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Happily ever after?

Archie has chosen the rich heiress Veronica over sweet, homely Betty. No surprises there.

india Updated: May 28, 2009 23:32 IST
Hindustan Times

So, Veronica it is. After all the hype and hoopla of the last few days, Archie has rejected the dependable girl next door — l’il Miss Sweetness and Light — Betty Cooper, in favour of the raven-haired hotheaded heiress Veronica Lodge. Why aren’t we surprised? For, despite the global schmaltzy tilt towards the beatific Betty, what’s not to like about the volatile Ronnie? The cranky rich dad with the giant mansion and the swank girl on continual tantrum mode with a grand inheritance did make poor blonde Betty pale in comparison. Well, that’s life. The meek don’t always inherit the earth.

Some things are almost pre-ordained at Riverdale High and Archie’s choice might reflect the reality of high schools globally. The super-hot babe always gets the guy. In any case, the teen comic book series that gave many generations its regular dose of slang was never known for making sentimental social statements. Otherwise ol’ freckle face might just have bent comic book reality to go down on bended knee for the dumpy and buck-toothed Big Ethel. For her ‘inner beauty’, of course.

Now that the choice has been made, bigger issues might bother some of us. Like, will Mr Andrews be a ghar jamai or will his cantankerous dad-in-law buy them a palace of their own? If not, where in the mansion might he park his beat-up jalopy? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here and boringly presume a lifetime of wedded bliss for the couple. For Archie could still take the Lodge millions and buy a cottage in the Bahamas with Ms Cooper. Or, as some had suggested, live in a closet with Jughead, with a hamburger for some serious competition. Now, wouldn’t that be fun?

First Published: May 28, 2009 23:31 IST