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comment by thundara

    little girls can go see that movie and have a role model

The newest Hobbit reminded me of the (incredibly hilarious) Red Letter Media Star Wars reviews (Start here. One of Plinkett's criticisms of Phantom Menace was that it threw in characters to appeal to as wide a range of audiences as possible (i.e. Jar Jar is for the kids).

Tauriel feels just like that. She adds nothing significant to the overall story arc other than act as a courier for the hot dwarf. At best, she is no harm, at worst, she's another layer of padding to an already encumbered storyline.

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What's even weirder to me is that they already had a made-up (Hobbit-wise anyway) character sitting in the wings to fulfill her made-up role -- Legolas -- but instead they marginalized him and made things even more complicated. Again, all for the sake of having a female character, which I can respect to an extent (but also it's like we're all being force-fed feminism in a situation where it can't help).