Mini McGuinness → asked by anon
Mini’s mindset is centered around control. She feels powerless in many aspects of her life, and so seeks control wherever she can find it: by monitoring her weight, running shows, or through her friends. In this way Mini is both cunning and master manipulator. The conflict of her character is that she does not want to be this way - her insecurity plays itself out as a need to maintain the power in her relationships, as she feels she will “lose” those around her if she can’t marionette the way they interact. What Mini truly wants is for someone to see through her facade, and to admire and respect her the way she admires those around her. Facades are an important part of her character, and are a large Slytherin characteristic.
Not to mention the schism between Liv and Mini is almost entirely driven by different perspectives on grieving. Grief!Liv is all about losing control, we see her crying and being impulsive and stupid, whereas Grief!Mini is withdrawn and unemotional.
Hmm, I wouldn’t say unemotional; she lashes out and stomps away and is passive-aggressive. But yeah, she definitely doesn’t feel comfortable expressing her emotions. Liv is so fantastically physical that I get the feeling she doesn’t even really think about if she wants to cry openly, or jump out of a boat, or anything like that. She just does it because that’s the way she feels at the moment. Whereas Mini can’t be like that, at least not yet, because to her that would mean a total loss of control.
starksandrecreation asked you:
So I think grief!Mini is actually the best thing that might have come out of this most recent episode of Skins. Mini is my favorite character that Skins has produced and prior to this episode, she felt very one-dimensional. This season she had seemed completely defined by her sexuality in a way that was completely inconsistent with her previous season self.
Her relationship with Alo seemed to be making her happier and showed her being more comfortable in her body which are things that I really want for Mini. I really do but not at the expense of her character which is fantastic and nuanced and captures a scared girl who needs to control everyone around her because it is easier to be feared and in control than to be vulnerable and loved and is afraid that she may not even actually deserve love.
AND I REALLY LOVE MINI. But while grief!Mini is much less sexually aware than the Mini of episodes 1 and 2 and much more unhappy, I prefer her because of the consistency. We see visibly how much Mini is missing her friend and just how central Grace was to Mini’s life. She loved her. I really think she did. But she was too scared to really express that while Grace was alive, because it was easier to be in control when she wasn’t vulnerable and now she cannot express how much she loved her when she is dead, because the feelings are too scary.
She can’t even be around her old friends. She feels out of control with all of these feelings. She’s either avoiding all of her friends all of these feelings or she is lashing out at them because being cruel is how she deals with how scared she is and is an attempt to get some semblance of control. We see a bit of that in when she confronts Alex in the bathroom, telling him that they don’t know him. It’s like a flash of S5 Mini with Franky trying to control the relationships of the people she loves.
I know that Mini’s controlling behaviors are most likely deeply unhealthy but I selfishly want to see her grow into the character we saw in the first two episodes. I want to watch her develop and deal with these issues instead of being magically “fixed” off-screen into some character I can’t even recognize. Thus ends my grief!Mini feelings.
Katie oh my goddd this is beautiful
And yeah, I agree— it feels like we’re backtracking from the first two episodes of this season, but in a good way. We’re slowing down; we’re allowed to see how these characters have gotten from who they were at the end of last season to the strangers we met again in Morocco.
As you were saying earlier (was it irl or tumblr I do not remember), Liv is the most consistent and for that I love her but Mini. Mini. The writers keep going on about how Franky and Matty are “fucked in the head” or whatever but we never, especially for Matty, get to see how or why— whereas I feel like I understand Mini perfectly because she is almost perfectly constructed. So it was fantastic to see her again, the real her, in this episode, because I could recognize all the different parts of her as they rose up in different situations and it was beautiful.
So yes if this season really does focus on grief narratives (which oh my gosh it might actually do??), Mini’s arc will be one of the best because unlike most of the others she hasn’t even let herself start to grieve, not really. So we’ll get to watch her decide that she can, that it’s okay to lose some control, and then we’ll get to watch her grieve, and then we’ll get to watch her heal, and it will be so beautifulll
#OKAY LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS SHALL WE? okay because mini is so flustered and then sort of stutters, both when speaking and physically and augh franky just looks at her and meets her halfway and then! the best part is in that third (bottom left) gif where mini just sort of exhales and franky smiles — that was not franky acting that was franky feeling, augh my heart! but also! mini’s face in the last gif, she looks so surprised and sort of stunned and i am hoping this bodes well for my ship
Take it from me, sir. I know what I’m talking about.
Let’s talk about Mini McGuinness. Ever since I finally caught up and watched her episode, I can’t shake this girl, and I’ve finally figured it out. The more I think about Mini, the more she scares me. Or maybe just worries. Because the thing is, Mini is so many girls. And I don’t just mean that in the sense that she pretends to be a lot of things she isn’t, from grown up to sexpot, I mean that the lessons that have been shoved down Mini’s throat over and over and over again are the same ones that are everywhere right now. She’s the girl who’s been told from the beginning she’s only good for one thing in the eyes of men and then told to be what people want. Desperate for love and affection, Mini fights to make people want her and she does it in every single way she knows how: by begging for it, by pushing them away so they’ll come crawling to her, by batting her eyelashes and playing helpless, by wearing away at her own already lovely body. Is she a bitch? Absolutely. Because she craves control, she fights to be in charge, to be perfect, and the only means she has are taken to unhealthy extremes. When she sees Grace slipping out from her clutches, she sets her up so she can pull the rug out from her and look like she knows what she’s doing. I don’t believe she didn’t know this was exactly the kind of thing Grace would come out with, no matter what Mini told her to make — she says herself she knew this would happen, all false world-weariness. The important thing is to look older than she is, and the trouble is, people believe her. She’s a case of fake it ‘til you make it, pretending to be a grown up, pretending to be a sex kitten, pretending her way through everything that comes her way because the illusion of control is even more important than actual knowledge (though I think she very much wants to know what she’s doing, she places more value on looking like she knows), and the only person who sees it’s just make believe is Liv. The worst (most hurtful) thing Liv can tell her is to grow up and stop being a child, because it’s the precise opposite of the image Mini spends every day fighting to project. She wants everyone to think she’s experienced because boys want sexual girls, but she’s also being bombarded with what it means to be good (stay pure or, at least, “don’t swallow” because once you give guys what they want they “disappear into thin air,” presumably precisely what happened to that missing father of hers, and she desperately doesn’t want to be her mother — she wants to keep her man at all costs, even a bizarre attempt to turn herself into her best friend — at the same time as she lets her mother mold her into a miniature version of herself). Every minute of Mini’s day is about staying on top, and the sad thing is, that fight to be in control, that desperate need to look cool, to be the girl people want, means she’s forever capitulating to what everyone else wants and needs her to be, succumbing to peer pressure, and is therefore never really in control of her life at all.