You know, the thing is, I really like comedies.
But not so much slapstick comedies -- the sort where it's nonstop wacky hijinks of a (usually) physical nature; I like shows and comics and whatevers that don't take themselves too seriously, and can, in fact, step back from themselves and laugh. Anything that strikes me as taking itself too seriously tends to bore me, or else drive me to imagining more humorous scenarios -- it is, ultimately, why I can't follow a whole lot of "epic" stories. I get ... bored
, honestly, with the nobility and the drama and the RAW HUMAN SUFFERING AND AWE; some is good, some is often very good, but after a while, I get tired of it. I think Tolkien may be the only one who's ever pulled it off in a way that I don't
eventually feel like mocking it. :\
On the other hand, I like a comedy that has darker elements, too. I don't mean just black humor or its ilk; I mean stories that are lighthearted and funny on surface viewing, but as soon as you scratch a bit deeper, there's a whole seething mass
of things that could go wrong, will go wrong, or already have
gone wrong. I like characters like this, too -- know me long enough and it's laughably easy to predict who my favorite character in something new will be: I like the "good" characters, the cheerful ones, the happy stupid ones that maybe the other characters are sometimes irritated with -- but who also have a darker core, something rotten inside all of the bright. And honestly, it feels more "real" to me (maybe I just have a skewed sense of reality? Errr) for a character to start light and progress to darker, rather than a character that starts dark and lightens as time goes on. It's possible, it just seems less likely.
I love a story where the characters can be laughing and stupid one moment, and in the next find themselves in a world of hurt and unhappiness -- but that ultimately, in the end, they pull together; I like a good dose of funny
in my wooby. (Granted, I am not very good at this myself; my humor, such as I have it, is a physical humor: people laugh at me more because of how I saw things and how I look as I say them, or at the things I do, rather than what
I say. Sadly, I am not a clever person, though someday I would LIKE to be.) I ... often cannot read WAFFy fixit stories, because everyone's so interested in the sentimental tugging of the heartstrings, and just as it is with unending angst, I get -- bored, in a way. And it's not that I don't think some characters DON'T deserve hugs and cuddlings, or that I think an awkward joke should be thrown in to jar the mood; it's just ... maybe it's that I prefer teasing and banter instead?
On that note -- Doctor Who is totally my new favorite show (well, one of several). The Doctor is so incredibly cute and enthusiastic you just want to FUZZLE him, but there are times when that blacker uglier part of him comes out, and it's absolutely fascinating
to see.( Blah blah: Spoilers through the end for FFXII: in which I talk too much, trying to dissect what disatisfied me about the game overall )
However, Doctor Who has already caused me to stay up far past my bedtime, debating with a roommate where certain Major Events fit into the space-time continuum, whether something that happens "outside of time" will fit itself back into the linear flow, and if it does, how
does it and where
does it and what family structures might have existed with the Time Lords and how the hell do the Daleks keep surviving
, please let me know. XD
Also have decided that David Tennant's sheer enthusiastic joy about getting to play his childhood idol/hero? Cutest thing ever
, among other cutest things ever.
I need icons for Shounen Onmyouji and
Doctor Who now. D: ... I suppose it's a good thing the weekend is coming up, though holy crap I need to clean and pack for MOVIN'S.