This has been on my blog before, but I need it on here again because reasons.
there’s characters you love
and then there’s your babies
do you ever want to take a fictional character and hold them and hiss at the world “no you don’t understand this character DON’T TOUCH THEM.”
Also, it really sucks for me, but for some reason I always end up choosing a favourite character that goes through a lot of shit.
And lot of shit.
Sometimes with it seeming they’ll not get their happy ending out of it. ;;
I really think it’s so important for there to be more stories about people fucking up in huge ways/having tragic lives, but ultimately managing to get through it and find a measure of happiness while making a difference for the better.
Like, it actually makes me legit sad how many times tragic characters in fiction either end up having their lives and struggles in vain or having to sacrifice themselves for bittersweet “well they died, but they did good” endings.
Honestly, I’m all for the doing good bit. But you can live your life while doing good. And I think it’s so important to show characters working to move on from their issues and find some measure of peace, happiness even, in their lives. Despite it being hard as hell.
I don’t like the message it sends to kill off characters like that repeatedly.
And I’ve seen people try to pull off the happy ending stuff with really angsty/tragic characters before, and I know sometimes it’s super heavy handed and amateurish and eye-roll worthy. It’s a really, really difficult thing to pull off. But I think it’s important.
are you ever just VIOLENTLY REMINDED OF HOW MUCH YOU LOVE A CHARACTER
Wow I completely forgot about this jeez :I
Tarrlok knew to always avoid Yakone when he was in a cantankerous mood since if he said one wrong thing his father would either lash out at him verbally (and out of sight of his mother, since she couldn’t protect him) or force him to practice bloodbending again.
This was when Noatak was still living with them, but by this time he’d grown as cantankerous as their father and tensions between them were crackling; and Tarrlok hated being caught in the middle since he loved his brother and tried to love his father but Yakone’s mistreatment of him made it impossible.
On the days when his father was so cantankerous and Tarrlok annoyed him to the point where Yakone made him bloodbend for practice, afterwards Tarrlok would run out onto the tundra and curls his fingers into a fist as he tried to find a way to clear his mind from the feeling of dark wet blood moistening his palms….
Leave with me now. We have a second chance. We can start over together. Please. You’re all I have left in the world.
The Legend of Korra, 1.12 Endgame
#and then i died
There are a lot of things you don’t know about me.
#he had a conscience #a powerful one #he knows what it’s like to bloodbend someone and he hates it #he probably hates himself for even knowing how to #that rage and despair and everything in his face #he didn’t want to #he never wanted to #but he was pushed too far