I was looking through random XKCD comics here at the lab, when I saw this comic about Merlin.
There are times when I think that hanging with me must be like hanging with Merlin from T.H. White’s The Once and Future King.* When someone first meets me, it seems like I know a lot. But as the years go on, I forget more and more of the basics and need to be “re-taught” the things that I seemed to have learned “too early.”
Also, my aging is screwed up.
This reminds me. I cannot decide how to feel about the new Merlin series. It has Anthony Head in it, so that is good. And I can understand the writers desire to subvert expectations and to come up with new things. After all, what many consider to be the “traditional” Arthur stories actually came from a number of different legends from various countries over hundreds of years.
But did they have to focus on teenagers? Do we really need to continue to focus on that demographic? *sighs* Never mind. If the stories are good (and I have not actually watched enough of the show to judge whether they are or not) then maybe it will attract more people into reading. And that would be a good thing.
[*] One of my absolute favorite books. I have lost count of the number of times I have read it. I would say that it is one of the books that influenced me the most growing up, right there with Don Quixote, The Name of the Rose, and the Sherlock Holmes stories. I always get the feeling that Merlin and William of Baskerville would have gotten on quite well … in a crotchety sort of way. I need to buy a new copy. Not only has the cover fallen off, but the first several pages are about ready to go as well.