Michael Ezra wrote:Yeah, I'd also picked up on the crying as atypical for Lisa and therefore significant.
Alice Macher wrote:I hereby found the new religion of MeganKoumorism. Bow down, ye faithful, and worship her!
Mr. Cales wrote:
Lisa? She follows Aggie and tells the truth to her.
Lisa has no goals, motivations, or big "important things" in her life. It's all a big ball of eh; she's dispassionate, for all that she's quirky. Disconnected from everyone else, for all that she's fun to be around. Lisa can "tell the truth" and "give it to ya straight" for the simple reason that because she doesn't care about anything, her viewpoint is unbiased. She's not an author avatar at all; she can tell you the truth from an unbiased, "audience" perspective because, well, she's an audience too. Lisa's not "in" with other people, not "in" their world of trusts and betrayals and deep motivations and desires and passions; she's an outsider, just like we, the readers, are. That's why she can say what we want to say to the characters; just like us, she brings the viewpoint of someone who's not got a dog in that fight, so to speak.
You can see this in her interactions too. Lisa is almost violently quirky. She does, quite frankly, weird shit around other people, and has went out of her way to harass people sometimes (her first meeting with Katy-Ann is the class example). I used to think this was because she was a jerk.
She's not. She's trying to interact with people.
Lisa doesn't get people. Doesn't get what drives them. Why are they so passionate? So... weird? To Lisa, everyone else is the truly quirky one. Lisa's the only normal one. Her "big ball of eh" life makes her unbaised, and a good judge of character, but it also removes her from the common string of people. She doesn't connect. She's alone.
So she acts out to get people to play with her. She noticed at some point that being "That Girl" means people don't look deeper, don't try to find the person underneath- someone who really isn't all that deep, really, and who is quite different from the outer skin.
Mr. Cales wrote:But if Lisa plays around and kisses girls and wears her hair weird and quotes like she was born for it and generally acts bizarre, people see that Lisa and they stop looking for the real one. They don't figure out that she's weird, on the inside; that she's not connected, that she doesn't have a great love or hate that drives her life, that she's separate from them. They see a fun Lisa and they hang out with her.
And since Lisa doesn't care about anything anyway, she doesn't mind playing pretend. After all, life's one big ball of eh- who cares if you're "doing it right"? Labels, right?
And if she does this, then she gets to have at least the hint of connection, of understanding, of other people.
Look at her crushes. She doesn't date. She crushes on movie stars. She knows she'll never have them- it's "safe", she'll never have to worry that those people will actually get close to her and discover that she's a different person on the inside, that she doesn't care about anything. Real life boys might do that.
She can't risk it. Ruin her whole cover.
There is, of course, one staggering, frightening (to Lisa), extraordinary exception to this rule. Aggie. Aggie makes Lisa care. Lisa actually gets mad at her. Lisa plays with her, sticks to her like glue. Where Aggie is, Lisa is not far behind. Lisa would march into Hell if Aggie asked her to.
Because Aggie is her friend. Aggie's determination to accept weirdness- part of her liberal guilt- led her to accepting Lisa, and as Lisa has consistently seen since becoming her friend, other people too. Aggie was the first person that was Lisa' friend in the strip, and all of Lisa's scenes are Aggie scenes, with very, very few exceptions. Aggie's open-mindedness makes Lisa think that maybe- just maybe- Aggie will accept Lisa for the dispassionate, non-driven person she really is, and not just accept Lisa for the "quirky" self.
That's why Lisa gives her such an unbiased viewpoint, and offers advice even when unsolicited. It's all she really has to give. Notice that her her advice has been getting worse lately? She's not quite the perfect judge of character she used to be. T himself has said that she was not completely correct on Marshall and Darren (check a recent thread, it's on there somewhere).
Because she cares about Aggie, and it's skewing her judgments. She can't be the perfect, unbiased, "audience" character she is near Aggie. Aggie means something to her- she's got a dog in that fight, and her name is Agatha.
Aggie may be the only thing Lisa cares about.
Note her reactions when Aggie says she's not mad anymore, and that she and Lisa can still "play" together. Lisa actually cries. For God's sake, when was the last time that Lisa had a real emotional reaction to something? Lisa was scared she'd lose her, terrified of it.
So she hugs her and cries.
I used to hate Lisa. I still have a forum post on TV Tropes about how much I hate her. But I think this has changed my view.
Lisa's awesome. But for weird, weird reasons.
Evil Ben wrote:I've always liked Lisa, but mainly because her hair looks like insect legs to carry her head around to do dastardly things while her body sleeps at night.
Mr. Cales wrote:Evil Ben wrote:I've always liked Lisa, but mainly because her hair looks like insect legs to carry her head around to do dastardly things while her body sleeps at night.
Evil Ben wrote:Diane, <snip> You rock, you librarian, you
Alice Macher wrote:...I love you. ♥
Freemage wrote:Best. Euphemism. Ever.
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