We have all noticed certain things in girls’ serials. Things about plot, character and setting that always seem to crop up and we comment on them a lot. Then again, there are other things about plot, character and setting that always crop up as well, but we hardly even notice them. At least, not until someone else points them out. To give you the idea of what we mean, we present:
25 Things You May (or May Not) Have Noticed in Girls’ Comics
1: The protagonist is always an only child, except when the plot requires her to have siblings.
2: The protagonist endures even the worst abuse imaginable rather than upset dear old mummy and daddy by telling them what’s going on.
3: Problem parents always make the wrong assumptions about their daughter until the end of the story.
4: If the daughter speaks out against it, it’s not until the climax.
5: Parents sense they have a problem with their daughter – but don’t do anything about it except shout the house down.
6: And then they discover they handled it all wrong – but not before it’s led to something totally preventable.
7: The protagonist doesn’t write to a problem page for help, though there are plenty of them in girls’ comics.
8: The order and favourite story coupons they always tell you to fill out ruin the comic for future collectors because they leave holes in it.
9: (Except when the plot allows it), child welfare’s never around when you really need ’em…
10: …but alway stick their noses in when you least want ’em.
11: No boys in girls’ adventures, though men are allowed…
12: …except very young boys, mostly kid brothers.
13: A lot of exonerations are contrived because we simply must have happy endings.
14: Advanced aliens never developed the know-how that could have saved them – but less advanced humans have.
15: Serials about girls sent to reform / special school are either sent unjustly or only need a little toning down…
16: …never because they’re utter toerags who really deserve it!
17: The weather’s always fine, except when the plot demands otherwise.
18: Historical accuracy is not a strong point in girls’ comics.
19: Protagonists / antagonists don’t do their homework before they embark on an evil campaign – which would have told them it was a complete waste of time.
20: No boys in sight, no matter what world you land in.
21: Ye Editor does not pick up all the goofs – but we do.
22: We groan at how so many villains get off too lightly at the end of the story!
23: In serials about difficult mother-daughter relationships, there’s never a father who could intervene.
24: In serials about a shrinking parent, it’s always the mother.
25: Protagonists don’t realise the obvious until it’s pointed out to them.