So Long, and Thanks For All The Flesh

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So Long, and Thanks For All The Flesh

Love FAQ takes one final look at its tenure.

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I think I enjoyed this column more then any other they had on the site, maybe Dr. Mark but that isn't weekly. It was fun while it lasted so thank you for that.

This has saddened me. It's been great reading your advice to people, I'll miss it. Wish you luck with everything and a Happy New Year!

Lara Crigger:
With that, goodbye, good luck, and remember: Don't stick it in the crazy.

You betcha.

Noooo T_T Don't go I loved your articles!!

That... kinda sucked. I saw the title and expected it, but hoped that I was wrong. It's too bad because aside from Yahtzee's and Bob's columns, I didn't read any others religiously. Farewell, you will be missed.

(PS, mind if I bother to ask why? This seems rather sudden)

Farewell. Thanks for the help and happy futures to you and all.

Awwww.:( Best of luck in future ventures, and take care of yourself.

Nuuuu! ;~;

But if Love FAQ is going I would like to propose that something similar is introduced.
And if it would be possible to know what Lara Crigger goes on to do, colour me interested for that.

Also, is Ask Dr. Mark still going on? I know it's not weekly though.

Aw, man. And I had just started to read these regularly, too.

Well, I hope that whatever you do next goes well. Good luck.

Really? This is literally the only column I read on the Escapist regularly. You make me sad :(

Well must say I'm not happy but if this column was any indication anything you decide to do next will be successful. God luck.

I read this all the time and I'm not kidding it has actually helped me a lot, I'll miss this column more than anything. Thank you Lara

This was good advice for me to have for the future, and I'll miss it all.

Well this bums me out a bit - I enjoyed the column.

All the best.

This is really sad to hear. Now I think there are no regularly columns done by women. The only thing left that I like is Tales from the Table and that will probably be done soon as well.

What is left are all the misogynists and rape apologists on the forums. And for all the forum health system...they keep talking trash about women with little consequence. Many of whom would show up and hassle you in the threads of your wonderful posts. I don't know if any of those Nice Guys (TM) were part of the reason you are going, but I'm sorry you had to deal with them. I've been here since 2006...and I don't think I'll be here much longer.

Damn... Another excellent Escapist feature gone...

Lara, I greatly enjoyed reading this column each week and wish you were not leaving.

Good luck in your future endeavors.

Thanks Lara, I hope you have good luck with your next venture

Meh, no loss at all.

For a relationship advice section on a gaming website, the feature has been basically useless to the majority of it's readers.

Maybe I'm just stupid, but I expected articles geared towards helping nerds/geeks start dating and maintain relationships.

Also Lara almost seemed to have something against struggling men. There were a few articles where it seemed she was being really rude to a guy who didn't seem to know what he was doing.

To any people with clout reading my post, how about having articles that cover what I mentioned?

Lara Crigger:
Relationships aren't a game you can min/max. Neither are they deadly serious matters of life-and-death. Love is about joy, companionship and comfort, and its purpose is to make both the dark and light parts of life seem a little brighter in comparison. Good relationships are rarely ever effortless, but the work you put into them is generally its own best reward.

Good relationships can be distilled to a few key ingredients: Trust. Respect. Communication. Especially communication. If problems arise in a relationship, 90% of the time they can be fixed simply by talking more - whether to each other, to a therapist, or simply to the man or woman in the mirror.

I once wrote that we are all a little broken inside, and that the secret to lasting love wasn't finding that perfect someone, but rather that special someone whose broken parts fit against your broken parts. True, that can seem no less daunting a task, but here's the other half of that advice: We're all on this road together. We all want to find love, to help each other out and be helped in return. So treat people as you would care to be treated, and you will find that those around you will generally answer in kind-which maybe isn't the newest counsel, but it still rings true.

These three points here are the most important things I've ever heard anyone write/say on partnered relationships. For someone who is NOT a psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist, ma'am you are one wise woman and must have been through a lot in your life, or been observant of other people's woe's.
Hats off to you, lady and may you have a happy New Year.
Best wishes in your future endeavors here on The Escapist.

Maxtro:
Meh, no loss at all.

For a relationship advice section on a gaming website, the feature has been basically useless to the majority of it's readers.

Maybe I'm just stupid, but I expected articles geared towards helping nerds/geeks start dating and maintain relationships.

Also Lara almost seemed to have something against struggling men. There were a few articles where it seemed she was being really rude to a guy who didn't seem to know what he was doing.

To any people with clout reading my post, how about having articles that cover what I mentioned?

Advice columns are just that, editorials. She also gave her credentials straight, she's not a professional, just trying to help.
And most of the guys getting the so-called rudeness were guys who just don't "get it". I've seen it before, guys who are in puppy-love with some chick who wants nothing to do with them, or uses them like a doormat, and won't listen to reason. Those guys you have to whack them upside the head with something; be it rudeness, a stick, fist, fecal matter (don't recommend).

you know, when I read this article plus the comments, this is what came to my mind:

Sonic Unleashed - Dear my Friend

No! Sit down and listen!

Anyway, I secretly just read these things when I could or just saw them. For some reason, I liked the advice and the advice some forum members gave out. I guess I'm just naturally curious.

Anyway,

amaranth_dru:

Hats off to you, lady and may you have a happy New Year.
Best wishes in your future endeavors here on The Escapist.

PS: I thank you for your guts in making this an escapist feature.

Good news for me, considering I found over half of her advice to be scary-bad. I did like her constant sentiment of "quit dragging her feet and ask her out already," though. Here's hoping she finds a better fit and someone else takes up the column with a bigger helping of "you don't NEED a girlfriend, and thinking you do is a really bad place to start."

Tbh, my friends and I have been working on a set of Man Rules for quite some time and so far the first, best, and most qualified rule is Rule#1 Don't Stick it in Crazy.

I will miss LoveFAQ, but I have learned a great deal for the future, and I hope to see more meaningful writting from youse guys in the years to come!

Ah, that's sad. I really enjoyed LoveFAQs.

But hey, it was a good run, and it was a pretty enjoyable one too. Hope to see more of your stuff in the future, Lara.

I just started reading these last week...

I'm going to miss this column, thanks for writing it as long as you did.

Did...did Lara just break up with us?

Sad to see you go, interesting reads, even if nothing was ever aimed at me.

No! Don't go! We need good contributors!!

While I'm not in any position to find someone to have a relationship with, I loved reading this column and will definitely miss it.

Probably for the best. While some of the advice was sensible enough, there were others that just seemed to get plain weird. And I think that's what was ultimately the issue: things got weird. Each person has unique situations/preferences, but this slowly started to become a "How Weird is THIS?!" column. Something you expect to find in the National Examiner or something similar.

In any case, I personally think it's a good thing to have a geek love advice column. But it was a case of "right song, wrong singer". Maybe there could be someone else that would fit The Escapist better? Maybe a couple of someone's?

I wish Lara the best in her future endeavors, and for what its worth, I liked her column.

I've had my disagreements with her for sure, but as a whole, I really felt that she knew what she was talking about. Though not always worded in the best way, the knowledge beneath such phrasing always seemed pretty spot on. Ultimately, she ended up giving me the impression of a tone that was impartial to the sexes (that is, neither a misogynist nor a feminazi). Some of her columns were just plain awesome, and tbqh, she's pretty wise overall.

Cheers and sorry to see you go. At least you gave us a last word!

Sorry to hear it. Best of luck in your future work!

Awwwww...man...

I liked this column, I really did, and whatever you do, Lara, I wish you luck in it.

But still, man, I really liked this column...

Aww... This has been one of the most interesting columns on The Escapist, both for its content and for the discussions it sparked in the comments. Lara, you'll be greatly missed.

Huh, too bad, I'll miss this one. Good luck in your further ventures Lara!

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