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17 April 2014 @ 10:46 pm
April Question Meme: Day Seventeen  
Asked by noybusiness:

Out of all your fandoms, who is the one character you will defend to the death for?

Sansa Stark.

Out of all the characters I have seen, Sansa has gotten so much hate from people that it's kind of astounding. And usually the reasoning for hating on her is kind of ridiculous because it's based off of first impressions, and not taking into account what has happened to her throughout the series. They blame her for things that she was naive about, things that she didn't fully understand the consequence of until it was too late. People tend to forget that Sansa was an eleven year old child in the beginning of A Song Of Ice And Fire, and who, like most children, had fairytale dreams and fantasies about life and the world, but too soon was that fantasy shattered when she realized how cruel the world she lived in could be. I also hate it when people try to pit Sansa against her sister, claiming that Arya is better because she's more proactive, which is entirely missing the point of their storylines. They share more similarities than they do differences at this point, because they live in a hostile environment and have seen what happens to people when they cross the line (Sansa in King's Landing; Arya in Harrenhal); they're both survivors, using different methods of surviving, but nevertheless still traumatized little girls having to resort to what they can just to live another day. Just, the amount of victim-blaming people do to Sansa makes me really angry because it's like, how can you legitimately hate on someone who has been abused, tormented, threatened, held hostage for the use of being a political pawn, and just basically not treated like a human being for the means of a family who wants power? I mean, seriously, even if you don't favor her that much there is no need to hate on someone who has undergone so much emotional and psychological trauma at such a young age, ffs. I just get super defensive over her character and makes me want to protect her at all costs.

Also, Sansa is the one character that I believe will surprise everyone in the end. For all the hate she has received, I truly think she will come out on top by the end of the series. So far, she is the best player in the game because after everything she's gone through, she still lives. She is still surviving. Furthermore, she is the one character that has remained compassionate and understanding throughout the series, despite all the horrible things she's had to endure. I mean, how can you not admire something like that? So yes, Sansa will surprise the naysayers by the end.

Honorable mention: Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit is another character that I will defend, simply because I feel like not many people understand his character and his motivations? It's like with Boromir, he's not a bad guy. He's an incredibly flawed character, and that's what makes him fascinating, heartbreaking and tragic.
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~** The Queen of Peace **~: The night is darkmeri_sielu on April 18th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
YES THIS! I feel exactly the same way about everything you've said about Sansa, I actually think she is a very deep and interesting character and there is so much more to her than what's obvious at the surface. I frequently have to defend her against my friends who make very similar accusations, hell even when it came to naming my chinchillas after GoT characters, Arya was originally going to be Sansa because she was timid, quiet and beautiful but Josh said that Sansa was a rubbish character and that he wanted to call her Arya instead. Arya is nothing like her namesake! :P He did however say that of all the characters Sophie Turner is one of the actresses that plays her character incredibly well, she is very good at portraying dead inside.

Sansa ultimately will surprise us all, I wouldn't be surprised at all if she retakes Winterfell in the end and exacts her vengeance. She is watching and waiting, patiently and quietly. She will come out on top and is stronger than she realises.
˚ * 。●★ skywalker ★● 。* ˚: asoiaf } stark } bran bowdustofempires on April 19th, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Aw yes, Thorin! And Sansa, indeed. I must admit I was often irked by her when I was reading the books, thought she had to stand up for herself more and not let herself be walked all over like that. I guess I was just projecting my own issues on her, though. Also, I think Sophie Turner has really made a difference, I don't think there's many people who watch the show who still hate Sansa at this point =)
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ramasi: Gwenramasi on April 20th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
Tbh, main reason I love Sansa is that she loves stories so much. Because so do I! And I love reading about her framing everything by those stories.

I expect her come out on top - by which I really mainly mean, be pretty okay - at the end if only because it'd be pretty anticlimactic if she didn't...
wheatear: MOTHER OF DRAGONSwheatear on April 20th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like Sansa. She isn't my fave, but I don't get the hate. It really does reek of so much victim-blaming.