Goes through a lot of shit then gets called the boring one and dismissed by the audiences - and minimised further in most adaptations. And yes, I do recall being very annoyed about her marrying Claudio when I first saw Kenneth B’s film.
I kinda get why people dismiss her - her story is not a pleasant one and it’s pretty unsettling (to me at least) that she never falls out of love with the man who publicly ruined her and that her happy ending is him.
BUT I also think that kind of narrative - of a woman having her life ruined by a man and needing support from other women (who have more value in the eyes of male peers) and really only getting a happy ending because she is innocent (not because she is valued for other traits) and that she FORGIVES and that the man is freed of repercussions (yeah, he was gonna marry Beatrice but that is not really a punishment? Like “You caused the death of my daughter, here, have my niece and marry into my riches anyway” and also it DOESN’T COUNT because he was getting punk’d to the altar because….) because she LOVES him - is still pretty prevalent today? Both in fiction and in society. And I think that it’d be cool if people talked about why that is more rather than waving it off because it’s uncomfortable.
Have you seen the recent Joss Whedon version of Much Ado? There’s some Beatrice and Benedick backstory in that one that makes me side-eye that pairing, too. DUDES BEING JERKS AND WOMEN FORGIVING THEM, HOORAY.
I always feel sorry for Hero when it comes to reactions and readings of Much Ado. Beatrice gets the amazing monologue of the play, and tbh I think she and Benedick have the more interesting romance. But Hero is the one who actually has the heartbreaking plot, you know? She gets maligned for some dude’s lulz, gets called a whore at her own wedding by her fiancé, her dad flips his shit and disowns her because he doesn’t believe she’s still a virgin and has to be talked down by Beatrice and I think the priest because dang he sure as hell can’t trust her word. Then she has to pretend to be DEAD in order to get an apology.
She goes through a lot of shit, okay.
I’m always a little pissed that she still marries Claudio in the end. Fic where Hero leaves the homestead and travels around the countryside avenging wronged women and playing tricks on dudes who ruin the lives of their loved ones.
no i know im behind on shield…
but why am i the only one that’s a little creeped out by amy acker playing the cellist since she also played clark’s daughter in much ado about nothing and all i can think about is incest.
Because Beatrice is Leonato’s niece. Hero is his daughter (played by by Jilian Morgese). Though judging by the posts in the tag and some of the tweets Clark Gregg has replied to on twitter, you’re not the only one with incesty thoughts as a result of the casting :)