[LNH/ACRA/WRIMO] Anal-Retentive Archive Kid: A Judicious Use Of Overkill #9

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Sat Nov 27 19:21:36 PST 2010

On Nov 25, 4:54 pm, Saxon Brenton <saxonbren... at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Anal-Retentive Archive Kid: A Judicious Use Of Overkill - part 9

Nice finish.  With another concept I might quibble that at the big
finish, things were too easy for ARAK.  But if there were a challenge
there, it wouldn't be overkill, would it?  Besides, you and David the
Ninja did remember that things don't *always* go easily.

> Author's notes:
>      Hmm, this makes Elizabeth look like a panic stricken girl, doesn't
> it?

No, actually.  Perhaps I've read too many comic books, but that scene
gave me the impression that Elizabeth was secretly in love with ARAK.

> In the interests of balance, here's an alternative interpretation
> of Anal-Retentive Archive Kid from her point of view, taken from
> _Limp-Asparagus Lad_ #53:
> |    Up until now she'd had a growing belief that Wendle was prudent and
> | sensible, albeit somewhat over-fond of obscure knowledge. Now it seemed
> | that his reputation on campus as a Viking-wannabe who was too much
> | wrapped in his pride was true after all.   This was a disaster waiting
> | to happen.
>      Now, what's the name of the type of dramatic story where the fatal
> flaw of the protagonist brings about their downfall?  Oh yes, a tragedy.

I didn't get any sense of tragedy from the story itself.  If anything,
it could have been titled ARAK Triumphant.  I suppose we should expect
tragedy from the sequel.  (I have maneuvered myself into having to
write one too, as you shall see tomorrow.)

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