Writings from Elsewhere: Korrasami & Queer Representation

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Just about a week ago, Avatar: The Legend of Korra aired its series finale. That it happened in the first place is a triumph for its creators and fans, since the show has been plagued from the beginning with production and budget issues. Add how the show managed to pick up despite a season where even some of us die-hard fans were tempted to give up on it and you have an ending that is more than a little impressive.

Of course, there was something else about the ending that got people talking: The protagonist of the show, Korra, walking off into the Spirit Realm hand-in-hand with another female character, Asami.

For more, head over to Korrasami Didn’t Start with a Kiss & That’s Okay at xoJane.

Writings from Elsewhere: Korrasami & Queer Representation

10 thoughts on “Writings from Elsewhere: Korrasami & Queer Representation

  1. 1

    Haven’t seen the show in question but it does remind me of Dumbledore from Harry Potter. In book six Rowling made it as blatantly obvious as she could without mentioning the word gay that Dumbledore was indeed gay. I honestly can’t understand how anyone who read the books could have missed it. Rowling didn’t confirm it until a few year later though and a lot of clueless people were completely surprised.

  2. 3

    You’re a Korra fan too??? Yes! Loved the ending. I considered for a second that maybe they’ve decided they love each other, but I re-watched and didn’t get a romantic vibe, just a deep friendship they both worked hard to have.

  3. 4

    Just got to the show’s confirmation of what they wanted to show. I really have to fault the network. Yes, old fuddy-duddies like me need it spelled out. The writers really wanted to do it clearly, and the show has a long history of going into excruciating detail on how characters feel about each other. If you’re watching Legend of Korra, chances are good you can handle seeing a lesbian relationship and you can handle your kids seeing it. Just a bad call from Nick. Maybe some added scenes for the DVDs/iTunes releases?

  4. 6

    There’s a lot of great analyses on the subject floating around, both before and after the confirmation from Bryke. Even I had to make a post about it, which I normally don’t do for anything. Jo‘s analysis on the actual framing of the denouement is pretty genius, though. I thought the reactions of the fandom were interesting both before and after the confirmation, though. First a lot of “why can’t two women just be friends?” (well, then can and are, so why can’t two of the gigantic cast also be lovers?). And now there’s a lot of “there was no build up!” and any attempt to explain that Nick set limitations will simply be met with “no excuse for bad writing!” And the four years of history as friends growing closer and closer even during their rivalry for Mako and any subtext is, of course, not accepted as “build up.” Funny, that.

  5. 7

    I spent hours and hours reading other analyses of it, watching fantastic live-reaction videos, I couldn’t get enough of it. I almost gave up on it in season 2 – the rest of my family did, when they had all been huge ATLA fans. I’m so glad I kept with it.

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