History Narm / Literature

26th Jun '16 6:44:30 PM MetalJesus
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** Martin is ''really'' enamoured of the words "jape" and "mummer". I mean ''really really''.

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** Martin is ''really'' enamoured of the words "jape" and "mummer". I mean ''really really''. And then when ''A Feast for Crows'' comes around, whenever a character addresses their uncle, they call them [[InherentlyFunnyWords "nuncle"]]. And they do it often when that word never came up before. It's like Martin found a word-a-day calendar from the 16th Century and intends to get as much mileage out of it as he can.
3rd Jun '16 3:08:58 PM dmcreif
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** "Then late in the afternoon in the third day of their moot, the Ents suddenly blew up". Taken literally, and you can imagine John Cleese narrating "And here is the Ent who told us where they were"... BOOM!. Alternatively, the Bender clones exploding at the end of WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: Bender's Big Score.

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** "Then late in the afternoon in the third day of their moot, the Ents suddenly blew up". Taken literally, and you can imagine John Cleese narrating "And "[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus And here is the Ent who told us where they were"... BOOM!.were... *BOOM*....and this is where he lived. *BOOM*]]" . Alternatively, the Bender clones exploding at the end of WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: Bender's Big Score.
30th May '16 9:32:45 AM Anddrix
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** Dennagon is supposed to be portrayed as smart, but it's hard to take seriously when he makes mistakes like "velocity is distance ''[[CriticalResearchFailure multiplied]]'' by time". No, this mistake wasn't played for laughs, or even pointed out.
28th May '16 9:11:38 PM MichaelKatsuro
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* Creator/OscarWilde isn't immune to this. ''Literature/TheHappyPrince'' involves a bird and a [[TakenForGranite prince-turned-statue]] who is crying over being a statue.
** Most of Wilde's children's stories contain Narm and soppy morals. Most Victorian moral stories for children do. Wilde's work CrossesTheLineTwice -- you have to barrel through the narm and then double back and start crying like a girl.

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* Creator/OscarWilde isn't immune to this. ''Literature/TheHappyPrince'' involves a bird and a [[TakenForGranite prince-turned-statue]] who is crying over being a statue.
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statue. Most of Wilde's children's stories contain Narm and soppy morals. Most Victorian moral stories for children do. Wilde's work CrossesTheLineTwice -- you have to barrel through the narm and then double back and start crying like a girl.



* ''Literature/LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs'' is made of this. It becomes impossible to absorb the moral of the story when it's full of smoking and drinking horses of the non-anthropomorphic variety. The intended {{Tearjerker}} moment involving an OD'd horse lying dead with a joint by his mouth is the icing on the cake.
** This is probably the truest, most glorious example of literary Narm on this page.
* There is a "True Story" about [[IllGirl a girl who died from AIDS]], which she caught when her boyfriend raped her. The tagline is something along the lines of "[[ScareEmStraight She thought she had found love... and she lost her life to AIDS]]." But the true Narm is in the title (cue scary music): ''It Happened to Nancy''.
** So it can happen to you!
* More than once in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', the title character is described as going out "in his lizard fashion". It's meant to convey that his movements are lizardlike, but it evokes the image of him wearing some sort of lizardskin waistcoat.
** It's meant to convey that Harker saw him descending a wall like a lizard would - clinging to it ''headfirst''.
*** How does "Harker saw him descending a wall like a lizard would" ''not'' mean "his movements are lizardlike"?
*** The image of someone of Dracula's description doing the Spiderman-thing is still {{narm}}ish, [[NarmCharm as well as appropriately creepy.]]
** There is also the moment later when Dracula attacks Mina. This scene reads like attempted rape but is brought down by four factors: 1) the fact that the men are all in the room and do nothing about it; 2) that Harker is unconscious in the corner with a red face and the description of him sounds as if he's drunk; 3) when the men break the door down Van Helsing goes flying across the floor; and 4) Dr Seward completely kills the moment when he likens the scene in his narration to "a child forcing a kitten's nose into a saucer of milk to compel it to drink." Way to kill the mood, Seward.

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* ''Literature/LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs'' is made of this. It becomes impossible to absorb the moral of the story when it's full of smoking and drinking horses of the non-anthropomorphic variety. The intended {{Tearjerker}} moment involving an OD'd horse lying dead with a joint by his mouth is the icing on the cake.
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cake. This is probably the truest, most glorious example of literary Narm on this page.
* There is a "True Story" about [[IllGirl a girl who died from AIDS]], which she caught when her boyfriend raped her. The tagline is something along the lines of "[[ScareEmStraight She thought she had found love... and she lost her life to AIDS]]." But the true Narm is in the title (cue scary music): ''It Happened to Nancy''.
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Nancy''. So it can happen to you!
* More than once in In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', the title character there is described as going out "in his lizard fashion". It's meant to convey that his movements are lizardlike, but it evokes the image of him wearing some sort of lizardskin waistcoat.
** It's meant to convey that Harker saw him descending a wall like a lizard would - clinging to it ''headfirst''.
*** How does "Harker saw him descending a wall like a lizard would" ''not'' mean "his movements are lizardlike"?
*** The image of someone of Dracula's description doing the Spiderman-thing is still {{narm}}ish, [[NarmCharm as well as appropriately creepy.]]
** There is also
the moment later when Dracula attacks Mina. This scene reads like attempted rape but is brought down by four factors: 1) the fact that the men are all in the room and do nothing about it; 2) that Harker is unconscious in the corner with a red face and the description of him sounds as if he's drunk; 3) when the men break the door down Van Helsing goes flying across the floor; and 4) Dr Seward completely kills the moment when he likens the scene in his narration to "a child forcing a kitten's nose into a saucer of milk to compel it to drink." Way to kill the mood, Seward.



* No one has quite yet worked out what possessed Gabriel García Márquez to use the phrase "wormy guava grove of love" in ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''.
** That might be the translator's fault: the original reads "agusanado [meaning worm-eaten] guayabal de amor".

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* No one has quite yet worked out what possessed Gabriel García Márquez to use the phrase "wormy guava grove of love" in ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''.
** That
''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''. Though it might be the translator's fault: the original reads "agusanado [meaning worm-eaten] guayabal de amor".



-->For the first time, Storm felt alone and unwanted. She walked off out of the squirrel's bower into the surrounding trees, swinging her rope. "Me and Gullwhacker don't need anybeast. We're all right."
** Five seconds later, she's back, and [[AngstWhatAngst everything's fine]]. She does this sort of thing repeatedly.

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-->For the first time, Storm felt alone and unwanted. She walked off out of the squirrel's bower into the surrounding trees, swinging her rope. "Me and Gullwhacker don't need anybeast. We're all right."
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" Five seconds later, she's back, and [[AngstWhatAngst everything's fine]]. She does this sort of thing repeatedly.
28th May '16 9:04:52 PM MichaelKatsuro
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* A Swedish crime novel has the Narmy title ''Ole Dole Död'', which translates to something like "Eeny Meeny Miny Murder."
18th May '16 9:21:34 PM NightShade96
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** 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]].



** 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.

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** The ten blank pages in the second book--to book -- to signify that Bella's sorrow over Edward leaving her is so deep that she's not even internally journalling--are journalling -- are either incredibly heartbreaking or incredibly narmy depending on one's view of the series.
** When Jacob starts going into his "abusive JerkAss" Jerkass" persona, Bella tries to punch him, only for her hand to break in the process. Then she proceeds to ''hop'' ''hop repeatedly while holding her hand.hand''. That is not very dramatic, Mrs. Meyer.
16th May '16 11:09:57 PM Kid
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*** 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."
15th May '16 9:29:51 AM MathsAngelicVersion
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* ''Literature/DragonsLexiconTriumvirate'':
** The writing is full of PurpleProse, MeaninglessMeaningfulWords and SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Case in point:
--> ''Upon the Mesozoic verdure, the sun cast its dawn light, giving life to the hovering woodland realm in the form pf photosynthetic vitality that sparkled betwixt the morning arbor.''
** After quite a bit of Purple Prose, we get [[SophisticatedAsHell this gem]]:
--> ''Dennagon trudged through the grass, his noggin aching.''
** This is how Dennagon reacts when he's surprised:
--> ''Dennagon felt like taking a dump. Luckily, he hadnít any fecal matter left in his stomach.''
** Dennagon is supposed to be portrayed as smart, but it's hard to take seriously when he makes mistakes like "velocity is distance ''[[CriticalResearchFailure multiplied]]'' by time". No, this mistake wasn't played for laughs, or even pointed out.
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":
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