Evangeline Lilly, Desolation of Smaug world premiere press conference
Whether you like Tauriel or not, I think Evangeline makes a great point about adapting Tolkien’s works to our age and how vital it is to incorporate a feminine perspective in fantasy worlds when previously that was not emphasized at all. Even still female representation in fantasy is lacking, and I think it’s great that Evangeline clearly observes the need for characters like Tauriel to round out these narratives and demonstrate that women do have a place in the fantasy genre.
I’ve seen so much hate for Tauriel and Evangeline Lilly and the movie isn’t even out yet. *eye roll* When I was an eight year old girl reading The Hobbit, I changed several characters into women in my mind because I thought there weren’t enough girls in the story. Kids notice when they don’t see themselves represented, and as a little girl, I thought, why should boys have all the fun? I want to slay goblins too!
I’m super excited for Tauriel, and the more hate for her I see, the more I’m going to be sitting in the cinema cheering “SLAY THOSE ORCS TAURIEL YOU GO TAURIEL.” Because damn it, girls need heroes too.(via sugarfey)