I finally have an announcement to make. You've
probably already noticed the new link on the main page, so here I'll
explain. I love reading. And writing. I like encouraging
both as much as possible. Although there have been a few good
Daria fanfics, there haven't been many. So, I decided to give
a little push to things. I am starting my own, very unofficial,
writing contest. The grand prize really depends on MTV, since
they should be releasing quite a large amount of merchandise before
next season (which, despite message board rumours, is not happening
this year). So, between now and early next year, at least think
about this contest ;) You'll have plenty of time, after all.
Please keep in mind that this has nothing to do with MTV. I do not have their support for this, I'm doing it because I feel like it. I'm not charging entry fees, and I'm paying for the prize (unless someone wants to donate... Daria merchandise only, no money).
I found a wonderful website a few days ago, called My Word's Worth that you may be interested in, even though it has nothing to do with Daria.
No one has mentioned this, but in one of my old Ramblings, I do mention that Daria may be depressed, a notion she firmly, and irritably, denies in "The Misery Chick". I somewhat fell into the "trap" of popular perception, and I'd like to explain the "somewhat". I felt (and feel) that the mental-health perceptions of this society need a good kick (I've had the same trouble with it Daria had, just in a different - and far less dramatic - manner). I figured that Daria was challenging other society perceptions (namely, "smart is bad"), so why not this one? The writers just went about it in a way I hadn't anticipated. I hoped, rather than assumed, that she would be the "misery chick". Since they did challenge these perceptions, I'm happy. And it's obvious from the way everyone acts around Daria that this little aspect of Lawndale High isn't going to go away any time soon. It will be interesting to see how she handles the situation.
I'm going to babble about society (U.S. society, at least)
and intelligence. This is, of course, one of the big points
of the show for me (and all the better since it's coming from a channel
associated with the word 'intelligent' only because it is particularly
not). Americans, most of them, treat intelligence like a bad
thing. I've never been offended when someone called me any of
the supposedly derogatory names such as bookworm, brain, egg-head,
etc. I've always taken them as a compliment, which rather irritates
the name-callers. The point here is that some people think calling
someone a brain can actually be taken as an insult. Quinn,
and others of her ilk, do (remember her and Daria fighting in the
flashback in "Pinch Sitter"?). Daria's well aware of this, too
(Daria: Hi. I'm Quinn's brainy older sister. People
say we look alike. "The Invitation"). But what does it
say about Americans that most think intelligence is a bad thing? Could
this possibly be why we have some of the worst educated kids in the
world? Well, of course. Notice, however, that Lawndale
High isn't quite as bad about this as many places. Kevin, the
QB of the football team and resident idiot, actually likes Daria.
This may be because of his puppy-dog character, but he's willing
to do more than go to her for advice, one of the few times intelligence
is sought out. An attempt to change the "smart is bad" perception,