Re: [Girl Genius] Re: Bummed, but SO WHAT?
- --- Clint Black <cblack@...> wrote:
>Funny, I've always taken the WW games as metaphors for
> <Rant on>
> Their games take advantage of and reinforce a
> psychological dissociation with "normal" society.
> Do you
> feel different from other people? Well, do we have
> the game
> for you. It shocks me that people don't notice that
> each of
> the main characters in their WoD games is built
> around a
> dissociative mental illness.
> Vampire: Depression (My very life is a curse.)I've gone through a weird change in my life, and now
I'm moody, with flashes of power and strange driving
hungers and lusts for things that I used to have no
interest in or a disgust for.
> Werewolf: Delusional Psychosis (The Apocalypse isI've discovered I have great strength and power, but
> When will you Rage?)
now there's hair in funny places!
>I understand things now that I never did, and know
> Mage: Paranoid Schizophrenia (We know the "real"
> most are blind, but "Others" are out to get us
> because we
things in ways others don't, but the rest of the world
is resistant to my vision!
> Changeling: Dissociative Identity (No one sees me asI am strange and alien to the social groups around me.
> really am.)
> Wraith: Depersonalization Disorder (No one knows II live in a world where I'm unimportant, I'm obsessed
> exist. I am a ghost.)
with trivial issues, and random punishment materialize
out of nowhere!
> To bring this slightly back on topic, this is oneI agree! Agatha is very humane.
> reason I
> like Girl Genius. Agatha treats everyone the same
> Spark, construct, Jager, or just regular person.
> differences don't make them any less a part of her
Timothy Squire O'Brien
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> My point was that the Foglios were NOT performing that kind ofGenius"
> violence in the action described. People die in the "Girl
> universe. Sometimes they are killed brutally. These deaths arenot
> celebrated. Despite the basically fun mode of the comic, theworld of
> Agatha Heterodyne is a sad, terrifying place, and the commonperson
> in that world is quite justified in his fear of Sparks and theirdishonest.
> creations. And if it's terrifying and painful for someone like the
> late Dr. Ng, imagine how it is for someone without any special
> abilities or any power over their own lives.
> It would be very easy to sugar-coat the story, pretending
> that "nobody ever really dies," or that "they only kill their own
> kind" (a nasty little canard told about the Mafia to this day). The
> Foglios, in this work so far, seem unwilling to be that
Rather Bujoldian, I think. For instance, in the "space opera/
coming of age story" _The Warrior's Apprentice_, we start with
Miles' elderly grandfather dying when Miles flunks the ImpMil
entrance exam... then his closest companion is murdered at a
meeting Miles set up. Reaction? Pain, despair, depression. For
all the humor of the teenaged Miles as mercenary "Admiral
Naismith" farce, heavy shit happens. And the grief does not
entirely pass in later books. I could name examples from many
others in that series, plus _Curse of Chalion_.
Just my two Barrayaran marks.