Response to a Makorra fan
Another Makorra fan went into my explicitly Amorrian gallery to ask questions. This is my answer (too long so can’t snip snip):
My thing with Mako is… he is a character that cannot escaped being heavily criticised because he’s incredily poorly written, and I say this not as an Amorra shipper or a fan but as a writer. I work as journalist so it’s second nature to me to always analyze and evaluate the shows, movies, and stories I follow. And forgive me for saying this (or perhaps, don’t forgive me. I am unapologetic about this), but Mako is in essence a creator’s pet. This is a point that quite a lot of mainstream and popular critics of the show have remarked upon, not just the opinion of a particular section of the fandom (and that should already say something to you). He was so poorly written that he alone derailed the development of at least half the main cast… if not all.
To save us all the time and frustration, here is a link to an essay on why Mako’s spot in the show is unneeded [link]
Speaking as a shipper, what everyone ships is a personal thing, entirely subjective. And seeing Amorra undertones in the show or not is a matter of subconcious preferrences and taste. If you don’t see it, there’s very little I can do to help you see without us both dissolving into an all-out argument that will end up nowhere.
To your point of that Amon hurts Korra too much, I can tell that love is not always happy and fluffy. Love hurts. Some people hurt the person they love more than anyone else. It’s got more to do with the intensity of the emotion rather than which sides it fall on. Love/hate relationship is not a strange thing to us, and love does not always end well. There are terms for it: foeyay and Dating Cat Woman are some of the more modern one but this kind of love has existed far beyond that and I can cite quite a lot of folk lore for you on that one.
Take this one for example [link] (scroll down to the author’s note).
And it is not only Amon that hurts Korra. Their relationship, if you’re willing to see, went far earlier than Korra’s lifetime. When you take in the fact that Noatak as a child was raised as a weapon an onstantly measured against the Avatar (who his father wanted him to take revenge upon one day), and the fact that he was broken so deeply by his upbringing that years after, he cannot escape the shadow of his father and the Avatar’s past conflict. Even Tarlokk did not escape it despite not bearing the brunt of Yakone’s intent and future plan.
When you take in all this, you realize that Korra was as much a monster and a source of terror for Amon as he was for him, the only difference between them being how they chose to deal with their it.
I can say more, but I shant, because shipping itself has very little to do with canonity and the possibility of it becoming canon. If you’re in the fandom at all, then you should already know this. Just as Zutara was to a lot of Avatar fans, non-canon and sunk to the bottom of the sea, but even that can’t sway the shipper’s heart. Just as Sesskag was to many Inuyasha fans despite the fact that Kagome married Inu at the end and called Sess her brother. Just as quite a lot of other non-canon pairings in a thousand other series.
No matter the arguments and the logic, you just simply can’t tell people what to like and to not like. It is a matter primarily of the heart.
Amorra is not canon. I understand this, and that is why I never go into a Makorra section and start spouting off about Makorra (I do it in my own space/forum/articles written for fellow Amorrians). I don’t need canon to love something. I don’t need other’s permission to like what I like. And that is a point a lot of Makorrians don’t get. Even if your ship is canon, it does not mean that it is a well-written romance (EdwardBella anyone?). Even if your ship is canon, you do not get the right to expect other people to adhere.
It’s funny really. Because I simply do not have this same problem with other ships. I too ship Korrasami because I think both are bad-ass ladies that don’t need a leech like Mako holding them back. And I ship Borra because I think it’s cute. And Korroh too simply because I want to explore the characters and their dynamics. Hell, I even ship Linorra because I want Korra to see both the depth and the height she can go to from a woman with so much similarity with her (the relationship between them, to me, is like a balm for an old soul and the pillar for a new one just seeing the outside world for the first time).
It is Makorra alone that constantly rubs me the wrong way. And believe me when I say this, but I don’t want to hate Makorra. Honestly I don’t. I want to be able to enjoy them. I want to squeal and squee over them. I want my heart to beat faster everytime Mako goes near Korra. But I don’t. I can’t.
It’s just tragic for a canon pair to be this poorly written (and aggressively shoved down the watcher’s throats). I guess I don’t really hate Makorra after all.
I pity them.
Original article is here http://le-feline.deviantart.com/gallery/37865252#/d54p5p1
She was civil and willing to listen so I’m actually glad we spoke about this. Still, what is it about Makorrians and my Amorra gallery? It’s like they can’t resist going in. If this keeps up, I might have to think about the possibility of a lot of Makorrians being closet masochist… sure would explain somewhat why they went to me (and to Mako… just kidding…)
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