December 09, 2018
November 28, 2018
I do want to use today’s strip to also talk about the elephant in the room: Will Nate and Daphne be another bait by Peirce.
When I say bait, I mean that there is a very, VERY specific pattern Peirce uses for Nate girlfriend arcs. So specific it’s actually kinda weird, and it’s a big reason why lots of people here have their doubts on this arc (and I don’t blame them).
Excluding Ruby Dinsmore from Blasts Off, there have been 3 major girlfriends in Nate’s life who HAVE dated him (hence why I’m not mentioning Jenny or Gina or Lila or Etc.): Angie, Kelly, Trudy.
Each met him in the summer (July, specifically), each one is the object of Nate’s affections from pretty much the first moment he looks at them, and after about a month, they get together with him and kiss him one way or another (except for Trudy, which took 3 months until he got with her).
After that, a period of 5-6 months pass where Nate and the girl get to be happy (Angie got 6 until February, Kelly too, and Trudy got 5 months until March). Then the inevitable breakup.
This means that with flirting prelude included, 7-8 months is the time for a girlfriend arc, before it ends.
Daisy is its own kettle of fish, but she too lasted a month before a decision was made (the decision being no).
The evidence for Daphne working out IS there (Peirce has said that it’s unlikely to find your true love at such a young age, BUT he has also said that there’s always the possibility when he introduces a girl that maybe this is the one, read Epic Big Nate and you’ll see what I mean), and there are a few intriguing differences:
1. Nate didn’t fall for her the moment he saw her. Not to diss the other arcs, but it’s not just the looks.2. Daphne is way different than the others. Angie was just a nice girl, Kelly was kinda tough and moody, and Trudy was, well, sort of shallow. Daphne is a shy, nerdy, awkward girl. The opposite of any typical Nate love interest.3. Daphne pointed out that Nate isn’t an idiot. c’ntd in reply
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