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  • 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.
    • During Double Dip, Lalia's spends a lot of time moping about her recent weight gain, but is all smiles whenever she's binging. Is this her usual cheery, gluttonous self, or is she explicitly eating to make herself feel better? Has that always been the case?
  • 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.
    • Lalia's appetite finally starts to catch up with her as of Double Dip.
  • 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 seems regretful over eating Jane's pies.
    • The ANC helmed pages cut Lalia a little less slack, showing her actually getting embarrassed by her own antics, and even regretting them at times. Even if she won't change her ways, she comes off more likeable for it.
    • They also bring a little more story back to the series, even bringing back characters once long forgotten. Even Jane gets more to do, getting her own subplot.
  • Awesome Art: Even people with no interest in belly stuffing admit that the improved artwork is gorgeous.
    • Adjective Noun Combo's recreation of the art style is often damn near perfect, and the entire reason it went from fanart to official continuation.
  • Broken Base: The (original) revival portion of the series. The intention was of course to become near more direct fanservice, 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.
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    • Is Adjective Noun Combo's take worth of being an official revival? And does his more consistent release schedule cheapen what was once a major case of quality over quantity?
    • Furthermore, Double Dip has a distinct emphasis on story over stuffing. Being intended as the series' Grand Final (at least as far as Adjective Noun Combo is concerned), opinion is divided by those who are caught up by the Love Triangle, and those missing the sexy shenanigans.
  • 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.
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  • 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. What 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 Retardant: Some fans were put off by Lalia's tongue, which was often emphasised as much as her other assets.
  • 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'.
  • Les Yay: Lalia and Jane have a habit of getting a little too close to each other. Not to mention, Lalia reaches the height of her gluttonous euphoria only when being fed by Jane - and Jane's mother.
    • Tellingly, after a euphoric feeding, Lalia instantly loses interest once Jane leaves the room.
  • Memetic Mutation: People compare Lalia's tongue to Lickitung's, both negatively and affectionately.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • To put it in perspective, in just one arc and two months, ANC produced more content than the entirety of the series' original stint on Deviantart.
  • The Woobie: Jane isn't miserable, but thanks to Lalia's overbearing appetite, she spends almost the whole comic in a state of frustration.
    • This changes in Double Dip when she discovers Trevor's been going behind her back to lust over Lalia. She doesn't cry or scream about it, she's just come to accept that people will disappoint her.
    • Lalia's weight gain causes her to be teased by a rude store clerk, get stood up at a bar, and generally feel miserable. Her joy in snacking seems to take on a different light through the story.
  • 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: After the initial revamp, any character that wasn't Jane or Lalia was left behind. Trevor was retroactively put back into the spotlight in the third incarnation, but the likes of his roommate and Kim remain unseen since.

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