Yeah, you're right Nerd Dude. Nobody would hate Carlie so much, IMO, if a) there were too many cooks spoiling the broth (inconsistency - now Slott can fix this) and b) if Marvel hadn't insisted on MJ cooing like a fangirl, going 'Ohhh, Peter, she's completely right for you.'
I seriously, very seriously, find that slightly offensive. You may say it's an overaggeration, but it's insulting from whoever chose to slide that in. a) Because everybody knows there's a lot of controversy over Carp Another Day, and b) the majority really don't want Peter to be dating anybody else if not MJ or Felicia. And even then really only MJ, as Felicia is all 'Petered out' (pun intended). Just because MJ tells us Carlie is groovy doesn't mean Carlie is groovy. It might even be more palatable if MJ snubbed her. Instead of that, MJ approves of Carlie - forces it down our throats, as if just putting the words in MJ's mouth will shut us up.
Seriously, I liked Carlie before this. Totally seriously. Then 'whoever' overplayed their hand, forced Carlie down our throats because we were still chanting 'MJ, MJ, MJ' like a mantra, and unfortunately, it's soured me even further. Don't push what you can't sell, guys.
who otherwise likes Carlie as a supporting cast member. Especially now Slott can show us what she's made of.
For my part, I find that the more similar two characters are in any form of serial or episodic fiction, the less interested I am seeing them romantically involved or even as very close friends.
Of all the characters introduced and reintroduced in ASM, I found Carlie as the least interesting potential love interest, even though other characters may be less likable overall.