ADDENDUM TO THE SANSA POST
IT IS OKAY IF YOU DON’T LIKE SANSA. I’m not here to tell anyone what characters to like, what characters to dislike. A Song of Ice and Fire is a series with fantastic characters, and I’m definitely not going to tell anyone who they can or cannot like (I mean, I like Theon Greyjoy, I AM IN NO POSITION TO TELL ANYONE WHO THEY CAN LIKE).
If someone doesn’t like Sansa, that’s fine. She’s not in my faves list (in fact, the only woman so far in my faves list is Daenerys, which is weird for me because I ALWAYS LOVE THE LADY CHARACTERS MORE), and I TOTALLY understand why people don’t like her. She isn’t given a lot to do, and she is a rather annoying teenager in the first book.
BUT. Blaming Sansa for the situation she’s currently in and shaming her for not having the intelligence to recognize the threat Joffrey presents when she’s only just a child and has only ever known good, decent men is really missing the forest from the trees here. She and Ned specifically represent the clash of good (Starks) vs. evil (Lannisters, AND I KNOW THAT THE LANNISTERS ARE NOT ALL EVIL, AND THEY ARE COMPLEX AS WELL, BUT THIS IS KINDA HOW THE STORY ITSELF IS FRAMING THEM), and they represent what happens to good, honorable people (Starks) when they don’t know the rules of the game like others (Lannisters) do.
What I’m saying that if Ned Stark, a grown-ass man, did not recognize the threat that Joffrey and Cersei and other Lannisters represent until it was too late, then there is no way that Sansa, a child, was going to be able to recognize it either.
# just throwing this out there # because it's okay to dislike female characters # BUT THINK ABOUT WHY YOU DO AND IF THESE REASONS ALSO APPLY TO MALE CHARACTERS # JUST THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS # okay? # okay # ashley reads a song of ice and fire # a song of ice and fire # meta