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Click on the banner to go to the main comm for the 'We Love The Women That Fandom Hates' week-long event.


For those of you who do not already know, I 'claimed' Inara Serra for this event and will endeavor to post something Inara-related once a day for the next 7 days. As this whole event is meant to celebrate the women included, I ask that you keep any and all negativity out of the comments for these entries. Inara is awesome (as are all of the women people will be celebrating) and deserves nothing but love. I thought I'd kick things off with a little bit of meta that allows me to fangirl Inara.


The Top 10 Reasons I Love Inara Serra




10. She’s beautiful. Yes, this one is shallow but Morena Baccarin is stunning and the costume department was very good to her on this show.

9. Inara is well-versed in weaponry, something I adore in my female characters. She can wield a sword, fire an arrow, and light a flash-bomb but the weapon Inara tends to use the most is her ‘wiles’. Inara’s training was extensive and she knows how to charm just about anyone she comes into contact with, a skill that comes in handy when her friends get into trouble. As they so often do.

8. I love that Inara keeps her feelings guarded, yet you can see how deeply she cares for the people around her. Inara is the consummate professional but it’s clear that she gives a little piece of herself over to her clients in order to become what they need her to be. Inara knows she can’t get too close to the people on Serenity because Companions aren’t meant to have ties they can’t break, yet she can’t help but connect with them. Inara hides behind rituals and masks but you can see those moments when her emotions get the best of her and it just breaks your heart.

7. I love Inara’s strength. I love that she stands up for what (and sometimes who) she believes in and doesn’t back down from a challenge. I love that she protects the people she cares about, sometimes from their own selves. I love that while she would prefer to avoid confrontation, Inara knows how to handle one when it occurs. I love that people often underestimate her strength because she doesn’t look physically powerful and she knows how to use that to her advantage. And I love that Inara is willing to fight but she also knows when it’s time to cut and run and does just that.

6. Though Serenity has a preacher, Inara is the person the crew goes to whenever they need advice or they just want someone to talk to. Inara listens to their fears and confessions and tells them what she knows they need to hear, even if it isn’t always what they want to hear. I love that about her.

5. Humor. Inara has a fantastic sense of humor and you can’t go a single episode without it making an appearance. Whether she’s teasing Simon, rolling her eyes at Mal, or trading smirks with Kaylee, Inara knows how to find the funny. And I love her laugh.

4. I love that Inara accepts people just as they are. She doesn’t ask them to change or expect them to meet her standards in order to fit into her life. Instead, she finds a way to fit into theirs, whether it’s for a client or any member of Serenity’s crew.

3. I love Inara’s compassion. Inara is a very empathetic person. She may have no idea of the things that haunt those around her, but she sees their pain and wants nothing more than to ease it, if only for a moment. I think it’s clear that Inara’s compassion is one of the things that makes her such a fantastic Companion.

2. Snark. Like so many of my favorite characters, Inara has it in spades and can go toe-to-toe with just about anyone in that area. LOVE THAT!

1. And finally, I love that Inara is the heart of the crew. She cares for every single person on that ship from the moment she meets them and it only grows the more she gets to know them (and yes, I do believe this includes Jayne, though Inara would never admit to that :D) Although her training taught her to keep people at a distance, I think Inara lets down her walls ever-so-slightly when it comes to these people who have become her family.

Date: 2011-09-09 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] capeofstorm.livejournal.com
Wait, people hate Inara? I don't think I want to live on this planet anymore. How can anyone hate this absolutely amazing character?!

Date: 2011-09-09 09:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
I do not know! I almost wish I did so I could go and change their minds because, really, HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE HER?! *ahem*

Date: 2011-09-09 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mamaboolj.livejournal.com
This! I was about to post the same thing. I *adore* Inara. This just reaffirms my vow not to get involved in any more fandoms.

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Date: 2011-09-09 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rogueslayer452.livejournal.com
My thoughts exactly. I've heard people say she's not their favorite character, but hatred? Especially when it comes to fandom as a whole? I never thought that was possible. I mean, I love ALL the characters from Firefly for goodness sakes.

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Date: 2011-09-09 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dfriendly.livejournal.com
I was also going to post that. Seriously?? What's there to hate?? Why are fandoms so shitty and hateful toward female characters?

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Date: 2011-09-09 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sa-da-ko.livejournal.com
Oh, Inara ♥

I would lie if I said that she is my favourite character from Firefly, but only because this is one of these rare tv shows in which I like basically everyone ;)

I was going to point out things you said that I agree with but there is no point, since that would be everything ;)

Also, hi :)

Date: 2011-09-09 09:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
HI!

Technically, Inara is my 2nd favorite Firefly character but as I LOVE each and every one of them, it doesn't really matter :)

I'm glad you share my Inara love, as there can never be enough of it :D

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Date: 2011-09-09 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sabaceanbabe.livejournal.com
WooHOO! Inara! She is indeed amazing. ♥

Date: 2011-09-09 05:28 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-09 01:32 pm (UTC)
penandnotebook: (the white dove for a soldier)
From: [personal profile] penandnotebook
♥ _ ♥

Inara is definitely one of my Most Favorite Fictional Characters Ever (tm). So, this post has a firm seal of approval.

And hearts in eyes.

Date: 2011-09-09 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Aw, I'm so glad :D

Date: 2011-09-09 02:00 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2011-09-09 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] softly-me.livejournal.com
SO MUCH WORD

INARA IS STUNNING

Date: 2011-09-09 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
THE TRUTH, YOU SPEAK IT!

Date: 2011-09-09 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frolicndetour.livejournal.com
Oh awesome, I was just thinking last night that I hope someone claimed Inara and here you are!! She was definitely one of my favorite characters, especially because of #8.

Date: 2011-09-09 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
I just find her so very fascinating and it boggles my mind that other people feel differently.

Date: 2011-09-09 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rogueslayer452.livejournal.com
I absolutely agree with everything on this list. Then again, I love everything about Inara in general.

I think what stumps me is how Inara was even amongst the "most hated females of fandom" list to begin with. I can understand if someone doesn't view her as their top favorite character or that they don't agree with the Mal and Inara almost-but-not-quite-relationship, but hate? Really? Especially with fandom as a whole, I mean it seems impossible. Considering how much all the characters in the Fireflyverse are loved by all just doesn't make sense. I guess when you take into account the newcomers who are just getting into the show who might not know as much might judge too quickly (I've seen Tumblr posts where people don't understand the concept of what Firefly is supposed to be about, like "why are they speaking random Chinese?" or "what's with the random cowboy stuff? aren't they supposed to be in space/the future?") but I never considered Inara to be absolutely hated by anyone because there's nothing about the character to hate.

Sorry, this became a little longer than anticipated. But this honestly baffles me. I love Inara and everything about her. ♥

Date: 2011-09-09 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Sadly, it's not just the newbies. I've seen long-time Firefly fans bash Inara. Sometimes they think she's too boring, sometimes they think she's wrong for being a Companion, but more often than not, it's because of Mal. Either they don't like 'how she treats him' or they think she's getting in the way of their ship (which kinda cracks me up since I'm pretty sure Mal/Inara was meant to be the main ship, though I don't ship it myself.)

But I'm glad all of you amazing people understand and appreciate Inara's amazingness! ♥

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Date: 2011-09-09 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malicat.livejournal.com
This is an excellent post and I agree with everything.
I admit that I don't like all the characters on the list of this 'We Love The Women That Fandom Hates' thingy but Inare is definitely one of those characters where I absolutely don't get how anyone could hate her,she's awesome ♥

Date: 2011-09-09 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
I love that so many people are surprised by the Inara hate because really, it IS surprising and hard to wrap your head around. INARA IS BRILLIANT, fandom!
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Date: 2011-09-09 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heather.livejournal.com
MY GIRL :D :D :D

Date: 2011-09-09 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Inara is ♥

Date: 2011-09-09 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sourpony.livejournal.com
You make me want to rewatch the series now :)
Lovely meta!

Date: 2011-09-09 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Thanks, babe :)

Date: 2011-09-09 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] riverotter1951.livejournal.com
This is great. I think you have captured her perfectly.

Date: 2011-09-09 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2011-09-09 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hondagirll.livejournal.com
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<i.Inara listens to their fears and confessions and tells them what she knows they need to hear, even if it isn’t always what they want to hear. I love that about her.</i>

Absolutely. I love that too. She's like their voice when they aren't listening to the tiny one inside their heads. :D

Date: 2011-09-09 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Exactly :)

Date: 2011-09-09 09:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] facethestrange
Inara IS awesome, and so is this post. :D

Date: 2011-09-09 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Thanks, babe :D

Date: 2011-09-10 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faeriesfolly.livejournal.com
INARA FTW.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE HER, SHE WILL PUT YOUR BUTT IN A TRASH BIN.

I have no idea how any of the Firefly ladies would be on this list. I was honestly shocked to see a good deal of the women who were listed.

Date: 2011-09-10 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
lol

Inara > you, basically :)

IKR?! It never fails to amaze me how the fandom will turn against a female character for, ya know, BREATHING. Makes me very sad.

Date: 2011-09-10 04:13 am (UTC)
vialethe: (Serenity)
From: [personal profile] vialethe
Inara! She got overtaken eventually as my Firefly fav, but I'll always adore her because it was her character that made me fall in love with the show; before Shindig I was sort of bored by it, but that one drew me in completely, and it was all because of her awesomeness.

I always roll my eyes at the people who portray her as all shallow and silly because she dares to wear makeup and fancy clothes. Really, fandom? *sigh*

Date: 2011-09-10 08:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
I can definitely see how Inara would draw you in :)

Fandom is just ridiculous sometimes.

Date: 2011-09-10 10:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mierke.livejournal.com
And finally, I love that Inara is the heart of the crew.
THIS.

I had no idea people hated Inara. Makes me so sad :(

Date: 2011-09-10 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Yeah, I was pretty bummed when I first delved into the Firefly fandom to see all the girls (except maybe Zoe + YoSaffBridge) get hate because they are all so awesome and it didn't make sense to me.

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Date: 2011-09-10 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/unnecessary_/
I very much appreciate that you claimed her. While I never thought that I had any attachment to Inara as a character, I have a huge attachment to Firefly and Mal/Inara as a ship, and she's a pretty big part of both of those things. I agree with all of your points about her. :)

Date: 2011-09-10 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
I needed to have one of the Firefly ladies represented because I LOVE them all and I picked Inara because I feel like she gets a bit more of the hate than the others.

Also, Sansa ♥

Date: 2011-09-11 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gigi-tastic.livejournal.com
This is wonderful. I really like number one.

Date: 2011-09-11 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2011-09-11 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goldy-dollar.livejournal.com
INARA \o/

I love this list. I especially love what you said about how even though she's guarded, she cares. So spot on.

Date: 2011-09-11 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
Inara is brilliant!

Thanks, babe :]

Date: 2011-09-13 02:29 pm (UTC)
ext_10249: (firefly - simon/kaylee)
From: [identity profile] nicole-anell.livejournal.com
I have to go back through your posts now, 'cause I missed these and had no idea you were doing Inara - YAY!! Totally agree on her humor and compassion for every member of the crew.

Date: 2011-09-13 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
If I had the time, I would've done all the Firefly women because they are ALL fantastic! But as Inara tends to get the most hate, I chose to focus on her.

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