Posted by Alex Forbes on March 04, 2017 at 07:21:27 user Pitsligo.
In Reply to: What about Peggy? posted by Tiss Flower on March 04, 2017 at 01:43:39:
I expect Mike Dennis's assessment is probably pretty accurate: AR needed Nancy to have a "sidekick", to showcase Nancy more clearly. Speaking as a writer myself, AR was also right at the limit of how many characters he could juggle, both in terms of keeping the story moving forward at a good pace and in keeping each character distinct within the all-cast scenes (especially writing with a younger audience in mind, where some subtlety of character must often be sacrificed for clarity). I have my thoughts on how he could have done it, to include a more developed Peggy, and perhaps should have done it, but it's easy (and unfair) to criticise when I'm not the one doing the writing.
Just my guess.
It's really too bad; as a character in her own right she has a lot to offer. She --and we, as readers-- got shorted as a lot of potential was ignored or set aside for story clarity. On the other hand, anyone writing S&A fan-fic has Peggy available as an open door into some very good stories.
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