For today’s post, some out-takes from a day of teaching. First up, from a discussion in my graphic novel class of Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang, a North Korean animated children’s show, made over into a satire by the addition of “subtitles”.
Guy Delisle was in North Korea working on animated children’s cartoons, just, for the record.
From Fiction 1, “My Immortal”, the most famous of the Harry Potter fan fiction. I can’t tell right now if it’s ‘just’ genius or pure genius or if I’m tired and punchy. In it, a goth girl vampire witch enrolls at Hogwarts and begins biting her fellow classmates. The author, when left to her own devices, speaks incessantly in LOLcat, and the chapters decline in spelling quality after she falls out with a friend who was spell-checking for her. When they make up, the quality returns.
This is, if it’s invented, a brilliant novelistic detail. If not, it’s just plain poignant.
There’s a debate among fans about whether it is what it appears to be or a brilliant satire. I can’t decide. Either way, this vampire witch goth girl turns their world upside down and the results make for hilarious reading. Apparently most of it was read aloud on campus here pretty recently.
Here’s chapter 1, of My Immortal, after the break. Note that AN means “author’s note”, and MCR is My Chemical Romance:
- AN: Special fangz (get it, coz Im goffik) 2 my gf (ew not in that way) raven, bloodytearz666 4 helpin me wif da story and spelling. U rok! Justin ur da luv of my deprzzing life u rok 2! MCR ROX!
- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXHi my name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair (that’s how I got my name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Amy Lee (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Gerard Way but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m a vampire but my teeth are straight and white. I have pale white skin. I’m also a witch, and I go to a magic school called Hogwarts in England where I’m in the seventh year (I’m seventeen). I’m a goth (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly black. I love Hot Topic and I buy all my clothes from there. For example today I was wearing a black corset with matching lace around it and a black leather miniskirt, pink fishnets and black combat boots. I was wearing black lipstick, white foundation, black eyeliner and red eye shadow. I was walking outside Hogwarts. It was snowing and raining so there was no sun, which I was very happy about. A lot of preps stared at me. I put up my middle finger at them.“Hey Ebony!” shouted a voice. I looked up. It was…. Draco Malfoy!“What’s up Draco?” I asked.“Nothing.” he said shyly.But then, I heard my friends call me and I had to go away.
Coming soon, a post on Harry Potter as our new common text.