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Anonymous asked: I have so many mixed feels about Stiles. Like, I like him as a character, but I *know* the only reason is based in power structures. If he weren't a cis white boy? I'd probably find that shit annoying. And I know he's not even close to unique, yet I still find him compelling. Ugh, sorry to feelings drip, but do you have any ideas on how to get my mind not to suck?
I can’t tell if this is trolling, but I’m going to answer anyways.
I think my issues with Stiles boil down to three things:
His canon representation versus fan representation.
I started watching Teen Wolf a year ago and being an avid reader, I was absorbed into the world of Sterek.
Fan works are an easy way of getting wish fulfillment; Derek, his shady self, has always been one of my favorites, and he seemed so miserable in canon that it was nice to have someone be understanding (why I completely ignored Scott in lieu of Stiles still pains me) of his experiences in stories.
In the show, however, Stiles has shown blatant disregard for anyone but his dad and Scott. Stiles is rude, demanding, and insensitive. He’s a typical teenage boy. Discrepancies are important in figuring out why you like a character.
Is Stiles someone I’d consider a pack mom or generally good at caring for others? No. Stiles is the first to advocate violence.
[I can’t even like Stydia, because Stiles can be so patronizing with Lydia and it irritates me because she’s levels above him.]
Jeff Davis using him as an author avatar and pushing him center stage.
Stiles is mildly clever, but not anymore so than Scott, Lydia, or Allison, and yet Davis has the gall to continually shove him in our faces as a pinnacle of wit.
I still am appalled by how Davis had Stiles insult Tyler’s actual tattoo. That’s fucking rude.
The scene where Lydia’s foot was stuck in the trap was groan-worthy, because I don’t buy Lydia showering Stiles with compliments instead of coming up with something else.
Stiles asking Isaac if he’s still milking [being abused], which I’m sure is a response to fan critiques people have of Davis’ writing of Isaac.
I can take him as a villain, but his regular personality is fucking grating as shit. Evil!Stiles is something I’m definitely here for, though.
Teen Wolf tries to make Stiles a tragic, pity-worthy character, when he isn’t.
I work in domestic violence response and on the daily hear tragic stories, so I’m not sold on Stiles’ ‘oh-so-tragic’ character history. I require more than a dead mom from seven years ago, sorry, but it’s time to pick up the pieces.
Stiles’ mother being dead is sad, but not anymore sad than Allison’s mother, Derek’s family, Isaac’s family, etc.
Teen Wolf likes to tell, not show. Instead of giving Stiles real character development challenges like they have with the rest of the cast, they just shove in a Dylan crying scene and expect me to take it for development.
You know what is tragic?
- Scott being turned into a werewolf against his will and fearing other’s reactions. Melissa’s first reaction is still so heartbreaking to me.
- Derek having no support system and being so lonely he makes the extremely poor choice of turning three kids in werewolves, with two inevitably dying.
- Allison learning her family has lied to her and that her aunt, whom is like a sister to her, has killed many people. On top of that, being manipulated by her horrible grandfather, having her mother die, and struggling with trying to protect herself and doing what is right morally.
- Lydia being bitten by Peter, being possessed, nearly killed, and then finding out she’s a creature that predicts death. All of this resulting in a heavy burden on Lydia to manifest her abilities to save people and being belittled when her hunches don’t take her where she expected them to.
- Isaac being abused by his father, and then having his father killed by the kanima. His father may have been a piece of shit, but that was all he had left of his family, including a dead mother and a dead brother. What’s even worse is that Stiles belittles it, and don’t forget, he’s the fucking author avatar.
If this was a serious question, my best advice is to critically examine Stiles’ character and behaviors. Like you said, he’s not unique. His banter and relationship with Scott is cute for the most part, but other than that, he doesn’t do much for me anymore.
I once heard a writing tip that asks if you swapped your character’s gender, would you still treat them the same way?
When it comes to Stiles, I doubt it. I think people would probably call Stiles an annoying b*tch who never shuts the fuck up.
Do not hate homosexuals, bisexuals, asexuals, ect
But do not hate heterosexuals.
Do not hate trans*gender, agender, non-binary people
But do not hate cissexuals.
Do not hate people of color
But do not hate white people.
Do not hate women
But do not hate men.
Do not hate Christians
But do not hate atheists.
Hatred only breeds more hatred. Is it that hard to understand?
This needs more attention than it’s gotten.