No talk

Though they fell in love quickly and despite having two children, she eventually started talking to him less often. She talks about being able to do things on her own and overcoming stuff but when asked about whatever happened to her she says doesn’t know. She grows silent when asked again.

Perhaps her husband tried to reach her out about her problems but she withdrew herself from him. Preferring to talk to people other than him, he tries to bear with her growing aloofness and duplicity. Then he encounters his mother-in-law and whines, she tells him to shut up. He starts thinking about what she did to his wife before.

The same silent treatment. Superficially outgoing but internally dysfunctional with loved ones. No wonder why she acts that way to him because of how her mother treated her before. Unable to reach out to her, he seeks help. Then they tell him something about them being seriously maladjusted.

Despite all appearances, there’s no real affection other than Mummy forcing her to live up to her standards to the detriment of any real intimacy and conversations between the two. That and the possibility of a disability made him understand them better, not in a way others would expect.


Before the Bronies

I’ve already talked about it before but it’s worth revisiting given that the Bronies have peaked almost coinciding with Riverdale airing on telly. I made a connection between them in the sense of Archie Comics, already having a substantial male readership in addition to the intended female one, being a precursor to Lauren Faust’s My Little Pony production.

Maybe not exactly but substantial and well-established enough to predate Bronies by decades. There was even an early 2000s study on male Archie Comics readers, especially with regards to their preferred female character again predating what the Bronies will do to the Mane Six. Not that there weren’t any Bronies before the 2010s but would’ve been fairly few and rather casual to boot.

In a chronologically weird way, male Archie fans still outnumbered those early Bronies back then. Again, I get the feeling that male Archie readers are essentially the true Proto-Bronies. Archie Comics is still in publication and that there are still male Archie readers around enough to draw odd comparisons. But it could also be me late in some regards.

If I had written it several years before, it would’ve provoked a wider discussion. The Brony fandom might be declining at this point but it would be amusing if Brony levels of drama were to be replicated in the Riverdale fandom (and probably already is to a degree).

No politics in my stories

I guess that’s true in theory but among some superhero fans, the only politics they’ll ever tolerate and endorse is conservative at that. It’s possible to have nonpolitical stories, it’s actually not that hard. Though the suspicion is understandable and yes it’s possible to have LGBT, disabled or Muslim characters without being blatantly political. In fact, the game Dramatical Murder has almost everything without being too political.

Whatever that is though one suspects these characters show up for fetishistic purposes. The thing is it’s always possible to have such characters without being too political, at best implicitly so given the context. But the biggest problem isn’t a matter of shoving politics (the X-Men stories are guilty of this before the SJW thing and Mystique was going to be Nightcrawler’s father).

But that a good number of superhero fans tend to be seriously politically conservative. You know adhering to the love of warfare, all-American/European stuff. What’s really blinding them isn’t so much of SJW politics but rather idealised, cherry picking nostalgia. It’s a coincidence that fans who detest SJW politics a lot endorse seemingly conservative minded stuff.

That includes GI Joe, Cable and The Punisher. Again not always the case but seems like it to me.

The Cult of Harry Potter

Like I said, Harry Potter isn’t something I actually read other than knowing it secondhand and watching snippets of it though I do have a copy of one Harry Potter book in my house. Harry Potter is one of the bigger cult phenomena in recent memory. Historically there were already cult followings for fantasy stories like Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and Lord of the Rings among other things.

There were technically and arguably cult followings around children’s stories, notably superhero stories and to a lesser extent their newspaper counterparts. The biggest ones prior to the Harry Potter series arguably are the works of Frank L Baum and Lewis Caroll, which shouldn’t be surprising if there were still societies around those today.

Frances Hodgson Burnes to some extent given Little Lord Fauntleroy spawned merchandising and what would arguably be considered cosplay as there were Fauntleroy suits produced before. This parallels the degree of merchandising Harry Potter was subjected too, which included fancy dress.

At this point, Little Lord Fauntleroy is a public domain classic where it’s possible to do a Fauntleroy suit for a boy (and then a toy if the former matures) and make more of it without getting sued the way one would with Harry Potter at this point. This leaves Harry Potter and its ilk the biggest cult followings centered around children’s literature today.


He’s really angry

Like I said, as annoying as Hirohiko Araki’s portrayal of cats get (for some, I assume) it’s due to a bad experience of being scratched by one but as I suspected that he may’ve been bullied, it would aggravated him to the point of being cautious around and irritated at them at times. Hence such portrayals. As for dogs, like I said it’s really more of a misdirected anger stemming from that very trauma from being bullied.

If you wanted me to be honest, at some point I was obsessed with poisoned dogs with the mistaken belief of being concerned for their welfare and that I did obsess over dead dogs whenever I got angry. It took a case study about an avoidant boy obsessed with violence to realise why. And possibly for Araki, though I suspect we have to wait for him to open to what’s bothering him.

Since his habit of killing off dogs bothers people, including his fans logically assistants would be just as upset. I admit that my obsession with dead dogs has upset other people in my life before to the point of trying to tone it down in the form of evil dogs and stuff. Araki similarly did with sick dogs. Not necessarily hateful but I do sense him to be sensitive and easily angered at times.

Since I admit to writing violent stories and obsessing over similar things in a bad mood, I suspect such use of cruelty happens whenever Araki’s having a really bad time so.



I think escapism will be divided into different schools of thought and approach especially with all the new scientific discoveries turning science fiction into fact. Crime fiction for instance would gravitate more towards database consumption in the sense of following characters and admiring them independent of the context they appear in. Worldbuilding will do the opposite and moreso if it’s used to address wider, uniting themes and beliefs.

It might not be clear cut in practise but enough to imply differing approaches to escapism once technology advances enough to realise certain science fiction elements like robots and virtual reality. Especially these are going to be more common and sophisticated in latter years that writers need something more fantastical to escape with.

Historical fiction will be really popular because it’s escapist without being too out of reality. I think the less geeky masses will gravitate towards both historical fiction as well as nonfiction but the geekier ones will go for either moe crime fiction or worldbuilding fantasy. If that’s the case, that’ll lead to a change in consumption.


Fantasies of another world in 2020s

As technology develops further, science fiction becomes science fact and gives people a reason to want escapism to be more fantastical. On one hand, you have crime fiction becoming more like moe anime in the sense of having very affective characters catering to people’s…preferences. If somebody’s going to be ‘moe’ for giantesses (that’s called macrophilia), there’ll be a giantess detective. Whatever their preferences are, crime fiction will come to pander to the sorts of characters they’re into.

On the other hand, you have a growing preference for worldbuilding which is going to be a truly immersive form of escapism in the sense of effectively detaching oneself from reality. Maybe not entirely especially with historical fiction but enough to be detached from an increasingly roboticised planet. With the worldbuilding thing, there’s going to be a preference for recreating the Grand Narrative or a preference for wider themes and meaning.

It might not be clear-cut in practise especially with fanfiction where such people will put characters in out-of-context characterisations and settings, which is why we get alternative universe stories and the like. But there’s going to be a substantial demarcation between moe/database consumption as displayed in crime fiction and worldbuilding in Grand Narrative types.