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    Drawing Lines Between Problematic People and Beloved Media: Is It Even Possible?

    As a rule, I don’t see Woody Allen movies. That’s fine because I was never a Woody Allen fan to begin with, but removing all problematic people and their creations from my media consumption is difficult, particularly when it is old media no longer on the air. Do I stop watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer because Joss Whedon gaslight his wife and is not the feminist he proclaims he is? Can I no longer enjoy That ’70s Show reruns because Danny Materson allegedly raped five women? I stand with these women, but I also deeply love the media of their accusers. What lines do we have to draw now? What media can we still enjoy even with problematic people involved? How do we enjoy it while acknowledging what these people did?

    • this is really interesting -- especially since our society has become more sensitive towards social issues and calling out problematic behaviour. – Pamela Maria 1 month ago
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    • For me personally I have chosen to draw the line at money. I will continue to watch or read or play whatever media as long as it doesn't put money in the pockets of the abusers. If I have already bought a book I feel comfortable rereading it, but I will not buy more books by that author. I will watch reruns on TV, because my watching them has no bearing on how much money an actor gets. The works haven't changed, but it would weigh on my conscience if I continued to put money in the pocket of people who have done such wrongs. – kungtotte 1 month ago
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    • This is such a relevant topic which defiantly needs more traction! I have thought about it before but I guess it is also the viewers own opinion on how they decide to consume the media and in what capacity etc. I love Buffy and That 70's Show but knowing these facts it puts a halt on their new projects for me and personally I have to consider if I really want to see their new ideas etc. – ambermakx 4 weeks ago
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    I usually don’t have a problem with the Strong Female Character trope, but I do think there needs to be more range. We can have Black Widow and Charlie Theron in Atomic Blonde, but we also need female characters who are on all ranges of the spectrum. We need female characters who are strong, who make mistakes, who are gentle, etc. We can’t just have one type of Strong Female Characters. We need to show all the kind of strength women are capable of.

    The Strong Female Lead: Modern Cinema's Take on Women's Strength

    Interesting analysis of Harry’s antagonists throughout the series. I particularly agree with your points about Umbridge. (Her name is spelled Dolores, not Delores, by the way.) However, I have to disagree with Dudley Dursley being Harry’s worst antagonist out of the three Dursleys. Yes, Dudley is Harry’s age and represents the bully we all had in elementary school. However, he does not have nearly as much power or control over Harry’s life as his parents do.

    Until Harry is 11, the Dursleys control every aspect of Harry’s life. They emotionally and physically abuse him, and their abuse has a much more profound effect on his life than any of the bruises Dudley leaves on him from Harry Hunting. They also keep vital information about Harry’s background and family from him. Furthermore, Dudley Durlsey eventually realize the error of his ways. He evolves past being an antagonist. Vernon and Petunia Dursley never become anything else. Harry also never defeats them. Every summer, he has to go back to their house and be subjected to their rules, their disdain, and their hate. He never wins against them, not fully; he only gets to escape.

    Harry Potter: The Importance of Antagonists

    There are frequent YA literature clichés, but I think the problem of whether or not YA fiction appeals to adults depends on how we are classifying YA fiction. Young adult fiction is a huge umbrella for several different genres: romance chicklit, realistic fiction, supernatural, fantasy, dystopia, science fiction, etc. The tropes you mention are tropes of specific YA genres. I also think the frustrations many people have with YA fiction exists within certain genres of it.

    Has Cliche’ in Young Adult Literature Decreased It’s Appeal to Adult Readers?