Post by alula on Jul 3, 2007 2:26:09 GMT -5
liss31d said:I think it would be cool if instead of getting contacts, Mallory could get a really stylish pair of glasses instead of the fugly massive ones she wears in the series that take up her whole face.
Heh, word. I had LASIK at my doctor's recommendation in 2000 (it had to do with the rate at which my vision was deteriorating and the shape of my eyes), but even now I have glasses-lust--I was kind of psyched when I needed to get glasses for night driving this summer. Technically I could have gotten by--I'd pass a road test without them easily--but I'm a skittish driver, so I feel better wearing them, and they're cute! I totally drove my friend who went with me crazy trying on tons of pairs because I wanted ones like Addison's on "Grey's Anatomy"--she puts those on and raises her eyebrows, and I'm like, McDreamy who?
But yeah, getting glasses the right fit and shape for your face are one of those little things that people don't think about sometimes, but that can really make a huge difference. I think Mallory could totally be pretty--I see part of it as growing into her looks (most people I know who hated their noses in middle school look great now, without plastic surgery) and part of it as getting a handle on those other things like properly-fitting glasses, eyebrow shaping, learning to properly take care of curly hair, etc.
Actually, when I was a kid it bugged me a little that there was so much emphasis on Mallory's red hair and glasses being so OMG! AWFUL. I know it's more the curls she complains about, but there are times she definitely describes the red as a negative. It's one thing when Anne Shirley does it, because, yea, different time period, but I spent my awkward years in the 90s, and I never ever disliked my red hair, or my glasses, which I wore from age six until I had the LASIK. (I had plenty of other body-image issues, but I figured out pretty early that my hair was my best feature--now everyone always asks if I dye it!). It just kind of bothered me that those particular things were seen as universal, objective fuglifiers. It would be different if all the girls did it now and then--like if Mary Anne and Kristy complained about being short, or whatever), but the others all have total body confidence.
On my rereads I've noticed that it actually seems to be Stacey who is the most complimentary of Mal. I don't remember all the examples, but I know I noticed at least two or three where she said something like, "Mallory thinks her hair is too frizzy, so she forgets what a great color it is, and she's so self-conscious about her braces she doesn't realize she has a beautiful smile," which I think is actually nicer than Jessi's backhanded "she's so nice that when you get to know her she kinda looks better" thing. (I'm pretty sure one of the times Stacey says that is in Ch. 2 of Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend, and I was sure when I read that she'd said something like that before, but I can't think where the other times might be).