That awkward moment when I’m posting this on a gay Bolin account. But nonetheless, I just made a connection with Borra to my favourite book and the parallel is just stupendous. So I thought I’d share with you guys. If any of you guys know “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, which shame on you if you don’t because it’s literally the perfect book and it’s been my favourite for quite a few years now, then you know all about that I’m about to say.
It kind of gets a bit long so I’ll put it under a read more.
In the book, one of the main characters named Sam (a girl) is the object of affection for the main character Charlie. Now, Charlie is the kind of guy who never speaks up for what he wants and when he sees Sam being happy with another guy, he lets it happen because he only wants her to be happy. That’s the first parallel I drew from it. In the book Sam dates a boy named Craig, who is popular and hot and all that jazz, when all Charlie really has going for him is that he’s really sweet. Mind you, he’s also charming, a gentleman, and cute, but all of that isn’t really important in what I’m saying. The fact of that matter is that to me…
Sam is Korra, Charlie is Bolin, and Craig is Mako.
See, Craig ends up cheating on Sam and their relationship goes down South and eventually they break up. But Charlie remains friendly with Sam and doesn’t make a move on her, because of the fact that she rejected him in the beginning of the book, kinda like how Korra rejected Bolin, in a way. But towards the end of the book, Sam and Charlie have a talk and this is what occurs:
(Charlie aka Bolin is the narrator, btw)
She was just getting more and more sad. Finally, she turned around. ”Why didn’t you ask me out when the whole Craig thing happened?”
I just sat there. I didn’t know what to say. She said it soft.
"Charlie … after that thing with Mary Elizabeth at the party and us dancing at the club and everything …"
I didn’t know what to say. Honestly, I was lost.
"Okay, Charlie … I’ll make this easy. When that whole thing with Craig happened, what did you think?" She really wanted to know.
I said, “Well, I thought a lot of things. But mostly, I thought that your being sad was much more important to me than Craig not being your boyfriend anymore. And if that meant that I would never get to think of you that way, as long as you were happy, it was okay. That’s when I realized that I really loved you.”
She sat down on the floor with me. She spoke quiet.
"Charlie, don’t you get it? I can’t feel that. It’s sweet and everything, but it’s like you’re not even there sometimes. It’s great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn’t need a shoulder. What if they need the arms or something like that? You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things."
"Like what?" I asked. My mouth was dry.
"I don’t know. Like take their hands when the slow song comes up for a change. Or be the one who asks someone for a date. Or tell people what you need. Or what you want. Like on the dance floor, did you want to kiss me?"
"Yeah," I said.
"Then, why didn’t you?" she asked real serious.
"Because I didn’t think you wanted me to."
"Why did you think that?"
"Because of what you said."
"What I said nine months ago? When I told you not to think of me that way?"
"Charlie, I also told you not to tell Mary Elizabeth she was pretty. And to ask her a lot of questions and not interrupt her. Now she’s with a guy who does the exact opposite. And it works because that’s who Peter really is. He’s being himself. And he does things."
[[ *fast forward a few lines* ]]
"Charlie, I told you not to think of me that way nine months ago because of what I’m saying now. Not because of Craig. Not because I didn’t think you were great. It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody’s crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it, too. I want them to be able to do whatever they want around me. And if they do something I don’t like, I’ll tell them."
This is exactly what I think will happen with Borra. Honestly, I truly believe that the only reason Makorra is being pushed so fast is that it will be endgame FOR Season 1, and that somewhere in the months of time it takes for Season 2 to pass, Mako and Korra will break up. Bolin will watch from the sidelines as Korra is comforted by others and will never speak up because he believes that Korra would never have feelings for him, since she rejected him once upon a time. It will tear him up on the inside as he never truly got over his feelings for her. Then a scene like the one above will occur and they’ll finally talk about it.
Whether or not they become endgame after that is uncertain, but I hope they do.
It’s the classic tale of passivity vs passion and second love. Sigh.