What is it with writers and Glory’s hair?
(By ‘Glory’ I of course mean the character Glorificus from Season Five of Buffy)
I’ve seen multiple instances now of authors brutalizing the poor goddess’ hair, usually by having it ripped out of her head or torn away by the handful.
Buffy never suffered this indignity in all her seven years of battling evil. Even though I’m sure there were a couple of instances of hair pulling, or someone grabbing and holding her briefly by the hair, there was never, ever an instance where handfuls of blonde locks came off in their hands.
Nor with Faith, not with Cordy, nor with Willow… and all three of them had tons of hair to grab.
Yet Glory, who is demonstrably more durable than any of them, has this happen to her.
I suppose it’s a case of the writer following along where the show has led them, since there IS a scene where Crazy!Glory tears some of her hair free? Even so, poor form, authors, poor form. For exactly the same reasons we don’t show our male heroes getting their noses ripped off or handfuls of teeth hitting the ground, we do NOT mess around with the female character’s hair.
Or, at the very least, if we do, there should be SIGNIFICANT reactions and consequences.
Granted, the example that prompted this entry is from ShayneT’s crossover story ‘Smallville Glory’, where it’s a nascent Superman doing the hair-ripping, but the same rules should still hold—Glory could just as easily have grabbed some hair and left poor Clark with a couple of large bald spots, but you don’t do that because you don’t want the reader picturing that for the rest of the story when they should be focused on the actual text.
Poor Glory; they really do hate that bad perm….