Mason Adams is a staff writer for the Roanoke Times and has penned an open letter to For Better or For Worse creator Lynn Johnston. In the letter he relates having grown up with characters Michael and Elizabeth but feels that the story-arc involving Elizabeth and Anthony is “trite.”
I’ve invested a lot of time and emotion into these two-dimensional characters in the past 20 years. So I hope you understand why I want a satisfying ending for them.
The lingering question for me is: What does this mean for your characters — particularly Elizabeth and Anthony Caine, her old high school flame?
A few years ago you broke them up. Anthony got married and divorced, while Elizabeth’s gone through a succession of failed relationships.
Now, you’re putting them back together again — apparently for the long term. Some people love the pairing, seeing it as the perfect ending to a story line that has run for years. Others are less enthusiastic. From the “For Better or For Worse” Web site, here’s one response: “WHY??? For the love of God, WHY?? The L & A hook-up is the most trite, unimaginable story arc in the history of comics.”
Between you and me, Lynn, I’ve got mixed feelings. The romantic in me sees the logic: It is, after all, the plotline to most romantic comedies — Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again and the two live happily ever after.
But remember that I grew up with Michael and Elizabeth. And I remember that Michael already lived this story. Deanna was his childhood flame, and they grew apart before finding each other once again.
For the same thing to happen to Liz, I see the cruel machinations of a manipulative matriarch at work here. It’s no secret that Elly (whom I think of as you in cartoon form, Lynn) wanted Liz and Anthony to get back together.