Have an entry that has been percolating in my head for a few days.
Things I think about during my class on Oscar Wilde and the fin de siécle
* Writing a brief crack crossover between the Jeeves and Wooster books and The Picture of Dorian Gray
, based entirely on the fact that both Bertie and Lord Henry have an Aunt Agatha. "Oh, dear, it's my dreadful cousin Bertie no
, Dorian, don't look, maybe he won't see us. He lets his valet
dictate his wardrobe, which says everything you need to - oh, hello, Bertie, I didn't notice you oozing past!"
* How awesome a post-S4 Doctor Who
episode fic with Oscar Wilde as the public domain celebrity guest star would be. It would take place in 1882, while he was lecturing in Canada and America, and - um, would have a plot of some kind. I'm not so good with the plots. Should I borrow from the show's past, maybe dig a little deeper than goddamn Daleks and Cybermen? Should I gank something from Torchwood
or SJA? Should I, oh god, make something up? And that's still easier than I suspect writing Wilde would be. Honestly, the more you know about a person, the harder they are to accurately characterize.
Things I do not think about:
* Essays which include sentences such as "By 'they' here I definitionally mean 'we.'" Really? What a coincidence. By "fuck you" here I definitionally mean "EAT ME." YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT. THE ONLY NON-HUMOR-RELATED EXCUSE FOR CHANGING THE MEANING OF A FUCKING PRONOUN
IS COMPLETE LACK OF EDUCATION, WHICH IS THEORETICALLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU POSSESS. I've never taken a class that assigned so many
essays composed entirely of Pretentious Academic Speak, most of which are harder to read than the works they are analyzing, so I have yet to build up a tolerance, and frankly I'm not sure I want to.