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The great big miscalculation.

The odd thing is that when one parses through what Lynn has said about the strip over the last nine years since the Settlepocalypse is that she really does consider the Patterson's story to be essentially over because after years of setbacks and dead ends, Elly got what she really wanted out of life. You would have thought we could have ended it when Mike took over the mortgage to the Pattermanse but that would be wrong. Keeping the house in the family was nice and being able to live vicariously through him felt good but that wasn't what she wanted. Getting April out from underfoot so she could finally have that empty nest she wanted was sort of a good thing but that wasn't Job One either. No, what Elly really wanted was to prove to herself that marrying John wasn't the biggest fucking mistake she'd made in her life and the way that was supposed to happen was to have Liz marry Anthony when they both got out of uni. She'd had to wait a longish while because obstructions to her happiness falsely and criminally kept insisting that they had rights that needed to be taken into consideration but she got what she needed so it made no sense for Lynn to keep telling a story that was over. This would allow Lynn to take up a new career and her loyal fans would gladly follow her along.

The problem, as aprilp_katje pointed out, is that the people who loved 'Ellie's lovely column' aren't exactly what you'd call Lynn Johnston fans. What they are is Elly Patterson fans. They wanted and still want to see the characters validating their existences by continuing on as they are. People like Therese intimidate them so they need to see her continual humiliation. Teenagers and young people scare the shit out of them because they represent a world that'll keep on spinning after they die so they need to see April get smacked down hard to make themselves feel better about the cruel reality of their own deaths. They're angry people who take out their discontent about having to raise children on children so they need to see Liz act out their need to drop-kick their teeming get off an overpass and laugh the Sticky-Out Tongued Laugh Of Malice at their brats' broken remains because they were mildly inconvenienced. If someone new were to come along and pick things up from the wedding reception and continue on with screaming at children, threatening April with bodily harm for daring to have emotional needs, talking shit about evil career women and the like, they'd gladly follow this new person and praise her lovely column.


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Jul. 6th, 2017 01:50 pm (UTC)
No, what Elly really wanted was to prove to herself that marrying John wasn't the biggest fucking mistake she'd made in her life and the way that was supposed to happen was to have Liz marry Anthony when they both got out of uni.

I'm not convinced Elly believed she'd made a mistake and that her interest in getting Liz to marry a John clone was meant to prove she hadn't made one. In the universe of the strip, John and Elly were happy and would do it all over again if they had the chance. Behind the scenes, their author had soured on Rod because of the divorce, but I think Lynn was steadfastly clinging to the fantasy via the strip. As howtheduck has suggested, Lynn's real-life discontent might have been sliding into the fantasy in the form of little clues that the Lizthony union might not be destined for much longevity: things the their taking up ballroom dancing and having the wedding on the same date that Anthony had married Thérèse.
Jul. 6th, 2017 02:02 pm (UTC)
The "Elly validates her own existence via Settlepocalypse" is the story the fanbase wants to read so having a new author who'd deliver would be better for them than Round Three of "I didn't know what love was at all." The latter might be the story Lynn wanted to tell but it's not the one the Queens of Kool-Aid Mountain want to hear.
Jul. 6th, 2017 02:27 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it's for the best that KAN are left with their fantasies.
Jul. 6th, 2017 08:23 pm (UTC)
Don't whizz on THE ELECTRIC FENCE......
That's for sure. As an example of another thing they probably wouldn't love, I don't think they'd have liked it much if Lynn proved that she wasn't joking about having John either getting decapitated by a fibreglass rooster or electrocuted to death after urinating on an electric fence. They might not like some of the stupid stuff he did but I doubt they'd love that.
Jul. 7th, 2017 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: Don't whizz on THE ELECTRIC FENCE......
My thoughts exactly....
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