I don’t think we’ve talked about this connection before on this blog, and thought its about time I corrected this. Many no on IMDb that I personally don’t like Charlie, and I don’t really care for the actress Felicia Day either. I began to find her interesting in The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo to start with, but this interest soon began to waver. The more she appeared on the show, I liked her less and less.
It wasn’t until recently that Lacountess and others pointed out on the message board, that
Another reason why Charlie is nobody’s girlfriend is her creator. Robbie Thompson is a straight guy. Charlie is his gender swapped self-insert. He doesn’t dream of dating any of the protagonists like fan-fiction writers do, rather he wants to be one of them, or all of them, and outshine them at everything. That’s why his creation is a mix of all three protagonists. She has Dean’s wit and badassery, Castiel’s adorable dorkyness, and Sam’s smarts and tendency to attract the dark and the supernatural. She does all of these better than either of them every time she’s around, and they feel so impressed they turn into mouthpieces of her praise and validation.
So do we feel this that Robbie thinks he is Charlie, in the fact that he parades around and bases his own writing on this caricature wishing that he was in fact her himself? It seems very strange that only Robbie can write Charlie, and no one else can pen the character but him. He has a certain style with Charlie that she always out shines the brothers and beats them at their own game. She is suddenly thrust into this universe and can be like them at a moments notice, winning every case, finding out and researching the monster and ending its days. But also likes to be the damsel in distress, so the boys at least do have some purpose in her universe. They are usual to a degree in bringing Charlie to safety and resuscitating her when necessary. But Charlie won’t tolerate them being leads whilst she’s in the limelight.
If Robbie insists on being Charlie, where does this leave CHARLIE as a character. Has Robbie backed himself into a corner in thinking that he is her that he can’t write any other supernatural story without involving Charlie… Many characters on this show have fallen by the wayside who have never had the encouragement by the writers like Charlie Bradbury seems to have had. When I think how Kevin was easily destroyed whom could have been a real help to the boys in general, who had the brains, the knowledge and power to help. What a waste!
One other reason I am not so keen on Charlie, is that she has knowledge. She is a computer expert. Okay but the show also had Ash and Frank who were super geek experts. Why not bring either one of them back instead of bringing in a wet behind the ears female who is no where near their league of genius? Do you not agree …
After the boys warn the next potential victim they stick around and discover Dark Charlie. This is when the writer’s self-indulgence peaks its high. Thompson wants Charlie to be a protagonist, yet at the same time he lusts after an edgy, bad girl attitude for her. So what does he do? Something even fanfiction writers don’t. He makes two copies of her, one good and one evil. That frees him to pander to both sides of his fantasy without risking his favorite’s sympathy magnet.
Do you think that this is true, that Robbie created two Charlie’s that he yearns for the edgy Charlie. Is this why he wrote a good and evil Charlie so he could see what two different Charlies were like on screen? That he in fact preferred the latest version of Charlie the evil one, not the good one…
The person who suffers most from this plot twist is Felicia Day. I don’t know much about her outside her role as Charlie but looking at her Wikipedia page, I found out she was more known as a You-tube personality and show host than an actress. It’s reflected in her work on the show because in Charlie, Felicia was pretty much playing herself, and that was probably the only thing that worked well for the character.
Here Thompson tasks her with playing dual roles and she falls short. Felicia is not Jensen, Jared or Misha. She doesn’t have their experience and caliber to perform as multiple personalities, so her Dark Charlie comes out very flat and unconvincing.
How do you feel about this statement, that after uncovering a little about the actress she is only really known in small circles and appears that she is just a you-tube host in previous roles. Is this what perhaps I don’t really like about Charlie myself, that she comes across as flat and unconvincing in being that real actress. She has NO real experience behind her that leaps out at me. Do you think Felicia is really playing herself in Charlie that there is no real substance there.
So what do you think about Robbie, is he a Charlie Bradbury self insert? Or do you think he has every reason to write about his favorite character in his own style as he sees fit? How do you see future Charlie, if she continues to blossom among the younger audience, do you see her becoming a regular on this show? Many hate this prospect and I think I would scream like ‘crazy’ if it ever did happen for real! I thought for a brief moment when Charlie went to Oz, it would be her farewell, her swan song. But then the board began to talk, assuming ‘she’ll be back’. They were right to think so…
Apparently next week we have the episode ‘About a boy’ penned by Adam Glass, this interview also mentioned that Adam tweeted on twitter that he was in charge of writing Teen Dean. He talked on his twitter page how he modeled Dean’s story after his own teen years, i.e. another self-insert. I’m sure we’re all going to have a jolly good time watching that fan-fiction.