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Poor, poor Betty, ‘the saddest girl in the world’

Archie #600

Archie #600

Amid the rush and push of yesterday’s announcement that Archie Andrews will marry Veronica Lodge — in one imaginary story before he apparently weds Betty Cooper in another — I forgot one very important detail: The Riverdale teens have blogs! Where they comment on story developments!

I’m ashamed that slipped my mind, because their posts add layer upon tragic layer to the Big Day.

Heartbroken Betty dubs herself “The Saddest Girl in the World,” writing, “I’m so sad I don’t even know what to say” before signing off with her standard, and now gut-wrenching, “Xoxoxoxo Bets.” Sniff.

The clueless — or is it the unspeakably cruel? — Veronica blogs: “I am so excited, I am getting Married to Archie. There is so much to do, so many plans to make. I wonder if Betty wants to be my Maid of Honor? I bet she is so happy for me!” That Lodge girl is just begging to have her tires slashed.

Archie, meanwhile, seems resigned to his fate, and maybe a little dead inside. “Well … Jughead,” he writes on the blog he shares with Forsythe Pendleton Jones III, “do you want to be my best man?” No excitement, no relief. Just business.

And speaking of taking care of business, Reggie spies an opportunity: “Betty is probably free Friday night. Maybe I should ask her out.” It’s not nearly as callous as it seems on the surface: It’s probably best if Betty isn’t left alone for a while.

There’s still another, slightly mind-boggling, layer to this: the twisted internal logic of characters commenting on events of an imaginary story that’s set several years in their future.

Archie #600 goes on sale in August.

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I’d do Betty. I’d be thinking of Veronica, but I’d do Betty.

(With a nod to Red Dwarf.)



That reminds me of the Diary of Ralph Dibny that took place during 52.

I’ve been reading Archie comics as long as I remember -this American small-town utopia called Riverdale never fails to bring a smile to my face, even today as I write from India (I’m 24 today). Archie comics was my first positive impression of US culture. The characters seem to be drawn from life and feel so real that sometimes, you just forget all that is pure fiction!

Archie is mostly an obnoxious idiot, but all the same, he has a heart of pure gold (I prefer the Jughead character more). Archie comics are basically a mish-mash of human emotions -anger, jealousy, love, humour, betrayal, sacrifice- all rolled into one. Archie comics are so different from all those annoying, “superhero” stories which fill entire shelves in bookstores around me. It’s indeed a challenging task to sustain for 70 years, a comic-book series on everyday life without invoking mindless violence. Hats off to the creative team of Archie for never running out of ideas to delight their readers. case I’m being a bit long-winded, I actually would like to congratulate Archie on his bold decision to marry Veronica. While it’s true most Archie fans could be disappointed with this (how on Earth could he shun homely, sweet-natured, caring Betty for that arrogant brat?), i think he’s made a perfectly wise choice.

I remember the first time I read about this famous love triangle, I was instantly drawn towards Veronica’s arrogant, brat-like manners. Betty is someone I never even noticed for a very long time. It was always “Archie and Veronica” for me. Some people accuse her of being proud, rich and vain. The truth is that’s what makes her exciting. She’s herself instead of being a kiss-ass like Betty. I mean at times when Betty ingratiates herself to Archie in such a demeaning way, it’s simply unacceptable. She’s certainly a talented, beautiful girl and should go for intelligent men -Archie just shouldn’t figure in her calculations.

Too late though. Enjoy your heart-break Betty. May you cry your heart out like a sore loser. Best wishes to Veronica and Archie.

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