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ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: October 8th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reply the second

Whee, long reply! ♥ So much fun to read!

I think that, because I had no spoilers whatsoever, I'm coming at this from a slightly different angle than most (?) other fans. Especially if Jo was introduced to a lot of people who hadn't seen anything of her as "Dean's love interest". That would've ticked me off too, for the exact reasons you manage to pinpoint! I'm not interested in Dean + FC, I'm interested in the Winchester brother dynamics, and the dynamics they have with people they know and love, or know and distrust, and... Not with their dynamics with the random BotW.

But because I hadn't heard the rumours, before I was introduced to Jo before the idea of her as "love interest" was planted in my brain, it was much easier to... stay sane?

By the way, how much do you remember of TS's Cassie? Because - like I said, now that was some serious hate! Of course, as far as I can remember she was literally trying to drive the boys apart in that show. She wanted them to compete for her. From what I can remember she had no character, was all Pretty Girl With An Attitude - but the attitude was just there for show, there was no depth to it, no depth to her. And the fans hated her so much she was actually written out of the show. Then Megan (I think that was her name?) showed up, and either because she was actually much better written, or because the fans knew that they'd been heard, she turned out to be quite popular in the fandom. Not that anyone started writing pairing fic with her, but she was included in the same way Simon, Rafe and Brown were.

Damn. It really isn't that hard to write a good female character... Why do they keep failing at it?
xparrot From: xparrot Date: October 9th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reply the second

Cassie was the redhead in a few eps, right? I think I joined the fandom after she had already aired, so most of the hatred had bled away with her departure. But she was annoying, as I recall, and the eps with her didn't have as much Jim & Blair stuffs, so I can see the fangirl point. And Megan got some guff at first if I recall, but once she wasn't paired with anyone, it settled, and she was accepted and even embraced as part of the team. Same thing happened in Invisible Man fandom, they introduced a new femme char in second season and while she felt the hate at first, it turned into...um...lukewarm apathy later, when she wasn't paired with anyone (understandable; the char wasn't half bad, but the actress was from Baywatch and acted like it...)

So, yeah, I think most of the hate directed at Jo is because she was introduced via spoilers as Dean Love Interest. I wonder what would've happened if they'd said, "We're adding some recurring characters, including a couple women who do X" and denied any allegations of pairing. Might've gone better, and they might've even been able to bring much of fandom around to the pairing. (I mean, what if X-files had been pitched as a show about two agents who fall in love? I bet a bunch of us wouldn't have ever tuned in. As it happened, they wrote them as characters strongly bonded but not romantically attracted to one another, and the final result was that the majority of the fandom was desperate to see them get it on...)
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