Queer as Folk 30 Day Challenge: Day 19 – A QAF character that is most like you and/or which character you would date (regardless of sexual orientation)
I want to say Daphne for both, but that feels like cheating and is also creepy, so I’ll just use her for the first one. Like I said on day 5, Daphne is basically every teenage girl watching the show, including myself. Starting with one of her first scenes, even – when my friend came out to me it was belated and incredibly indirect, and my reaction was the same as Daphne’s: “Well, I kind of figured.” I’m also that girl who seems to spend her life sitting around listening to her friends’ issues and giving them advice but never having notable issues of her own (which, okay, was because she was a side character, but then, so am I).
As for who I’d date, I’m going with Ted. Someone who’s cute but doesn’t see himself as particularly attractive, who would see shows with me (he loves opera, I love theater; close enough), who’s really committed to his partners. I would say Justin, but he’s almost too intense for me. Emmett I would love to have as a best friend but not a boyfriend. The idea of dating Brian is absolutely absurd.
Then again, I could also say I’m most like Ted (we’re both sarcastic and low on self-esteem with loud-personalitied best friends who we’re sometimes in love with) and that I’d date Daphne. So, yes. These two, for both/either.
Queer as Folk 30 Day Challenge: Day 9 – Most favorite character development story
Ted’s overall arc from beginning to end is unique in the show. All of his friends have really obvious changes in their lives that equate to having moved on to bigger and better things since S1 – Michael owns his own store, Brian has Kinnetik, Emmett has his party-planning, Justin has his art. (I am majorly oversimplifying things because their arcs, while beautiful/touching/dramatic/etc., are not the point here. So.) Ted hasn’t done that. Instead he had a brief high followed by a total downward spiral, only to build back to basically where he was at the beginning. Superficially, he goes from being an awkward, mild-mannered accountant at the beginning of the show to being an awkward, mild-mannered accountant at the end of the show, with some porn and some drugs and some rehab in the middle. What I love (aside from the drugs & rehab in the middle; I love me some hard-to-watch brokenness) is how he changes in how he sees himself. He goes from having no self-esteem at all to having an inflated sense of self (during the porn king arc), then to having absolutely no self-worth (during his crystal arc), and finally to considering himself someone worthy of love and happiness. It’s fantastic.