The MTV Remote Control blog is written by a bag full of really angry hamsters. When they need a new article they vigorously shake the bag and then dump the angry hamsters inside directly onto a keyboard. It’s a revolutionary technique and I daresay it’s the future of completely irrelevant blogging.
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."
— Melissa Anelli THROWS IT DOWN about the way Ron and Hermione have been adapted in the movies on the latest episode of PotterCast. Listen here. This glorious rant starts at about 49:00. (via karakamos)
+ Stiles doesn’t need a vending machine, he needs a fucking 4 stars restaurants with waiters, good food, vegetables and fruits juice and a cool date with kind words. Right?
Beautiful, well played. :D I mean, there’s a line where like… okay, characters don’t have to make good decisions. They don’t have to be in healthy relationships, they don’t have to be in a good place mentally all the time, they don’t have to get things right, they don’t have to be treated kindly. Arguably, characters in complicated-to-crappy relationships, or who have personal problems, or who are faced with difficult choices, or WHATEVER, are more interesting, because they’re a hotbed of conflict and good story is built on character-driven conflict. I’ve seen a lot of opinions of all sorts on Stiles and Malia, and IMO whether it’s healthy or a good idea or whatever else doesn’t necessarily matter. People making shitty decisions and having sex or getting into relationships at the wrong time is what we call realism. :D
In my view the problem comes in when other, more interesting, more important forms of conflict are pushed aside to make room for something totally unnecessary and maybe even insulting. For me what was wrong with Stiles/Malia was not that the characters forgot their problems for awhile, it was that the SHOW forgot that Stiles at least had MUCH bigger problems to be dealing with, and it just tossed the entire main storyline of the entire season out the window for awhile, in a moment that really came out of the blue (or wandered in from the land of horror movie cliche), to indulge in something that the audience maybe doesn’t even care about. (And the entire tone of it, and the way the show’s various PR arms have handled it, makes it seem like a very deliberate cynical pandering to a certain segment of audience that they’re apparently trying to court.) Like seriously, you think you don’t have time to show us character and relationship moments hardly EVER, even when they’d be REALLY IMPORTANT, but you can take time out in the middle of some pretty intense shit to shove a love interest into somebody’s lap?
Same with the entire flashback episode; sure, it had conflict, it had drama, it had forbidden romance, whatever, but again it set aside the COMPELLING conflict to show us a bunch of stuff with characters we don’t know or care about that could’ve easily been summed up in a single scene’s worth of dialogue instead. And again, okay, we never get to see important character moments with OUR OWN CHARACTERS that we’d want to see, but we got an ENTIRE EPISODE devoted to same for a bunch of flashback characters almost all of whom are dead in present canon. Yeah. Great. Productive.
I just can’t figure out where they get their priorities sometimes. Well, ever. More like ever.
All of this.
Anonymous asked: Apart from the grossness that is this whole FP poll thingy, I also feel the question totally came out of left field? Lydia hasn't really interacted with Stiles as of late and surely not in a romantic fashion, and the whole Malia situation was so weird and without any basis and surely not a climax of some long coming tension that could then lead to a relationship or something. I'm utterly baffled as to what show these people are watching where Lydia vs. Malia is even a question that arises.
If you read any of the Facebook responses (that the Remote Control blog subsequently ignored), that’s where really a lot of them were coming from also. I mean it’s not unusual for shows to force romances just because, or to push pairings that viewers don’t care about or actively hate because the showrunner thinks it’s the best idea ever or something, but they are turning it up to a new level of dipshittery.
I mean it’s sort of like if they’d posted a poll that said, “Stiles is going to get something from the vending machine, should he pick Snickers or Doritos?” and we’re all like, “Uh he likes Reese’s the most? But it doesn’t matter because this vending machine is completely empty and somebody appears to have smashed the glass in the front and possibly stripped out the wiring. It just MIGHT need to be repaired and restocked and maybe lovingly cleaned up a little before it thinks about vending anything.”
I carried that metaphor too far, didn’t I?
Nope, that metaphor is pretty much perfect.
Yeah, no, that’s most definately not what the majority of us said. But I get it DEREK is a name that could so easily mistaken for LYDIA or MALIA, ami’righ?
I’ve been ignoring that Facebook post, because the screencaps turning up on my feed made it clear it was eye-roll worthy. Given the responses being posted by fans, I figured the PR team would just let it quietly disappear.
Obviously I gave them too much credit. This “summary” of the response is so poorly done. Shame on you Teen Wolf PR team. If you had to make a post and didn’t want to mention Derek, it could still have been spun in ways which weren’t gross, including focusing on how worried the fans were for Stiles’ wellbeing — that could actually have made really great copy. Much more fresh and interesting than the tripe peddled in this article.
But no, instead the writer went for a complete disregard of the two clearly expressed popular opinions, and a gross misrepresentation based on the few other comments for the sake of a het love triangle that barely exists in the show.
Homophobic. Lacking compassion for mental health issues. Unethical misrepresentation of the facts.
Congratulations. You’ve achieved a trifecta of incompetence, Teen Wolf PR.
THIS IS SOME STRAIGHT UP BULLSHIT and I am surprised everyone is being so calm about it.
I love how in order to ignore all the Sterek comments, they felt it necessary to use a pro-Malia/Stiles comment from someone who can’t even spell Stiles’ name correctly.
Send tweets! Make your voice be heard, be polite but strong and don’t let this people erase a big BIG part of their Fan base
Did they just like casually get blinded by the critics and the majorities want for Derek?
Some of the many critics with large amount of notes:
Some of the many want for Derek:
Note: This is not even 20% of the answers that was one the Official Facebook TW Page. This is ONLY a glimpse of the reactions to the question. I guess it was really hard for MTV to dig up those pro Malia/Lydia responses, because MAN they were a FEW compared to “Derek” and the number of critics.
And this is why we can’t have nice things…
Does anyone know if the responses they mined up were even real or if they had to write them themselves under pen names?
Talk about new lows teen wolf.