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Here Comes Mr. Jordan

ozma914 read my comments about Alan Scott being gay and my ranting about Hal Jordan sleeping with a 13 year old.  His reaction can be summed up as, "Wait...when did this happen?!?"

The character is question is Arisia Rrab.  Arisia was a elfin-looking Green Lantern who was 13 years old.  She would do things like design new outfits for the other Lanterns and hang around Jordan.  Jordan told her to beat it before she got him in trouble.

What changed?  She did.  Literally.  Because the power rings react to will, Arisia literally willed herself to become older.  Well, sort of.  Her body developed into sexual maturity, although her mind and actual age was still that of a 13 year old.

Jordan didn't put up any resistance to this.  He gleefully jumped into an affair with her.  And when the other Lanterns were basically saying, "Uh, dude?  She's still a 13 year old," Jordan told them to jam it.

This went on for a while and they eventually broke up.  The character was created by Mike W. Barr, who is a fan of the manly men writing thing, so I imagine he was trying to make Jordan a mack daddy.  But every time I see Arisia, all I can think is she's 13 and Chris Hansen should be telling Jordan, "Why don't you have a seat over there?"

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ozma914
Jun. 5th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, I had heard about that, but forgot. Although taken to ickiness in this case, one part of it is an interesting concept: That is, people handling being in a mind that's of a different age from their body. It's something similar to what I've wanted to do with an Oz book of my own, dealing with a 120 year old Dorothy Gale still trapped in an 11 year old body, and how both she and those around her would deal with it. I'm not inviting Hal Jordan to that party, though.
sinetimore
Jun. 6th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
I agree, it is an interesting idea, although one that is usually played for laughs or just ignored rather than any serious exploration (like a certain sparkly vampire that is actually over 100 years old). Some writers have tried it with Captain Marvel (the Big Red Cheese) since Billy Batson is still a kid when his body changes (the CM rip-off Prime tried similar stuff). Usually, when it happens and it is given any thought, it's generally sexual in nature (it tingles, I don't understand). Or combined for laughs, like Baby Herman in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? ("I got a thirty year old lust and a twelve month old dinky").

To some degree, movies like Peggy Sue Got Married and 13 Going On 30 sort of run with this, although in the case of the former it also factored in awareness of how things would turn out. Curiously, movies like Peggy Sue have become rarer and more movies go with the 13/30 motif, saying that there was an innocence in childhood that must be kept alive and tapped lest you start acting too grown up (Big, Vice Versa, Like Father Like Son, Disney's The Kid, etc.). They present life just happening and people trying to keep up with it as some sort of mortal sin.

If you look close, you can also see mental ages around you. My whole life, I've always been attracted to women a few years older than me, and I think it's because of the maturity. Women that act like party girls (the Kardashians) would have me running for the hills with shotgun in tow, and ready to send an assful of lead at anyone that followed. My sister married an immature dipshit, just like her. Like mentalities gravitate towards each other, and will override age differences. There was a guy I worked with who we would talk cartoons, rock music, all kinds of stuff. He was 22. He thought I was 27 at the most. He was shocked to find out I was 38 at the time.

He tried to set me up with his mom. Appreciated the thought, but the idea of the family connections and relations that would result, I just couldn't process it and turned the offer down.
ozma914
Jun. 7th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
Well, my Oz book would have laughs in it -- I envision it as a humor novel -- but coming from the characters and situations, rather than being a farce. I've learned that I suck at making fun of characters; the funny has to come out of them. I can't do parody, for instance.

I liked the Captain Marvel of the Justice League from back around, I believe, the late 80's. He was a kid in a man's body, but none of the other heroes knew it, which led to some funny moments. In fact, now that I think on it, I like the concept in general -- most of the movies you mentioned I really enjoyed, even those that weren't exactly grade-A quality. Maybe my interest in writing this Oz book stems not just from my lifelong love of the Oz universe, but of my interest in the idea specifically.

As for me, I've always been attracted to younger women (but not the Kardashian type). It seems that in real life (I'm not sure how much of it translates to my writing) I'm emotionally about the same age as my wife, who's half my age. The bad part is, her maturity level is closer to my real age, so we passed each other at some point.
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