This conversation about Ellen Ripley got me thinking about what we bring to our analysis of OUAT and its characters. In that conversation, meanie-face makes an excellent point about the ways we ground our analysis of a story or its characters:
I didn’t bring up the personal value the second film has to me because I wanted to assert how attached I was to the characters. I brought that up because it’s about identification, womanhood, and experience. It wasn’t arbitrary whining about how you were “hurting my babies” or some such thing […]. It was about how my and my mother’s experience of womanhood, motherhood, and identity relate to the film, and the difference between academic-based analysis of the film and experience-based interpretation and analysis of the film, which is an important factor when talking about how fictional characters and the representation of their identities relate to real world people.
With this in mind, I want to open up a discussion about personal experience and analysis in OUAT fandom.
Some questions to get things started:
- Do you see a difference in experience-based interpretations and academic-based ones? What are they?
- How do your personal experiences affect how you respond to or interpret the show?
- How do you approach interpretations of the show that are rooted in experiences that are not your own?
Reblogging for people who are actually awake when the sun is up.