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The Green Ninjas

Subj: Re: About Carlie Cooper
Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 08:14:45 am EST (Viewed 125 times)
Reply Subj: Re: About Carlie Cooper
Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 08:53:19 pm EST (Viewed 117 times)

    When they KNOW the fanbase is torn on "who should our hero be with?" plots like this, having the old love-interest turn into a gushing shill for the new one is the most absolutely obnoxious thing the writer can do, saying "Look, see how much better this is, because I said so, and I can abuse my power to even have the old love-interest agree with me!"

It's not just a matter of being obnoxious. This is something writers sometimes do when they've failed to properly demonstrate why something is the way it is. It's as if they've written "2 + 2 = 5," and then, rather that correct it as "2 + 2 = 4," instead go to great lengths to prove that 2 + 2 really does equal 5.

I can't speak too much to this as it applies to Carlie Cooper. I've read quite a bit with the character, and all I can say is that, in the issues I've read, there's been no indication of a spark or real connection or interest between Peter and Carlie, except in that she seemed to exist for that purpose. I don't think she's a terribly interesting character, but maybe that's changed in the most recent issues I haven't read.

But if something is going to develop, and a decision is going to be made, you have to build to it, or else the decision feels wrong. It's one of the basic elements of writing fiction. When you see another character corroborate a decision that feels wrong, it's usually laziness more than obnoxiousness. It's trying to fix the surface without digging deeper and addressing the real problem.


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