Have you ever read a book and halfway through it, you think to yourself, "I couldn't give a damn about these characters..."
Or has this happened when you were reading manga, or playing video games, or watching something?
I remember when I was younger, every story had a magical feeling, and all the characters were interesting. Has something happened to me... or to the literary world these days?
If you couldn't tell, this isn't going to be a very positive journal entry. Please stop reading if you get offended easily.
Why is every other female main character incredibly stubborn (aka uniquely rebellious, to quote "Not Another Teen Movie") or dreadfully clumsy? Sure, they're adorable traits, but adorably tiny dogs get annoying after they yap at you every time you go out to take a walk. It's like, "Yay, the plot is moving forward--oh wait, Miss Stubbornly Clumsy refuses to follow this lead because she keeps falling off bridges, WHUT."
From the stories I've read (WHYCANINOTFINDBETTERBOOKS???), the stubborn females put themselves in danger because of this obstinate disregard for common sense, and they have to be bailed out by the hero or someone who isn't terribly stubborn. Similarly, I'm tired of the "clumsy heroine" because I have never had the uniquely impossible pleasure of tripping my way into the well-defined arms of a beautiful, angsty Apollo of a man who will whisk me away on a life-threatening adventure that doesn't actually require me to put my life in any danger.
Can't we just make these girls join the US marines?
Seriously, shouldn't female characters be smart enough to think up alternate ways to save their beloveds/themselves? Sure, you can do quantum physics in your head, you beautiful genius, but you can't figure out solutions to your problems that don't involve you sacrificing yourself to save your man? You want your significant other to live on while you die? Because...? I don't know, you're worth less than this significant other? Sounds like severe insecurity to me. Your man will tell you that fifty pages down the road, hon, but in a nicer way.
But then, the able females have no personality because they're so freakin' "professional." Or they're ball-busters who wield a great deal of authority, but don't have the intelligence or ability to back it up.
Or they're overtly insane... in the cute way because they're perpetually hyper. But where are the female Hannibal Lectors?
I don't know anymore; I've just lost faith in most female characters. The ones I still admire are in series I've lost track of.
Now, for the men. Yes, men--my 17-something male watchers, don't think I'm letting your gender go unscathed. Now, I'm much more lenient on male flaws because they've been little more diverse lately, especially since so many of them were once primarily female foibles...
I don't mind the traditional flaws, like hubris, because clearly men haven't learned from generations of literature to quell that manly pride. Bring on the novels with plots similar to The Odyssey! Maybe evolution will eventually take care of this dangerous stubbornness/pride.
But what is with the fascination with the underdog?
In my experience, the underdog gets crushed brutally into the metaphoric dust, and I mean metaphorically ground into a pulp. Metaphorically.
It's the reason why Darwinism is SCIENCE. Literally.
In a non-human ecosystem.
But unfairly, the ones that succeed are the less talented ones who surpass the hard-working others--who actually deserve something good to happen to them--due to sheer luck. Or rather, because "everybody loves a good underdog story."
Excuse me, I've been top dog all these years because of my loyalty, dedication, and suicidal work ethic. And now you're giving this title to the new guy, who didn't even go to work for the first month, because he showed motivation and "a real can-do attitude" just so he can score with the uniquely rebellious heroine? Well, gee, I'm totally the antagonist of this movie. Please humiliate me endlessly.
On that note, am I the only one who feels sorry for Squidward on Spongebob? Sure, he's a jerk, but the writers always take poetic justice to the extreme when punishing him. ._.;
Ahem. But that's enough rambling on my part.
I only list the things I dislike because if I say I like something, the world will throw out a perfect example of this likeable figure, and I'll end up hating it because "there's something wrong with it..."
That's just how my luck is. : (
Am I just jaded because I'm old and have seen more stories than I can shake a walking stick at?
If you've read this far, I'd like to make this journal interactive. Did I go too far in my tirade, or are we in accord with one another? What gets on your nerves when it comes to characters or stories?
Mood: Not Impressed
Listening to: The Epic of Zetbach
Reading: 1/2 Prince
Watching: Axis Powers Hetalia