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08/17/2003 Entry: "Worse and worse on For Better or For Worse"

Is there anything stupider than getting all het up over a comic strip? Maybe not, but here goes.

I've been reading Liz Johnson's For Better or For Worse for many years now. However, in the past few years I've been more annoyed than amused by it. John and Elly are still wonderful, Elly's father is wonderful, Eddy the dog is wonderful, but their children have gone to hell in a handbasket.

First, Elizabeth gets involved with this retile of a guy who she eventually dumps (ohthankyouGod) and not a moment too soon. Elizabeth has bad taste in men and she's an idiot in general.

Then Mike marries Deanna, secretly - so they can live together, which makes no sense at all to me - and then again in a stupidly stressful and extravagant wedding. What is Mike thinking? I mean, when Deanna's mother turned into Momzilla about the wedding, wasn't that was his big cue to run for the hills and get a divorce asap? The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, bucko.

Then Deanna gets pregnant about five years ahead of schedule. Accidentally pregnant. She's a pharmacist and got accidentally pregnant. Yeah, right, I'd be afraid to take any prescriptions she'd fill for me if she can't keep her own birth control working.

So she and Mike have this kid before they're ready because Deanna can't count or remember to take her pills (guys, take note, latex really is your friend) and of course the word abortion never gets near this situation (they're married, they're in love, they'll work it out [yeah, right]). Then, after the accidental baby Meredith is born, Deanna gets a bad case of cabin fever and she, who was in control of the birth control, starts to freak out about having to be home with the kid, who has all the makings of a first-class little horror.

First, is it only childless women in their forties who know that until you can get them in daycare, babies suck the life out of you? Nothing against babies; they're little, they're helpless, and they need care 25/8. If the baby isn't sucking the life out of a new mother there's something wrong in that picture. That's just how it is with new babies, all babies, and if you didn't know that, isn't it great you're reading this?

Second, I work with women who would love to stay home with their babies, but cannot afford it. So, I cannot begin to tell you how offensive I found Deanna's whining in FBOFW about the luxury of being home with her baby. Shame on you Deanna, shame on you Liz Johnson.

So now Mike is whining about how his freelance journalist career is stalled. Well, the quickest cure for whining is contrast, so I suggest Mike get a 40-hour a week office job and see if he likes that any better.

And April; as a teen, she should be airlifted into a remote part of the Canadian wilderness and will be allowed to join adult society upon her return, if she makes it back. Anything for a break from her annoying, creepy, teenage snottiness.

These people are spoiled horrors and the only reason I still read the strip is loyalty and habit. For many years it was a pleasure to see the happy Patterson family on the funny pages. Well, no more and, I hear, not for very much longer.

I know Johnson is ending the strip in 2007 (I hear), but I always thought I'd be sad about it. Now, if she keeps going in the direction she's taken it in the past year, it will be a relief.

Replies: 2 comments

I agree with everything you said. I think it would be great to inject some real drama (instead of this fake drama, with the kids whining about their lives) - I think Deanna will flip out and either go completely nuts or just *leave*. Now wouldn't that be refreshing?

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 08/18/2003 01:39 PM PST

Y'think? I mean, Deanna, after manipulating her way into a situation the twit didn't even know she couldn't cope with, is working again and Mike is home with the kid, although you don't see him freaking out about it. He's freaking about his work.

I dunno, maybe these are normal, healthy, modern, professional class problems, but they seem kind of creepy, selfish, and foolish to me.

Posted by Ginger @ 08/18/2003 01:54 PM PST

 

 

 

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