Ideally There Would be no Idealists or Why That Guy Isn’t a Guy.

Learn to read emoticons. Or perhaps, take someone literally when they include them. Learn that just because you find something fucking hysterical, other people will not; and some will find it mildly amusing to riff off the ridiculous with some ridiculous of their own.

Learn that “pedant” is not an insult but a way of life. Learn to embrace it.

…H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Canon Doyle, Jules Verne; the creators of the modern heroic image. I’d be more inclined to target Siegel & Shuster though, since Superman is what women expect of their men. NO. I will not explain the context.

I was simply attempting to communicate a complex idea using humor; that the problem of comparing a visual communication medium, like film, with a textual communication medium, like a book, is an essentially flawed comparison. the characters established in the visual medium are largely external, based on appearances controlled by a crew of people working behind the scenes making sure that you see what they want you to see, and interpret it the way they want you to interpret it.

Whereas a book, or a text message, is interpreted entirely within the brain of the reader. Consequently the characters you perceive in a novel (like Lord of the Rings to pick a novel at random) are almost entirely created by the reader, shaped by the reader’s perceptions and expectations. The characters belong to the reader in a much more personal way, and those characters mean more to the reader than the movie image means to the viewer.

Consequently, contrasting movie characters (like a Disney hero, as another completely random example) with literary characters (like Aragorn, also a random choice) the individual will likely identify more readily with the literary character, even when the example given to represent that character is one captured in a film interpretation (this is why producers buy movie rights for books. Just FYI) because the character has more depth for the reader, has more meaning established in the reading public.

Someone who understands just how unfair the comparison is might find it amusing to point out that the depth of understanding given to the literary character (as exampled by observing minor facts about the characters actual established history) lends an unfair advantage in favoritism compared to a cartoon fairytale crafted to be briefly viewed on a movie screen.

…that someone would be wrong in thinking that others would find that amusing. Apparently.


Editor’s note. She said that Aragorn was an ideal man, the kind of guy that every girl was looking for, unlike the Disney fairy princesses. She thought she was being funny. I thought I was being funny. I pointed out that Aragorn wasn’t a man. Aragorn was half-elven, descended from a line of kings that were older than the hills of the Middle Earth that he walked. Consequently he wasn’t anymore attainable as a male icon than the ink on paper princes of Disney’s fairy tales. She probably should set her sights a little lower still if she wanted to keep a boyfriend.

She knew she was funny, and she knew I wasn’t funny. Consequently she blocked me. There. Now you know the rest of the story.