A Mary Sue in The Hobbit?
What the heck, PJ? Didn't you learn your lesson with the Arwen debacle? When the rumors first started about this she-elf archer chick I thought it was some Sue spoof, a joke. But apparently it is all too terribly real.
Okay, I understand the temptation. As a director of a major international film, the pressure is on to appeal to all the demographics. So you look at your picture and you think, I've got dragons, dwarves, massive amounts of chain mail, odds are good for a couple major battle scenes with reasonable amounts of blood -- right, that's the boys taken care of. But what about the girls? After all, every good marketing manager knows it's the preteen girls who are the driving force behind our consumer economy. So you panic, and think, "Right! I need a girl! Make her an Elf! Stick a bow in her hand! And hey, why not let her give Legolas a run for his money while I'm at it?"
Well, I'll tell you why not. Because it's effing wrong, that's why not. Yes, there is a lamentable dearth of female protagonists in Tolkien's work. So what? Speaking as a member of the female demographic, I'll tell you it is not the female characters, Sues or not, who are the reason we watch these movies and read these books and spend insane amounts of time and money in this fandom. So why do we do it? Why did I, for example, see "The Return of the King" seven times in the theater and write a 1,000+ page novel set in Middle-earth?
Two words. Hawt boys.
Yes, Tolkien's world is an epic masterpiece, the backdrop for unlimited scope of imaginative tales. Yes, it is a timeless saga of Right vs Wrong, Good vs Evil, Nature vs Machine. But more than all of that, the LOTR trilogy had Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, what's his name, the guy playing Faramir -- all of them looking bad-ass and wise and angsty and in various states of undress at different times -- and believe me, Eowyn rocks, but she is NOT what made us shell out $20 a pop to sit in a sticky theater seat for three hours at at a time week after week.
So PJ, please, ditch the Elf chick. We don't need her. We don't want her. We will hate her if she's on the screen, and we will actively root for her demise. And if she has so much as one slightly misty-eyed scene with our Elf prince we will hunt her down and take her out ourselves.
You want a female protagonist? You already have Galadriel, LEADING the effing White Council for crying out loud. Put her in chain mail, give her a sword, and let her lead the charge on Dol Guldur if you want. Fine. Just keep your OFC out of our fandom, and away from our boys.