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Piper Chapman: Dislike-able Protagonist AND Future Heroine?

Netflix's Orange is The New Black has an annoying, naive protagonist, but, with help, she might have the potential to become the show's heroine.

Becky Graebner


August 7, 2013 - 6:00 pm


If Piper was 100% likeable, the show would be too perfect: an innocent white girl in prison, surrounded by gritty criminals.  Boring.  The show would probably fall victim to many of the TV sitcom stereotypes and would be predictable. Piper-The-Perfect-Princess would win over all the inmates in proper, Disney Princess fashion and rehabilitate them into perfect people, like her.  There, I called it.  (I wrote last week on the specific ones I hope the show avoids in its writing).

The portrayal of Piper as dislike-able makes the show feel a little more realistic and less campy.


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