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An Open Letter to Kaja Foglio

Dear Kaja,

 I first want to say I'm sorry for the words I wrote recently. Using the F-word against you, Phil, and the fans on the forums was uncalled for, and I regret writing them. I was (and still am) angry and frustrated by events in my personal life. However, I am also frustrated by the course of the story in Girl Genius. Pacing is really only one issue I have. My biggest beef is the development of Gil's character. 

 To be frank, I really like Gil, but I don't think either you or Phil do. When asked by fans who are your favorite characters, you often site Tarvek... and it shows. So far, Tarvek has not suffered any repercussions of his actions (and I doubt he will), and you always make him look good regardless of what he is doing to the point Agatha is completely blind to him. Gil, on the other hand, is always made to look either foolish, bad, or just downright evil in front of Agatha. Based on what I read in the first novel concerning the visions of "future Gil" and recent pages, I've come to the conclusion (and something I have feared would happen) you are gearing up for Gil to become Klaus, v. 2.0. Personally, I don't want to watch that as it will be the most painful thing to watch. This doesn't mean that I think characters should not develop, but they shouldn't go from being likeable characters to unlikable characters when it is not needed. If you want a character that was once a hero, then fell, only to find redemption, you already have Klaus. Why do you need Gil to go though the same thing (assuming he actually finds redemption, and not in a contrived way), especially when it will betray the trust you have built up in, well, at least some of your fans? Or perhaps just me, as most on the forum are overjoyed by the fact that Gil was evil after all and is finally showing his true colors. After all, Tarvek is the real hero!

 I guess I just have to face the fact that I've been fooled. At first, I thought you were going for the "will they, won't they" trope with Agatha and Gil, with the last minute hook up. However, I think it is clear now they you have no intention of pairing them together, and never had. You wanted to subvert conventions, and I think you have done it. To me, I feel like I have been punched in the gut, and all I hear is everyone's laughter around me, especially yours. 

 Is Girl Genius just a story? Of course it is, but it is also a form of escape (better than drugs or alcohol). My life has been filled frustration and disappointment, both in my career and in my personal life. I am facing continuing failing health, to the point I think I will have a much shorter life than I would have liked; and I have no husband or children, and I'll likely never will. I'm not expecting anyone to solve my problems for me, but for a long while, reading Girl Genius helped me deal with a lot of pain and depression in my life. It was the pick me up that brightened a tough day (or week... or month). I actually looked forward to page updates. Within the past year, however, I have received new pages with dread than joy. It is not a good thing when one of the few things in life that made you happy now just brings anger, frustration, and emotional pain.

 This is not to say that other writers have not disappointed me as well. You and Phil are not the first, and I doubt you will be the last. However, I had high hopes you would be different. I guess I was wrong to put so much faith in you. I will just have to add Girl Genius on the pile of my dashed hopes. It will have a lot of company there.



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Second sentence, paragraph 2, 'site' should be 'cite'.

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