History Narm / Literature

8th Sep '17 12:49:23 AM PaulA
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** "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard" features a character (in the midst of recollecting an otherwise very tense raid on a sorcerer's house of horrors) attempting to... transcrib

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** "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard" features a character (in the midst of recollecting an otherwise very tense raid on a sorcerer's house of horrors) attempting to... transcribtranscribe a roar:
8th Sep '17 12:48:05 AM PaulA
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* Creator/HPLovecraft -- great writer but, ye gods, it is hard to take some of those stories as seriously as you're supposed to. There's just too much blatant racism. For instance, there's "The Rats in the Walls." The story itself is as eerie and, well, Lovecraftian as any; but it seems like every other paragraph has the main character talking about his beloved cat Niggerman.
** It should be noted that Lovecraft actually had a cat with that name at the time of that story's writing. Yeah...

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* Creator/HPLovecraft -- great writer but, ye gods, it is hard to take some of those stories as seriously as you're supposed to. There's just too much blatant racism. For instance, there's "The Rats in the Walls." racism.
** "Literature/TheRatsInTheWalls".
The story itself is as eerie and, well, Lovecraftian as any; but it seems like every other paragraph has the main character talking about his beloved cat Niggerman.
** *** It should be noted that Lovecraft actually had a cat with that name at the time of that story's writing. Yeah...



-->"No wonder she owned a link with that old witch-woman Sophonisba--for, though in deceitfully slight proportion, Marceline was a negress."

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-->"No --->"No wonder she owned a link with that old witch-woman Sophonisba--for, though in deceitfully slight proportion, Marceline was a negress."



** Some of Lovecraft's names were [[InherentlyFunnyWords hilarious]]. ''The Whisperer in Darkness'' had the potential to be absolutely terrifying, but the phrase "Fungi from Yuggoth" ''sounds'' amusing.
*** If you know actual Arabic, the AsLongAsItSoundsForeign name of Abdul Alhazred is actually [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment redundant]]. "Abdul" means "Servant/Slave of the". So if "Hazred" meant anything, than "Abdul Alhazred" would mean "Slave of the the (whatever it meant)." Anything that has two definite articles comes off a little Narmy.

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** Some of Lovecraft's names were [[InherentlyFunnyWords hilarious]]. ''The Whisperer in Darkness'' ''Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness'' had the potential to be absolutely terrifying, but the phrase "Fungi from Yuggoth" ''sounds'' amusing.
*** ** If you know actual Arabic, the AsLongAsItSoundsForeign name of Abdul Alhazred is actually [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment redundant]]. "Abdul" means "Servant/Slave of the". So if "Hazred" meant anything, than "Abdul Alhazred" would mean "Slave of the the (whatever it meant)." Anything that has two definite articles comes off a little Narmy.



-->Waaaahrrrrr. R'waaahrrr.

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-->Waaaahrrrrr.--->Waaaahrrrrr. R'waaahrrr.
29th Jul '17 8:52:34 AM Redmess
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** There is also the scene of Dracula climbing down a wall upside down. This is terrifying until you realize what gravity would do to Dracula's clothing and cape.
2nd Jul '17 5:12:20 PM Argon2
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* In the Tu Fu poem ''Visiting Tsan'', the narrator walks sadly through "manured fields", crying. Manure is literally cow poo.
2nd Jun '17 7:31:38 AM johnwcowan
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**** Scholars at Miskatonic generally assume that his Arabic name (or alias, more likely) was عبدالله الحظرد ''‘Abd Allah al-Ḥaẓred'' 'servant of God the Prohibited', which would normally be anglicized as ''Abdullah al-Hazred''. (In real life, ''al-Hazred'' is an exoticized version of the surname of some of Lovecraft’s ancestors, Hazard).



** "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard" features a character (in the midst of recollecting an otherwise very tense raid on a sorcerer's house of horrors) attempting to... transcribe a roar:

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** "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard" features a character (in the midst of recollecting an otherwise very tense raid on a sorcerer's house of horrors) attempting to... transcribe a roar:transcrib


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** On the other hand, the whole 3000-year history of the Greek nation suggests that fully macho males don't hesitate to cry over things that make them sad or otherwise move them emotionally, like great poetry.


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*** ''Democide''' is a technical term of political science coined by R.J. Rummel to cover mass killings, including those performed on one's own people (which by definition cannot be genocide), like Stalin's purges and Mao's Great Leap Forward (democide by mass starvation).


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** There is actually a Creator/RexStout novella called "Eeny Meeny Murder Mo".
1st May '17 8:33:25 AM Argon2
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*** And what better way to make someone question what they know than to force them to explain it to you?


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* In Calvino's ''The Distance of the Moon'', a beautiful woman is described thusly; "[She had] armpits as dark and mysterious as sea urchins".
29th Apr '17 6:16:20 PM NightShade96
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29th Apr '17 6:15:44 PM NightShade96
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* Narm/BlackJewels
* Narm/HarryPotter

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* Narm/BlackJewels
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* Narm/HarryPotter
''Narm/HarryPotter''
* ''Narm/{{Twilight}}''



* Thanks to PurpleProse, the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' books have lots of this. One of the best was when Edward was holding his and Bella's baby:
--> "He was both dazzling and dazzled."
** 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]].
** There is even a mention of a "glowering sky", which brings to mind something like [[http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/das_mervin/6059542/36277/36277_original.png this]], as pointed out in [[http://das-sporking.livejournal.com/84705.html this recap]].
** [[BishieSparkle Sparkly]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]]. The point of the meadow scene ''is'' that Edward sparkles, literally. ''And'' he says that it's the body of a killer. Will either make readers lament about how "true" vampires are dead, or send them into giggles.
*** Edward's line after this scene isn't much better:
---> '''Edward:''' "Friends don't let friends drive drunk, Bella."
---> '''Bella:''' "Drunk?"
---> '''Edward:''' "You are intoxicated by my very presence."
** In the second book, Edward attempts to kill himself ''by sparkling''.
*** Not just by sparkling. By sparkly ''striptease.''
** The ten blank pages in the second book -- to signify that Bella's sorrow over Edward leaving her is so deep that she's not even internally journalling -- are either incredibly heartbreaking or incredibly narmy depending on one's view of the series.
** When Jacob starts going into his "abusive Jerkass" persona, Bella tries to punch him, only for her hand to break in the process. Then she proceeds to ''hop repeatedly while holding her hand''. That is not very dramatic, Mrs. Meyer.
** Not to mention that while she's yelling at Jacob because werewolves don't age, she actually ''stomps her foot'' like she's a little two-year old.
*** Narmier by the fact that she's supposed to be [[InformedAbility very mature compared to people her age]].
*** Edward isn't any better. In ''New Moon'', when Bella had the Cullens vote on whether or not she should become a vampire, the majority of the family said "yes". How does [[InformedAbility suave, mature]] Edward react? He starts shouting "NO! NO! NO!" like a little two-year-old.
** While waiting for the Volturi in Breaking Dawn:
--->Edward leaned his head against the same shoulder where he'd placed Renesmee. "Goodbye, Jacob, my brother ... my son."
*** [[ParentalIncest And if you do the math]]...
** In Book II of ''Breaking Dawn'', Jacob very bitterly thinks to himself in his narration that Bella and Edward's unborn baby is after "blood and death, death and blood", which is hilariously wangsty.
26th Apr '17 12:17:08 AM PaulA
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* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster SpaceOpera ''The End of the Matter,'' the heroes encounter a primitive race of sapients on the planet Alaspin called the Otoids. Much is made of the fact that the Otoids... [[EyeScream remove the eyes of those they kill]] and that ''no one knows why they do this!'' Oooooh! Scary! Cue inner monologues of characters grimly musing to themselves, "What do the Otoids do with dead men's eyes?" But... there are few things that the Otoids can do with those eyes that could be more shocking that their killing people and then taking the eyes in the first place. The {{canon}}ical reason the Otoids have is not one of those things.

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* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster SpaceOpera ''The End of the Matter,'' Matter'' (part of the ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' series), the heroes encounter a primitive race of sapients on the planet Alaspin called the Otoids. Much is made of the fact that the Otoids... [[EyeScream remove the eyes of those they kill]] and that ''no one knows why they do this!'' Oooooh! Scary! Cue inner monologues of characters grimly musing to themselves, "What do the Otoids do with dead men's eyes?" But... there are few things that the Otoids can do with those eyes that could be more shocking that their killing people and then taking the eyes in the first place. The {{canon}}ical reason the Otoids have is not one of those things.
25th Apr '17 7:16:03 PM PaulA
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* Ten pages or so into William Forstchen's CosyCatastrophe novel ''One Second After'', the reader learns that one of the rugged widower hero's two adorable girls is [[spoiler: a diabetic]]. From then on, you know ''exactly'' [[DeathByNewberyMedal what must happen]], but it takes the ''entire'' novel to get there. When it does, Forstchen has to [[spoiler: kill the family dog immediately after]].

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* Ten pages or so into William Forstchen's Creator/WilliamRForstchen's CosyCatastrophe novel ''One Second After'', the reader learns that one of the rugged widower hero's two adorable girls is [[spoiler: a diabetic]].[[spoiler:diabetic]]. From then on, you know ''exactly'' [[DeathByNewberyMedal what must happen]], but it takes the ''entire'' novel to get there. When it does, Forstchen has to [[spoiler: kill [[spoiler:kill the family dog immediately after]].
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