Author Topic: PC043: Sweet, Savage Sorcerer  (Read 19083 times)

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Re: PC043: Sweet, Savage Sorcerer
« Reply #60 on: April 09, 2009, 07:45:33 PM »
Wow, I am so alone with my opinion.

I absolutely loved this!  I laughed through nearly all of it, but especially the ending. 

Naw, I'm with you, too.  There are a few of us dissenters who enjoyed it.

Yeah.  I gotta join in with the dissenters.  I had fun with this one.  Though I should note that Friesner's humor is often hit or miss for me.  This time it hit.

One of these days, I shall be in the majority.  And then love/hate in equal measure to the masses.  One day! 

Wait, maybe I already was in the majority once.  Didn't most everybody hate the small town rocketship story?  See?  I can fit in.
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Re: PC043: Sweet, Savage Sorcerer
« Reply #61 on: June 13, 2009, 07:48:40 PM »
Harmless fluff. A bit too much pron but mercifully brief.

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Re: PC043: Sweet, Savage Sorcerer
« Reply #62 on: June 19, 2009, 11:37:04 AM »
Also, I call your attention to the fact that the territory is called "Alraziah-le-Fethynauri’in-ebu-Korfiamminettash" ...
This (joke?) is lost on me.



Still don't get it.  But thanks for posting the map; I've got a game of Fantasy Geography going on at another board, and this gives me some more places to use.
Dear god, has it really reached the stage where the genre is so unbelievably broken, that "Alraziah-le-Fethynauri’in-ebu-Korfiamminettash" doesn't seem ridiculous enough to be a joke? Really? Alright, this is a genre where a hero's titles can fill a paragraph without it being parodic, but come on.

I've read the story before, and the first time I hadn't really encountered the "bodice-ripper" genre, so it fell a little flat. This time I actually started cracking up on the train. But I will admit that if it had gone on for two minutes longer I'd probably have contracted diabetes.
There does seem to be a chronic combination of "don't mock my genre" and "ooooh, it's supposed to be a joke" going around. I mean, this is a story where halfway through, we watch the heroine's reactions flick between lust and violence like a schizophrenic pendulum on hormone replacement therapy. "She'd kick him in the shins" for god's sake.
For me, this is so bad it's funny. Which is entirely the point.
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Re: PC043: Sweet, Savage Sorcerer
« Reply #63 on: July 21, 2009, 12:21:43 AM »
I think Nobilis said it best--it's pretty hard to make a parody when it's as bad as the story it's paroding. Think of the great parody movies over the past few decades--Young Frankenstein, Airplane!, Blazing Saddles--I think what truely makes them good parodies is that they work just as well on their own as humor (Hell, I doubt many people know Airplane! was a parody/remake of a very over-the-top film in the '50s).

This story isn't in that league at all, IMHO. In fact, it's more along the lines of most modern "parodies," like Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans.

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Re: PC043: Sweet, Savage Sorcerer
« Reply #64 on: July 21, 2009, 09:08:18 AM »
Dear god, has it really reached the stage where the genre is so unbelievably broken, that "Alraziah-le-Fethynauri’in-ebu-Korfiamminettash" doesn't seem ridiculous enough to be a joke? Really? Alright, this is a genre where a hero's titles can fill a paragraph without it being parodic, but come on.
I'm probably not the best judge, as I don't read high fantasy any more.  The Lord of the Rings is just about all I know.


This story [is] more along the lines of most modern "parodies," like Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans.
God's Balls, Epic Movie was awful.  I think I laughed exactly once in the whole thing.  (But unlike Napoleon Dynamite, at least I could tell where it was trying to be funny.)
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Re: PC043: Sweet, Savage Sorcerer
« Reply #65 on: December 11, 2009, 04:23:51 PM »
It's not parody if all you're doing is making yet one more of whatever you're parodying.

That was exactly my reaction.  It was clearly trying to make fun of over-the-top fantasy, but in the end it was just over-the-top.  I gave it a chance, but didn't finish it.