dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Laura of the sliding age......

As you will recall, I think of Cousin Laura as being a very reluctant baby-sitter to what she's been told are uncontrollable monsters and what she knows to be dull-witted, placid buffoons that her hysterical aunt cannot coexist with at all well. What is really interesting is that her age, as howtheduck reminds us, has shifted over time. When she was first introduced in the early eighties, she was clearly either Michael's age or slightly older but, as time progressed, ended up becoming a year younger than Elizabeth.

It's not just Lynn's inability to do elementary research that causes this bizarre reversal of what Stephen King calls "the kid trick" and what others call Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome; we must also remind ourselves that unlike her avatar, Beth has three daughters; the oldest seems to be roughly Aaron's age and the youngest is more or less the same age as Katie. Since Laura is a composite of three real-world people, Lynn seems to be doing the same thing with her that she did with Milborough by combining traits as she needs them.
Tags: amazonian catfish tinfoil hat, cousin laura, lynn: failed creator

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