Fandom: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adora/Catra (She-Ra), Adora & Catra (She-Ra)
Characters: Catra (She-Ra), Adora (She-Ra)
Additional Tags: Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Guilt, Drabble
Series: Part 9 of Snapshots of Recovery
Catra isn't the only soldier in this relationship.
In a lot of stories I read, Adora has PTSD and Catra does as well. I don’t think the Adora in snapshots has PTSD, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have trauma.
It was nice to step out of Catra’s head for this drabble, even if Adora is going through some shit.
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It's strange to think of shows like She-Ra and The Owl House as kids shows because they possess so much more nuance, stronger writing, more relatable characters and better worldbuilding than a lot of "adult animation".
Also, "adult animation" is largely a misnomer referring to cartoons aimed at teenage boys. It's not always true, but it's a trend, and finding adult animated shows created by and for women is difficult. (Tuca & Bertie is the only one that comes immediately to mind and Netflix cancelled it. Thankfully, Cartoon Network picked it up.)
I'm an adult but I find so much of adult animation to be immature and boring, and overwhelmingly male-centric. Whereas, shows like She-Ra are engrossing. I care about the characters. I care about Etheria. I care about the relationships and the narrative. Same goes for The Owl House. You can feel the passion and thoughtfulness of the creators in these shows. The diversity and how it's handled is also a striking difference. I identify with the characters in these shows more. They have more humanity. I'm left feeling either nothing or disdain for the majority of characters in adult animation. (Bob's Burgers is good. Diverse. Heartfelt. But its sitcom structure is often its weakest element as it inhibits character growth.)
I want more animated shows by, for and about women. I want more shows that have distinct, thoughtful design and stories. I want shows with POC and LGBTQ and neurodivergent characters. And if you also want these things, you need to say so. And the best way to make your voice heard is to support the shows. Watch the shows. Talk about them. Write about them. Buy merch if that's your thing. And support indie creators so they can make your next favourite show.
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