Fightin' Words

posted October 21st, 2015, 2:01 am


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November 15th, 2014, 6:04 am

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Sometimes you have to wonder if Lexi's anger, pointed at cancer, would solve this whole cancer thing? I get the feeling that if she alive in WW2, she would have picked up a gun and fought instead of staying home making bombshells. Sounds like I should be writing WF fanfic..

If you haven't see those internet tests - they are offensive as fuck in name, but less offensive in practice. Think about it. People who are taking these tests have difficulty telling apart "women" and "women". Someone starts in a difficult situation and the wrong equipment given, and they become so passably beautiful that it is nigh impossible to tell them apart from others who were born with the right gifts?
You can choose to look at it as degrading, and I don't blame you. But you could also look at it as a sort of liberating thing.
I hope that large swaths of Annie's second year in school bring insights like this. I know some minds have been changed about cheerleaders and feminism due to these talks. Or at least, solid discussion with open minds. Worth it!

Have I used "ass" before in the comic? If not, well, I am using it now. I don't think I have used bitch, which may come up at some point. I'm not trying to keep it PG or anything, I find that swearing tends to lower our use of more interesting and pointed terms. Frankly, the overuse of the word 'monster' and 'abomination' is getting to me. I like both words by themselves, but they are quite overused here.

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October 21st, 2015, 2:22 am

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Man, was that page satisfying. A while ago, I commented that while Annie may be obligated to attend these sessions, she still has control over what happens during them. That is what I meant. She can let that pseudo-therapist mess with her head, or she can mess with him, or even ignore him altogether. He can't force her to listen to what he's saying. Lexi gets it, and hopefully Annie will learn from this.

Regarding swearing, I noticed that while you may be fine with "ass", you are apparently still above the use of the word "motherfu--". That's some subtle censoring right there. But I digress. I'm personally totally fine with the use of swearing in fiction for one simple reason: realism. People swear in real life. Some writers do rely too much on it, I think, but there's no getting around the fact that some of your characters are going to swear at some point.

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October 21st, 2015, 2:45 am

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@Yan Mouson: Sorta kinda? Mrs Andrews (the mother, Deb) still has a level of control over this. If Annie doesn't "cooperate" to the level demanded, she can still be shipped back to the boonies. Having it come out of Lexi or Vic makes it so that Annie is capitulating.
Keep in mind, nobody will ever change this therapists mind. The only one who needs to be changed is Deb, and she is clearly unwilling to listen right now. Endurance is the key.

I agree, people swear all the time IRL. I curse like a sailor. I have no regrets. This said, I vastly prefer to use interesting and varied insults when I can, since swearing is so ubiquitous. In Annie's world, having a lack of swears makes it so that should they ever be used, they have a type of weight that would otherwise be seen as normal. Like swearing around your friends all the time vs swearing in front of your grandmother.
I already know that Lexi drops the F-bomb eventually (or did that already happen? I can't remember). And it has real weight because she is using it with her parents.

I will also note that I read a script that a friend of mine wrote for a TV show. In it, every few words was another swear. I counted them and wrote it in the margin because it bothered me how little content there was vs how much swearing 'to be edgy' there was. It pushed swearing to the forefront of my mind and how I can do better. She agreed, and to my understanding, has changed her script for the better by putting content and wit in its place.

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October 22nd, 2015, 12:30 am

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@GreenKrog: To me, it's not the quantity so much as the character. If you have one or two characters who can't finish a sentence without a swear, that's okay. If every single character talks like that, then it may be indicative of lazy writing. One of the most important parts of writing is giving each of your characters a unique voice, and swearing is a useful tool for that.

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Like I said, Annie still has the option of simply ignoring the therapist. She can play nice, answering all his questions while mentally retreating to a more pleasant place. Perhaps one involving the bloody murder of said therapist.

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October 22nd, 2015, 4:10 pm

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@Yan Mouson: This kind of therapist has trained to be very manipulative and knows how to keep a person in torture instead of escaping. I've never gone through conversion therapy, but I have had some pretty terrible therapists (including the most recent one in August who decided I wasn't worth his time) who make your life suck for the duration and you simply can't escape it. Like thumb screws - you can get used to the pain, but they will twist that knob juuust enough every minute to bring everything back.
Escaping to a happy place isn't an option with these people.

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October 21st, 2015, 11:51 am

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" This said, I vastly prefer to use interesting and varied insults when I can, since swearing is so ubiquitous. In Annie's world, having a lack of swears makes it so that, should they ever be used, they have a type of weight that would otherwise be seen as normal. "

Good for you, AK ! Early on ( I was fan No. 6 on the list ), I could tell that you were a superior scriptwriter, even if your artwork is on the quirky side.

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October 21st, 2015, 1:50 pm

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I think this marks the first time since coming back that Lexi has called Annie "Annie" and not "A" somewhere. It's refreshing, as comes off as condescending if she just says the letter and not her name.

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October 22nd, 2015, 3:57 pm

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@Ave: I wonder how much of it was due to her recent incarceration? Were the patients/inmates at the eating disorders clinic called by their names or given anonymity with numbers/call signs? And how much of it is Lexi just trying to be 'hardened' to have a badass image?

There are a lot of reasons Lexi might be doing it. I don't know myself. I can say though, as the writer, I am bad with names. I forget the names of my employees and friends all the time. I forget characters names all the time. The only way I tend to remember is if I name them myself (all my friends have nicknames). Maybe Lexi has the same issue?

Then again, maybe Lexi is trying really hard to distance herself from Annie. Her sister did do a lot of stealing her parents. She was instrumental in sending Lexi off to get the help she needed. Lexi is also now back with people who CAUSED the disorder in the first place, so being distant and harsh might be a reaction to that.

In the end though, I would say that when the chips are down, when Annie needs her, Lexi will still be the loving sister she has always shown herself to be. It just won't be as often any more, especially now that Annie is stabilizing.

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