LunarRaptor wrote:Sonic, Kyle's own men tell us that women fit right into the equation. He womanizes. Not boyfriend/husband material. And Kyle caring about Mel and everyone else just means that he does have a heart beyond the drunken thief, but he's far from being maturely able to take another steps farther in a relationship. Look, this topic is for fun, and no one ever changes their minds in these debates, so let's just drop it.
I wasn't going to argue the point much more, but I just thought of something today.
(Even if it won't change your mind, maybe someone will find it interesting, no matter what side they take.)
Both Kyle and Nash do things that would signal their lack of commitment to the relationship, as you put it. Kyle, well, yes, struggles with commitment, but by the end there's a demonstration that he is committed, at least within the arc of the story.
With Nash, he goes off and betrays Mia. His betrayal is of the party of course, but it's a direct betrayal of Mia and the standards of the Magic School that she has to hold up. That is why she smacks him in SSSC... it was a direct betrayal of her trust.
So I think you're right to point out that Kyle is not the best person. Neither is Nash. For a while, I didn't like Nash at all because of it. But I came around because they do come around, and the optimism of the endings indicates that their improvements continue.
(As an aside thought, there are some people who study Jane Eyre that say readers only like Rochester, the main guy, because he's riding on a horse, a potent symbol of his masculinity, and that otherwise he's really not all that likeable a man. I wonder if the same is true with Kyle and his crossdressing. I don't think so, but I'm just throwing it out there.)