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(Spoiler-free) Deadpool and other bizarre internet nuggets

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Originally this post was going to be my impressions from the Deadpool movie (which I saw earlier than I planned if only because spoilers were cropping up my facebook feed already. Not cool people!) Then I found out that there is a Spaceballs animated series. For real. HOW DID NOBODY TELL ME ABOUT IT??? I mean, I tend to gravitate towards the bizarre part of the internet all on my own, but still! A Spaceballs cartoon? Next you’ll be telling me that the Star Wars Expanded Universe is not canon any more. Oh, wait…. -sigh- At least the new Darth Vader comic looks promising. I’ll wait until another issue comes out and then read it in bulk. Why you ask? Because I’m already watching Lucifer one episode per week (only) and that is enough anticipation as it is! I like to follow something with the assurance of several following issues/episodes ahead of me. It’s like a security blanket for a very impatient five-year-old.

But yeah, Deadpool. Watched it. Liked it. A lot. And as somebody who only knew of the comic through hearsay, I was in the delightful position of not having all that many preconceptions walking in the cinema. (Also, by virtue of that blessed XX chromosome, I got a laugh out of the incredulous looks a group of boys gave me when I sat near them. Apparently women not dragged along by boyfriends is not the expected demographic? Who’d have thunk?) True, the movie had its flaws and some parts of it might be considered predictable (especially the ending). On the other hand, it riffed at the already established conventions of the superhero movies and the 4th-wall breaks were really well incorporated. Honestly, that was what I was most anxious to see done right. Playing hop-scotch with genre-saviness is very easily done wrong -and has been done wrong so very often-. But no, the breaks were actually incorporated in the story. On top of that, and in a happy coincidence, I had been watching the last few episodes of X-Men Evolution, so seeing Colossus rendered so well in the big screen was a pleasure. He’s hardly my favourite Acolyte (that’d be Gambit for the record) but he’s a nice counter-balance to the loose cannons he’s usually pitted with. And let’s be honest, you can’t get more loose-cannon-y than Deadpool….

So, if this were a proper review I’d have to do some sort of analysis right about now, right? Well, tough. I already have some coursework in the form of reviewing looming ahead of me. You, my friends, get me rambling over my favourite scene: hands-down the laundrette scene. I’m keeping this spoiler-free so I will not say what happens but suffice to say that it’s the sort of reality check that every superhero movie needs. Even if most of them do not want it. (Yes, I went there!) Final verdict? Go watch it. Drag friends or significant others if you fancy sharing the laughs and popcorn. It is definitely worth the price of admission! And yes, I will CERTAINLY be watching it again when it is released on DVD.

On a completely unrelated subject, I was looking up some information on TV Tropes (shut up, it’s a good site! :-P) when I came across this little nugget. Usually the sight of anything remotely related to the Periodic Table brings back some very unpleasant High School flashbacks. But this one? If I could I’d pin it above my desk! I rarely feel the need to get technical when I wrote. It’s usually a spur-of-the-moment, body-slammed-by-inspiration thing. Sometimes however, especially when I -yuck- edit, I need to keep track of tropes, archetype characteristics, precedent of motifs and all the other nuts and bolts of storytelling that I find fascinating (and hardly find anyone to discuss with…)

And hey! Bloglovin finally decide to acknowledge the existence of this humble blog! I’ll have some customising to do tonight! For now however I will have to sign out. I am sadly entering the pointless rambles mindframe and it is lunchtime anyway.

Till next time,

Lia the bookworm!

The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell (751-855)

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And what was the cause for her transformation
Sir Gawain told the king both this and more.
“I thank God,” said the queen;
“I feared, sir Gawain, that she would have harmed you;
Therefore in my heart I was so grieved.
But the contrary is here seen!”
There was game, revel, and play,
And every man to other would say,
“She is a fair sight.”
Then the king to them all began to tell
How did dame Ragnell help him at his need,
“Or my death would had been certain.”

Then the king told the queen, by the Cross,
How he was set upon in Inglewood
By sir Gromer Somer Joure,
And what else the knight made him swear,
“Or else he would have slain me right there
Without mercy or measure.
This same lady, dame Ragnell,
From my death delivered me right well,
All for the love of Gawain.”
Then Gawain told the king all together
How she had been transformed by her stepmother
Until a knight had helped her again.
Then she told the king fairly and well
How Gawain gave her sovereignty over every matter,
And what choice she gave to him.
“God thank him of his courtesy;
He saved me from such fate and villainy
That was so foul and grim.
Therefore, courteous knight and gracious Gawain,
I shall never anger for certain,
That promise here and now I make.
While I live I shall be obedient;
To God above I shall this swear,
And never with you to argue.”

“Many thanks, lady,” then said Gawain;
“With you I shall be me very much content
And that I trust to find.”
He said, “My love she shall have.
Thereafter she need never more crave,
For she has been to me so kind.”
The Queen said, and the ladies all,
“She is the fairest now in this hall,
I swear by saint John!
My love, lady, you shall have forever
For you have saved my lord Arthur,
As I am a gentlewoman.”

Sir Gawain begot with her Gyngolyn,

Who was a good knight of great strength and ability
Of the Round Table.
At every great feast that lady should be.
Of beauty she bore the flower,
Where she trod on the ground.
Gawain loved that lady, dame Ragnell;
In all his life he loved none other so much,
I tell you without a doubt.
Like a coward he lay by her both day and night.
He would not haunt or joust at all;
On that marvelled Arthur the king.

She pleaded the king for his gentleness,
“To be good lord to sir Gromer, indeed,
Although he has offended you.”
“Yes, lady, that I shall now for your sake,
For I know well he cannot make amends;
For what he did to me.”
Now so as to make for you a short conclusion,
I shall make an end very soon
For this gentle lady.
She lived with sir Gawain only five years;
That grieved Gawain all his life,
I tell you certainly.

In her life she never grieved him;
Therefore never was woman to him more dear.
Thus ends my story.
She was the fairest lady of all England,
When she was living, I understand;
So said Arthur the king.
Thus ended the adventure of king Arthur,
That oft in his days was grieved,
And of the wedding of Gawain.
Gawain was wed oft in his days;
But so well he never loved a woman again,
As I have heard men say.

This adventure happened in Inglewood,
As good king Arthur to hunt he went;
Thus have I heard men tell.
Now God, as thou were in Bethlehem born,
Suffer never our souls to be forlorn
In the burning fire of Hell!

And, Jesus, as thou were born of a virgin,
Help him that this tale did divine out of sorrow,
And that now in all haste,
For he is beset by many jailors
That keep him very surely,
With wills wrong and hard.
Now God, as thou art truly Royal King,
Deliver him out of danger that made this tale
For therein he has been too long.

And with great pity help thy servant,
For body and soul I yield into your hand,
For pains he hath great.

Here ended the wedding of
Sir Gawain and dame Ragnell
Who helped king Arthur.