12 1 / 2011
I love fandom. I live in it far more than I should, and I know it. I enjoy most of the people, and I enjoy seeing what new ideas have been brought to the table.
However! I have some major issues with some of the recurring themes throughout different fandoms.
One is the “betrayal” fic, often seen in ensemble casts, and usually used to justify crossovers. I don’t get it. I never have! Sailor Moon crossovers are inundated with betrayal plotlines that make no sense. Here’s how it plays out: Sailor Moon/Usagi really isn’t as dumb and clutzy as she is portrayed in canon. In reality, she’s smart and beautiful, and way more athletic to the point where she doesn’t need a team. The others, for whatever inane reason, turn on her and try to kill her, or cheat on her with Mamoru, who these writers don’t like anyway. Then, she meets the crossover characters and becomes a full-fledged Mary Sue, defeating her former friends.
It makes no sense! According to the show, Princess Serenity and her soldiers were reincarnated by Queen Serenity so the Princess would find happiness. Every time Usagi has died before that, everyone gets reincarnated. So, even if the girls hated Usagi, it’s in their best interests to stand by the princess so they can move on into the afterlife.
Usagi isn’t smart. She’s loving, and she has a millenium to get her act together, but she’s nowhere near Ami’s mental capabilities, or Minako’s and Makoto’s athletic abilities. She also can’t sing (canon!). The reason the team works so well is that they all fit together like a puzzle. No matter what, they remain friends, and they work through their problems.
I’ve seen quite a few fics in the Buffy fandom that follow this pattern, where Buffy (or one of the villians/grey characters) ends up being the good guy, and Willow and Xander are the reasons for all bad things in Whedonverse. That’s ludicrous.
Willow did bad things- she wasn’t trained! Giles refused to train her until she’d amassed more power than he could help control! She got addicted to magic due to being forced by unavoidable circumstances to do some very big spells, and she felt like she was losing control of her life. The First has been an element the characters dealt with since the first season, so it’s no surprise it pops up all the time and meddles.
Here’s what I don’t understand: how can a writer paint Ethan, who tried to help a demon sacrifice of babies for dinner, in this holy light and paint a bunch of teenagers with little responsible parenting as knowingly neglectful?
This probably makes no sense. Oh well. I’m done.
I’m going to go make pork in a slow cooker now.