zencribnotes replied to your post: “Early today I mentioned my mighty need to write something about why I…”:is it that if there’s a broad range of Cullen ships, it decenters Cullen’s narrative that challenges a kind of presented power/racial dynamic when he was first introduced, which also addresses his morality/virtues?
Decentering. Although, I certainly do not have anything against broadening the narrative.
I’m all for fandom finding new, meaningful ways to connect with media. The more mirrors and reflections, the more chance for meaning and personal engagement.
Yes. All of this. Your examples of what is lost in certain Cullen ships touches on that broader point I made earlier up this reblog chain. I suspect all of this has to do with why I haven’t been as taken by DA fanfic as I have been with fic in Final Fantasy fandoms or other similar series. When I read DA fanfic, I tend to be far more interested in stories that aren’t about the Warden or Hawke. Fic about Carver/Merrill, Isabela/Aveline, or Fenris/Anders evoke a more limited set of themes. When the Warden or Hawke is involved, I’m far more interested in stories that focus on themes that come through loud and clear in canon.
*shrug* It’s just a personal preference of mine.
Getting back to Cullen, when the ship or the story downplays Cullen’s privilege or sweeps it under the rug, in most of those cases Cullen ceases to be interesting to me. Again, it’s a personal thing.