I don’t think writers realize that “strong female character” means “well written female character” and not “female character who punches stuff and shoots stuff”
GRRM: In the books, they are-
GRRM: In the books, that one is alive
GRRM: In the books, it happens like-
GRRM: In the books, that makes sense...
GRRM: In the books...
Interviewer: But what about this scene in the show
GRRM: SO IN THE BOOKS...
the thing abt d&d writing off arianne and thus dorne’s status as the only house that doesn’t follow male primogeniture, besides the obvious underlying sexism, is that the dornish belief in women’s right to inherit is much of the reason they’ve secretly been supporting daenerys the entire time, and is thus yet another example of the got showrunners preferring to invent narratives of heroic dudes over having their plot making any sense
jk rowling unilaterally writing that not a single member of slytherin house fought in the battle of hogwarts and instead every single one of them hid like cowards is honestly one of the laziest most flaccid writing decisions of our time
I honestly saw this as a way of George telling D&D to fuck themselves
the martells are my fave and Arianne and Quentyn (who apparently doesnt exist either now??) are my super faves and im just so disappointed that my friends who watch the show will never be able to see them or understand why I love the martells so much (instead its just wow that oberyn guy was cool like YES he was cool but OMG arianne is THE COOLEST)
this is such bullshit i actually hate the direction the show has taken so much
Because if it is true, what they’ve done is taken a major POV chapter female character from the books and erased her and given her role to a male FOR LITERALLY NO REASON. WHAT IS THE REASON? WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS? HOW DOES IT BENEFIT THE SHOW AND THE STORY TO TAKE AWAY ARIANNE’S STORY AND GIVE IT TO A DUDE? THERE IS NO REASON THERE’S NOT ONE REASON
and like if that wasn’t bad enough, so much of the point of bringing in Dorne and the Dornish characters is to show how differently they view and treat women within the medieval hell that is Westeros. It’s the only kingdom that doesn’t practice primogeniture and has a history of female rulers (for example, Doran and Oberyn’s mother, not their father, ruled in Dorne. BUT WHEN THEY THREW A THROWAWAY REFERENCE TO DORNE’S PREVIOUS RULER IN THE SHOW, THEY CHANGED IT TO A MAN LIKE LMAO WOW D&D DID WOULD IT REALLY FUCKING KILL YOU TO MENTION A RULING PRINCESS DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOUR BASIC ASS ON THE WAY OUT). The whole fucking kingdom was founded by a woman. It serves as a way to show that the misogyny is Westeros is not the norm, but a choice and that it’s not like that everywhere. It’s easy for the reader to be like ‘okay, this is a medieval-based world, of course women aren’t going to rule’, but Dorne just existing the way it does throws that completely out of the window and it’s REALLY IMPORTANT.
And like a concept so central to the asoiaf series is shining a light on how misogynistic the fantasy genre itself often is, how female characters are underdeveloped or token ‘sorceress’ villains or two-dimensional love interests. It shows through example how authors have the choice to write dynamic roles for women in a fantasy setting but just choose not to and blame it on the standard within their world? like YOU WROTE THIS WORLD. YOU INVENTED IT. YOU HAVE MADE UP THE CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS OF THIS WORLD AND WILLINGLY CHOSEN TO NOT INCLUDE WOMEN IN THAT OR SHOW HOW THEY CAN STILL HAVE STORYLINES AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN A SETTING THAT SUFFOCATES THEM
And like by choosing FOR NO REASON (!!!!!!!!!!!!) to TAKE AWAY a female character like Arianne - who is sexual, who owns her sexuality, who uses it as a weapon, who was raised to rule, who is confident in her power, who is in cahoots with her girl gang cousins (who are all powerful in their own ways, who all identify their femininity differently and use it as a tool differently) to STAGE A COUP AND PUT A FEMALE ON A THRONE OF THE ENTIRE SEVEN KINGDOMS BY USING THE VERY LAWS OF DORNE THAT GIVE HER POWER is honestly just so fucking offensive. And stupid. And throwing one of the key tenets of the series back in its face probably because they’ve seen how ”’badass”’ people think Oberyn was and want another ”’badass”’ Dornish character just like him and of course that can’t be a woman!! No woman cool here!! Tough boy make show better!! Go jump off a cliff.
#HONESTLY IF THIS IS TRUE I AM CONSIDERING NOT WATCHING ANYMORE#IT’S JUST HONESTLY A FUCKING FISTFUL OF SAND IN THE FACE#you’re turning the series into the exact grimdark fuckfest the books are satirising#and it’s just so fucking hard to take#and like if they do cut her NEVER FORGIVE how they used#oberyn’s feminism and support of women that he got from being raised in dorne#as a way to make him seem cooler and more progressive#without showing how that’s IN PRACTICE in dorne AND IS A REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF THE POLITICAL CLIMATE THERE#the great satan d&d#*also arianne is a WOMAN OF COLOUR#in a POSITION OF POWER oh my god i can’t believe we’re even talking about having her written out
aziz ansari’s voice in the back of my head faintly telling me to treat myself is going to be my downfall
i like boys in theory and then one gets too close to me adn im like nah
wow this firefly haitus is really taking a while isnt it
the irony of erasing arianne with trystane is literally oustanding
like. there’s an impressive amount of ridiculousness in that choice.
'you will not rob my of my birthright, you little shit' - arianne martell, like every chapter