Yeah, I’ve heard. And I’ve gotten a lot of asks about it, so I guess I’ll try and say a little something.
I find it extremely disappointing that JK Rowling decided to make that statement publicly, and it actually made me lose a great deal of respect for her. It reminds me of Faulkner in a way - who was famously known for making huge declarative statements about his work after he had finished it, which made little sense and always contradicted each other. It almost feels to me like she’s been dwelling on Harry Potter for too long and in that time, has started to overanalyze herself. Her reasoning why - that it was “wish-fulfillment” which wasn’t based on literature - makes absolutely no sense; what tradition are you trying to fulfill here, JK? There is absolutely nothing wrong, from a writing standpoint, with putting Ron and Hermione together; in fact, it makes more sense in a greater literary tradition - opposites attract, we like to watch people who bicker fall in love, etc, etc. What would Harry and Hermione even do together? Talk about the weather? There is NO literary reason for the two of them to be together - unless, of course, that was the books that she had written, and the choice she had originally made. Which she didn’t. New information - like facts about Remus growing up, or that Dumbledore is gay - is one thing. But to openly challenge what she has already written, a couple that created such a core storyline throughout the series? I don’t understand why she’d do that.
Even if that is genuinely what she believes, it’s unfortunate that she decided to share that with a wider audience. It has the potential to poison some people’s experience of the books, especially because Romione is such a huge thing for so many people. For me, it was a storyline that showed me what true love could be like, what I wanted it to be like for me in the future. And it’s really shitty to hear that the creator of that is now backpedalling, saying that my view of romance since childhood is simply wish fulfillment for her, and not realistically viable. To hear Emma say that people wonder if Ron could make Hermione happy. If you take their opinions seriously, that’s extremely crushing. What’s the point of Ron’s character, if Harry and Hermione were together in the end? If they had been able to function on their own, it might as well be a golden duo instead of a golden trio. But JK Rowling, herself, said that he was the heart, she was the one who wrote “Harry liked Hermione very much, but she just wasn’t the same as Ron.” Those words will live on, whether or not she intends to uphold them.
The truth of it is - the books are written. We’ve read them, we know the story, and we know that Ron and Hermione get together in the end. Those books are decades old now and have taken on a life of their own - creating a theme park, an interactive website, hundreds of parodies, an entire music scene, a particularly hilarious musical. This isn’t really in her hands anymore. We know these characters, no matter what her opinion about them is. And I know, with every certainty and without a single doubt, that Ron and Hermione were meant for each other - and that they were happy. Fuck hindsight.
If not, don’t worry, I couldn’t remember her name neither. But I’m sure you recognize her now:
So she’s American reporter. She was in the news always when something very bad happened in Doctor Who world: she was in episodes Aliens of London/World War Three, Christmas Invasion, series 4 finale, EoT. She was in 8 episodes (and more in SJA and Torchwood) at all. Not much, yeah? What is several short scenes in 8 episode during 5 years of tv show?
But Russelt T Davies CARED about her. There is over 3 minutes decicaded to her in EoT, part one Confidential. THREE MINUTES. And Tenth Doctor was suppoused to meet her. This scenes was eventually cut from the script but RTD CARED ABOUT ONE AMERICAN REPORTER TO MENTION HER IN THIS COFIDENTIAL AND SAID HE WAS SAD THIS SCENE GOT CUT!
And David cared too:
And this is reason why am I so angry right now. Because guess in how many episodes she appeared in Moffat’s era?
I know it’s only little detail, most of people probably don’tt even remember her name but this is one of the reasons I prefer RTD’s Doctor Who.
Because maybe we didn’t have big Hollywood like finale, with dozents spaceship in the sky or fantastical scenes with train going to The Great Pyramid and all events happening at once or girl living throught timeline of all Doctors.
But we had got show about people. And I am missing it so much in Moffat’s Doctor Who.
lavender brown gets more hate for how she handles unrequited romantic feelings than snape does and that is incredibly disturbing
This is a jar full of major characters
Actually it is a jar full of chocolate covered raisins on top of a dirty TV tray. But pretend the raisins are interesting and well rounded fictional characters with significant roles in their stories.
We’re sharing these raisins at a party for Western Storytelling, so we get out two bowls.
Then we start filling the bowls. And at first we only fill the one on the left.
This doesn’t last forever though. Eventually we do start putting raisins in the bowl on the right. But for every raisin we put in the bowl on the right, we just keep adding to the bowl on the left.
And the thing about these bowls is, they don’t ever reset. We don’t get to empty them and start over. While we might lose some raisins to lost records or the stories becoming unpopular, but we never get to just restart. So even when we start putting raisins in the bowl on the right, we’re still way behind from the bowl on the left.
And time goes on and the bowl on the left gets raisins much faster than the bowl on the right.
Until these are the bowls.
Now you get to move and distribute more raisins. You can add raisins or take away raisins entirely, or you can move them from one bowl to the other.
This is the bowl on the left. I might have changed the number of raisins from one picture to the next. Can you tell me, did I add or remove raisins? How many? Did I leave the number the same?
You can’t tell for certain, can you? Adding or removing a raisin over here doesn’t seem to make much of a change to this bowl.
This is the bowl on the right. I might have changed the number of raisins from one picture to the next. Can you tell me, did I add or remove raisins? How many? Did I leave the number the same?
When there are so few raisins to start, any change made is really easy to spot, and makes a really significant difference.
This is why it is bad, even despicable, to take a character who was originally a character of color and make them white. But why it can be positive to take a character who was originally white and make them a character of color.
The white characters bowl is already so full that any change in number is almost meaningless (and is bound to be undone in mere minutes anyway, with the amount of new story creation going on), while the characters of color bowl changes hugely with each addition or subtraction, and any subtraction is a major loss.
This is also something to take in consideration when creating new characters. When you create a white character you have already, by the context of the larger culture, created a character with at least one feature that is not going to make a difference to the narratives at large. But every time you create a new character of color, you are changing something in our world.
I mean, imagine your party guests arrive
Oh my god they are adorable!
And they see their bowls
But before you hand them out you look right into the little black girls’s eyes and take two of her seven raisins and put them in the little white girl’s bowl.
I think she’d be totally justified in crying or leaving and yelling at you. Because how could you do that to a little girl? You were already giving the white girl so much more, and her so little, why would you do that? How could you justify yourself?
But on the other hand if you took two raisins from the white girl’s bowl and moved them over to the black girl’s bowl and the white girl looked at her bowl still full to the brim and decided your moving those raisins was unfair and she stomped and cried and yelled, well then she is a spoiled and entitled brat.
And if you are adding new raisins, it seems more important to add them to the bowl on the right. I mean, even if we added the both bowls at the same speed from now on (and we don’t) it would still take a long time before the numbers got big enough to make the difference we’ve already established insignificant.
And that’s the difference between whitewashing POC characters and making previously white characters POC. And that’s why every time a character’s race is ambiguous and we make them white, we’ve lost an opportunity.
*goes off to eat her chocolate covered raisins, which are no longer metaphors just snacks*
You know, the one that gives housewives/full-time mothers a pension— wages for housework?
It’s ONLY A HUGE VICTORY FOR FEMINISM, SOCIALISM, AND WOMEN OF COLOR. Not a big deal or anything. Tumblr is mysteriously silent about this.