It is said sometimes that Daria is exactly as smart as you think she is. Whether you picture her as merely bright or as an incandescent genius, you will fit the pieces of her life together to support that outcome. Blood Meridian is not considered a light work by anyone who has ever reviewed it, and the levels of both symbolism and violence in the tale are said to be extreme. It crossed my mind that there might have been some subtle point being made by the cartooning staff in having her take that book along to Camp Grizzly, but in retrospect it is likely that the writers or artists only wanted to show that she had sophisticated and intellectual tastes in literature. The actual content of Blood Meridian was not the issue.
If anyone else has read Cormac McCarthy's work, you are invited to comment on the curiosity of having Daria be a possible fan of his novels, and what that says about her, if anything at all.
A new Iron Chef has risen on PPMB. "Continue this as an AU" is a challenge offered by Gouka Ryuu. Take one of Kristen Bealer's stories ("Squandered Potential") and develop it as an alternate universe.
- Avalon, by legendeld (Part 18): Time to go, Dorn thought, as the entire underground base began to shake.
- A Little Vacation, by Doggieboy (Part 19): You are now in the outer limits of the twilight zone. Keep your hands and feet inside the narrative at all times. Brace yourself for sudden shocks.
- The Other Side of Time: And All That We've Won, by The Sidhe (COMPLETE!): “That was just a little too weird, even for my taste,” said Daria as they walked back down the street. (SFMB version)
- Stacy Rowe, Seeker (Part II), by jtranser (continued): "I'd like to buy a train ticket to Nowhere." "Yes, of course. Which Nowhere?"
- Turnabout Confusion Part II: All The King's Horses, by Dennis (continued): Well, I'm already through the rabbit hole, thought Jane. May as well see where it leads. (FF.net version here).