So, I’ve done my part to promote others and raise social awareness all week, and now it’s time to do some whining for me. But, since we’ve developed this comfy pattern, here’s your link to provide the food for my thought. I found myself nodding enthusiastically throughout this fantastic rant about overdone and clichéd American tropes.
I want to do a couple of block quotes first:
I’m tired of the casual acceptance of violence as a valid answer to anything, of the proliferation of guns in movies and books, of how it’s always acceptable to go face the bad guys with a sword or a pistol instead of seeking a peaceful resolve.
I don’t want stories in which the main character has to be sympathetic and with the moral high ground in order to be worthwhile; in which people have to change in order for the plot to be significant;
You probably know from that second quote where this is going. But in talking about Peter, I often only talk about Peter. I don’t talk about all the other people in his story because I didn’t want to spoil the experience for you. But, since everyone decided that Peter isn’t sympathetic and won’t buy his book, I’ve decided that some spoilers are okay.
First, I want to mention Judy, Peter’s foster sister, a cheerleader with a high IQ who hides this from her friends. Working from within the clique, she tries to help people and do the right thing, even if sometimes she isn’t sure how to deal with Peter’s extreme problems. She’s both a stereotype for her looks, and yet she’s not a mean cheerleader, nor a ditz. She’s Peter’s tutor throughout the story, and he frequently acknowledges that without her help he’d be getting grades worse than the jocks. I’m quite proud of Judy for all her patience with Peter, but no one will notice her performance after Peter’s lusty appetites for child flesh are revealed.
Next, let’s talk about Josie, Peter’s best friend. Peter meets Josie through his job at the mall, and she’s a foster kid too. She was abused by her father and is now asexual and incapable of intimacy. When Peter tries to seduce her, she goes into tears, and Peter realizes that all she wants from him is platonic love. And, despite his monstrous side, he remains a loyal and platonic friend to her. But no one notices this because Peter isn’t so great in how he handles Alice. (more…)