November 25th, 2008

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Well, now it's starting to look like the theme for the next little while is going to be "Mike tries to hide the fact that he has a crush on Deanna." This means that it's time for Lynn to do what she promised and expand on why Mira is evil incarnate. Simply put, the woman I called a well-meaning rhinoceros has goals, states them and has the moral fiber to see that they are achieved. Since she isn't a martyr howling in frustration about dreams that never came true (Hi there, Elly!!), she's a super-bad person.

Anyway, that's happening later. Right now, Lynn's gotta show how out of it she is.

Panel 1: The art teacher tells Mike that even if he forgot the one he was supposed to bring, someone might have a spare painting shirt he can use.

Panel 2: She then asks the class if someone has a spare shirt. Deanna replies that she does and Teacher thanks her for volunteering.

Panel 3: As he puts on the shirt, a mutant boy tells Mike that he's wearing a girl's shirt and thus has exposed himself to the cryptid known as the cootie: a creeping, crawling animal that has the weird power to corrupt a boy's bodily fluids and make him less manly. A second mutant seconds that emotion.

Panel 4: Mike thought-bubbles that that may be but since they're HER cooties, he's willing to take that risk.

Summary: The sound you hear is that of scissors cutting this dreck out of the paper so as to put it on the fridge.
Snarky Candiru2

Who's who in Retconland.....

There's a new feature on the site: Lynn and Beth have created versions of the bios of the supporting characters that explain who they are now. Since we've been given an explanation of why they do what they do, this must mean that we'll eventually see the adult supporting characters do their thing.

ETA: The one good thing about this is that it finally gives us all a handle on what Elly was like growing up. She started off as a demanding pain the ass who lived to see what she could get away with, turned into an over-earnest bookworm and went through a brief rebellious phase in her teens which had Marian worry that she'd get mixed up with drugs and Jim fear she'd get into radical politics. Marian was glad she went East and got married when and to whom she did while Jim wondered why she couldn't have gone to Simon Fraser University and gotten spliced AFTER she got her BA.
Snarky Candiru2

Lynn's favorite plot devices......

Over the last two years that I've been a steady observer of this community, I've noticed a lot of posts about the plot devices Lynn likes to use. So far, we've seen:

- a love of people rebelling against tyrannical fathers.

- boy-girl pairs of children, one a brunette, the other fair-haired.

- relationships with one of the first opposite-gendered people of the same race a character encounters.

- a lack of interest in blended families.

- the belief that culture shock is a fatal obstacle to romance.

and

- an over-fondness for tales of plucky immigrants.

There are others that are just as over-used but I think you get the point: one plucky immigrant is good but boatloads of them get to be annoying. My question is which of these is the most annoying.