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Riona ([personal profile] rionaleonhart) wrote2017-02-17 04:05 pm

I Am The Innuendo Police And I'll Be Having All Of You.

Here is an entry of scattered nonsense that amuses me.

Occasionally, if you use Windows 10, your computer will go 'hey, I made an album from some of your best pictures, check it out! :D'

It offered me one album consisting solely of the following:

- sixteen screenshots of Final Fantasy XV
- a danisnotonfire tweet reading 'sometimes i dream about being one of the reindeer galloping through the sky with leather straps tying me to my friends mm yes carrots please'

It's been a while since I last posted any of our household's attempts to reproduce lyrics in the medium of fridge poetry!

'Why are we wasting time on all your wasted crime?' (Shawn Mendes, 'Treat You Better'): 'why are we breaking clocks on your low doings'

'I've got two legs from my hips to the ground' (Monty Python, 'I've Got Two Legs'): 'I have two walking arms from my lustful latitude to the grass'

'I'm Christina, and here's my ass!' (possibly not technically a lyric): 'it is I a lady's name please watchfully adore this behind'

Why is 'latitude' a word in this poetry set? (If you want 'longitude', though, you're going to have to make do with 'unlatitude'.)

The set generally has a strange blend of really common words and really specialised ones. I spent ages looking for 'dance' and eventually resorted to 'adjust your behind to jazz'. Rei couldn't write 'bee', but she could certainly write 'mean gold wax merchant butterfly'.

Finally, I recently discovered a video of the best moment in Until Dawn, which I didn't realise even existed. In the words of the uploader, Mike fights a shower curtain and gets his ass kicked.

(Anonymous) 2017-02-18 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
Sometimes I think "My Pictures" folders would look very funny to people out of context (especially with FFXV - "Who are these guys?") - heck, just individual photos. I've just seen an old friend - a streamer, who hadn't been around for a long while - and we dug out our old chat bingo card (I didn't make it)from my "My Pictures" folder. I'm going to throw it here without any context except for the fact that I'm "Khan" (derived from another pseudonym I use):

Fridge poetry is surely an underappreciated medium.

So! Funny one. Netflix have made an adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and it's made me reread the books that I haven't read since I was a teen. Have you ever read them? They're increasingly absurd, but from a literary standpoint, they're incredibly interesting and Snicket's narration is very unique (the narrator is a character who is chronicling the events in the future and is a distinct character himself in the oddball way that he narrates). It made me remember how much of a love it gave me for words, and vocabulary, and that incredibly oddball narrating style.

I'll give some examples:

This is the more typical A Series of Unfortunate Events word definitions (as the series goes on they get more and more ridiculously specific):

"Klaus had chosen a room with a cozy alcove - the word "alcove" here means "a very, very small nook just perfect for sitting and reading".

Here's Snicket explaining a literary technique:

"There is a type of situation, which occurs all too often and which is occuring at this point in the story of the Baudelaire orphans, called "dramatic irony". Simply put, dramatic irony is when a person makes a harmless remark, and someone else who hears it knows somebody that makes the remark have a different, and usually unpleasant, meaning. For instance, if you were in a restaurant and said out loud, "I can't wait to eat the veal masala I ordered," and there were people around who knew that the veal marsala was poisoned and that you would die as soon as you took a bite, your situation would be one of dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is a cruel occurence, one that is almost always upsetting, and I'm sorry to have it appear in this story, but Violet, Klaus and Sunny have such unfortunate lives that it was only a matter of time before dramatic irony would rear its ugly head."

He also explains deja vu in a later book by printing two practically identical explanation pages.

A perfect example of a Snicket phrase explanation:

"Out of the woods" is an expression referring to the fact that woods are dangerous places to be. In Hansel and Gretel, two siblings enter the woods and are menaced by an elderly cannibal. In Little Red Riding Hood, a wolf enters the woods and is menaced by a rude little girl. In Walden, a poet enters the woods and is menaced by revelations that we should abandon civilization and live by a pond. It is for that reason that "out of the woods" has come to mean "a return to safety, away from menace and disturbing revelations."

It's very unusual, but very clever. Part of what made me come and say this (as well as it being stuck on my brain) is actually your fridge poetry, which for some reason reminds me of the books dedications ( (yes, even the dedications are part of the narrative, since the narrator is a character xD).

I dunno, it's just made me weirdly nostalgic for that literary love it gave me. They're not works of genius or anything, but they're certainly unique in their choice of storytelling.

From the Netflix show (the set of theme songs - yes, they do change in the second half) -

Song that ends the season -


(Anonymous) 2017-02-18 01:16 pm (UTC)(link)
They take Snicket's narration verbatim at a bunch of points and put him on screen as a character, so the narrative style translates a lot better than it could, I think. I know what you mean, though: I still haven't watched the film version of Fight Club, although it's critically acclaimed, because what makes the book Fight Club to me isn't the plot (or the twist), but the style of writing and I don't think they really can try and replicate that style.

So for instance, after a character leaves a scene (which is all that you'd see in a film version):

"Long story short, now Marla's out to ruin another part of my life. Ever since college, I make friends. They get married. I lose friends.
Neat, I say.
Tyler asks, is this a problem for me?
I am Joe's Clenching Bowels.
No, I say, it's fine.
Put a gun to my head and paint the wall with my brains.
Just great, I say. Really."

And of course the great first line:

"Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler's pushing a gun into my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die."

So yeah, I get the "how does this translate?!" feeling. But I think they've got Snicket the character down really well (and he is a character!). And yeah, aren't the songs awesome? :D

I believe Handler plays a background character in a few episodes, too!

That would be hilarious. The first fanfic I ever wrote - deleted well over a decade ago! - was actually A Series of Unfortunate Events fanfic. :D