Bitcon - “Don’t think of it as being women or POC people dying, but being hired.”
I’m so happy they said this. I wanted to say it in the pages of Eternal. That Boyd was played by a black actor, but he was killed for a story-centered reason. Killing a character, for a writer, is about the impact of the death. We don’t go, “Oh, who can we kill? Let’s pick someone that won’t matter!” Boyd had to die, because the impact of his death on a more central character was enormous. He died to get Derek to break. But more than that, he died so we would FEEL his loss. Jeff wanted our hearts to break, just like Derek’s heart. But…Boyd didn’t have to be black. That was Jeff casting a black actor in a pivotal role, which is admirable. And TW does cast more diverse characters than any other show.
And you can’t even say…”Well…we see too much of this on TV. They only cast POC characters, or female characters in roles where they will die. It’s like they are saying POC and female and gay characters are expendable.” Because that isn’t true of TW at all. Scott is a POC character. Danny is a POC and gay character. Deaton is a POC character. Allison was female and strong and central to the story…but she died. Melissa is POC and female and central to the story, though a minor character, and hasn’t died. But when or if she does, Jeff has written her so well that her character death would rock the TW world.
That’s what we should note about Boyd. His death rocked the TW World. He wasn’t a central character, but he also wasn’t a cipher. He wasn’t a POC token character. He was valued by the pack, by his Alpha, by the fandom. And Jeff did that. Jeff wrote him that way…as a sensitive loner, a big guy with a big heart. He didn’t even like Derek that much, but he was still loyal to the pack. I know for sure my love of Boyd had nothing to do with him being black. I loved him for his subtle humor and his loner attitude, because he was special…a real person. And I felt his loss because it impacted the show…in so many ways.
That’s good writing. Viewers or readers don’t love characters who are poorly written, just because they match a particular demographic.
- Story Of My Life + Summertime Sadness
- Last First Kiss + We Can’t Stop
- Little Things + Just The Way You Are
- Story Of My Life + Wake Me Up
- Little Things + Marry Me
- Kiss You + 99 Luftballons
- Happily + Counting Star
- Story Of My Life + Pumped Up Kicks
- Live While We’re Young + Die Young
- Strong + The City
- Best Song Ever + Safe And Sound
- Diana + Radioactive
- Kiss You + Last Night
- Last First Kiss + Towers
- One Way Or Another + Princess Of China
- One Way Or Another + Pom Poms
- Little Black Dress + Rock Me (bad quality in chorus)
- Still The One + Slow Down
- Little Things + Payphone
- Through The Dark + These Four Walls
- What Makes You Beautiful + Dynamite
- Best Song Ever + Word Up! (LM vocals)
- Rock Me + Little Me (LM vocals)
Some are better than others, but it depends on each of you,so here you go :)