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dave

In Reply To
tsf

Subj: brings up something
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 01:16:10 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Spoilers and a rant inside. Mary Jane what's the attraction? Please tell me.
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 12:38:19 pm EST


> I think that she is appealing because of all the character development she has gone through and the layers of personality that different writers have exposed. Unlike the other female members of the Spider-man cast, readers could relate to her and she felt "Real". She was insecure in many ways but had the confidence to express her complaints without crying and pining constantly.

Has MJ ever been written by a woman? Her initial personality was pretty cliche but they did get around to making her more like a real person later. However, her later characterization after the marriage seemed forced to me.

> Also, she also had a spunk and fire to her that made her interactions with Peter interesting and fun from the very beginning. It was explained that deep down they had a lot in common, and that they dealt with their problems similarly, even though they had very different personalities. Peter wasn't very interested in her at first, but grew closer to her over time due to this - - so the development of their relationship was also interesting and realistic. She wasn't the sweet, perfect designated girlfriend and for that reason she was able to have flaws and realistic traits.
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You make a good argument, but that MJ wasn't around long and hasn't been seen in a LONG time.

> Unfortunately, she wasn't written well in the 80's and 90's.... the writers seemed to forget that she had a personality and life outside "Spider-man's wife". Her life appeared to revolve around worrying about him.

Maybe writers didn't see her as the same MJ after they were married. Maybe they felt obligated to use her the way a superhero wife character should, in their minds, react. In this way, we could have had good characterization of MJ over the years just be keeping them together but not marrying them.