|Originally, I wanted to crop out|
SMG, but this pic merely
proves a point.
Let me quit bullshittin' - we just watched the fight scenes and fast-forwarded through the rest of the "plot." However, I did catch the end in which Bella says something about being stronger and "lasting" or some such in the vampire world.
Um...how? The only thing Bella's good at is being protected. She doesn't do shit. Other people fight, sometimes over her, no less. Other people get killed. All for this average-looking, self-absorbed hussy who can't.do.shit.
"Bella" as a message to white girls is this: you need to be defended. You shouldn't have to fight your own battles. In a world of vamps and werewolves where you find yourself outgunned, don't bother learning martial arts or magic. Your boyfriend will always protect you. And so will that manly, wild-yet-noble-savage POC who lusts after you in vain. After all, you'd rather be with the icky pasty guy who lives off the blood of others, and who offers you a "life" where you don't have to do anything pointless and inconvenient like become educated, get a job, pay some bills, and live in the real world.
And everything will always be all about you, no matter how average and boring you look, and no matter how empty you are as a person. Everybody is always going to like you, embrace you as one of their own, and be willing to die for your miserable ass.
|"My dead mother hits|
harder than that!"
Buffy whined. Buffy whined like that ish was on sale and going fast. Lawd hammercy, did she whine. But while she was whining, ladies, she got shit done.
BtVS was successful because it balanced the real world with the mystical world by letting them mirror each other. The main point? Life is hard - deal with it. That's what grown folks do. When they're strapped for cash, they take a shit job if they have to. When attacked by some creature of the night, whether you're a Slayer or not, go down swingin'. That's what grown folks do. Life is hard, the world is merciless, and the universe isn't going to make any exceptions for you.
Damn...is anyone else suddenly missing Xena? Or is that a different post for a different day?