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My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

I couldn’t agree more. I liked those films, but it would have been awesome if Peter Quill had been played more like Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China. A P.O.V. character who only thinks he’s the protagonist.

(via unatheblade)

See also: Harry Potter.

I think with GotG specifically, they were going for a real Indiana Jones homage by making him somewhat hapless, but they forgot the most important part of Raiders - that Jones accomplishes absolutely nothing except for leading the Nazis to the macguffin.

Superman owes a debt to science fiction, Batman to the hardboiled detective. Wonder Woman’s debt is to feminism. She’s the missing link in a chain of events that begins with the woman-suffrage campaigns of the nineteen-tens and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later. Wonder Woman is so hard to put on film because the fight for women’s rights has gone so badly.

The history of Wonder Woman is the history of feminism (via benito-cereno)

Maybe we need a Wonder Woman movie to point that out, and maybe give the fight for women’s rights a revitalizing kickstart.

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