July 7th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 8 July 2011

In today's strip, we have that flip-flop that confuses Elly and makes Phil malign Connie for months on end because he's a Richards. What it does to me is remind me that Elly's best friend is even crazier and more pathetic than she is.

(Strip Number 4199, Original Publication Date, 9 July 1982)

Panel 1: As they leave the restaurant, Phil tells Connie to put Ted out of her mind.

Panel 2: In his estimation, Ted is nuts to lose her; since he doesn't know that Ted wants her back as much as he will because he's a character in a bad self-insert fanfic, he's about to look as stupid as people do in those occasions.

Panel 3: We get to the annoying part when Connie confesses that she still can't help but feel a pang of sympathy for Ted.

Panel 4: She wonders if that's why she agreed to spend the upcoming weekend with himsee him this weekend. (You will note the contrast between reality and the printed page.)

Summary: I don't wonder if that's the case; what happened was the same woman who runs around boasting about how resolute she is folds like a deck of cards most of the time. As for what annoys me about Phil's reaction is that a man who wasn't a reflection of Lynn's need to pass herself off as planting a Lynn seed in men's skulls would probably chalk this up to experience and move on; Phil caterwauls about how eeeeeeeeeeevil and crazy the woman he can't shake is for not being able to make up her damned mind.
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Lynn fails wiriting about children

I can never comment too much on how good or bad parenting is shown in FBoFW since I'm not a parent myself.

However, recently I became a camp counselor for the summer and I've been looking after children who are not my family and that I never saw before.

One thing I must say is that Lynn never bothered showing Elizabeth deal with bullying. She kinda, sorta dealt with it using Shannon and April, but high-school bullying and grade-school bullying are entirely different.

The camp I'm helping at is pretty mild (40 kids and 10 staff) and the rules say that you're not allowed to hit or hurt each other's feelings. Even so, yesterday I had to pull apart two boys who would not leave each other alone.

TL&DR version: this strip would be much more believable if Elizabeth had dealt with a situation similar to mine. Heck, I won't be seeing these children again in a week, she has to see the same faces for a whole year at least.