dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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Mayes Motors: the ultimate revenge fantasy.

I don't quite remember where it is exactly any longer but I do remember Lynn's smug comment about Blandthony being some sort of ultra-cool dude who'd outshine the athletes and too-good-to-be-true types right about now. While you and I see the same apathetic, envious, whining, clueless, slug-like underperformer that ain't going anywhere in this life because he brays like a mule when confronted with the terrible possibility of life outside the claustrophobic suburban wasteland he calls hoooooooooooooooooooooooooome, Lynn and the Pattersons saw a real go-getter who'd be the real Big Man On Campus twenty years down the line.

At the time, it seemed to me that Lynn was simply trying to defend Anthony as a romantic lead in the face of criticism that he had all the charisma of a block of styrofoam. Rather than try to flesh the character out or make him more than a slightly slower-witted and whinier clone of John by doing something crazy, weird and unconventional by having him shrug off a doomed starter marriage like someone in the crazy, wrong and weird modern world would do, she instead made him the beneficiary of a revenge fantasy in which he (by which I mean she) was able to get revenge on all the busty brunettes she'd convinced herself were laughing in her face because pretty people want her to die alone and forgotten because that's what pretty people do in Lynn's world (by which I mean junior high) by making Evil Career Woman who was evil because she actually admitted that the maternal instinct Elly, Connie, Liz and Deanna don't have because it doesn't actually God-damned exist is a load of old cobblers.

The reason that I mention this is that he's sort of double-dipping in the revenge fantasy department because he's the hireling of another aspect of Lynn: Gordon Mayes. As history teaches us, Gordon represents Lynn when she's a person who blew off her education who, by the sweat of her brow and not because some suit was filling a niche, haters!, managed to be richer than people who actually studied and put in the work required. Since Lynn wants to believe that success comes from being a good person who does good things instead of slogging away at the bottom and climbing the ladder, Gordon's having a miracle happen because he's a good person beats all the studying in the world. The question that her need to jeer at her betters because she got God-damned lucky thus raises is why she insists her own kids work their arses off when they had miracles happen too.
Tags: gordo, lynn the vindictive.
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