dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Timelessness and other fictions....

You might have noticed that I'm skirting around the real issue I have with zombie strips taking up the newspaper page; what I've noticed is that certain claims are made that should not be. To be specific, the claim that a strip is somehow timeless, that it resonates and will continue to resonate with a mass audience. This, to me, seems to be somewhat misguided; that's because it seems to me that a given work is more or less fixed in a particular era. I'll explain what that pretzel of a sentence means by giving you an example; it seems to me that Charlie Brown and his friends could only have existed from 1958 to 1974. Any earlier and they'd still remember rationing; any later and they'd wonder why the school board had such a thing as a dress code. The reason I selected such an arbitrary cut-off date is that 1974 was when more people thought of the franchise as a source for prime-time specials than as a comic strip. Once that happened, once Schulz started thinking of creating a cinematic masterpiece, the strip had lost its edge and turned into a cavalcade of leaden whimsy where freakish beagles and birds wondered why the Round-Headed Kid sighed so often.
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