im bored of this mentality that being “good” is boring in fictional works
it isn’t boring
being good and making the right choices is hard and challenging and when writers bother to actually write characters rather than cardboard cut outs for their moral heroes then they are infinitely interesting
im sorry i guess im just a girl who grew up loving superman and never had time for batman and im happy to have a hero who is staunchly good and dedicated to doing what is just and moral
I think the most ironic thing about the dude bro stark filter is the way is the way it reduces the characters.
Robb goes from being a young man trying to do good in a world that doesn’t reward that and who despite a mixture of bad luck and natural mistakes always tries to behave honorably to being just “a badass.”
Arya goes from being a traumatized child who has been forced to kill people at 11 and is increasingly losing her sense of self and sense of home to, like Robb, “a badass.”
Sansa gets seen as a frivolous and stupid teenage girl who “should have known better” and gone against everything she was ever taught to think about society and courtly.
Jon also gets the badass treatment when really he’s someone just trying to find his place in the world with a strong sense of right and wrong, who is forced to question the way he’s always been taught to see things.
Bran and Rickon are treated as a single character and seen as largely uninteresting when really the main magical plot of the book as well as the future of House Stark may in fact rest with them as Arya and Sansa are in hiding.
I can’t even talk about the things people say about Catelyn without getting really angry. The narrative was strongly based around Cat’s grief and how she has to support her son and House, but also give Robb the independence he needs to appear a strong King.
Basically people just turn the characters into the tropes and ideas they’re subverting, and it’s kind of weird that someone who just blogs about Roose Bolton all day loves and understands these characters more than random people I meet and talk to about the books/show.