Ok, from my limited access to the Artemis Fowl online fanbase, I have noticed something: lots of people hate Minerva. What I'm going to discuss now is why people hate her (at least why I think they hate her), and why I don't. Don't tune me out now; I don't love her either!
Here there be spoilers. Tresspass at your own risk.
A Brief Recap (In Case You Don't Remember Which Books are Which)Edit
Artemis Fowl—The book where all that is gold does not glitter.
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident— The book with the pathetic excuse for a Macbeth quote, and the worst Much Ado About Nothing pun in history.
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code— The book where they finally figure out that Artemis is a girl's name (it took you this long?).
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception— The one where we have a kill-off!!!!
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony— The one with the European child genius named after a goddess who decides to kidnap a fairy. But this time it's a blonde French girl named Minerva. This is the one I'm discussing, so if you haven't read this one yet, get off this page before you get spoilers.
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox— The book that surprisingly makes sense, as the title is The Time Paradox.
Artemis Fowl: The Atlantic Complex— The one where we all laughed at Artemis, but then felt bad about it later.
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian— The one that started out with inkblots, was saved by Myles and Beckett, and had an ending similar to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, except more confusing.
For those of you who don't remember...
For all of you who forgot about Minerva Paradizo almost as fast as Artemis did, I'll remind you in the form of STORY TIME!
Once upon a time there was a twelve-year-old European genius who decided it was a good idea to kidnap a fairy. Only this time it was a French girl named Minerva. Then an Irish boy called Artemis Fowl came along and said "Hey, that's my plotline!" and erased her from the story altogether after she had fulfilled her role in book 5. She disappeared into the plothole where the little clone belonged. The end.
Yeah, that's about it.
Or is it?
Reasons to hate Minerva
These aren't in any particular order. These are the main ones I've heard, so if you come up with a better one, comment away!
*She's annoying. Okay, this one is a matter of opinion, so I'm not putting much stock in this one in a debate. Yeah she bugged you. So what? Lots of people disliked Artemis. Heck, I personally can't stand Mulch, but's that's another debate for another time. I'm not going to argue with this one because it's opinion. Opinion is not fact. Deal.
*She's too much like Artemis. This one is true, though I do have an argument against it. Yes, she was a little too much like Artemis. In a book, this is a bad thing. Characters who think exactly alike are boring. However, in real life... I can't say I would be too surprised. There are groups of people who think the same way in real life. I know three people– including my sister– who think on the same brainwaves. Why do you think the idea of Divergent worked so well? In summary: This statement is true to some degree, though not as unlikely as people are apt to believe.
'*'She was an unnecissary addition to the story. I can agree with this one, but not in the harsh tone that is is usually said in. She could have been a good character, but she just kindof... dropped out of the story. I find that sad. She had the poitential to be such a cool character, but then she just.... was gone.
I thought, with developement, she could have been really cool. I saw her as someone who could have been a sister character for Atremis– they're practically twins already. But then she got replaced by MYLES AND BECKETT, so I'm not going to complain too much ;).
(People who don't hate her tend to ship her with Artemis. I disagree with this, as they're so alike their relationship would never function.)
I saw her function as a foil– a character that shares some traits with the main character, but is different in key points, so you can highlight points in the main protagonist's personality. [If those words were too big for you, how did you read Artemis Fowl?] HOWEVER, I disagree with the personality section on Minerva's page. This gets into my analysis on Artemis, but here I am stating my viewpoint.
Her Wikia Page
In this section, I'll be quoting Minerva's page on this wikia.
- "She also has better social skills, possibly due to having a sibling." That's not a good reasoning behind social skills, coming from somebody who has siblings. How are you supposed to learn social skills from Beau, unless you're leaning how not to act? I think it might have also been her father's influence as well, not only having a brother.
Contrasting to Artemis Fowl
[This sectin gets into my analysis on Artemis Fowl, so be forewarned.]
On her wikia page, it reads, "Though Artemis and Minerva were both child geniuses, with seemingly similar IQs and interests, their beginning motives were quite different. At the start of Artemis Fowl, Artemis is a ruthless and cold person, whose only goal is riches. Minerva, however, is somewhat more compassionate in her plans. Her goal, in contrast to Artemis's, is instead to protect humans from an attack by that species, and winning the Nobel Prize. "
'* "At the start of Artemis Fowl, Artemis is a ruthless and cold person, whose only goal is riches."' I actually disagree with this point entirely. Yes, Artemis was cold and ruthless, but gaining riches was not his only goal. Though he never admitted this to anyone, his goal was, I think, to bring his family back together. He was ten. His father was gone, his mother was falling apart. He wanted to make things right again. And what had his father taught him? Aurum est potestas: gold is power. So he does what his father would do. He gathers wealth, not because he was a greedy person, but because he wanted to find his father again, and, just maybe, when his father got back, he'd be proud of Artemis II. And I think Artemis also thought that his mother would pull it together if his father came back. Artemis was not power-hungry. His world was broken, and he was trying to fix it in the only way he knew how. This is my analysis of Artemis Fowl.
This is why, I think, Minerva was so different from Artemis. Artemis had to grow up quickly, and make wise decisions to keep himself alive. Minerva always had her family there. She had her father. She had her hyperactive little brother. From what I picked up, it was her dad making all the financial decisions, not Minerva. Artemis had to do all that himself. That's why he's more mature than she is. I think that people look at her and grudginly expect her to be exactly like Artemis, and when she's more immature, they see that as annoying.
Minerva is herself, though she does share many of Artemis's querks. This is not a bad thing. Yes, there are reasons to hate Minerva, but they aren't as substantial as reasons to hate other characters.
I do not hate Minerva. I'm not a huge fan, but I definately respect her as a character. No, she's not exactly a Shakespeare character, but she's not the worst-written character of all time! If you want to know who that is, find a twilight book.
Minerva is not Artemis. No one will ever be Artemis except Artemis. That is my conclusion.