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28 March 2018 @ 03:09 pm
So tomorrow's the big ScoobyNatural!  
AND I MAY BE TRAVELING. BLARG. I hope I'll catch it somehow before Sunday night, when I get home, because I think it'll be adorbs and a welcome respite from wankage! OR WILL IT BE?

As seen on tumblr and twitter; eye-rolling under the cut.

So people are already whinging about Dean macking on Daphne. Because "she's in high school". I shouldn't be surprised, eh?

But here’s the thing ... and I just figured this out while my brain was wandering ... the Scooby Gang (at least in the iteration that is being utilized on SPN), isn’t depicted as actual, fleshed-out high schoolers. Duh, right? (Hell, I didn’t even know the Gang was in high school when I was watching the cartoon as a kid. I thought they were in their 20′s.) BECAUSE THE SHOW IS NOT ABOUT THEM BEING IN HIGH SCHOOL. It’s about a bunch of friends tooling around the country in a groovy van, solving mysteries. Back then, they didn’t go to prom, worry about grades (or social injustices), they didn’t have to ask their parents’ permissions to do anything, yadda. (True fact: Scooby and friends were designed as a response to what was perceived as the violent cartoons of the time, something fun and hip. In the era of Make Love, Not War.)

The Scooby Gang are iconic stereotypes, that’s it. The Hapless Babe, the Big Dumb Stud, the Nerdy Genius, the Hippie Slacker, and, well, a talking dog. And because the cartoon was targeted at a YA audience, they were drawn to look like they were in their 20′s. That’s a pretty standard practice for targeting the YA audience, btw. (Nowadays, we’ve split out the genre some, into Middle School and New Adult categories, but back when Scoob was developed, those didn’t quite exist yet.)
I get folks fretting about the supposed age difference, given our current practice of analyzing (and perhaps over-analyzing) pretty much everything, but I don’t think this is the instance to get upset about that. And what’s more, the episode was written by the Scooby team, not the SPN team, before anyone rolls their eyes and mumbles stuff about “typical for SPN”...

The episode hasn’t even aired, so let’s withhold the pearl-clutching until there’s something to clutch. I suspect there’s been a lot of 'getting skeeved out’ for naught.

Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: 'I Think I Love You' - The Partridge Family
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mdlawmdlaw on March 28th, 2018 09:22 pm (UTC)

We were just talking the other day about the new Scooby being high schoolers, but in the original they were older.  Daphne, Fred, and Velma are definitely not in high school.  Plus, I always thought Shaggy was that older dude that always hung around.     m.       :)

gingersnap1224: Dean ???gingersnap1224 on March 29th, 2018 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh for crying out loud, can't we ever just have some fun? High school? I loved Scooby doo and never thought they were in high school.
roxymissroseroxymissrose on March 29th, 2018 01:49 am (UTC)

I watched a few eps of the original back in the day and never once thought of them as teenagers! They had no parents! They drove around at night! They hung out with a pothead! People...it's just disguising hate as concern.

cassiopeia7: Dean&Sam: Brotherscassiopeia7 on March 29th, 2018 02:20 am (UTC)

This! I also watched the original series as a child, and always viewed the Scooby Gang as adults. (Then again, I was still in single-digit years, and everyone taller than me was "grown-up.") I've seen complaints regarding Dean and Daphne's supposed age difference, and while I don't know when SPN fandom became The Oh-So-Easily-Offended Snowflake Fandom, but all the manufactured drama is tiring. Certain fans need to unclench ASAP.

Besides, even if Daphne was only 16 back in the day, she's a full-fledged cougar now. Consenting adults, baby! ;)

Safe travels, lady! ♥

Edited at 2018-03-29 05:08 pm (UTC)
Emma Rose (Emily)emmatheslayer on March 29th, 2018 02:22 am (UTC)
I didn't know they were in high school but my thing was I wanted Dean to go for Velma idk I figured it would be a Dean thing lol anyway I am excited for it I am trying to avoid hate I am having high hopes for it for sure
madebyme_x: pic#110142851madebyme_x on March 29th, 2018 05:53 pm (UTC)

I had no idea that the gang were supposed to be in high school! I always thought they were in their early twenties. I mean c'mon peeps can't we just watch and enjoy something for once. I'm looking forward to it; it looks like it's going to be a hoot.

bradygirl_12: great pumpkin (lucy--snoopy)bradygirl_12 on March 29th, 2018 11:06 pm (UTC)
I mean c'mon peeps can't we just watch and enjoy something for once.

Surely you jest. Dontcha know that in the age we live in, EVERYTHING must be subject to outrage! *rolls eyes*
milly_gal: Jarethmilly_gal on March 30th, 2018 10:38 am (UTC)
Oh for the love of - O.o - I got nothin'
nomerclesnomercles on March 31st, 2018 08:06 am (UTC)
hear hear!

I have actually been yelled at by people in real life about this whole Dean + Scooby thing, and a bunch of other presumed "Dean would hit on her and she's too young and therefore he's a perv" all the way back to the early days of the show. Has this "analysis" really been going on this long? Really?

I get so, so tired of it. So tired.