Time for a potentially embarrassing admission: I've been a sporadic reader of the comic strip For Better or For Worse for years now. Used to be I'd read it faithfully for a while, then stop for a while, then pick it up again, stop again, and so on. This pattern started when I was in college. I've been reading the thing on a daily basis now for the last year or two, and man, now that Lynn's announced that the strip will end sometime next year, is it ever starting to suck. She's clearly getting all her characters in line for their happily-ever-afters, and it's getting nauseating:
"Oh no! Elizabeth just got attacked on the job by a creepy guy!"
"But look! Anthony, the guy who's been in love with her since she was six, just showed up to beat the crap out of him!"
"Oh no! Michael's apartment just burned to a crisp!"
"But look! He saved his laptop with his book manuscript!"
"Oh no! Michael has to move with his family back in with his parents!"
"But look! Michael's just got a $25,000 advance for his next book!"
"Oh no! Elizabeth just got dumped by the guy she basically treated like crap!"
"But look! That guy who's been in love with her since she was six is single again!"
"Oh no! Michael's been told by his boss to fire some people at work!"
"But look! Michael's taking a moral stand by resigning himself!"
"Oh no! Michael has just deprived his family of his income!"
"But look! His wife will pick up the slack by returning to her own high-income career!"
Why do I get the feeling that FBoFW is going to spend the rest of its run tracking its characters as they repeatedly step into buckets of shit and come out smelling like a bed of roses?