Sometimes I think about the fact that Once Upon a Time started out on the premise of strong, independent female characters.
Then I look at where we are now.
I think its disturbing so many people think a woman with a love interest is no longer strong or independent. Kinda gross.
My issue is not with the women of this show having love interests. For example, I loved Emma and Graham together.
My problem is more basic than that. It’s the way the only talk about Emma in the media is who she’s going to end up with. It’s the way Red was sidelined until Megan left the show. It’s the way Belle is consistently pushed to the side. And lately, it’s the way the interests are being portrayed/playing out on screen when we have so many more interesting platonic friendships and family relationships left to explore.
For example, I would rather have more focus on Regina’s redemption and rebuilding her relationship with her son. I would like to see Snow and Regina actually talking- really digging in and talking about what happened between them. I would like to see Emma and her parents bonding. I would have like to see Neal and Hook’s dynamic. I would have liked to see Rumple and Belle and Neal all working together. I want to see Grumpy and Belle interacting. I want to see David and Henry bonding in a SAFE, legal, in character way.
Bottom line, I guess I don’t like how the focus seems to have slipped away from focus on the characters themselves to, ‘omg ships!!!!!’ men AND women included.
But mostly the women.