in which a girl/woman/technical adult attempts to live life as a warrior forest nymph who wears combat boots and catches bullets in her teeth, but who actually ends up just sort of sitting in closets and eating homemade peanut butter cups instead
We are like boats passing in the night - particularly you.
sorry i was thinking about this on the bus today and i actually started crying (IT’S BEEN AN EMOTIONAL COUPLE OF WEEKS) because this means so much to me??? i KNOW that people are critical of tauriel’s inclusion mostly because a lot of the buzz about her character surrounds her romantic narrative with either legolas or kili or both, and for some people that sucks! because if we’re going to include ladies, why can’t we give them better stories that don’t revolve around their relationships with men? and that’s fine if that’s what you think! but for me, well, obviously i’m a romance gal, and i get cranky when people use the term romance as something derogatory or ‘lesser than’ because screw you romance is awesome love is great love is beautiful LOVE IS WHAT ALL STORIES ARE ABOUT IN THE END etc etc etc.
but ANYWAY my real point is: that’s NOT the story that’s been given to tauriel in the promo materials. that she’s a romantic prize, that she’s tragically pining, whatever. what ends up in the movie, i can’t speak to that. but in the trailers? in the stills and posters? she’s kicking ass and sticking up for herself, she’s a warrior and fierce and in charge, she’s getting all the same shots legolas did in the LOTR trailers with her archery and knives, and she’s butting heads with her prince and her king because she doesn’t believe their course of action is morally right and she says it to their FACES because she’s the captain of the guard, assholes, and she’s got stuff to SAY, and that’s… so amazing to me. she has an active role in this narrative in a way that i am so happy about. everyone imagines themselves into their favourite stories, i know, and i did the same when i was a thirteen-year-old reading tolkien, and in LoTR there was really only one active and dynamic woman in the form of eowyn i could latch onto—both galadriel and arwen, even with beefed-up roles, are still relatively passive figures when it comes to the actual progression of the narrative (but that’s an argument for another day). and believe me, i know that what eowyn and tauriel represent is only one facet of womanhood, and it sucks that they both are the only woman who have any kind of major role in their respective narratives. it’s a decade later; do i think PJ and crew should have progressed further and done more to include more varied women? do i think PJ and crew should have done more in terms of representation OVERALL? uh, YES. why the dwarves all had to be standard old(ish) white men is BEYOND ME, especially since they have virtually no characters in the original and they could have done WHATEVER THEY WANTED with them. so this is only a tiny step. if you feel that it’s not enough, that’s totally legit. i mean, i AGREE with you. but it does mean a lot to my thirteen-year-old self who wanted to find some way into middle earth? it wedges the door open a bit further, and that’s… really hopeful for me, that there’s room for me in this story. yay tauriel!!!
sorry op i am stepping off my soapbox
i just have
a lot of feelings
and evie’s the best and i’m so proud of her and so excited for tauriel
favorite television characters | tamsin
if there's one thing i hate, it's a man getting in the way of what i want, it's so retro.
Coat of arms for some of the houses from A Song of Ice and Fire.
Not all might be easy to recognize, so I’ll just name them in a row - Baratheon, Locke, Frey, Tyrell, Arryn, Merryweather, Greyjoy, Lannister and Stark.
Think I’ll never finish the whole set)