Dear Male of the Species,
If we girls have accepted that there’s no such thing as a perfect guy, shouldn’t you also accept that there’s no such thing as a perfect girl?! And you dare call us females demanding.
But actually, this post is mostly about the movie RPG: Metanoia. Sort of.
I saw the movie and still loved it despite thinking that I might be disappointed because of too much hype surrounding it. Seriously, I loved it because it was absolutely fantastic, from the story to the effects to the dialogue to the soundtrack to basically everything except… (Well, you know, nothing is perfect, after all) I really dislike the character of the girl, Mae. The reason? Because she’s too perfect it’s unrealistic. And I know, I know, it’s a movie and therefore the writers have poetic license to be unrealistic. But… Grrr!
It’s so typical. Halatang-halata mong lalake ‘yung nagsulat kasi masyadong ideal ‘yung girl. Magaling na mag-basketball, magaling pa sa RPG. Tapos maganda. Tapos funny. Tapos friendly. Tapos nasa kanya ‘yung solusyon kung paano natalo ‘yung kalaban nila. Basta lahat na! Ang OA! Wala man lang ni isang flaw. It’s like Edward from Twilight except babae. And… I really dislike it. Writing perfect characters is just, in my opinion, immature. ‘Pag masyadong perfect, walang conflict, and, magiging kasalanan lahat nung ibang tao ‘yung mga maling pangyayari. Tapos, malamang, magkakagusto sa kanya ‘yung ibang characters. ‘Eh perfect siya ‘eh. Walang “I love you in spite of…” na storyline. It’s so annoying.
I mean, OK lang naman to write a strong woman character. Like Buffy is strong, and she’s pretty and athletic, but she’s not perfect. She’s not good with computers, she always asks Willow to help her with that and other school stuff, and she can fall for the wrong guy, too (Parker Abrams). Or si Sarah Walker ng Chuck. Maganda, sexy, magaling sa martial arts, top CIA spy, pero medyo damaged din psychologically kasi conman ‘yung tatay niya and for most of her life she’s been on the run, pretending to be someone else. And, basta, gets n’yo na ‘yun. And maybe you can say that, yeah, pambata ‘yung story ng RPG: Metanoia and walang time to flesh out all the characters, but what would be so wrong if Mae had some negative characteristics, like maybe hindi siya marunong mag-bike, or that hindi ganun ka-galing ‘yung character niya sa game?
Or maybe this is my personal issue, because I’ve just met too many guys who keep thinking that they’re so alone dahil geek sila or kung anu-ano pang self-pity reasons, but actually masyado lang kasi silang naniniwala na may “perfect girl” who wouldn’t give them the time of day kaya even if may nagkakagusto naman sa kanila na imperfect girls (which is basically kahit sinong girl in the world), hindi pa rin nila naaappreciate. And ‘yan, dahil dito sa RPG: Metanoia, lalo pang na-reinforce ‘yung belief ko na ganyan nga ang mga lalake mag-isip. Kasi ‘yung character ni Mae, lalake ang nagsulat.
“You’re gonna go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because, you’re an a**hole.” – Erica (Rooney Mara) to Mark (Jesse Eisenberg), The Social Network