YMMV / Craving Control

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: More than a few fans have taken to the idea that Jane was secretly in love with Lalia, hence why she (more or less) put up with her antics.
  • Angst? What Angst? / Karma Houdini: After accidentally burning down a sorority full of partying coeds (who, admittedly, escaped mostly unharmed), Lalia does seem a little guilty about the situation, but she never gets in trouble for it, nor is it ever brought up again.
  • Art Major Biology: What happens to Lalia's figure after so much wanton, limitless gluttony? A slight potbelly.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: If you don't have a belly stuffing fetish, most of the fanservice and humor is going to fall flat.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The new instalments address Lalia's very sudden fall into remorseless gluttony, going into detail about how wonderful and liberating it felt. A Very Lalia Thanksgiving shows her side of the events, and how she did initially try to resist her cravings.
    • She also shows some regret for eating Jane's pies.
  • Awesome Art: Even people with no interest in belly stuffing admit that the improved artwork is gorgeous.
  • Broken Base: The revival portion of the series. The intention was of course to become near mindless fan service, but not everyone agrees on whether this was a good thing or not.
    • In general, the belly stuffing community is split on whether Craving Control was one of the greatest products of its kind, or over-hyped and overblown by fans.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Lalia herself. Was she a charming and gorgeous protagonist, or a ruthlessly selfish person and a horrible friend?
  • Designated Hero: While she's not at all malicious, throughout the comic Lalia ditches her few responsibilities, frustrates and worries her best friend, steals clothing, accidentally burns down a sorority, and does little other than sit around and stuff herself with food.
  • Designated Villain: Kim is treated as an antagonist because of her attitude, but the worst thing she does is criticize Lalia's carrot cake design. For the brief time where she is genuinely furious at Lalia, she has a good reason (see above).
  • Fanfic Fuel: Arthur actively encouraged the comics' fans to draw fan art and write fan fics, and left plenty of room for them to work around. Where other crazy situations has her appetite gotten her into? Does Jane have feelings for her? What happened to her friend Christine? What went on during the cruise?
  • Fetish Fuel: A whole comic about a beautiful coed eating until her belly bulges.
  • Fetish Retardant: Some fans were put off by Lalia's tongue, which is long enough to scoop up entire slices of pie.
  • Internet Backdraft: Lalia's appearance in the attempted prequel series' was met with controversy from fans, as she was depicted in a revealing outfit, but appeared to be as young as twelve. Arthur later explained that she was meant to be a teenager, and had simply overdone her redesign. Nevertheless, he never continued the series'.
  • Memetic Mutation: People compare Lalia's tongue to Lickitung's.
  • Memetic Sex Godess: Lalia, of course.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jane's mother, who only appears briefly in the Thanksgiving Special, but quickly comes to appreciate Lalia's hardy appetite. She's responsible for Lalia's biggest belly in the series.
    • Lalia's mother only appeared during a single strip, but appears to be the entire reason Lalia became so gluttonous at all.
    • Chad, a frat boy who chats up Lalia at a party and really doesn't seem to understand just how much she eats.
  • Signature Scene: Lalia's Thanksgiving binge.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: While the series was around for a while, there are less than fifty strips in total. And yet, Lalia inspired hoards of fan art, and the comic is well remembered by fans to this day.
    • The series' popularity peaked after it was revived on deviantArt, which was overall even shorter.
  • The Woobie: Jane isn't miserable, but thanks to Lalia's overbearing appetite, she spends almost the whole comic in a state of frustration.
  • What an Idiot: Possibly Jane, for entrusting Lalia, whose defining character trait is her love of eating, with delivering her pies to Thanksgiving dinner. Lalia brings this up in A Very Lalia Thanksgiving. Only possibly because her appetite was far more restrained until this point.
  • Tear Jerker: Very likely unintentional, but over the course of the series, Lalia goes from a smart girl with a domineering appetite, to a food obsessed party girl who couldn't care less about her studies.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Any and all characters aside from Lalia and Jane. And even Jane didn't appear in the four produced pages of The Lap of Luxury.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The original run set up a lot of potential that was brushed away when it was restarted.
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