dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The acne theme: a proposal.

As we all know, authors have favorite subjects that baffle and irritate people. Schulz loved to torment the Round-Headed Kid, Batiuk wants the world to pay for his wife dying of breast cancer and Lynn Johnston loves panicky teenagers with skin problems. What always happens is that the child tries to hide a disfigurement that no one else sees leading to an overreaction that worsens the problem.

The reason this matters is that Lynn tipped her hand when April got zits. Lodged in the useless and contradictory health tips was Elly's flat-footed attempt at consoling April. To wit, April shouldn't feel so bad because while pimples go away, wrinkles do not. While Elly thinks that she made April feel better by telling her that she was crying about nothing, the end result is that yet again, Elly's need to be the victim of all victims surpassing all others (yeah, I'm guilty of it too) made her kid feel like she was a shitheel.

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