… while I’m learning how to use my new tablet.
Among the fictional characters I reblog more often, apart from ASOIAF, I’ve noticed a prevalence of:
- Rorschach from “Watchmen” - a sociophobic ultraviolent vigilante
- Deadpool from the Marvel comics - a cuddlier (and more talkative) Rorschach
- The Joker from “The Dark Knight” - Chaos made charming
- The Narrator from “Fight Club” - (spoiler) he is actually LUKE’S FATHER.
Maybe “role model” is not the best way to describe them, but they all have something in common with me. In the (possibly misquoted) words of Oscar Wilde, “a mask tells more than a face”, and they all go around masked, even the Narrator.
They are all damaged people reacting in an extreme way to extreme circumstances - with the possible exception of the Joker, who, like Hannibal Lecter, another of my psycho babies, cannot be explained: “Nothing happened to me, Officer Starling - I happened.” (And then Thomas Harris proceeded to explain what happened to him in “Hannibal” and “Hannibal Rising”, at which point I dropped the saga and didn’t bother with the movies.)
And their reaction is mostly flamboyant, even when murderous and morally wrong. They can’t do something subtly; even their lines are larger than life. When I feel socially inadequate, which is often, a well-placed “I happened,” “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stranger”, “You’re locked in here with me”, helps relieve the tension a little bit and maybe convey a hint of my discomfort, or at least confuse the current company. Although I’ve really scared my friends only by quoting Fight Club.
In this view, Hulk is another staple of mine, though totally unsubtle. I quote Mark Ruffalo more often than my beloved Ed Norton: “I am ALWAYS angry.” As simple as that, nothing flamboyant.
In this company, the Blackfish is a perfectly adjusted individual. Probably from his point of view he is.