I love “Jessica Jones”! In fact, I am watching it a second time. I loved the character and show itself. I love Krysten Ritter (for awhile I did think she was the daughter of the late John Ritter. I would have SO believed if it weren’t for Wikipedia)! I enjoyed watching her when she was on the show “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” and when I heard she was going to portray “Jessica Jones” (after doing research on the character) I thought she’d be perfect for the part!
I really like “Jessica Jones”, because of how it talked about sexual assault and emotional abuse. Usually most tv shows, movies, even comic books use such traumas as “props” for a character’s background which I find shameful for Hollywood to do that (I’ll get into discussion into that later). However, for how they used sexual assault and emotional abuse in the tv show, it worked well. I mean, I could relate with Jessica in the recovery of sexual assault. It was hard sometimes, but I understood. The Netflix show, didn’t just talk about them, but rather showcased it through Jessica’s narrative. It showed regardless of the pain and vulnerability a person can go through, they can still be an incredibly strong and remarkable human being.
I love watching superhero movies and tv shows! I mean like, I currently I am watching “Gotham”, “The Flash”, “Supergirl”, “Arrow,” and “Legends of Tomorrow”. My favorite superhero is Batman. I own a bunch of comic books (as well as manga). I am definitely looking to watch “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2”, “Wonder Woman”, “Justice League”, “Thor Ragnarok”, “Spiderman: Homecoming” and of course… “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.
As a child growing up in a domestic violent household, seeing violence day by day made me feel small , hopeless and hopeless. No matter how many times I mediated my parent fights, no matter how many times I closed the door to my room to block out the arguing, the screaming and fighting, I still felt insignificant and that my life was meaningless. But…whenever I watched superheroes on tv, there were big and powerful. They used their powers to defeat evil and deflect harm away their neighboring communities and the people they loved. But you know what what really amazed me? They didn’t allow their weakness to hold them back.
I mean, for example, Superman despite knowing Lex Luthor would wear Kyrptonite to defeat him, he would still go toe to toe against Lex. Or another example, Batman despite have no superpowers, utilizes his personal resources to protect Gothamites from the villains that hope to overpower them.
Superheroes, whether they grew up in humble beginnings or affluent backgrounds, showed that grief, tragedy can happen to anyone. But do you know what anyone has the power to do? Make choices. Do they choose to rise above the pain? Or do they allow it to pummel them? If you have read and/or watched any sort of superhero and even supervillain, you’ve seen it happen. Again using Batman as an example, although he is still tormented by the loss of his parents from a young age, he still continues to protect the city and people he loves. Yes, from time to time that pain haunts him, but he recovers from that pain everytime. Sometimes I feel that the loss of his parents takes a harder hit on him than all the bad guys he’s ever faced! It kinda reminds me of this old African proverb:
“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”
Recovery from his past hurts prevents him from taking harder hits—especially emotionally and psychology—physically from his enemies. I mean, we’ve all been in a place where past hurts + current circumstances = major damage to our overall well-being. However, the real challenge beings when we ask ourselves will we allow that pain to continue to make us victims? Or…will we become victors?
If the pain should knock you—as so to speak—does that mean there is no point from rising again? Or do we get up anyway and continue to fight?
Yes, the world of superheros and villains only exist in our comic books, movies, video games and cartoon shows, but the human struggle of overcoming loss, heartache, disappointment and shame is very much real in this world. I have been made up fun of growing up, because of this statement, but where else have authors and comic writers got the ideas for most famous heroes and most infamous villains? Their butts? No. Simply these fictional characters embody human strength and struggle. That’s why in addition to readers and viewers admiring superheros and their powers, they can also identify with, for example, being different or being from a foreign land (*coughs Trump Administration*).
I think such human experiences caught on comic books are reason why they still exist and why they continue to thrive. Heck…that’s why I read comic books.
Below are websites that use comic book heroes to help better explain mental illness and bring about mental health awareness. Click on the sites below for more information:
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