So. Medieval fantasy stories on Episode.
They seem to often be… lacking, although, that’s a problem in the fantasy genre on Episode in general. Another topic, another rant, another time.
One thing that seems to be very common in medieval stories on Episode in general is the presence of the princess main character being put into an arranged marriage with some eligible bachelor. Which, makes sense. That’s a thing in medieval times, especially for princes and princesses.
Now, here’s where my problem comes in. ALWAYS, the princesses’s parents are in love, and ALWAYS she’s being set up with a guy that she doesn’t like. This way the princess MC can have that oh-so-dramatic line where she tells her parents that they don’t understand, like an angsty teenager.
I don’t know why this makes me so angry. Probably because… god dammit you’re a princess and getting married to total strangers is normal, haven’t you been taught this since you were little!?
But, you know, then there’s something else! The one betrothed to the princess always seems to be a rude, abusive, sexist, asshole. I’m not saying those people don’t exist, but, it just seems like the author is trying to justify the princess not marrying him. Because, hey, otherwise it would be totally fine and make sense for the princess to get married to him, right? And not for her to get into some convoluted plot about her running away and fnding her ‘true love’ (gack), and probably with this abusive bachelor’s half-brother or something BS like that.
Anyways, even if the bachelor did hit the princess before they were married… he’s still some ol’ noble, and the princess is the princess. Excuse me? Even if you are betrothed to the princess, you’re still a noble, and the least worst thing that would probaby happen is getting your hand cut off. Logicially, it would make no sense. Even to reveal yourself as an asshole before the marriage! But maybe that’s just a case of writing a bad villain.
Well. This is a rant I’ve been wanting to write for a long time, because almost every time I read a medieval (fantasy) story on this app, they seem to fall down the same hole, and it makes my blood boil.
… Anyways, thanks for reading, and post your thoughts on this topic down below.