Look, I like Ellen Page, I think she’s really cool and a great actress and all, but (for SO many reasons) when people fancast her for Cinder, I’m just…
Like…I don’t even know how to reply -_-
even my stupid Cinder gif applies to this D:
The Lunar Chronicles fandom is really starting to get on my nerves. All you guys do is complain about the ethnicity and diversity “errors” made in the novels and debate on the shade of Cinder’s skin. And I’m over here trying to like, focus on the story and plot but whatever.
But… we already love the story and the plot? That’s kind of why we’re in this fandom in the first place.
It’s because we love this series so much that we care to dissect its metatextual implications. And we discuss those things because they matter to the story and the plot.
It matters that Cinder is a woman of color, because that adds a layer of resonance to the prejudice she faces as a cyborg.
It matters that the Snow White character is a dark-skinned woman, because dark-skinned women—especially dark-skinned black women—are so often told that they’re not beautiful, and every other retelling of Snow White has only reinforced that message.
And yeah, it matters that sometimes the Lunar Chronicles gets things wrong. Because no series is perfect. And if a whole host of East Asian cultures are misrepresented, then that should be pointed out. Because fictional misrepresentation often leads to real-life misconceptions.
I understand that it can be frustrating when the fandom seems more focused on writing long, rambling meta than making pretty graphics and promoting the series. I like pretty things, too. But one of the reasons I fell in love with the Lunar Chronicles was how wonderfully subversive it was, and if I’m going to praise the series for its well-done subversions, then it would be disingenuous to skim over the less well-done parts.
Just my opinion.
Also, I wasn’t aware that there was a debate about the shade of Cinder’s skin? It’s explicitly described as “tanned.”