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GND125 - Gossip Girls

In which we finally see a page of the girls' daily lives at uni, and the author has some kind of problem with reconciling her feminist drives and desire to pass the Bechdel Test with the fact that she is, essentially, scripting a fanservice-heavy romcom.

OK, so there is a LOT going on between the lines here.

- You would not believe how long I sweated over whether Chihiro would accept to be called by the diminutive "Chi" re: her canon learning experience, but I came to the conclusion that all in all she's chill on that by now. Also, she has short hair now (the shiny hair-tie thingy she now wears as a bracelet), and yes, is a very good swimmer...
- Mina does not look like her DTS counterpart, sadly, but rather ironically takes after the actress who portrayed her in that problematic Coppola movie. She also seems to have become a very modern-thinking and elegant young lady (hello, "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" comic-verse) who is probably doing Women's Studies or Journalism, and writing a thesis on "Reactionary Gender Roles & Implicit Misogyny in the works of Stephanie Meyer" and blatantly mouthpiecing an Author Tract.
- Christine's issues with "Bit Lit" characters? I can't quite logically explain. Maybe one too many "Erik is actually a vampire!1!" fanfic, and a little rivalry between Gothic Romance templates?
- And yes, technically Christine shouldn't even be at the Wibsy table, but the whole "Opera Ghost" quasi-supernatural angle to her novel was heavily played up and the end result is pretty similar, so is let slide.
- Susan. Ah, The Problem With Susan. Yeah, that 'ship with Prince Caspian seemed out of left field to me and has left the character - here modelled after the movie actress somewhat - a bit confused.
- Lydia is a very happy out-of-the-closet Goth these days. (and no, BJ will probably not be shown in this comic as of current plans.)
- Since Lizzie is married to a undead psychopomp, she's in.
- Newbie Shilo is accepted as GraveRobber certainly qualifies as a weirdo, and besides being socially reprehensible does have that odd narrating thing going on.

Any favourite characters of yours that are in a mortal girl/strange boyfriend relationship that I didn't fit in here, assume their timetables make for a different lunch period but they still are part the Wibsy club, right?

Slight addendo to answer several comments:
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer numbers neither in the Wibsy nor Fangbanger clubs, and instead hangs out at a table with her usual gang of Scoobies.
- Despite Ursula showing up earlier, Disney and Disney princess should be considered still fictional in-universe, until it is convenient for me to retcon that, at least.
- Check out TVtropes' "Magical Girlfriend" article (telling that it's gender opposite does not exist) for the corresponding boys' club, although I think that one is based in Japan....



This is a work of fanart and solely intended for shits and giggles and the occasional soapbox stand. Not mine, not making money from it.

Shilo and Graverobber (c) Smith, Zdunich, and Bousman.
Christine Daaé (c) Leroux and Webber
Sarah (c) Henson, Lucas, Bowie and Connelly.
Elizabeth (c) Disney and Bruckheimer
Mina Harker (c) Bram Stoker via F.F. Coppola, James V. Hart and Colombia Pictures, via Alan Moore
Lydia Deetz (c) Tim Burton and WB
Susan Pevensie (c) C.S. Lewis, Walden Media
Chihiro (c) Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, Disney

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Hira7's avatar

Never thought of how many supernatural/weird couples I ship 😅💖

BookNerdsAreUs's avatar
I wish chihiro and Sophie could make more appearances/
KuboTaiko's avatar
So if I got it right, "weirdo boyfriend" and "supernatural stalker" doesn't have to overlap right? Because I don't think Elizabeth qualifies if that's the case
Pika-la-Cynique's avatar
It's definitely a sliding scale from "abhorrent stalking" to "reciprocated love", so long as fans ship it and the other party is not "vanilla"/normal/mortal by their canon's settings.
4eyes0soul's avatar
I think you're doing fine on the balance thing.
The stalking is iffy, but otherwise there doesn't seem to be anything major.
Flimflanboy's avatar
Ah, Lydia, no surprise she's here.
Also, isn't Mina the oldest relationship in the group, thus outranking a Miazaki film?
Pika-la-Cynique's avatar
It's the weirdness scale, not meta age.
Flimflanboy's avatar
In that case, Ramona should have it, considering she's dated:
1.Bollywood Satanist Pirate
2. Chris Evans Pro Skater
3. Physic Vegan Bassist
4. Lesbian Ninja Katara (Look it up)
5-6. Double Dragon Neon
7. Steve Jobs Sephiroph 
All that, compared to a river? No contest.
Pika-la-Cynique's avatar
I'm not sure Chihiro would be particularly bothered by losing the title.
AvalonJohnsonArt's avatar
I wonder if all their respective bfs or unboyfriends know about this, and what their reactions would be upon finding it.
I wonder if Jareth would retaliate with his own wannabe-club, like, "Sexy and Sometimes Sparkly Rejected Romantics", or in short, the "sassers". None of his buds would want to participate, and the only members would be him, a disgruntled Hoggle, a happy Ludo, Sir Didymus, and some of the smarter goblins.
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Alys18's avatar
Thank you for explaining this.  I was going to suggest Harley Quinn joining the club but she's as nutty and stalkerish as her bf.  I agree with Christine, vampire gfs need their own table.  I'm not a fan of Elena or Bella but I love Sookie and Mina!
NeonLunafish's avatar
Just now caught the mention of Anita, aka Anita Blake: Vampire Slayer series... how did I just now realize that? I saw Elena and Sookie earlier, gaaaah
rcoots's avatar
Commenting much, much to late. But in Susan's case, why not go with the book? The only reason she showed up in Horse and his Boy was because the ruler of that particular city was trying to win her hand, right?  (Honestly, it's been years since I read that book, and I was more focused on the talking horse ;P )
Pika-la-Cynique's avatar
yeah but that's when Susan has been living as a Queen of Narnia and forgotten her origins nearly completely, right? There's little Wibsy-ish about political marriages or royal suitors per se. She squeaks in because the Prince Caspian film recasts things as cross-universe romance and she goes back to ordinary teenage girlhood afterwards...
ShayLaLaLooHoo's avatar
I love your Mina Harker!
Bookwormgal's avatar
As I was rereading this, I started thinking about how Lydia and Sarah would have something in common (both dark-haired girls from eighties movies who almost wind up with creepy supernatural older guys with impressive power) only to come upon this page and be reminded that you've already added Lydia. Even if I initially forgot about the cameo, it still makes me happy.
Sango9904's avatar
As I keep reading, I keep seeing more of my favorite characters from movies I love (Lydia and Chihiro) and this is absolutely the best crossover comic I have read in ages
Ryujou's avatar
Just out of curiosity, is admission in the Wibsy club only open to mortal girls, or can supernatural girls join too?
Pika-la-Cynique's avatar
Mostly "normal" girls in the weird situation... plenty of leeway on that though. Thinking of anyone in particular?
Ryujou's avatar
Not really. I was just thinking about a scenario with one of my OCs in my head, and got curious.
Cheow12's avatar
Chihiro, darling!!
Arlene0401's avatar
Quite late for a comment... just thought that Tiffany Aching should be a wibsy, too... if having been stalked by Wintersmith himself and being continuosly harrassed by the Wee Free Men doesn´t qualify, what does?
Plus, she should have the ability to scare Jareth witless ;-)
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