We’ve had two instalments of “25 Things You May (or May Not) Have Noticed in Girls’ Comics”. You know, the ones that start with:
“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.”
Well, here we are again, with:
25 Things You May (or May Not) Have Noticed in Girls’ Comics: Volume 3
1: We get plenty of serials with spooky moggies…
2: … but not many with spooky doggies.
3: Antagonists who trick protagonists into signing contracts don’t make sure they are legally valid.
Image credit: “The Stables Slave”, Tammy 1972-73.
4: When you count on something, there’s always something you didn’t count on…
5: We all laud the one true friend who stands by the unfortunate protagonist through thick and thin…
6: … yet we all wonder why the hell the true friend sticks by the protagonist when she’s a pain in the butt and nobody else likes her!
7: The main villain suddenly reforms if they cross an even bigger villain.
8: Parents with a problem child seem to think a schoolgirl and change of scene will be the instant magic cure.
9: We don’t get many girls’ serials where the main antagonist is a boy.
10: So often is a magic object more trouble than it’s worth, even if it does have its uses.
11: Aliens with advanced science often have poor scientific methods.
12: About 99% of the time, protagonists/antagonists out for revenge find out they were mistaken.
13: The plot always sets you up to beware of girls who look so sweet and angelic you could use them for artificial sweeteners.
14: The problem in a dystopian world of the future is nothing the 20th century can’t fix.
15: Nobody but the protagonist seems to act if an animal is being mistreated until the final episode.
16: An award, prize or big win always turns out to be a jinx – unless it’s won at the end of the story.
17: They never let you get away with deception, even if your reasons for it are sympathetic/noble.
18: There are plenty of girls’ serials with bully teachers…
19: … but not many with bullied teachers.
20: So often everyone seems to conveniently lose all memory of something weird happening except the protagonist and all trace of it disappears at the end of the story – even when there is no reason for it.
21: Loads of girls’ serials are set in World War II…