Maybe Ann intended Mallory to be a character the readers could sympathize with ("I wish I were more grown up!" "I'm treated like a baby!"), and had no idea the amount of snark she would receive from readers, present company included.
Last Edit: Aug 27, 2007 17:54:25 GMT -5 by ringdings
"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
^ That's kind of what I thought, too. I don't think she intentionally created her as a character she didn't like. Maybe she sympathized with her in some ways. If she didn't, though, that would be bad to create her as someone to be dumped on.
Post by booboobrewer on Aug 27, 2007 23:39:25 GMT -5
Maybe Ann wanted to address the issue of an all-girls school and how Mal felt it was best for her to gain more self-esteem, pursue her writing, etc., at one, because Ann herself went to an all-girls college. I dunno, that was just my initial reaction to Mal's boarding school plot. I know way too much about AMM
"I love pink and gold. I also like to eat." -Julie, Claudia and the Missing Jewels
Post by sotypical42483 on Aug 28, 2007 11:56:18 GMT -5
I def do not think Ann hated Mallory. And as for the whole boarding school thing, I don't think it was a "haha lets write Mallory out cause she sucks!" type of thing, I think it was def more of a "crap we've written like 43179843701 BSC books, we need more plots!!!!" thing.
^ Agree that Mal definitely had things going for her. That's probably why I always liked her. In fact, I think she might be one of my favorite sitters now. I think Ann really just tried to create a well-rounded, realistic character with some self-esteem issues that certain readers might be able to relate to.
^ Can't get much worse than the fire ;D Claud lost her grandma and Kristy has Patrick for a dad, Stacey and Dawn's parents are divorced, Jessi was discriminated against... Even though those things aren't rare or all that horrible compared to other possible things that could happen, maybe Ann tried to balance it out with giving stuff to Mal. Also, in real life, sometimes it seems like one person gets the short end of the stick while some people get off with having nothing bad ever happen to them.
Reassurance that people like you is always nice ;D I find myself becoming more insecure - thus being able to relate more to Mallory - as I get older. I actually don't think she was any more insecure than Claudia or even Stacey (after all, what was all the stuff about being "cool" to impress the other kids?) Claudia seemed to constantly have insecurity issues but just expressed them in different ways than Mal, I think.