the reasons why
Supernatural was very much a case of the right place at the right time. I had just finished my master's degree and months of sitting at my computer typing my thesis combined with the stress of my defence and a decent bout of insomnia left me a borderline vegetable. But being done also meant that for the first time, I had the luxury of indulging myself and actually doing nothing.
I was a bit interested in Supernatural as I knew a lot of people loved it, but with four seasons already come and gone it seemed like too much work to play catch-up. That was, until my uncle and I got talking about TV shows less than a week after I submitted my thesis and he mentioned how addicted he was to the show - spending hours a day watching it - and then offered to lend me the first three seasons. I jumped at the chance, and before I knew it I was completely and utterly addicted. Here I was, wanting to sit around and do nothing, and hours upon hours of this magnificent TV show just fell into my lap! Needless to say, it didn't take long for me to catch up with the episodes currently being aired.
I have to say, not since Buffy the Vampire Slayer have I found a show that combines horror, humour, and drama so brilliantly with characters that instantly have such an appeal. And while Buffy I felt crumbled under its own epic storylines and lost a lot of what originally attracted me to the show, Supernatural is doing a much better job of keeping its feet firmly on the ground.
Now, I'm not going to lie - Dean is and probably always shall be my favourite character. My love of smarmy bastards (and the crush I had on Eric back when I watched Days of Our Lives in my teenage years) pretty much makes that a given. But while I'm all about Epic Bromance, after a while I found myself hoping for a female character who would just grab me. Jo and Ellen were great but not quite my type. Bela annoyed me for reasons I just couldn't place my finger on. Ruby had a lot of promise, but then the actress changed and I never really adjusted until it was too late.
And then came Anna. When she was first introduced she showed so much strength despite the fact that she was a human girl caught up in something so mad as a war between Heaven and Hell. Sure, there were moments when she broke down but who wouldn't in her shoes? Anna carried that strength through remembering her life as an angel and regaining her grace, and, even though she originally fell because as an angel she was unable to feel, I'd like to think she still kept her humanity (but got a hell of a lot more badass).
Can I also add that her role was brilliantly cast, and I known that Julie McNiven is a big part of what makes Anna who she is. Her emotions, her expressions, her switch from human to angel are all so wonderfully done. I don't know what I'd do if Anna ever ended up in a different meatsuit...
Long story short, Anna is a person fighting for the freedom to live her life as she wants, no matter the cost. And for that she is awesome. Anna, don't ever change! ♥