I read this article today. It's rather sweet, I think. Mental illness is a terrible thing. As unlikely a thing as a genre show providing some small measure of comfort and sweetness to a woman and her husband is uplifting. At least slightly.
Then I made the mistake of reading reactions to this article around the blog-o-sphere.
Sarcastic remarks about how "pathetic" this woman is, how this whole thing just proves life is sad and miserable. We should all just sit down and eat a nice big plate of worms, Buffy sucks, etc.
Gee, guys. But how do you really feel?
Anyway, this just reminded me on why I tend to avoid the comics blogs that allow comments to be posted. The self-loathing bitterness of the average modern comics fan seems to have no limit. They'll mock, bash, and deride anything.
Schizophrenia is a branch of psychosis, usually characterised by extreme hallucinations and delusions, for instance hearing voices and seeing things and thinking they are people plotting to kill you.
I am right with you, I suffer from mental illness and when I was in hospital for it my nurse and I used Buffy to help me cope with what I was seeing, because she is able to cope with all the terrible things that she sees and it gave me strength when I was afraid. Sorry if I sound pathetic. Anyway this is a terrible story, and I really relate to the women. I haven't read the comments to it that you mention because I think I'll get too angry, but I wanted to say I agree.
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Welcome, Fallen Rain! I love your name. Is it an allusion to anything in particular?
It reminds me of the Radiohead song Paranoid Android in the middle part when he sings "Rain down, rain down, come on rain down on me .... from a great height..."
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Um, How is that pathetic? I thought it was wonderful, them putting her into the story or was I reading it wrong? I shouldn't read and watch tee vee at the same time. How does that prove that life is miserable? It's difficult, you do your best and don't go on about how miserable it is. That's really a bit more pathetic than this story... Urg.