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Yay for lightweight meta? [personal profile] cyanwitch assigned me three tropes (Absurdly Powerful Student Council, Color Coded For Your Convenience, Moral Event Horizon) to blather on about from the meme I posted yesterday, so you'll find more thoughts about them underneath the cut. The first two tropes she gave me were from Utena, and the last one was from Gankutsuou.

I can stop any time I want )


Feb. 11th, 2010 06:57 pm
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Snow outside! Lots of it! And yet, I'm glad that some of it melted today. As nice as it was to sit by the fireplace yesterday, I like getting out instead of being stuck indoors the whole time. Also, my younger cousin was watching the movie adaptation of Ella Enchanted recently, and oh my God, were they TRYING to make it as awful as possible? I have nothing against Anne Hathaway, but that book was one of my favorites, and it saddens me that none of its clever writing and likable characters -- and yes, even-handed subversions -- made it through at all intact.

In the spirit of procrastination, I have two memes:

a) 1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

And b) The TV Tropes meme. Give me three fannish tropes from any fandom I know listed on the site, and I'll give you my thoughts on it. If you want to know about certain ships/characters, please ask a specific question!
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Dear self: please stop editing pages on TV Tropes and go back to writing your paper. You know, the last paper you have to write for the last semester of your senior year because you're graduating in two days? It's not even that long. The length requirement is only ten pages.

Also, Youtube is not a viable alternative to doing work either.

Nor is Wikipedia, Gmail, or the BBC.
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It has recently come to my attention that [personal profile] cyanwitch does not know who Cthulhu is.

This must be fixed.

Okay. A long time ago, there was this guy named H.P. Lovecraft. He was an author who had an exceedingly dim view of humanity, writing stories that primarily revolved around otherworldly horror and the terrifying magnitude of the universe. Despite his racial prejudices, which were a lingering reflection of the times (not that that's an excuse), his work left a huge impression on readers and the authors who followed in his footsteps. In fact, he's one of the most famous horror fiction writers -- and according to many sources, considered the greatest alongside Edgar Allen Poe.

His writing tends to be overwrought and adjective-laden with tons of run-on sentences and no full stops in sight, but something about it is weirdly readable. I wouldn't call myself a fan, but "The Call of Cthulhu" is his most famous story and one of his most creepy. It's about this gruesome creature named -- you guessed it -- Cthulhu, who wakes up and gradually causes the men around it to go insane. Through the madness induced in their dreams.

In short, it's a cosmic horror.

Cthulhu itself is described as a cross between an octopus, human caricature, and a dragon, with a tentacled head and grotesque, scaly body about as large as a mountain. It's pretty hideous. I seem to remember characters in the story dying when they looked upon its visage.

Because of its influence on cosmic horror fiction, there are a bunch of related tropes that make reference to it (and Lovecraft's work as a whole), even if it has nothing to do with the story.

And proving that people will try to make anything cute, Cthulhu plushies also exist.


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