I want to sit on a couch with Bela Talbot and drink white wine while watching bad reality television and complaining about annoying rich guys in suits.
tvseriesaremyworld asked: nice to see you here again
Bela Talbot was a badass, and she knew it.
frostlawyer asked: So I hear you are an appreciator of Bela Talbot. |chinhands| I am intrigued.
Oh my god don’t even get me started on Bela Talbot. That woman is the love of my life. Love of my liFE LET ME TELL YOU A THING OR TWO ABOUT BELA TALBOT.
I JUST HAVE SO MUCH APPRECIATION FOR HER, SHE’S SO WELL-DEVELOPED, MULTI-DIMENSIONAL, COMPLEX, ETC ETC AND
One of my favorite things about Bela is her introduction. Like, she shows up, kicks the boys’ ASSES, and then exits stage right before they even know what hit them.
She’s smart—she manipulates the boys multiple times, convincing them she’s on their side (no she means it this time) before she snatches away her prize (the Hand of Glory, the Colt). She uses her wit (and her expertise with speaking to the dead—oh, and she’s the ONLY person we ever see who possesses this skill who is not a psychic, just btw, bonus points to her) to get both Rufus and the brothers off her trail.
She’s a fucking BOSS, is what I’m saying.
But let’s analyze that, shall we?
Tumblr user saltfree writes an excellent meta (x) about what she calls “hunter culture.” (Said meta talks in particular about how the culture influences Dean and his sexuality, but we’re gonna focus here on the culture aspect of said meta.) The hunters’ world is, essentially, a microcosm of society that glorifies violence and stereotypical aspects of masculinity—a “boys’ club,” if you will.
Bela claws her way through the hunters’ world and makes herself well-known (under an alias—intelligent or what). It must’ve been unspeakably difficult as a woman, especially as a non-hunting woman, but she does it with flair and she owns it. But because she’s stuck in this society where she is immediately looked down at for being a woman, Bela makes herself independent. She makes it so that she won’t need help, that she doesn’t.
Even Sam and Dean have each other to turn to when they’re in trouble. Bela has no one. And she knows that if she turns to anyone, especially a man, it’ll damage her credibility.
Basically, Bela is forced to be this badass, takes-shit-from-nobody, self-reliant type of person in order to be respected. Which is fucked up, but that’s how she gets the job done.
It’s why she’s so reluctant to ask Sam and Dean for help—in both the ghost ship and the hellhounds coming for her. Sam and Dean can look down their noses at her all they want for refusing to ask for their help, but that’s how she became both respected and successful in their little corner of the world, so she’s got her reasons for her actions, even setting aside her pride.
Speaking of reasons, let’s discuss Bela’s backstory, shall we?
Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed when we were given the overdone “sexually abused and that’s why she’s so cold” trope—I thought it gave Bela this tragic childhood she did not need in order to be the badass that she is—but if you look at it a different way, it’s actually not detrimental to her character at all.
Bela was abused, yes. But she doesn’t seem to suffer PTSD from it, or else the scene Dean sexually assaulted her would have gone very differently. She escaped the situation with the tools available to her, and then she moved on. It probably took time, yes, but ten years is a lot of time to recover, and thank god the show didn’t paint her as "poor Bela, the girl with a tragic past she’ll never be able to get over." She was over it—the only reason it even gets brought up is because it has to do with the situation at hand.
Though the deal was probably a way to write her off, which still makes me infinitely angry, especially because they left her death scene ambiguous and could have brought her back ffs. And why couldn’t she have killed her parents herself? Oh, because they wanted a legitimate reason to kill her off. FFS
So I don’t have a good conclusion to this, but. I like her a lot. Like, love of my life type of lot. She’s one of the best female characters to show up on Supernatural, ever.
Oh and the haters can fuck right off. <3
(P.S. I’m sorry this took so long, I stayed up late trying to get all of my thoughts organized and coherent. I just love her a lot ok.)