father issues in stories

  • May. 24th, 2005 at 9:03 AM
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Angel season four. I always forget just how much of a story-arc this season is. One episode after the other to reach the final episode; Home. I adore Connor. Yes, I bought season four of Angel and watched all the episodes I missed from it yesterday. I need to re-watch the whole thing in order at some point in the future. Then, I need to go out and buy season five.

Something I have realised in the past few days, I have a major thing for broken friendships as a result of betrayal, and father issues in stories. You'll be surprised how often the two can be linked together. Mother issues in plots tend to bore me, and I can't decide if it is because I'm female and the whole deal is kind of boring, or if it is because mother/daughter issues are hardly ever depicted as vicious and violent in stories. Judgemental and indifferent; yes, but never the full scale anger/hate/violence that literature/media tend to depict the father/son issues. And it is the latter that is damn fascinating (to me at least). What's interesting about the father-issue stories that gets to me (in a, 'Oh, this is so cool, in a rip-my-heart sort of way,') is that the father does love his son dearly, it is just that circumstances (Anakin turning to the Dark Side, or Connor being completely screwed up in the head because of every other person in his life) that forces the son to have major problems. Based on series of events, father-issues often results in a screaming/death match, which will leave one (most often both of them) in a pit of dark angst, and the other dead/maimed/insert your form of bad.

And yes, by now you should have realised I’m using Star Wars and Angel as prime examples, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other examples of father-issues that ends badly. I just can’t seem to think of any at the present time.

But back to the point; most mother/daughter issues get resolved through some form of ‘soul searching’ or ‘talking’ (screaming match works too), but hardly ever reach the level of violence’ of that of father/son issues. And I find myself being much more affected (emotionally and visually) by the father/son issues. It hit me on a basic level that makes me sit at the edge of my seat, eyes glued to the screen. Damn good drama (or melodrama, depending how you want to interpret it.)

Hmm. Just how differently do the w-media and the j-media depict father/son issues? It is too early for me to think in that direction. Not enough coffee and mind can’t change track.


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