OzoneSama wrote:[...] I hope she'll keep on trying to push herself more out of her shell! [...]
SAGG wrote:[...] Are you kidding? Come out of her shell? That's one of the reasons why she's messed up like she is. [...]
The way I see it, she's "messed up like she is" because her previous self was more a kind of self-protecting act. She was beautiful since a very young age and she may have been "acting" her role(s) (the party-girl/look-at-me-I'm-pretty-girl, the girlfriend of X and/or Y, the girl the whole school gossips about, that girl the others are jealous of, the fashion-starter, the girl who seems not to care for hurting other people's feelings...) to suit the desires of people around her. But today, deep down, under that shell, or in the word of Pink Floyd, behind that wall, there's the Miriam who's not craving for attention like she once was, there's the somehow caring, generous and kind Miriam, the one that Cherry might have been the first to discover back then and that was one of the stable basis of their long-lived-but-sometimes-difficult friendship.
She started pulling her humane self "Out There'" in the big-bad-real-adult-mean-world since the first strip of this comics (when she first met him, John was not really the kind of men she would have met at parties and/or felt attracted to), it's a very slow process, and she seems like she's starting to realize more and more what she went through, and more importantly that she won't be as hurt as she thought she'll be when she show her "soft" side. John as been the catalyst that helped that reaction. Okay, now brace yourself for my own poetic-licensed-analogy-so-cliché-and-sugary-it-will-make-you-cringe-and-give-you-cavities
: Mir' is like a butterfly slowly going out of it's chrysalid, it's a very vulnerable stage, and John's the patient entomologist who will look at and study it from afar. Why? Because it's not such an horrible world "Out There", and that there's always room for improvement.
Well, that's only my personal opinion, and it's only what I perceived from what I've read from the life of a fictional character, so it's very open to various interpretations, and everyone is welcome in expressing their views about the comics. I'm glad that "Out There" is so well written it makes very good starting points for debates and expression.
SAGG, you said "coming out" might not have been right, but I think time will tell us if the "double entendre" term was fitting or not.
P.S.1: In the light of the more recent strips, Ginny seems slightly less mature that what I presumed. We'll see how it will go.
P.S.2: In the third panel of 08-06-2010's strip
, I see Miriam with what I like to call "Miriam's tiger-eyes", but it seems it's also the first time she strikes me with a combination of her feline eyes with a feline body posture. I can't help but mentally add the cat-ears and the agitated cat-tail!
P.S.3: When this arc's over, I hope we'll see a little bit more of James + John + Clayton interactions, I miss that a little bit.