Reviews: Girls Next Door
Fandom at it\'s best
Girls Next Door asks the question, "How do you reconcile being a self-assured adult—knowing that stalking isn't sexy, and being too old to put up with the bullshit again—with still being attracted to and carrying about your stalker/suitor?" The answer, it seems, is with no small amount of staunch denial—but also with an incredible amount of strength of character and grace. Girls Next Door amazingly intelligent and introspective. Christine and Sarah (and all the characters, really) are stunningly articulate, and their insight on canon matters blows me away every time. Girls Next Door is also shipping fanfic, and it's pure gold. I didn't come to it shipping Jareth/Sarah. I found Labyrinth—if I'm being honest—rather baffling and underwhelming. But Girls Next Door completely won me over. I have been thoroughly convinced, several times over, to ship them. And it's funny. So very funny! (Aziraphale and Crowley's debates on weather fanservice is intrinsically good or evil are probably my favorite.)
Funny, smart, touching AND meta
If you like Labyrinth/Phantom of the Opera/Pirates of the Caribbean/Les Miserables/some combination of the above, you will like this. It's sweet, it's sharp, it's hysterically funny, the art is great and you get sucked right in, never to return. It's a spin-off of Roommates, but it branches into its own storyline fairly quickly. It focuses on Sarah (of Labyrinth) and Christine (of Phantom), both of whom are interesting, well-rounded characters, and walk he fine line between their canon personalities and awareness of how strange their world is. It has developed from a gag-a-day into complex storylines and multiple subplots without ever losing its sense of humour or irreverence, and the UST (most notably between Jareth and Sarah) is to die for. It lets the characters break out of the expectations of their storylines while still being themselves, and it does it brilliantly. It's everything you could want in a webcomic, and you should go read it now. And the best part? Even if you only have a vague awareness of who most of the characters are, it's still entertaining. "I wish the goblins would come and take me to read Girls Next Door. Right. Now."