I’m probably wrong on some of this so feel free to let me know!
I’d like to point out that it’s okay to like “problematic” ships. It is. Just because you like a ship that most often involves non-con or Stockholm Syndrome doesn’t mean you condone any of those things IRL. It’s a…
I know I always say this, but problematic, unhealthy ‘romances’ are usually the most interesting, and they’ve been popular for ages. Wuthering Heights, anyone? The real issue comes when people try to romanticize unhealthy relationships. I cringe every…
EXACTLY. Separation of fantasy and reality. One thing I hated about Wuthering Heights and Twilight was that there was that underlying ‘this is so romantic!’ theme through out the story. (I’m also kind of ‘eh’ about Jane Eyre which really upsets some of my English profs lawl). Twilight would be ten times more interesting if it portrayed Bella and Edward’s relationship as it actually is-dark and abusive-instead of portraying it as romantic and leaving all sorts of unfortunate implications all over the place.
Tarrlok is a jerkbender and he has deeper issues that are just barely hinted at during the timeline of the show. But he also has ENORMOUS fucking potential for redemption. Can that happen through romance? Realistic, unlikely. But it makes for good fiction.
I love the dark stuff and the exciting stuff, but I’m with you. I wouldn’t want to live in the Fallout universe, having to fight for my life and kill for a bottle of pure, clean water. And I
probablywouldn’t want to have hot sex with my stalwart ghoul manservant. But I like to read about those things. Same with Korrlok. Tarrlok and Korra are just really interesting characters and the way the bounce off of each other is really interesting. I think Bryke did a really good job making Tarrlok, an later Amon/Noatak, as kind of a foil to Korra. “This could be you. This could be what you become.”
Also, oops rant sorry.
No worries, I’ve been ranting too. ^_^ Tarrlok is a very believable villain, and I really enjoy his whole creeper bit. Like, how many women have had to deal with an unsettling guy (sometimes a lot older) who keeps giving us gifts that make us uncomfortable and “won’t take no for an answer” and acts like he’s doing us a favor by not respecting our boundaries or what we want? It’s very believable for me, and as long as it’s not portrayed as mushy and romantic, I really, really enjoy seeing how a young woman as naive as Korra would react to that.
Same here. Ugh. Honestly I’ve never talked to a girl who HASN’T had that experience and I think that’s why it’s so believable. I’m okay with fluffy Korrlok. I like to read it sometimes because I can be a sucker for fluff. But as a whole I like either creeper!Tarrlok or redemption!Tarrlok.
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