dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The dynamics of Deanna.

Even though we're probably a year away from the strips in which 6-year-old Deanna is reintroduced into the lives of the Pattersons, I'd like to take this opportunity to point out her and Michael's relationship followed the path set by another author: Lucy Maud Montgomery. This is not, of course, to suggest that Lynn lifted Gilbert Blythe and Anne Shirley clean, though. The relationship dynamic I noticed is far too common. In both cases, we start off with a goofy little boy doing irritating things to get the attention of a touchy little girl he likes. He fails to achieve the desired result because the object of his attention is quite frankly too full of herself and too damned easily offended to see past the annoying bullcrap and see the friend her ludicrous vanity turns into a monster. We then have a decade or so of wasted time because the authors love convoluted story arcs, dei-ex-machina and cardboard villains so as to create needless obstacles to Twoo Wuv. This brings us to the point in which the female lead finally gets up the courage to declare herself for the male and they get married. The end results are even the same; the irritating little boy grows up into a stuffed shirt and the touchy, easily-offended bookworm transmutes into a Stepford robot who had her personality removed during her honeymoon. If you think I'm kidding about that, read Rilla of Ingleside: Anne manifests herself as an absence when she's in her forties as if she weren't there at all.
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