This was a by-the-book example of the fridged girlfriend trope
- Female character is introduced as an object of desire, usually with some kind of ~quirky detail to fill in for the fact that there’s no time to give her a personality or life of her own. In this case, it’s playing the cello.
- Male hero immediately falls in love with her, because of reasons.
- Montage of idyllic love scenes. (In this case located in an abandoned distillery, because Derek Fucking Hale.)
- Girlfriend is promptly murdered, giving the hero ample reason to either angst forever (because it’s “his fault”) or to go on a revenge-fuelled killing spree and/or bout of manly alcoholism.
Now, everyone go watch this multifandom fanvid about manpain and the fridged girlfriend trope, and try telling me that Paige Nolastname’s life and death were even remotely meaningful. And don’t even get me started on Young Derek Hale as a gross, douchey example of “romantic bullying” in young teen romances. HE DOESN’T EVEN ASK IF SHE WANTS THE BITE. — Teen Wolf, “Visionary”.
I don’t grasp why the writer of this review keeps calling Derek a murderer when it was consensual attempted suicide. They knew she would die anyways and she was in pain.
Also it was Peter that pressure Derek into that bite, and while he was always manipulative and creepy he wasn’t a psychopath? Idk why you’re generalizing? This review is pretty garbage in itself.
I hate it when people write like that can come up with better plot points. While the examples were interesting they weren’t ‘better’ and you’re not a better writer. Get over yourself.
The reason why I refer to it as murder is because Derek colluded to have his girlfriend KIDNAPPED BY A VIOLENT, FRIGHTENING STRANGER, and then MUTILATED IN THE HOPE THAT IT WOULD MAKE HER STAY WITH HIM FOREVER. And as a result, she died.
Yes, from a ~legal perspective, this is probably something more like manslaughter than “murder”. Or at least, it would’ve been if he hadn’t “assisted her suicide” after she asked him to kill her… as a result of wounds that he indirectly inflicted via the Alpha’s bite. The two options were: die slower and more painfully, or die quickly at Derek’s hand. But I wouldn’t describe that as “assisted suicide”, unless it counts as “assisted suicide” to stab someone in the lung, then ask them if they want to bleed out for a while or if they’d prefer you to twist the knife and get it over with.
Yes, Derek was definitely influenced and manipulated by Peter, who was without a doubt far more “evil” in this scenario, and actually wanted to do wrong. However, if Derek really cared about Paige as an individual, he wouldn’t have conspired with two adult men to have her bitten — which, at best, would have HUGELY changed her life and forced her into being involved with him and his family for the rest of her life, not to mention involving her in an ongoing conflict with the hunters.
Lycanthropy is often used as an analogy for illness — previously mental illness, and more recently (in Harry Potter), HIV. Now, I’m not saying this works 100% for Teen Wolf, but it’s worth thinking about. Derek was worried that Paige would leave him if he found out about his lycanthropy, so instead of telling her about it or asking her opinion, he chose to infect her against her will, which subsequently led to her death.
I’m withholding judgment seeing as how the whole story was effed and told by Peter…so I imagine episode 2 is actually going to show what really happened.