dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The unhinging of the jaws.....

One of the oldest, most irritating and less life-affirming parts of life in Milborough is the poor way in which the characters handle being upset. As I've said before, you can't go a week without seeing someone standing around bellowing in rage because of a trivial reverse. Why is it that we've spent thirty years of our lives wincing as the characters piss away their dignity screaming at non-events? What inner need of Lynn's is served by trying to convince her readers that the proper way to handle minor embarrassments is to throw a tantrum like a spoiled child? It seems to me that it's the flipside of her need to distance herself from the real world by assigning demeaning, trivializing names to things that scare her; the realities she wants to avoid insist on trying to pull her out of her fantasy capsule and it enrages her. This disproportionate rage leaks onto the page and alienates those who pay attention, remember the past and know how Elly's nonstop pointless fury deformed her children's personalities.

Tags: foobs vs common decency, lynn versus the real world

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