Thursday’s strip was not available for preview, so instead I’m going to speculate a bit.
Apparently Les is serious about writing Lisa’s Story – The First Shoe, a book about how he first met Lisa. And I’ll be damned if I can figure out what he can put into it.
Oh, I know he’ll talk about himself and his feelings. That’s no mystery. But I’m thinking that the events he can talk about would already be in the first book.
I know that in the real world, it’s a selection of newspaper comics, but in universe, it’s supposed to be a moving story of how Les suffered and yet was so caring and witty while terrible things happened around him. But again, in universe, wouldn’t he have provided some portrait of Lisa, telling how they’d met, how their relationship developed, and so on? Even if only in a forward, or a prologue? Otherwise, the reader is given a dying woman with no real reason to care at all. He has to have personalized her so that the reader can see what she means to him and thus connect to her story. That’s the title of the book after all.
…Though as we later saw, when he was writing the script he had no idea how to portray Lisa until Cayla dug out her diary. Honestly, that makes the in universe book even worse in my opinion–it is nothing but all Les, all the time.
Here’s my crack at the opening of the in universe Lisa’s Story. Feel free to submit your own in the comments!
“This is a story of unbelievable pain, unbelievable suffering, yet holding aloft the intelligence, the humility, and the wit to survive it all. It’s also the story of how my wife died, and how I was there for here…even before she knew me.
“To begin at the beginning, I always found high school to be beneath my natural gifts. Because I couldn’t conform downward, I naturally became the outcast. Barely understood by most, yet mindful of their jealousy, I did my best to keep my grades up and my sights higher. Unappreciated by the teachers, I was well on my way to a ‘mediocre’ high school experience when one day I met someone who I knew would love me. Unlike those damnable others.
“Her name was Lisa. And I was the best thing that ever happened to her.”
I think I’ll stop here, I’m creeping myself out.