Quote:Also, she was written with something close to real-people dialogue, not bloated Claremont-speak or Morrison's frequently-nonsensical "look at how metatextual I am" dialogue.
Real people by way of audience wish-fulfillment. Jean minus the portrayals of the aforementioned writers (and possibly Louise Simonson) wasn't a rounded character so much as an idealization of the girl next door-- she had the perfect body and the perfect looks, but it was all-natural and she was always clothed (insofar as spandex counts as clothing, but she was fully covered with it). Also, she just happened to pick the most socially awkward of the X-Men as her mate for an OTP, and she was fully committed to the X-Men's cause despite being able to pass in a way none of the other characters could. Even her powers were completely invisible when in use. And her character flaws extended to "having a temper when loved ones are threatened", and being too harsh on Sabretooth hardly counts as ambiguity.