Posts tagged Brittanalyzing
Posts tagged Brittanalyzing
Thoughts about Touch, Feelings, and Canon Interpretation
(Please note that the following isn’t spoiler-free.)
When I sat down to bash out this post yesterday about sex in Brittana fanfiction, I didn’t envisage it being as popular as it turned out to be.* I wrote it in the spirit of enduring affection for what I regard as some incredible writing coming out of the fandom, and with the hopes that it would indicate for anyone not overly familiar with that writing how imaginative it can be. I also wrote it with a healthy dose of anxiety that I might be perceived as reducing a lot of thoughtful writing down to its sexiest parts; or, and not unrelated, implying that those pieces of writing do anything less than make their sex scenes absolutely integral to their unabridged narratives. So, I thought I’d write a more serious - though hopefully as relevant - series of reflections on some ideas relating to sex in Brittana fanfiction.
And we have here a most excellent new Brittanalyst. Welcome, Ruth!
So this brief Brittanalysis comes to you in response to an Ask from the lovely surimistik, who writes:
“Here’s something I noticed: Almost everyone in the fandom, when writing fanfictions and stuff, loves to think that Santana doesn’t think that Brittany is stupid and always tries to deny it when she calls herself that. But watching the show, I noticed that Santana DOES in fact think Brittany is stupid, or at least ‘special.’ Whenever [Brittany] says something particularly crazy, [Santana] DOES roll her eyes or make a very confused ‘WTF’ face, and [it is] only when Brittany’s ‘dumb statement’ is particularly cute [that Santana] makes a lovestruck expression. My take on this is that Santana KNOWS AND ACCEPTS the fact that Brittany isn’t the brightest tool in the shed, and she loves her even more for that. Santana loves and accepts Brittany’s dumbness. She doesn’t try to deny it, as many of the fandom loves to think. She doesn’t love her IN SPITE OF her dumbness, she loves her BECAUSE of her dumbness, because she is who she is. Truth be told, I think that Brittany really isn’t stupid and she’s an hidden genius, but ‘dumb Britt’ is what RIB show us, and that’s my theory about it. What do you think? Am I completely crazy?”
So I, like you, tend to believe that Brittany S. Pierce is anything but stupid.
However, I also tend to believe that Santana Lopez knows that Brittany is anything but stupid, too, and, moreover, that we have plenty of textual evidence from the show which proves that Santana respects Brittany’s intelligence.
Consequently, I respectfully disagree with your theory on several counts.
First of all, in 2x22, Santana quite clearly states that she thinks Brittany is “so smart.” That being the case, we can say with absolute certainty that Santana doesn’t think that Brittany is stupid. Indeed, Santana’s willingness to take advice from Brittany and to defend Brittany’s ideas to others proves that Santana respects Brittany’s mind (“Leave Brittany alone!”), even if she doesn’t always understand the way it works.
Secondly, I take issue with the notion that Santana has ever “rolled her eyes” at Brittany; she hasn’t. Yes, Santana will sometimes look confused at what Brittany says, but we must not suppose that Santana does this because she thinks that Brittany is dumb—because she doesn’t.
Rather, I would argue that Santana scrunches up her brow at various Brittanyisms for one of two reasons: first, because she’s trying to figure out what Brittany means by them—a behavior which suggests that Santana does in fact believe that what Brittany says is generally sensible, even if said sense if not initially obvious to Santana herself—and, second, because, in certain instances, she’s responding to Brittany’s attempt to joke around with her in high stress situations.
I will explore these two reasons at length under the cut.
You are fantastic. This is fantastic.