Whedon's Brunettes: Dark, Dainty, Disturbed and ... Disturbing? Pretty, fragile, damaged and dangerous -- what's the connection among these traits in female characters who occupy an important role in a number of Whedon works, and what's behind their creator's fixation?
It really does bear examining, because various permutations of the exact same character show up again and again in his work. And I think that tells us something about Joss, that he can’t seem to produce a creative work without this character. He inserts her again and again, setting up situations in which she can be saved, but in the end, she’s often doomed despite the best efforts of the other (usually male) characters.
(There's a lot of focus on externals in this article, so I think it's fair to note, as well, that Joss gives tremendous narrative/psychological importance to the inner strength, courage and personal dignity of these characters. An appearance of weakness often veils an incredible and inspiring strength in Joss's worlds -- a message well worth taking away into RL.)
December 31 2009
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