Narcissistic

posted March 19th, 2019, 2:00 am


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March 19th, 2019, 8:38 pm

mj6373

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You know, I'm coming back to that impression that a lot of the problems Annie goes through with meeting people's expectations are because she's smart. I mean, I'm not holding this specific instance against Julie or anything, because she's broken by grief and I understand that. But it's still part of a larger trend that I've noticed at many points throughout the story as a whole. In some ways, not just intellectually but also emotionally, Annie far exceeds the level of emotional maturity anyone would expect from a 16 year old. In some other ways, she lags behind, and addressing those is important and healthy. But very often in this comic, it seems like because she has those areas where she's more advanced than a lot of kids her age, she's held to that standard across the board, and people are resultantly disappointed in or angry with her for acting in completely developmentally normal ways for her age. Remarkability is what they expect of her normalcy. And when normalcy is her normalcy, it's seen as her being broken. And that's a hard thing for someone to go through.


… But yeah, everyone's screwed up with grief right now.

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March 20th, 2019, 1:14 pm

GreenKrog

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@mj6373: Shes been forced to grow up in ways nobody should have to at that age. I see her reaction here are entirely valid - she needed a mother and didn't have one. Julie's response was unfortunately valid too - too much is too much. Nobody wins.

Also fixed typos.

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