Where Are the Sick Characters in Pop Culture? May18

Where Are the Sick Characters in Pop Culture?...

As someone who struggles with a chronic illness, I can’t always relate to my fictional superheroes. Thor’s abs and Wonder Woman’s stamina never give up, after all. The heroes are almost always strong, beautiful, and not sick. If a character with an illness or chronic pain does show up, they’re often a weak link for the hero to save; their illness is mentioned once as the butt of a joke; they’re useless until they’re healed; or they’re only there to provide inspiration for the hero’s journey. These tropes are frustrating for those of us who face sickness every day in a society that doesn’t know what to do with us. But sometimes I come across characters who represent accurate struggles of being chronically ill. Here are some of my favourites: 1. Remus Lupin, Harry Potter Lupin doesn’t consider himself a worthwhile member of society because that’s what the world keeps telling him. For example, as soon as word gets out that he’s a werewolf, he has to vacate his position as a Hogwart’s professor in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because people don’t want him teaching their children, even though he is safe as long as he drinks his potions. J.K. Rowling has stated that Lupin’s condition is meant to mimic the stigma of blood-borne diseases. His fear of accepting love is a very real thing people with chronic conditions face daily. “‘I am not being ridiculous,’ said Lupin steadily. ‘Tonks deserves somebody young and whole.’ . . . ‘But she wants you,’ said Mr. Weasley, with a small smile. ‘And after all, Remus, young and whole men do not necessarily remain so.'” —Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince 2. Izumi Curtis, Fullmetal Alchemist Edward and Alphonse’s alchemy teacher, Izumi is a tough, stubborn, ...

10 reasons to hate The 100 Mar20

10 reasons to hate The 100...

The 100 is a show riddled with plot holes, and drives us crazy. BUT for some reason, we can’t look away, and are still watching into its second season. Whether it’s just the stupid decisions the characters make, or science that doesn’t even try to make sense, here are some of the things that make us yell at the TV as we’re watching. 1. They send real-time life sign trackers to kids’ wrists and send them down to the planet to find out if it’s habitable—couldn’t they have sent a probe to do the same thing? 2. They call it “The Hundred” instead of “The One Hundred.” Apparently, we’ve been saying it wrong. 3. Unnecessary exposition. “Hey, that’s the girl they found under the floor!” 4. When someone explodes in a minefield, the group freak out and scamper away randomly further into the minefield. 5. Radiation permeates every cell of the body. A blood transfusion fixes this? 6. Anya dies. Only Joss Whedon has the right to kill our favourite characters. 7. Reavers… crazy, violent people who have lost their humanity. Again, who are you? Joss Whedon? 8. How does acid fog not permeate the tents you obviously bought at Wal-Mart? 9. The grounder word for blood is “juice”? 10. The grounders have developed an entire language, but it’s only been a few generations. AND they all speak English...