December 09, 2018
November 28, 2018
I know this might be random because I don’t follow Big Nate anymore. I just decided to stop by after having it on my mind recently. Anyways here’s my hot take on Big Nate: The whole IQ storyline from 2016 ruined Nate’s character. Here’s why. The whole lazy genius thing has been done over and over again. It’s a cliche, especially in comic strip. I used to think Nate’s character was the opposite of that cliche. What would’ve made him unique was if the reason he talks so highly of himself was to convince himself that HE is great. The reason he has a thing against smarter kids like Gina, Ellen, and Francis was because deep down, he wish could be like them. He wish he could get good grades. He wish he was smart. But he just wasn’t. The reason Nate wouldn’t try on his classwork was because he didn’t believe in his own ability to do so. I remember an older comic where Nate said something like “Why would someone spend so much time with someone that they don’t like.” Then Francis and Teddy left him by himself. So I thought that his effort to hide his low self esteem was actually turning people away from him. I feel like this would’ve made Nate more special (and relatable) was if this theory was a reality. Not that he isn’t already special, because that spiky haired kid is still a great memory of my childhood. At the end of the day though, it’s Mr.Pierce’s character. Not mine. So he could do whatever he want with HIS character. But I just wish he had different choices for the character that would’ve been less cliche than the “lazy genius”. Any thoughts?