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Alexander has had enough... by Akril15 Alexander has had enough... by Akril15
I’ve gotten a little tired of this “angstifying” craze, especially when it seeps into King’s Quest. Sure, it was cool at one time, but once it becomes a trend, it starts getting annoying. Did I miss the meeting where angstifying became cool? Why? Is there so little angst in real life that you are obliged to inject it into other people’s characters? Yes, a character may have had a hard life, but he got over it, didn’t he? It’s just more of that “angst=character development” logic getting to me again.

To digress, I’ve liked Jasper Fforde’s concept of how fictional characters are different than real people, especially how the characters only exist in the present time, while their past is merely a backstory, the third-person characters only say what their authors write in the context of their books, while internally they can be thinking of whatever they want, and how they do pretty much anything they wish when they aren’t featured in the narrative. This explains how otherwise tortured characters live an endurable existence in fiction – no real person could survive what some fictional characters are forced to go through hundreds and hundreds of times as their book is reread.

I’ve loosely applied this concept to Alexander in this comic strip. In the words of one of Fforde’s more memorable characters, “Let’s make light of this darkness.”

What Alexander is about to do in the last panel is a concept taken from a piece of fan fiction I wrote when I was in a very bad mood.
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GrahamRocks Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Hehehehe! :) I like this comic!

When it comes to Alex, personally, for me: I don't really mind him being angstified all that much, but I don't mind his self in the canon games either. As long as Alexander is made to be a likable person in general, smart, kind, studious and brave, it's all good with me.
NagashaNeshi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
You know, it kind of sucks that your 'preview' doesn't lead you to the actual thing.
Akril15 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
*Sigh*...yeah, I uploaded this before DevART decided to change everything. I'd better edit the description to explain that.
Akril15 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
(Actually, I realized that I could just replace the preview image with the original file instead -- oops.)
Jennedra Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
This is getting repetitive...Do you have this somewhere else? I can't see it!
Xarti Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student General Artist
So the King's Quest fandom is that bad?
And I thought that the Kingdom Hearts and anime fandom is filled with fangirls doing what you called the "angstifying" craze.
Akril15 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Not all of the KQ fandom is that into the "angstiness" thing, actually -- just a small part of it.
Xarti Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh, okay.
TheIronHorse Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
LMAO! I love this!
dboywheeler Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007

Good one, Akril!
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