dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Of Honeymoons and Credibility.....

The story Lynn likes to tell of how John and Elly disagree on whether they went on a honeymoon in the first place is not just her trying to engage in retroactive continuity for the sake of making the Pattersons more identifiable. We all know that she makes them poorer than they ought to be, messier than they ought to be, more chaotic and stupid than they ought to be in order to appeal to her fanbase, What she seems to lose sight of is that such a disagreement tends to make one wonder if they have anything else in common besides being frightened of their bland, pliable children. This is a problem that they share with other chick lit characters; I've had occasion to read the stuff and I can't for the life of me see what the female lead sees in the male or vice versa. What this means is that we have two people who don't have a blasted thing in common marrying one another for no reason that makes any sense. What the strip teaches us is that these two idiots shouldn't even have gone on a second date together, let alone proceeding to get married and have children; sure, Elly was looking for a meal ticket but, well, there were more, shall we say, plausible candidates than a nerdy, dull-witted, low-rent farm boy wanting to become a dentist and, by the same token, if John were looking for a cheerful, domestic type who'd be happy to knit, bake and raise kids, he sure didn't find one in Elly. My personal suspicion is that their marriage was made in haste and in response to a false alarm; by the time they'd figured out that Elly wasn't pregnant, it was too damned late to back out. Not that they'd wanted to; that's because the only other thing they had in common was fear of what their parents would say if they'd realized that the romance they were told about was actually a one-night stand gone horribly wrong.
Tags: foob is chick lit, lynn versus the real world

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