SpringFlowers on March 23, 2008 said:
You must have read the Foobiverse take on that FBOFW comic, it is interesting to see their take on the Patterson’s family dynamic…and how it created the personalities as shown in the stunted characters of Elizabeth and Michael. Elizabeth’s recent plotting of revenge against female friends, to upset the “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” formula seems to excite her far more then her marriage to Blanthony.
I think back in the 70s, that comic when it first appeared would have been funnier but people today are more educated about personal dynamics, and the evils of “verbal and emotional abuse” especially pertaining to children and in marriages. That comic AFTER the RECOVERY movement reads quit a bit different back in 1979 or whenever it first appeared. One thing I wonder about is the comic strip artist’s choice of THROW-back COMICS, considering her recent divorce and if by that she is more likely to choose negative renditions of her CARTOON husband who definitely has to merge with her real life ex-husband, because the comic strip was based on her life after all….
Yes, I am very much aware of what’s going on at The Comic Curmudgeon, as that was where I got my cartoon from. I should have posted the link up there (especially since I comment of the FBOFW comic that had a shortened version of that on it).
I’m not sure that Liz’s wish to revenge herself on those friends who bridesmaided her is unnatural. You seen some of those getups bridesmaids have had to get themselves into? Just because the comic focuses on that specific moment doesn’t mean it’s been a driving force in her with for marriage (although I kinda wonder if Liz was fired from her job at the “first nations” school and is now marrying Anthony so that she’ll have something to do now. It also wouldn’t surprise me to find out that Liz will find a job in town so she’ll be able to stay in.).
As for the issue of Lynn using the comics to get back at her ex-husband, it’s entirely possible, although one steadfast punchline is always to take the jab at the authority figure, and in the early strips it’s obviously the father who’s the authority figure. More interesting would be seeing how Lynn treats John Patterson in the present-day strips. More to the point: Does the old guy exist anymore? (from what I can tell, nothing outside the immediate family seems to exist anymore.)
More frightening to me is Lynn’s plan to rewrite the past. I understand people’s wishes to restate things better, and reading over Charles Schulz’s collected cartoons makes me appreciate the old times when people could work things until they find what fits and exclude the old failed attempts. But the idea that someone would go over and rewrite their past, even with the idea of perfecting what’s there, is disturbing in that it appears that she’s about to fix things so they come out “as they should have” instead of how they did. After all, real life doesn’t come out as neat as a fictional story plot.