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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Those damned Fairy Tales

What's Mallard raving about today?

Fairly Tales.

Since I have no idea what triggered Mallard sudden anger at fiction, I will satisfy myself by pointing out the irony in Mallard criticizing trite overused narrative gimmicks.

Arugula anyone?


factinista said...

And let's not overlook his total overuse of the word "trite" itself.

confused said...

I'm just pleased that Mallard gave Rush a break from cleaning his house.

Kaitlyn said...

Ogres = Shrek

Witches = Harry Potter. Or Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Or that one on the Disney Channel.

Monsters = Monsters, Inc.

I'm sure this has something to do with political correctness.

NLC said...

Hmmm... maybe there's something much more subtle --and important-- going on here...

Perhaps Tinsley has really had enough of all the lies (Yellow cake, WMDs, the Sadam-AlKaida connection, etc) and the defense of the indefensible (those who authorized the monstrosities of Abu Gharib, "extraordinary rendention" and the neglect of Darfur) and has finally decided to strike out against their apologists and justifiers (e.g. Limbaugh, Fox News, Hannity, Coulter)

All told, it seems to be an excellent fit for what he's written.

MartyRotten said...

Kaitlyn, You're probably thinking of Wizards of Waverly place. Let us not forget the classic tv show Bewitched btw.

Actually the first time I ever heard of a "good witch" was in Wizard of Oz. I don't know of any "good ogres" besides Shrek.

And I do remember Mallard being down on Harry Potter, why I don't know. (maybe J.K. Rowling is a liberal or something.)

Michael said...

The neighbor's kid is over at Mallard's house once again, has taken off his shoes and sitting next to Mallard, who is not wearing pants. This is one overused theme I would prefer to see end (with police/FBI involvement if possible).

exanonymous said...


It must be a political correctness thing.

But I also know that Mallard watches too much TV, so it's possible that he's getting "bombarded" by crappy Shrek-wannabes and Sabrina-clones.

As for JK Rowling, I have respect. She worked, she wrote, she marketed, she got good agents, she made good deals, and she sold. The American Dream even if she's British.

NotannonNotcow said...


GeoX said...

It's worth noting--or maybe it's not worth noting, but what the hell; I'll note it anyway--that in the original Shrek--William Steig's book--the title character was NOT a good guy by any stretch. Leave it to Hollywood to insist that everything be made more lovable.

Kaitlyn said...

GeoX - I know! I looked for the book, I was like, dude! It's based on a book! I love books, I love (the first) Shrek, what can go wrong?

It's a kids book. About five pages long.

Okay, I don't remember much of it, but I don't think it had as many pop culture references.

This made me think of Ella Enchanted - the book and the movie. In the movie, the ogres are good. They're bad - they want to eat Ella - in the book. The book is sooo much better.