gender pronouns dont apply to me please refer to me as “your majesty”
Omfg I am officially a middle aged man who dyes his hair
No I’m not smiling at you I’m smiling at your dog don’t look at me
Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), dir. Guillermo del Toro
A long time ago, in the Underground Realm, where there are no lies or pain, there lived a princess who dreamt of the human world.
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my 2 cents under the cut
I really like your take and couldn’t agree more. I think they’re really playing with the DaddyGate issue. I mean for me it was never a topic because like many pointed out James is playing Red not in a fatherly way towards Liz. Also the script isn’t written that way.
Plus he said “no” when she asked him. But some people take his hesitation as a confirmation. But that’s untenable and weak evidence.
Also this show won’t turn into some daily soap where the obvious answer is the right answer. This show is anything but easy.
And I’m absolutely on your side when it comes to characters. They need more background to be more than one-dimensional.
Let’s see where this show goes in the future. :-)
I’m also leaning towards him not being her bio dad (for various reasons, some of which you already mentioned) but I can also see where the “daddy camp” is coming from, and this dual view of the R/L relationship is messing with my head. :) It’s not Red’s hesitation before saying “no” because I completely agree: it’s a weak argument. If Red doesn’t want to answer your question, he tends to abruptly change the topic instead of flat out lying, so I don’t think that “no” was a lie. For me the most compelling evidence of Daddy!Red - so far - is the conversation(s) he has with Sam + the one with Tom in ep 108. He comes across more like a father there, IMO; he seems to assume that role when he tells Sam "I can only hope to love her and protect her as you have" and Tom that "[Her father] will always be there with [Liz], standing in the shadows to keep her safe." But then again, one could argue that Red behaves this way bc he feels guilty about killing Sam & about not being able to protect his own daughter, and protecting Liz is one way he’s trying to make up for both while he’s also (increasingly) attracted to her, so… *curls up in a ball* I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK ANYMORE!!!
Yeah, I hope TPTB afford us more clarity in the future bc I’m driving myself nuts already. :)