History Narm / Literature

22nd Apr '16 5:40:43 PM NightShade96
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** The use of melodramatic language such as "destroying angel" in general comes off as this, with the aforementioned phrase becoming considerably less dramatic when a Google search of it turns up results like [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Destroying_Angel_02.jpg this]].
2nd Apr '16 6:12:02 AM PaulA
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* The poet and classical scholar A. E. Housman brilliantly '''parodied''' translation-induced {{Narm}} in "Fragment of a Greek Tragedy":

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* The poet and classical scholar A. E. Housman Creator/AEHousman brilliantly '''parodied''' translation-induced {{Narm}} in "Fragment of a Greek Tragedy":
31st Mar '16 2:01:10 AM cricri3007
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* The epilogue of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' received derision for being cheesy, overly sappy, or like a bad {{fanfic}}, despite the author's presumed sincerity in the final scene of her long-running series.
** [[Creator/JKRowling J.K.R.]] often overdoes it with [[spoiler: Snape's various AwesomeMoments.]] Remember "I, THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE?" or "Look... at... me..."
** Harry's tantrum in Dumbledore's office in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' was a strange variant of this trope. Over-the-top and horribly melodramatic and immature and hilarious on re-reads, when the reader's shock had worn off? Yes. But then you realize all the melodrama is in Harry's behavior, [[FridgeBrilliance meaning that he's so heartbroken]] [[TearJerker he can't even stop himself from acting embarrassingly.]]
** "Snape!" [[HaveAGayOldTime ejaculated Slughorn.]] [[SnarkBait Seriously]], J.K.?
** [[spoiler:The death of Dumbledore]] at the end of ''Half-Blood Prince,'' meant to be serious and heartbreaking, was seen by some as overdone and melodramatic.
*** To elaborate, [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] is already dying from a curse. In the space of a night he drinks a poisonous potion, gets hit by a killing spell and then falls off a tower. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill He gets killed four times over]] as if to prove beyond a doubt that he's dead.
*** Not so much the death as the funeral. Not anything specific, just the over-the-top way it was written.
** There's also a line in ''Order of the Phoenix''.
--->"WAIT UNTIL WE'VE GOT THE PROPHECY!" bawled [Lucius] Malfoy.
*** It gives you the image of a grown man wailing like a toddler. Which, ironically, sort of happens a few pages later when a death eater gets trapped in an endless time warp. Later, a similar thing is done with Bellatrix during her "You filthy little monkey!!" line to Dobby.
** [[spoiler: Sirius]] dies when he falls through a Magical Veil. In other words, he is killed by drapery. [[{{Pun}} It was literally curtains for him.]]
** Then there's this sentence in ''Deathly Hallows'':
---> "The suddenness and completeness of death was with them like a presence."
** This was used to describe the death of a minor character. [[spoiler:Moody]] was cool, but he really hadn't earned the amount of drama JKR was trying to put in that sentence. We hardly knew him; we saw more of [[spoiler: Barty Crouch Jr. as him than the guy himself]].
** In-universe, Harry thinks pretty much any time the Dursleys show emotion is Narmy, mostly involving Petunia and Dudley. Whenever the Dursleys show affection for each other, expect Harry to "suppress the urge to laugh".
** Regarding that epilogue, it seems the real issue is that it was actually the first thing Rowling wrote of the series, and she didn't do enough when the time came to edit it to match the way her writing style or the tone of the series had evolved.
** "The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple..."
** If you're French or know about [[http://www.proxilivre.fr/171-151-thickbox/camembert-cour-de-lion-250-grs-camemberts---brie.jpg a certain brand of cheese]], you will never be able to take Griffindoor's emblem seriously.
5th Feb '16 7:50:34 PM Argon2
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* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': t can be rather hard for a reader to take a villain named "Valentine" seriously.

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* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': t It can be rather hard for a reader to take a villain named "Valentine" seriously.


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* In Cheryl Brooks's ''Slave'', she describes a character's penis as "sporting a corona complete with a serrated edge that looked as though it had been crimped with a piecrust". This would be a typical example of MillsAndBoonProse, except that it's not occurring during a sex scene. Yes, the author expected us to take a piecrust simile seriously.
12th Jan '16 7:24:05 PM Shoebox
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* ''The Lottery Rose'' features a climactic scene where a young mentally handicapped boy is drowned when he goes out to the lake to feed the ducks unsupervised, is overwhelmed when they quickly form a demanding mob and falls in. At least, that's what the author intended; as written, it's very easy to get the impression that he's basically being attacked by a random gang of mallards, which doesn't exactly inspire horrified suspense. Special mention for the use of the phrase "Their hungry quacking" for creepy build-up.

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* ''The Lottery Rose'' features a climactic scene where a young mentally handicapped boy is drowned when he goes out to the lake to feed the ducks unsupervised, is overwhelmed when they quickly form a demanding mob and falls in. At least, that's what the author intended; as written, it's very easy to get the impression that he's basically being attacked by a random gang of mallards, he dies merely from the ducks' attack, which doesn't exactly inspire horrified suspense.gasps of horror. Special mention for the use of the phrase "Their hungry quacking" for creepy build-up.
12th Jan '16 7:20:18 PM Shoebox
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* ''The Lottery Rose'' features a scene where a young mentally handicapped boy is killed from an attack... by a group of ducks. Special mention for the use of the phrase "Their hungry quacking" for creepy build-up.

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* ''The Lottery Rose'' features a climactic scene where a young mentally handicapped boy is killed from an attack... drowned when he goes out to the lake to feed the ducks unsupervised, is overwhelmed when they quickly form a demanding mob and falls in. At least, that's what the author intended; as written, it's very easy to get the impression that he's basically being attacked by a group random gang of ducks.mallards, which doesn't exactly inspire horrified suspense. Special mention for the use of the phrase "Their hungry quacking" for creepy build-up.
10th Jan '16 3:17:24 PM LentilSandEater
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*** She stabilizes a bit once she gets her memory back.
10th Jan '16 3:16:28 PM LentilSandEater
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** The problem is that some people use "peach" as a euphemism for "vagina". This probably includes Stannis himself. The double meaning of "peach" may allude to Renly's possible homosexuality, which is hinted at throughout the series. Stannis says elsewhere that Renly's wife is likely to die a virgin; Renly's servants are said to have practice being blind, deaf and mute to what occurs in his household; one of Renly's (male) knights is referred to as "Renly's little rose"; etc. Stannis may be saying that he won't forget the innocent enthusiasm his brother took in little things... but he won't forget Renly's less innocent preferences, either. (Given Stannis's inflexible justice throughout the series, this makes sense.)



*** Speaking of awkward and archaic word usage, the phrase "breaking their fast" to describe characters... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin having breakfast]]. Can't they just be described as "eating?"

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*** ** Speaking of awkward and archaic word usage, the phrase "breaking their fast" to describe characters... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin having breakfast]]. Can't they just be described as "eating?"



*** ''Many'' of the names are hard to take seriously, especially the ones that are just real English names with one letter off. Tristifer? Jaremy? Endrew? ''Yohn''? Even Drogo if you remember that that was Frodo's dad's name in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''; just picture him as a hobbit and he becomes a lot less formidable.

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*** ** ''Many'' of the names are hard to take seriously, especially the ones that are just real English names with one letter off. Tristifer? Jaremy? Endrew? ''Yohn''? Even Drogo if you remember that that was Frodo's dad's name in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''; just picture him as a hobbit and he becomes a lot less formidable.



** Martin is ''really'' enamored of the words "jape" and "mummer". I mean ''really really''.

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** Martin is ''really'' enamored enamoured of the words "jape" and "mummer". I mean ''really really''.
10th Jan '16 3:14:47 PM LentilSandEater
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** Maybe what he was feeling was peristalsis. Which not only shares a couple of leading syllables, also it's something which '''''can''' be felt''!
10th Jan '16 3:13:29 PM LentilSandEater
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** Possibly lampshaded by Johnny Truant persisting in using an "f" every time he should use an "s" for the next several pages.
*** Possibly nothing. Johnny outright complains about not understanding why old texts use "f" instead of "s". And he doesn't so much insist on using "f" as very gradually transition, over the course of a lengthy diatribe, from using all "S"s to using all "F"s, [[MindScrew almost as if he doesn't even realize he's doing it]]
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