My name's Aria and I love taking in media, but particularly watching television. Allow me to talk about my favorite things and my least favorite things! Many things I like will be lesbian things, or feminist things or just really cool things.
I’ve just started watching Arrow and I’m loving it, but I find that the show tries to Batman-ify Oliver Queen too much. By that I mean it seems that the show being gritty and dark, all about how wide-spread corruption is and how hierarchical it is. The world of Oliver Queen and Green Arrow has traditionally been contrasting to Bruce Wayne and Batman. Though Bruce Wayne is charming and Batman is all seriousness, Oliver Queen and Green Arrow always had snide comments to share, sardonically clever commentary about the world, and was more of a proponent of social justice rather than carrying a vendetta to purge the city. He has more of a playful personality and is avidly anti-authoritarian in a similar vein as Marvel’s Tony Stark.
And with the backstory that Oliver has on the show, this grimdark direction makes sense, it just seems to be very antithetical to a lot of what completely differentiates Green Arrow and his goals with that of Batman. Instead this version seems to try to capitalize on the modern representation of Batman that we’re used to rather than an organic shift for why Oliver becomes Green Arrow. I’m only about half way through the first season so maybe that will change or maybe I’ll feel better about it as I go along.
Did anyone else watch South of Nowhere? Back when Teen Nick was The N, this show was about a family who relocated to California and mainly focused on the daughter of the family adjusting to her new life. This show was really an important moment in my life. Like REALLY REALLY IMPORTANCE. I was 13 when I started questioning my sexuality, the same age I was when this show came out, and a friend of mine told me about this series and suggested I should watch it because I could relate to the main character Spencer. And OH BOY did I! Literally as I was wondering to myself whether I was actually attracted to girls and scared about how people would react, I could turn on the TV and see Spencer going through the exact same things, having the exact same feelings, and it was totally okay! It was the first TV series I had ever scene that almost entirely focused on the romantic relationship between two women: Spencer and Ashley. Like wow I can’t even begin to describe how badly I wanted Spencer and Ashley to end up together, not just for them, but for me. To actually solidify that you can like girls and be happy, to convince myself that it was okay for me.
I don’t know about anyone else but South of Nowhere helped me though a lot of self-doubt and was the first show that made me feel okay about not being straight, and helped usher in confidence that made be the bona fide lez I am today.