fairytale retellings for my teen wolf ships: scallison + cinderella
scott is trying to be polite to his potential brides and allison hasn’t practiced politeness in years: both are practical. when they meet by chance in the woods and fall in love, they know that nothing can possibly come of it -but scott and allison are stubborn. can allison attend the prince’s balls and convince everyone she’s lost royalty? can scott, in disguise as a chimney sweep, earn her love without the help of a title?
"The last time I was alone with you, I almost bled out on the lacrosse field."
Dylan O’Brien (x)
march 16-22, 2014: saying goodbye to some of television’s most compelling female characters.
- allison argent (teen wolf)
- audrey bidwell (the blacklist)
- lucy brooks/”jolene” (the blacklist)
- beverly katz (hannibal)
I understand that the networks and writers didn’t band together and say, “Let’s destroy these characters all at once,” but it really does say something that there were at least four significant female characters killed in the last week on cable television. Some of these women were leads, others supporting cast, but all were killed and killed violently.
The response that audiences have had to this varies by character, naturally. Some characters were thought to be killed for shock-value, while others were killed to fuel a male-dominated storyline. Their purpose became emotional-incentive for a male character to leap into hero/vigilante-mode. Their deaths provided emotional incentive, but devalued as the powerful women that they were. Their purpose was ultimately to trigger a quest for vengeance or alarm the audience, and this demeans their individual competencies and reduces them to a motif.
One writer talks of his character’s death with glee. One writer forbade the actress for making a final decision that she thought would be appropriate for her character’s finale scene, for her last words.
Most, if not all, of these characters were strong and self-sufficient. But they weren’t treated respectfully in death. Many were unceremoniously removed from the picture, rather than dying with dignity or a proper fight — only the illusion of one. One particular character will be placed in the centre of a death-tableau. More murder porn. One was shot, died, and disappeared from sight within the course of 30-seconds. This without even mentioning that one show almost killed off two POC in one episode.
It concerns me that these images are continuing to perpetuate our culture with violence against women and male dominance. Female characters are rarely seen avenging their male counterparts, and male characters are rarely seen mourning or behaving sympathetically towards women; we continue to see the aggressive, stereotypically-reserved man and the “strong” woman who couldn’t save herself, but whose death will be justly addressed by the surviving male. The world is already dangerous enough for women. What we need are stories with strong female characters who take care of themselves and survive. We can’t make much progress when the media perpetuates violence against women as an almost-ritual norm, to whatever end.
We are not here to give your men purpose. We have our own. We are not here to die and shock your audience. There are simply too many women reduced to male motivation and plot devices. Give us a chance to fight for ourselves, have our own stories and live our own lives rather than living to make men’s interesting or dramatic.
(I’m sorry I can’t hear you over the fact that SHE made the decision. That she got to decide who she loved in the end, not the writers.)
i don’t blame her. i blame the shitty decision to kill her off instead of leaving it open for her return like they did with jackson. colton left too, but they didn’t kill him. they also didn’t kill gerard or deucalion, but they’re gone from the show now. i just find it ironic and really gross that they’ve killed off every woman or poc that left the show but let all the white dudes live.
So I’m reading an interview that says it was Crystal’s decision to leave. That’s well within her right. Frankly she’s better off away from this show.
Doesn’t mean you had to kill off Allison, Jeff. Hell, you filmed two different endings for Season 2, one where Jackson died and one where he didn’t, and then when Colton up and ditched your show you leave it open for him to come back. So why not with Crystal?
Oh, right. Because she’s a woman.