One of the most notable changes in the new Hobbit films is the addition of a new female character, the elf Tauriel.
I’m not sure how I feel about this change to the source material. The Lord of the Rings series is notably absent of female characters, but this can be attributed to the setting of the story, in the context of war you’re a lot more likely to encounter male characters, especially in a medieval setting.
Now, equal representation is important and I can see why they thought that adding another women would be a good idea, especially as the only female who reappears in the prequel is Galadriel. But we already had some pretty badass female characters. For example:
And I probably would have welcomed the change if Tauriel was equally as badass, and in some respects she is. She’s captain of the Elven guard and fights as well as any of the male characters. However, they did give her one of the typically female story lines in existence.
She’s so damn perfect that two guys have fallen in love with her and she in turn ends up falling for a dwarf in the stereotypical Romeo and Juliet situation. This is pretty much a rehash of the Aragon/ Arwen relationship just with bigger stakes since elves and dwarves hate each other so much (although it is interesting that she went for the dwarf who looks the least like an actual dwarf…). With the Aragon/ Arwen relationship there was a lot of exploration into the dynamics of the relationship, particularly in the difference in mortality. I’m pretty confident that we won’t get this by the third hobbit movie. Despite the gross over-extension of what really should have just been one movie, chances are very little time will be spent developing the relationship, it’s more likely to be presented as a big moral dilemma for Tauriel resulting in a quick romantic climax. And this is time that could have been better spent creating the persona of a warrior, which Tauriel really should be.
What do you guys think? Was the addition of Tauriel welcomed? Or, like me, are you sick of seeing the same old story-lines?