Forrest wrote:I was actually kind of disappointed that the graduation thing was never wrapped up in the end. I was expecting it to be something like a punchline to the entire story -- what starts off as a final project turns into a giant epic story of epicness and everybody (but us astute readers) gets so caught up in the action that we forget this was all for a final project, and then in the end after all has turned dark and grim and everybody we ever loved has died... Meji passes her final exam, yay! Like that is all she ever cared about the entire time, and she never forgot what was really important.
A matter of taste, I'm sure, but I definitely prefer the way this actually worked out, for two reasons.
First, high school may look pretty important (or not) when you're in it, but it's really a transient in the grand scheme of things. The important stuff is what comes later. (Trivium of the day: the current police chief of Washington, D.C., dropped out of school after her freshman year in high school, and was an unwed mother at age 15. Then she got her s__t together, either returned to school and finished or got her GED, went on to college and grad school, and rose to a law-enforcement position that, any way you cut it, has to be viewed as "important.") Meji underwent a great deal of maturation as Errant Story unfolded; why wouldn't
she leave Professor Yukiri's class behind?
Second, Meji wasn't the only one who was maturing as Errant Story was unfolding. So was Poe.
You could watch not just his artwork, but also his writing, his grasp of nuances of character, his concept of morals and ethics -- I would say durn near his whole world view -- becoming significantly deeper and more thoughtful as time passed. Not obsessing over this particular issue, in part because Meji
, having achieved near-ghodhood along with growing up, wouldn't obsess over it, is just what you'd expect of a writer who has grown up and decided to tackle the hard stuff rather than the throwaways. You done good, Poe.