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Fan Abuse

I read through 'Platinum Grit' yesterday (thanks to morgan303 for lending it to me) for the first time. This was an odd experience for me, as when I first got to uni a man whose heart I broke once described me as being a lot like the character of 'Nils'. Having read the comic finally, I find this flattering and offensive at the same time. While I enjoyed it heaps, the ending was... well...

While in first year I fell in love with 'Tank Girl', and thought it was the bestest thing ever. Until I read the second volume of it. Which I found distressing. Such was the ending of Platinum Grit.

I am reminded about a rant by Piro of www.megatokyo.com a long while back where he was talking about how Gainax is famous for what he terms 'fan abuse'. The prime example of this he used was 'Asuka-chan' in Neon Genesis Evangelion(http://www.megatokyo.com/index.php?strip_id=15). Fist off, let me say that it really shits me when people call the character 'Asuka-chan' because the '-chan' suffix, as we all know, roughly translates as "dear little" (ie, Becka-chan is roughly 'dear little Becka'). Asuka Langley Soriyu was not dear at all. She was unkind, hurtful, spiteful, cruel and actively unpleasant to everyone she met. She was fuelled by a desire to make herself feel better by putting other people down, and in my callous opinion she got everything she deserved (End of Eva aside).

But the concept of fan-abuse remains firm in my mind. In Tank Girl, I really liked (despite myself) the character of Booga, sweet natured and long suffering as he was. Similarly I like Jer in Platinum Grit, because he was a sympathetic character. I really don't like it when it's the sympathetic characters which are abused by the writers. It leaves me feeling like I should have done something to save them.

Maybe it's just me.


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Aug. 19th, 2003 05:21 pm (UTC)
Ending? Hmm, I've got up to issue 10 on PG, I didn't realise it had an end (apart from Dead Numbat publishing going belly up) Am I missing something?
Aug. 19th, 2003 05:23 pm (UTC)
No, no - that's what I meant. The end of issue 10. The very flat and depressing end of issue 10.
Aug. 19th, 2003 05:34 pm (UTC)
Gotcha, memory coming back now. Would love to have seen the story continue. The only comic I've ever written fam mail to, and they wrote back in Scots. Loved it. :)
Aug. 19th, 2003 06:41 pm (UTC)
"Lets secure the moral highground with indescriminate violence!"

I love platinum grit - it rocks. In a discussion with madi yesterday about who got to be who - I got to be nils. it was fun watching madi unpack her comics

I finally get to read 'The Ballad of Halo Jones'
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Aug. 19th, 2003 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Yoooouuuu asked for it

You're my hero, you know that?

Aug. 20th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
Re: Yoooouuuu asked for it
You're my hero too. As soon as I can find some way of opening that page.
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