But I agree with you. It bothers me that I’m always told that I do strong female characters. When in reality, I look at my characters and I feel like they were all broken. They all came from a very devastating past. They were trying to achieve something, they had hope, and they wanted to get someplace, like everything other character that has a meaningful and relevant arc in the story.
It’s because we don’t really know women. We don’t write women accurately. We don’t see women the way that we should see women as a society, as a human race. When you see a real woman, you shouldn’t be saying she’s strong, you should be saying she’s real.
I’m not saying that Gamora is an exception, but you look at my character in Columbiana, and she’s stealthy, she’s agile, she’s physical. But even if I wasn’t physically agile, she would still carry the baggage of whatever happened in my childhood. And I handle myself in the way that I feel a woman should be. I don’t create it. It’s just something that comes natural.
So when people think they are paying me a compliment, in reality what we are saying as a society and as an art society, is that we need to focus more on the real aspect of what a woman is, and not the superficial cosmetic features of a woman as a muse to inspire us to create calendar girls. To create bombshells. To create serviceable characters, beautiful paintings of the girl with a pearl earring: if there’s nothing there behind it, it’s just her face - what’s the story?
Okay, there are some shows with major continuity issues but Degrassi is not one of them. Sure, it may take many episodes before things are brought up again and for characters to reappear from hiding. But while it may seem like the plot has diverged off its original course, time and time again Degrassi circles back again.
Just some examples from the finale episode (SPOILERS!)
- Clare’s cancer, and specifically her break out of the hospital, was the subject of her college essay. All her positive attributes and accomplishments that have been seen throughout the seasons are mentioned by the admission’s officer, too. Her journalism and Columbia goals remain consistent.
- The cancer also prompts the doctor to run blood tests on Clare.
- Adam will always be Drew’s brother and Becky’s first love. His death continues to influence their feelings and actions.
- Maya lists everything Zoe has “done to her” including the internet bullying, kissing Miles, and some Paris recap. Zoe acknowledges her relationship with Miles, and how she loved him first.
- Tristan brings up his infatuation with Miles in Paris, alluding to their first kiss.
- Miles, Frankie, and Chewy seem to have had no idea of Tris’ affair with Mr. Yates, lining up with their absence in that storyline thus far. However, they did witness his creepiness.
- Allie and Dallas are still dating and Drew is still clearly best friends with them.
-Eli seems to have undergone some off screen character development while attending NYU film school, but retains his general “confident while aloof” persona that we’ve come to know well.
- Eclaire is fully recapped, and their feelings for each other continued through Clew, etc. (not that anybody ever thought that plotline would die…)
- The greenhouse continues to be an important place for healing. They don’t explicitly mentioned Cam but it’s obvious he still influences many of the students, particularly Maya.
INFJ: Visions of the future
ESTP: Superhuman strength
ESFP: Ability to freeze time
INFP: Literary manipulation
ESTJ: Power negation
ESFJ: Healing powers
ISFJ: Visions of the past
ENTP: Dimensional travel
ISTJ: Photographic memory
ENFP: Reality warping
ISFP: Shape shifting
ENTJ: Mind control
ENFJ: Empathic powers
Is there anybody you never had the chance to work with but still would love to?
Yes, I would like Martin Scorsese to be interested in a female character once in a while, but I don’t know if I’ll live that long. There are also a lot of wonderful directors that I would love to work with again. I love Spike Jonze. I loved working with Wes Anderson, but I was a fox, so I would like to work with him as a human some time.
shout out to seventeen writing this
Is anyone else sick of the jerk genius?
You know the one. He’s unprofessional, lazy, selfish and rude, and even makes frequent sexist and racist remarks against the people around him, but that’s OK, because he’s a genius. He’s the best doctor/detective/scientist around, so everyone will put up with his jerkitude. Respect for others is the foolish pastime of the less intelligent.
We’re clearly meant to admire these (exclusively male) characters, or at least be amused by their social ineptitude. Their dismissive attitude to others, and especially their sexist jokes to others, are aspirations. They’re geniuses, observant and intelligent. They are just telling it like it is!
Which is one of the reasons I really love Sherlock Holmes in new CBS drama, Elementary. Yes, he’s a genius, and yes, he’s kind of a jerk at times. But he isn’t allowed to get away with it. His rudeness, his laziness… these are clearly character flaws, and his (female!) partner isn’t afraid to call him on his nonsense. And in return, he says things he shouldn’t, but he also respects her, he listens to her, and he even apologizes for things that he does. He isn’t a genius running rampant in the city, above the concerns of all the other silly humans. He’s an intelligent, observant, but flawed human, and he has to follow the same laws of decency as the rest of us.
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