Friday, October 05, 2007

Ouch!! Whiplash week!

Super Teddy to Elly coming to babysit to Grandpa Jim looking dead to Grandpa Jim back in the hospital to that harmonica thing to Liz and Anthony sitting in a car. I would be hard-pressed to come up with a week where the subject matter changed this rapidly day-to-day in For Better or For Worse before. What a mixed bag of subjects! Is Lynn Johnston trying to imitate Gil Thorp's eclectic style of story-telling, or is she simply trying to hit all the main characters (except for that cheater John Patterson) in one week, before she launches back into another hybrid sequence? I guess we'll find out next week.

On April's Real Blog, I had Michael Patterson joke that Anthony Caine would find a way to pursue romance with Elizabeth over the decidedly unromantic topic of Grandpa Jim's stroke #2, and can you believe it? That's exactly what Lynn Johnston did. There are Anthony and Liz, sitting alone in a car, looking over some body of water (if the colourist is right), and leaning romantically against each other. The joke I made was that Anthony Caine considered attempted rape, a rape trial, and a person passing out at a wedding due to mixing medication and alcohol, occasions for romance; so how could he miss the opportunity to use a stroke to stoke the romantic fires?

This is what I love about Liz and Anthony. Back in 2005, I was just a lurker on the internet, and never planned to ever be involved with April's Real Blog, until I was floored by the whole attempted rape and it's resolution. I couldn't believe a writer could write something so obviously intended to be romantic, which was so unromantic. It was not only unromantic, but spectacularly unromantic. It called me to the world of snarking this strip.

And here we are again. Grandpa had a stroke = Let's cuddle. This is so bad, it's good.


Blogger DreadedCandiru2 said...

And they make such a perfect couple, too. Look at the two poor, poor, tragic people whining about all their self-induced tragedies and cursing the names of the people they've screwed over. It's a match made in Hell.

2:23 AM  
Blogger howard said...

I think the writing would be better there. However, I did delight in the idea that Elizabeth thinks of her grandfather's stroke in the same vein of tragedy as Anthony's divorce. It proves she can think of another person's problems.

7:00 AM  
Blogger DreadedCandiru2 said...

She can more readily think of other people than, say, Mike can but she, as we've seen, refuses to let that knowledge get in the way of her endless quest for attention and pity.

7:27 AM  
Blogger April Patterson said...

howtheduck, your Foob prognostication is unparalleled! :)

Liz is so, "Waaah, why is this happening to ME!" ::smack, smack::

9:46 AM  

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