If this isn't an insider story, I don't know what is. That's fine, if that's what you decided to do. Anyone who has puttered around these sites would catch a reference or two.. or ten. It's good fun to see yourselves in print and doing things normally contemplated in pleasant dreams.
For those not in the know, it was fairly boring. The story, as presented, was Jerry setting up a surprise for Steve to help him with his writing.
It took a gawd-awful long time to find out what it was, the reader having been forced on a tour of the rather well-known park, cluttered with often obscure references to who knows what, having nothing to do with the resolution of the story except very obliquely, discovering in the end that the surprise was to have Steve find out she had become Catwoman and Jerry, due to an impromptue urge from Anya, Catgirl. Hmm.
One could say that it was a voyage of discovery, too, but heck, anytime a guy turns into a girl, that happens.
While it was clever in spots and I plan to take certain parts of it away for reuse after disguising the source, (dueling red hot swords?) the story was for insiders.
It's a difficult thing to do, weaving references into a story that satisfies both the in-crowd and the uninitiated, but worth the effort. I think perhaps that JillMI did it bestin her "Arsenic and Old Lace" remake.
I know Steve's programing was special, but why would Jerry include Selina being a lesbian? (I'm not a Catwoman fan, but I don't think she's a lesbian, Is she?) For that matter, why was Jacquie made a lesbian? There was nothing to indicate that Jerry requested it, and being a lesbian or even bi would be a deviation from the default settings of the magic, heterosexuality, as stated by Elrod. Anya would have had to deliberately program that. Did she do that on her own as her "Well, maybe the slightest, but not a lot..."? Seems to me changing the programing to make them both lesbians would be A LOT!
Did she change them mentally as well? There was nothing to indicate that Steve and Jerry were gay lovers, and yet they didn't seem aware that there was anything unusual about their lesbian activities as Selina and Jacquie - no, "Wow that was great but when did I become gay?"
If Anya did these mental changes without consulting Jerry or Steve, even if she believed she was doing them a favor, that's quite a new and dark twist to Anya's personality. probably comes from hanging around with that damn amoral Wizard :-)
Ok, Steve, you win. I am tired after reading this puppy, but I enjoyed it while I was. As you'll recall from one I wrote some time back, (with lots of questions to get things at least close to right) I haven't been a real big comics reader for a while now. So there are probably things in this one I missed completely (so sue me... *grin*)
Anyway I did mention that I liked the story, right? Good, I'll leave it at that, then. Fun, with potential for more of the same.
Re: Bikini Beach: A Friend in Need
by Guest Reader on May 19, 2003 - 11:19 AM