Gettin’ Real Tired of D&D Apologism on Sexuality, Rape, and Canon

Posted: September 15, 2014 in INDIRECT ANGER
Book Chop

how-much-farther-to-go submitted:

“I can’t worry about that. That’s David and Dan’s job, and it’s a very, very hard job and I’m glad that they have it and not me.”-GRRM

Well, I’ll allow that tv production and writing is not an easy job. I guess that’s why we hire people with the talent for it and pay them sh*t loads of money.

    But let’s take stock of what D&D apparently find “easy” or “possible” to do within the limits of putting a fantasy novel series on screen:
        Using an orgy scene to introduce a character with dwarfism, when we actually first get his POV in a library, with dialogue that shows he is a very literary and intelligent person.
        Making a POC character more known for his fighting skills, intelligence and quest for justice for his family into a stereotype of a hyper-sexual middle eastern man through a series of non-canon brothel scenes. (Oberyn) Luckily the actor did such a good job that he easily transcended this.
        Making a scene where Sansa was simply physically attacked by a mob into one where they attempt to rape her, for no clear narrative reason.
        Inserting not one, but two, non-canon rape scenes at Craster’s Keep, for no clear reason.
        Having a male character who is canonically appalled by rape actually rape the love of his life for no clear narrative reason. (Jaime)
        After subjecting a talented actress (Emilia Clarke) to too many nudity scenes, they had to skip over a sex scene where there was consent, mutual pleasure and the woman had more power (Dany and Daario).
        Sexualizing a priestess with eastern and Zoroastrian motifs when she wasn’t in the books. People noted her beauty but did not sexualize her.
Giving POV and sexual scenes to a male character who had neither in the books (Robb Stark).

Rewriting Tyrion’s ASOS finale so that he is appears more sympathetic than he was in the books, hurting his very interesting character development.
Despite all the non-canon changes D&D feel are necessary, they still decided to show canon scenes of eastern Barbarian stereotypes committing rape and engaging in violent sex at Dany and Drogo’s wedding. Strange…

Things that apparently are “too hard” for D&D to do:
Telling all of the story of Robb’s campaign as it was originally, almost 100% from the POV of a complex, astute woman, a mother who realized their cause was troubled from the start, who saw her family killed and taken from her, and whose narrative was centered on that tragedy. (Catelyn)
Including Lady Stoneheart, which is essential to showing how terrible that tragedy is
Giving dialogue to an essential female POV (Arya) that in the very least reflects how she actually feels about the events around her: her depression after the RW, how she misses her family, and how she doesn’t really care that Joffrey is dead because it doesn’t change the fact that her family is dead as well.
Giving due screentime to narratives that in the books are essential: Bran and Arya. Bran had, I believe, up to the end of ASOS, 18 POV chapters, Arya around 28. Correct me if I’m wrong. Their screentime so far hardly matches this.
Including a plotline where two women become friends, and one of them has important character development because of it (Sansa and Mya Stone).
Including all the scenes where Sansa in the books had strong agency: threatening Dontos with a knife, comforting the women in Maegor’s Keep, and knowing about the very plan to “rescue” her all along.
Having a canonically gay or bisexual character also as the fierce knight he was in the books. The show writers reduce him in later seasons to an effeminate gay stereotype. (Loras)
This is by no means a complete list. Please, in your reblogs, feel free to add more or correct me when my memory of the books and show is wrong.
But seriously, D&D can somehow find all the screentime and budget in the world to rape women and female characters on screen, with sexy lighting and camera angles to boot, but when it comes to give many of those same women the complex character development GRRM did, suddenly “they just couldn’t fit it in.”

I HATE the idea that somehow any criticism of D&D, who have openly acknowledged how they refuse listen to the book fandom or even really study the books, means that “I don’t appreciate the show for what it is”. Yeah, cause they’re only ones who work hard to make the tv show happen. I love all the actors on the show. They all give amazing performances and work very hard, and deserve fulfilling careers.
It’s not even really about canon. It’s about how D&D are writing great characters into the ground with misogyny and glorifying war and revenge. I love the show principally for actors and the production values. D&D, more than anything, are dragging everyone else and everything else down.
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Comments
  1. All_Exclusive says:

    Aren’t we kinda lucky then now that they will not be in charge in season 5? Also I completely agree to you and your arguments, those was great

  2. Myra McGee says:

    I completely agree and often find myself yelling at the television “It didn’t happen that way in the book!”

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