acting exactly like the real Catherine of Aragon, I thought: hey! Remember Catherine’s crazy ass sister?
You’ve probably heard of Juana la Loca in the context of her dragging her husband’s coffin throughout the country, occasionally opening it to kiss his decaying toes. Because that’s a nice story to tell the kiddies. As with most indisputably awesome historical tales, that one’s not exactly true. But it’s not entirely false either.
Finally, if you haven’t heard of Juana la Loca, I’m reasonably sure that you’ve heard of her little sister, Catherine of Aragon. You haven’t heard of her? Oh my god. Henry VIII’s first wife, guys. The Spanish one. The one before Anne Boleyn. Okay? Got it. Let’s move on.
Which is worse: being branded as a lunatic, or marrying Henry VIII?
when ur thirsty for fic but you have quite fucking literally read every single quality fanfiction for the pairing