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Because realistically, there’s so much more potential for drama and excitement in a story about women coming into their sexuality during a moment in history that was simultaneously repressive and liberated than there is in doing the ten gazillionth reprise of “I love a straight girl and will be forever alone because of it.” If I were writing a TV show as wonderful as Bomb Girls, I know which story arc I’d pick, and it wouldn’t be the one that’s been done. To. Death.
Not that I don’t think a ”gay person suffering unbearably from unrequited love for a straight person” story can’t be done well. One of my all-time favourite books, Obsession by Julia Lawrinson, deals with the topic, and so does Sugar Rush, one of my favourite TV shows. It’s a story that’s close to a lot of people’s hearts. Hell, I plan to write my own version of it someday. But Kate returning Betty’s feelings and having to come to terms with her desires would just give so much more opportunity for character growth. (I, personally, think Kate’s a lot sassier and braver than she’s given credit for, and I think she has the makings of a badass.)
I guess I just feel confused as to why anyone would think that having a whole season of romantic buildup all be for nothing, just to hammer home that it’s tough to be queer in a homophobic society, would be the more logical artistic choice.
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