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Look for The Rules at the end of the post

1. What do you think makes Clark such a sympathetic character?
For me, first and foremost, I'm going to say the actor playing him.  I think Tom Welling infuses Clark with tremendous heart and vulnerability.  As for the character himself, I think his very existence on Earth makes him sympathetic.  I don't believe people consider it too often, but can you imagine what it must've been like growing up for him?  Sure, his parents loved him and gave him a good home.  But we also know they wouldn't let him play sports, and were so nervous about how he'd behave, they didn't let him have birthday parties (or probably go to any).  Can you imagine how many times this child was told no, and lectured?  And I'm not blaming the Kents, but its makes me feel tremendously sympathetic towards Clark.  In the present time, I often find myself empathizing with him since he's so often faced with impossible choices that have no correct answers.  No teenager should have the weight of the world on his shoulders.  For that alone, he's always going to have my sympathy.

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2. What is your personal style?
Hard to define.  I do try and stay on top of current fashion trends, and I spend entirely too much money on clothes.  But I'm also past the point in my life where I'll buy overly trendy stuff.  For work, I prefer slacks and a blouse over skirts.  And for casual, I like low rise jeans with a flair, heels or a high wedge, and a t-shirt.

3. What's your favorite magazine? Why?
Lucky magazine.  Because I'm a shopaholic, and because I constantly buying new face creams, and shampoos, etc.  This magazine was made for me.

4. What shows are you looking forward to this upcoming season? Why?
I am looking forward to SV and SPN, but only because I want to see my favorite guys again.  Spoilers for both series do not look promising.  I'm looking forward to the return of Jericho, since I grew rather fond of that show and was glad to see CBS give it another shot.  And I should know better, but I'm looking forward to Lost.  I've watched it from the beginning, and I'll watch it to the end.  Heroes?  I'll watch, but I'm strangely ambivalent over that show.  As for new shows, I can't say there is even one that has me excited.

5. What is your favorite vacationing spot?
Oh man, its hard to narrow it down.  I love Bermuda.  And I really enjoyed Vancouver.  


OK, now here are the rules:

1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favorite lyric to your current favorite song. Or your favorite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better. 
3. You update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you ask them five questions.




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pep_singer
Jul. 27th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Fun answers!

ITA with you about Clark. I know a lot of people think, "oh, he must have had a good childhood; he was raised by the Kents!" but I think it must have been extremely difficult not being allowed to be involved in activities like other normal kids. I think, on the surface, it seems like Clark had perfectly easy, relatively idyllic childhood, but I think there's a lot more to it than that.

Heh, I *know* I spend too much money on clothes. I *adore* fashion. My obsession is with polos and skinny jeans as of right now. :)

Lucky is a pretty good magazine, but my particular favorites are In Style and Teen Vogue. They had a ton of fashion, yet current events type of things. I also like Glamour.

I can't wait to see TW, JA, and JP on our screens again, either. :) But yeah, I'm kinda dreading the shows coming back because of spoilers.

I haven't really vacationed anywhere that I just fell in love with. I've been to GA plenty of times, though. I can't wait until I get to go to NY this November! *squees*

jeannev
Jul. 27th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think Clark's childhood, not to mention the effect Jor-El had on him, are often glossed over and not made part of the Clark whole. And I think its too important to leave out. This is a kid, a child, who had to lie and hide his whole damned life, with his parents putting the fear of God in him that if he's found out, bad things will happen. Jeez!

I'm not in love with skinny jeans. I just can't get there.

InStyle is also a good magazine.

Heh, I live in NY. Best place in the world, IMO.
juxtoppozed
Jul. 27th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
the effect Jor-El had on him, are often glossed over and not made part of the Clark whole

Total word on this. It's when Jor-El starts actively screwing with his life and hurting people close to him that Clark seems to lose his way, and I see the rest of the series--since that batshit time in S2/S3--as Clark trying to regain footing, reconcile with his heritage and find a way to help and protect people without also putting them in the line of fire. It's pretty unhinging when your efforts to protect the people you love backfire spectacularly every time because of your Bio-dad's catch-22's. It's not often that this is seen as a legitemate obstacle, a legitemate blow to Clark's psyche when it really is--just look at how well adjusted and happy Clark was before the advent of Jor-El and all his ulimatums and punishments.
jeannev
Jul. 27th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
It's not often that this is seen as a legitemate obstacle, a legitemate blow to Clark's psyche when it really is--just look at how well adjusted and happy Clark was before the advent of Jor-El and all his ulimatums and punishments.


Yeah, exactly, thats how I see it too. Not that Clark didn't have his issues before, like being different and sometimes feeling alienated. But its really post his encounter with Jor-El that he began to reject his whole Kryptonian roots, and seemed to be become fearful of who he is and what he's capable of. And from a character POV, it makes a lot of sense.

But for some reason, this stuff very rarely is considered when it comes to Clark. I don't exactly get it.
juxtoppozed
Jul. 28th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
But for some reason, this stuff very rarely is considered when it comes to Clark. I don't exactly get it.

I think it's because a lot of people watch already expecting Clark to be at his final destination, it's taken for granted that when Clark finally, actively, and publicly *does* decide to put the safety of the entire world on his shoulders that it was a choice, an amalgam of all his experiences--heartbreaking ones included. They need to show us those awful experiences first, test his mettle and have him try to find his way but people don't really want to see that for some reason. A great analogy is--would you drop everything that matters to you, everything you love, all your relationships and dream for a normal and stable life... to join the Peace Corp for life? Even if you were an extraordinarily selfless and giving person, that is a tough decision to make. We might not have powers, but that's an analogous decision...dropping everything in our personal lives and all other dreams and just serving humanity selflessly for the rest of our lives. People tend to look at Clark as if he should be at that endpoint, the culmination of all his growth/pain, just by default when he's just like everyone else, if not more selfless. That's kind of the point of SV for me, but it's hard to get this p.o.v across because of that "default" people have about Superman/Clark.
jeannev
Jul. 28th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
I totally get what you mean, and I agree.

I will say that I don't believe SV always does a very good job in their presentation of this. And I'll go a bit further, and say part of that is the preoccupation with the Lana stuff, which largely reflects negatively on Clark at this point. I can understand quite a bit about Clark, to most definitely include his reluctance. But I wish the show gave him more of an outlet for his POV.
juxtoppozed
Jul. 28th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
I think they did a good, sometimes even great job in Seasons 1-3, and then Season 5. Season 6 had the potential to be awesome...imagine if we got the sub-plot in Static, where Clark is tracking the Zoners and doing his own sleuthing, for at least half the season instead of relegating it to C-plots or offscreen. I really enjoyed that, but they it took a back seat to Lexana and Green Arrow. I like their ideas and even presentation, I just don't like how they prioritize them. Hell, I don't even mind Clana because whether I like her or not, she's his first love and that's a huge part of the story (and execution notwithstanding, I think the reason they have stuck with Clark fixated on Lana is because they don't want to show Clark as fixated, Clark has that old fashioned, sometimes endearing idea that he only dates people he thinks he'll be with long term). Wow, tangent. Anyway, yeah I agree and I'm dreading what kind of gimmicks they could be cooking up this season to keep the main character in a supporting role on his own show.
juxtoppozed
Jul. 28th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
*
*er, that's "they don't want to show Clark as *fickle*
jeannev
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
I totally get that they don't want to show Clark as fickle. And I also understand why they wanted to build this up as an important first love. But I think you can only go so far with this stuff, tear down those bridges so many times, and have certain hurtful things said and done before the continuation of it becomes something negative and detrimental to the characters involved.

I do like some of their ideas in regards to Clark, but I wouldn't say overwhelmingly so. I do think Clark Kent is the sort of character you have to be protective of, and love, to write properly. I don't believe those in charge of SV do either.
carolandtom
Jul. 27th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Ditto about Clark (and Tom!) And nice to know more about you!
jeannev
Jul. 27th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
:) Thanks. But I'm generally boring as hell. But if you want to discuss shoes and designer handbags, and Tom Welling, I'm your gal! ;)
ladybugkay
Jul. 28th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think Clark Kent is a tragic figure in so many ways. Just think about how young he was when the Kents first taught him to lie! It's a wonder he even knows what truth looks like, since he lies to everyone in his life every single day. So as much of a positive influence the Kents were on his life, they were also a detrimental one, as well, and I think a large part of why he turned out so heroic and noble and saviour-like is because of who he is, regardless of how he was raised. I don't think he would have been easily corrupted, even if he had been raised by, say, the Luthors. That's my opinion, anyway.
jeannev
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Yes, Thank you! Its so nice to find other people like myself who actually consider Clark's upbringing, and don't consider it all sunshine and rainbows. Sure, the Kents loved Clark completely. But they also taught him to lie so early in his life. And even worse, they instilled fear in him if he didn't lie. And again, I'm not blaming the Kents, because what else could they do? But what sort of toll does that take on a childs psyche? And Clark never got to just go play with other children and let himself feel free. He couldn't. Don't run too fast, don't throw too hard, don't jump too high.

I guess the reason this is such a sticking point for me is that I know, and have read, a lot of very insightful posts that discuss how Lex's upbringing contributes to the person he is. And thats fair. But its very rarely discussed in relation to Clark. And in so many ways, his upbringing had to warp a lot of sensibilities as well. How could it not?
pep_singer
Jul. 30th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
I don't understand it, either. Clark may have had a normal upbringing in comparison to Lex, but I don't think it was easy at all. And I know people knock Clark for being a cynic, but with all of the shit that has happened in his life, I can't blame him. I'd be a cynic myself.
jeannev
Jul. 30th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, thats a big problem with the way this show has written Clark. Its really hard NOT to understand why he isn't a pie-in-the-sky, happy-go-lucky optimist.
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