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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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