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The problem with Keira - moonspinner
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The problem with Keira
I first started getting hints of Keira Knightley hate a few months ago when I immersed myself in the P & P fandom. It seemed to be coming from most of the fans of the 1995 BBC miniseries so I didn't take it as a general indication of audiences at large.

But from what I've seen on the Intenet since then and following fernwithy's lj comment and lianna_blanca's reply, I'm inclined to think that there's more to it than Colin Firth fan-aticsm.


I think the intense KK hate is the natural progression of the intense KK love of yesteryears. As the Goblin so aptly put it: "There's nothing people love more than a hero than to see a hero fall." It's one thing to praise an under-valued actress for her talent and range and beauty (there were a lot of fans who kept moaning and groaning about how she should have been cast as Padmé Amidala and Natalie as the decoy), it's another thing to praise same actress when she's a big star. Suddenly the same people are moaning and groaning about how she's not that talented, is a one-note actress and is too thin.

The problem with KK is that she's too much: she's too young, too pretty, too talented, too successful, too thin. It's our sad, cruel, flawed human nature to hate someone like that.

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vanimy From: vanimy Date: December 13th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I don't hate KK. I don't think all the fuss around her is always justified, esp about how she should have replaced Natalie for Padmé, but apart from that, I like her. She really is beautiful and talented but she should eat a little bit more. ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: December 13th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't agree that she should have replaced Natalie either. Short of casting both of them in identical roles, in identical movies, against identical actors, directed by identical directors.... you get the picture - it would be extremely hard to say who would give a better performance.

As for her thin frame, I really don't think she can help it. As a general rule, thin girls aren't any happier with their thin bodies than fat girls are happy with their fat bodies. And she's always been like that - from "Bend it like Beckham" to date.
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