PLL: Fans Divided over A

By Dana Zillgitt, Regular ContributorAugust 27, 2015

I can’t even tell you the amount of times I’ve marathoned Pretty Little Liars with a cup of tea and a bowl of popcorn. It’s probably an embarrassing number and more than I can count on ten fingers. But if you’re further behind in the show than I am, the mysterious ‘A’ character we’ve spent 6 seasons trying to identify was revealed during the mid season finale. And more than that, she’s transgender.  Great, right? It should be.

But it’s causing quite a stir because some people are concerned about the intent behind the choice.


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Although it’s bringing transgender issues more so into the limelight, some are concerned that Pretty Little Liars is just jumping on the bandwagon that is Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, and more. And that the producers are simply trying to shake things up while using real world problems as a scapegoat for ratings.

Having A be transgender is great in theory, but I’m not sure about how it’s being implemented. It’s great to have another face with all the complications that the villain in the show brings, but it’s also concerning because it doesn’t seem to fit with what the show has already brought us in the past five or so seasons.

But maybe this was the intent all along, to further our unease with the unknown or misunderstood.

The decision seems to be placing a divide between fans as well.

Many have claimed that their expectations haven’t been met or that it was a twist that didn’t necessarily need to be made. But there are others who are just excited that it’s creating any form of conversation at all. It’s going to be interesting to see where the rest of the season goes when it picks back up in January.

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  • commented 2015-08-28 10:18:31 -0700
    Something that Marlene, the creator, mentioned is that they had talked to Vanessa Ray about having a transgender A long before anything direct happened with Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner. I think that in the finale, the show could have done a better job of explaining that CeCe wasn’t the villain BECAUSE of being transgender, but rather because of what happened to her as a child. Personally, I loved CeCe as A but didn’t love the explanation and the motive behind what she did to the girls. Plus, lots of plot holes.
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