Heidi Muriel

Heidi Muriel

Hi, my name's Heidi and I love writing. Favorite topics are anime/manga, games, and lit. I like anything fantasy. If it's weird, I probably like it.

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    Competing Ideologies and Character Dilemmas

    Characters facing conflicts make for an interesting story, and we know characters may experience different types of conflicts with other characters or even the world they exist in. How, then, do ideologies fit into this? Many people have a set of beliefs to follow, but what happens when one of their beliefs contradict another belief they have? Just an example of many, but consider Simba from The Lion King and how he has to choose between leaving home to achieve freedom or return home to fulfill his role as heir to the throne (obviously there are more examples of other characters facing competing ideologies, this is just the first that came to mind).
    How do ideologies add interest to the story and how do competing ideologies perhaps enhance the story altogether?

    • Interesting topic idea. I think ideologies often make for interesting character conflicts, because they're intangible yet can be constraining. – WesternPaladin 1 year ago
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    Heidi Muriel

    Unfortunately I don’t think the world will ever be “ready” for an openly gay character in a Disney film. Society has become more accepting, but there’s still a lot of hate. But I do think that if there were to be an openly gay character, then that could help society stop viewing gay people as “other” or “wrong.”

    Is the World Ready for an LGBTQ Disney Princess (or Prince)?
    Heidi Muriel

    It’s really a shame Vivian being transgender was never brought up in the American version of the game – I wouldn’t have known she was transgender unless I was already told by someone else. It makes her character more meaningful, knowing that her sisters treated her unfairly and she decided she wanted kindness over family. We’re taught that family is one of the most important things in the world, but unfortunately for a lot of individuals, blood relatives aren’t the best support. I’m glad the game is able to show a transgender character knowing her worth and choosing to be with people who are kind to her.

    Paper Mario's Vivian: Transgender Done Right
    Heidi Muriel

    I understand that these characters may help teenage boys have someone they relate to – which I think is great – but I almost wonder if this type of character could also be harmful. Like if a boy sees himself in Goku, will he question his own intelligence? Like he can be strong and brave, but perhaps feels he also can’t be smart because he sees his favorite characters aren’t smart. A sort of self-fulfilling prophecy, if you will.

    Stupid Anime Characters