I was a vegetarian for four years and went out to restaurants all the time. Most restaurants have plenty of options, like pasta. You can always order a dish and ask for no meat. I am actually a very picky eater myself and have a famous hatred for dill, which Russians put on everything that is not dessert. I would go out with my friends to Russian restaurants, since nobody else wanted to eat non-dill food all the time, and then simply go to McDonalds or whatever afterward. I think Dawn went overboard a lot of time forcing eight people to eat like her, especially if she wasn't the one paying.
Dawn could also try something new herself, and stop making menu guardwalls or whatever when other people eat the way they like, like in Stacey vs the BSC. It's one thing to eat a certain way or have a special diet, but it's a whole different thing when you try to convert everyone around you and make obnoxious comments every time someone has a hamburger.
Post by booboobrewer on Jan 30, 2009 15:56:45 GMT -5
And the girls did try new things, like when Claudia, Mary Anne, and Kristy ate the macrobiotic food that Mr. Schafer brought home in Here Come the Bridesmaids. I would think that would be a big step for Claudia, eating stuff with all-natural flavors and no salt or sugar.
I'd forgotten about those incidents. Now that you mentioned it, they actually enjoyed it. Was Dawn always that obnoxious about her diet, or was it one of those things that happened as the series progressed?
"It seems to me, though, that Mal has so much personality that when you look at her you see someone you like, so she looks good." - Dawn and the School Spirit War
I think she was much more laid-back (like her character description!) in the beginning of the series. It's hard to pinpoint when it happened, because it might depend on the ghostwriter. Maybe Lerangis exaggerates her character (he wrote bsc in the usa), although I know that Stacey's bad girl arc was written by Suzanne Weyn.
"You may not believe this, but I was good at acting evil."--Karen Brewer
I should probably say that Dawn is my least favorite BSC character and her attitude toward food is the main reason why. I am a vegeterian (I'm working toward becoming vegan) and am such because I do not believe in exploiting or killing animals in anyway. Dawn's beliefs on the other hand at times definitely seemed rooted in simply wanting to get her own way or putting everyone else down--not a positive (or the smartest) way of encouraging/educating others to try veg food! Yes, I do eat sugar and junk food. Actually, my eating habits aren't the healthiest and I could take a lesson from Dawn in that respect but not in the way she goes about teaching it.
Yeah there were books such as one of my very favorites, Super Special 4, BS' Island Adventure where she and Jeff at fish. I guess "fish" aren't animals to her? Apparently as someone else said chicken isn't either. Then of course, there was her description in Mystery #7, Dawn and the Disappearing Dog's where she flat out admitted she did not care about the lives of animals that were taken for food! This gives her the right to as someone else said always choose where to eat. Also, wasn't there a book when she and Mary Anne were baking (or ordering)a cake for a party for Kristy, not for Dawn but for Kristy, lol, and Dawn insisted that the cake be carrot? How is that "for Kristy?"
Unrelated but, was anyone else suprised by Dawn's lack of concern over Jeff's healthy eating demise in "Dawn and Too Many Sitters," where he and the Pike triplets pigged out on Claudia's junk food? I was under the impression that Jeff other than chocolate cake, french fries and hash browns, (SS #7, I believe) only ate healthy foods?
Anyway, her character should have been a positive role model for choosing to be vegeterian and/or that it can be fun to try new foods.
In the beginning Dawn was just very health conscious, not eating sugar (very often) and red meat. She would tease Claudia about eating junk food, but it was more in good fun. However soon Dawn became a giant caricature of herself in the sense that her love of health food and of the environment became an obsession and anyone that dare had opposing views were lectured Dawn-style (obnoxiously). For example "And you're serving the traditionally brutally massacred, decapitated, and scorched bird carcass?" a comment by guess who to mary anne in #102. Dawn was my favourite character until the ghosties changed her into this. I dont think Dawns vegetarianism was ever originally meant to be about cruelty to animals it was just a healthy lifestyle. Another thing that gives me the shits about Dawns character changing is that now all the fanfics that label her as a stoner in "high school." In the early series she called eating sugar "poisoning her body" why would she poison it with drugs? Eh, people change from mildly interested to obsessive in real life too so i guess it isnt that far fetched. I just agree that the later characterisation of Dawn sucks, but she always kinda had obnoxious tendencies.
Dawn's vegetarianism seemed so unrealistic for a 13 year old. Then again, I don't think that being a vegetarian is wrong. I might become one sometime soon. After seeing how animals are treated, it's no wonder Dawn chose that path.