Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013
River is a character that is a true Joss Whedon triumph. She has problems, real problems, big problems. She has been broken by the world, in fact for most of the series she is one of the only reasons that we suspect that there is something truly wrong with the Alliance that governs the galaxy. Yet she works her way through these problems with a little help from her friends and becomes a very strong female hero.
All this despite the fact that she did it herself. There were no fairy godmothers, no magic beans and no dashing white knight to come and rescue her. She doesn’t return to the person she was before everything happens to her, she is still not really all there. However she pulls herself up and makes a real difference in the world around her and in the outcome of the story. That is a character that I can respect. A story that I am not afraid will give people the wrong impression about the way things are. That is why I like River Tam and another reason I like the Whedonverse.
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