10 /4 /2012
7 months ago
the role and perception of violence in story telling via a discussion of “supernatural” and “teen wolf”
crowleyshouseparty: i received an ask earlier today regarding my generic outrage for the teen wolf spoilers and i answered it privately in the context of teen wolf, but it got me thinking about how horror/supernatural genres shape their stories and get away with some really not okay things because violence is the expectation of the genre
for example, many of the reasons that i’ve heard from both supernatural and teen wolf fandoms regarding the high number of deaths for poc, women, queer people, etc. is because it’s “violent” and thus to be expected
but i think that’s a really clumsy use of an adjective because yes the show is violent, but at the same time such a brush-off automatically assumes either a) it simply is violent as opposed to focused violence or c) that the target is unimportant, when in fact just the opposite is true
so it’s not that teen wolf and supernatural are violent, it’s that they are violent towards specific targets.
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