*slumps*

Jun. 27th, 2017 08:36 pm
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Oh guys. How are you?

Here's SO HOT! And, I don't know, it's maybe the combo between the general hotness and the fact that I should have my period soon, but I feel so. goddamn. weak. Like someone pulled off a battery or something. I can't find the energy to commit to a proper study plan and I'm struggling to at least do something every day. Dis gonna end well, lol.

Anyway, I dreamed about BtVS? I dreamed that I was watching S6 again - and that's why I woke up with Michelle Branch stuck in my head - and then I was fighting in a old forum about Buffy's depression and the fact that you can't cure mental illness with "positive thoughts and candy". IDEK. But it made me remember how I raged in defense of S6, although it wasn't a perfect season and honestly they screwed up many things. Mostly Tara.

The funny thing is that, for me, it's not even her death that bothers me that much, characters can die, but her whole S6 arc as the "abused wife" that makes me go uuuugghhh. I feel so bothered by the authors' choices and I don't even hate Willow or dislike the Dark!Willow arc (Quite the opposite, in fact) But I realised that I've never talked about Tara and it's strange because in many ways she's such a relatable character for me. I too have maternal tendencies and I understand her role in the Summers family dynamic. Also, she's very popular these days thanks to Tumblr.

And although I still dont' feel much of the Tumblr-esque angle of the issue, it frustrates me that a character that was introduced in S4 and could have had a much more satisfactory story-arc - and even more mystery honestly - was somehow wasted and couldn't free herself from the abuse narrative.

Thinking about Tara depresses me.

Date: 2017-06-27 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitewhale.livejournal.com
it frustrates me that a character that was introduced in S4 and could have had a much more satisfactory story-arc - and even more mystery honestly - was somehow wasted and couldn't free herself from the abuse narrative.

I think at least some of that is on Amber. I can't really fault the writers for not cementing a story arc for her without the actress signing a contract to insure she'll be there. You don't want another Maggie situation. Then again, if they had, she probably wouldn't be the special snowflake Tumblr paints her as. It would have been less milkshakes with Dawn and more almost getting everyone killed with spells. Buffy isn't a show where characters stay good and pure.

Still, they could have had her interact with people who aren't Willow more often. I mean, did she and Xander ever have a conversation?

I've been feeling anti-S6 recently for whatever reason.

Date: 2017-06-28 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rogueslayer452.livejournal.com
I dislike S6 for many reasons, but, her death aside, the handling of Tara's storyline throughout that season really angered and depressed me and it's something that I'll never forgive them for.

it frustrates me that a character that was introduced in S4 and could have had a much more satisfactory story-arc - and even more mystery honestly - was somehow wasted and couldn't free herself from the abuse narrative.

This was perhaps the most frustrating part, imho. Tara had so much potential, her character was growing and had such an incredible development from when we first met her in S4; her strength and her relationship with the rest of the Scoobies was also growing. I wanted to see more with where her character would end up, where she would go, how powerful she would become, how much confident she would be with herself all by herself. But sadly, we never got that. Instead her last moments was her returning to someone she thought she trusted but had actually mistreated her to the point of abuse and it just makes me so angry and disappointed.

Tara deserved better than that, tbh.

Date: 2017-06-28 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ever-neutral.livejournal.com
MY RAGE WILL GO ON. HOLLER.

Even ignoring the Dead Lesbian Syndrome (FLAMES ALL OVER MY FACE), Tara was done dirty enough by her lack of character arc. The breakup with Willow was prime opportunity for Tara to become a fully-realised character in her own right, but Joss' obsession with his "moment of bliss --> death" formula of course brought us yet another romanticised ~return to abuser~ plot point that went basically unremarked upon by the text. MESS.

Dude fucked up.

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