Tag Archives: TV Tropes

(Spoiler-free) Deadpool and other bizarre internet nuggets

Standard

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!

In which the Welsh invent Rom-Com

Standard

Ever heard of the Mabinogion? It’s collection of stories (originally in Middle Welsh I think) that were introduced to me as one of the earliest collections of Arthurian tales still around. Meaning that there are recognisable names, romance, random supernatural forces, mindless violence, bizarre quests and generally hijinks. Also a Rom-Com. I’m not kidding! Culhwch and Olwen is a rom-com, I swear. Here’s what TV Tropes have to say about rom-coms:

 

“Every story needs a conflict, and since rom-coms are driven by the quest for love, the conflict derives from the obstacles to the quest. This could be the apparent incompatibility of the leads: mutual Love at First Sight is rare. The two characters will spend a good part of the movie fighting their obvious attraction. Eventually, they’ll realize they’re perfect for each other. Or, something will pop up; maybe a Three’s Company kind of misunderstanding, or a revelation in the third act about one of them lying. One of the two characters will storm off in a huff. Or the couple is already married for some reason, and the conflict comes partially from different expectations and misunderstandings.

 

The climax of a rom-com requires the satisfactory recognition of love: the other chases after the love interest and does something really romantic to win them back. The reconciliation scene ends with the two characters reunited in a romantic embrace. Often ends in a wedding.”

 

Now match that to what happens in Culhwch and Olwen: Culhwch, the hero, is cursed to only marry Olwen, who in turn is forbidden by her father to marry at all. Here’s the Romeo and Juliet angle, with Ysbaddaden being either the Big Bad or the Overprotective Father, depending on your reading of the story (coughTenThingsIHateAboutYoucough). Culhwch would then be the Big Damn Hero (whether he deserves the characterisation for any other reason other than his name being on the title is up to debate) and Olwen the Magical Girlfriend.

 

Of course it wouldn’t be a rom-com if there weren’t an assorted cast of characters to surround our star-crossed mains. Call it a motif or trope but Culhwch’s gang can be categorised under Six Go Round The World, a group that includes somebody ideal for every occasion that may arise (also known as token characters). They are provided by Culhwch’s Fairy Godmother of a cousin, our good old friend, Arthur. One might argue that Culhwch and Olwen’s aunt (just go with it) is also a Fairy Godmother, since she enables the two lovers to meet.

 

And, truly, it wouldn’t be a rom-com without wacky shenanigans now, would it? Just have a look at what Ysbaddaden demands Culhwch and co. do before he agrees to the wedding! Sure, serious people call it a quest, but considering an impressive amount of the things the knights collect go towards giving the Big-Not-So-Friendly-Giant a makeover…well….

 

To top it all off, this little, violent beyond expectation, rom-com ends with a wedding. Say what you will about what happens before but at least these two crazy kids will have some fantastic, How-I-Met-Your-Mother-esque stories to tell in the future!

 

Sooooo….How close is my wacky interpretation to the original? Have a look here and see for yourselves!