Tag: Narration

The Lost Prince: Marco Loristan

I just finished another book yesterday, called The Lost Prince, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is about a boy named Marco Loristan, and his quest around the world to tell people in the secret rebellion “The Lamp is Lighted”, meaning ‘Start the Rebellion’. The rebels want to overthrow the king of Samavia and re-appoint the rightful ruler.

 

Marco is a very smart boy, being a traveler, he knows how to act in other countries, never pretend you’re a tourist, always pretend you’re a local. While in England, he meets a crippled boy called The Rat. Marco’s one flaw is that he is compassionate, which isn’t really a flaw if you’re a regular person, but Marco isn’t a regular person. One day while out in England, Marco sees a woman with a sprained foot. He helps her to her house, where she asks for a book to read while she sits down. Marco goes upstairs, and when he comes back down, the woman is standing up. He is baffled, but then the woman reveals a man, who is an enemy of the rebellion. They interrogate him, but Marco, strong-willed, refuses to reveal anything. Even when they threaten to throw him in the pitch-black basement, he still replies “I know nothing.”

They throw him in the basement, which is basically a prison, because who has a really small room with no lights and a prison door? He sits down, reminding himself that he can think himself a way out of this predicament. He knows that yelling will do no good, because he is so far underground (again, who builds these things?). He makes his way around the room, getting a feel for his surroundings. He decides to take a nap, when suddenly the woman comes back, tells Marco that she and the man are leaving town immediately, and leaves, but not before throwing Marco the key to the door. Marco fumbles around in the dark, eventually finding it, getting out, and calling for help.

After this, Marco and The Rat begin on their quest to tell random people 4 words. They travel to many countries, each person being surprised that Marco is delivering the news. The final person, who is a priest, tells Marco that his father is the rightful king. Marco is shocked, but makes his way back to England, where his father goes off to a rebellion war that they win VERY quickly. His father comes home, and everyone lives happily ever after.

 

There’s not much character development in this book, Marco just uses his quick wits to travel over Europe telling people to start a rebellion, then randomly figuring out that his father is the king.

 

Ok, so here’s a big plot hole: This takes place somewhere in between 1910 and 1915. If telegrams were invented in 1832…. And telephones were invented in 1876…. What’s stopping Marco’s father from just telegraphing/calling everyone to start a rebellion? 

The Secret Garden was so much better…

SHORT Narration: Brendan Voyage

I present to you my next summary- MOVIE TRAILER STYLE!

 

In a -this world, one man must risk his life all for the sake of recreating a famous voyage that probably didn’t even happen. Tim Severin stars as himself in his first ever movie narration, where he must collect random bits of leather from random people who have random people help him build the random boat. Will he make it all the way from Ireland to Newfoundland, or will the rotting smell of leather get to him first?

Watch Read in amazement, and wonder how one man could devote his life to re-creating famous voyages, and the only one I get to do a narration on is the one that no one has heard of? Why couldn’t I do a narration on his voyage recreating Jason and the Argronauts? Find out…. as soon as I figure out why…

THE BRENDAN VOYAGE, Coming May 1976, Rated PG by NAG (The Narration Association of Gabe)

 

Sir Gawain and the Book of Epic Failure That Should’ve Been Kept As a Poem: Narration

Well…… With that title out of the way…..

This book takes place in the court of King Arthur, and is about Sir Gawain and his enemy who turns out to be a dark lord who turns out to be not-so-dark.

 

So, let’s just get this over with, shall we?

 

NEW YEARS EVE, SOME YEAR A LONG TIME AGO

So, enter Arthur’s court, with all the feasting that you would expect from a king’s court. You know, cake, pizza, Coke, ice cream. Wait, take the menu back a few thousand years. You know, chicken, beef, wine, roast duck, quail, and pizza. Suddenly, the door blows open, and an evil-looking knight dressed in green appears out of nowhere somewhere. He challenges someone to cut off his head, and as a prize they would get a free axe. But wait, there’s more! In a year, the knight would return to cut off whoever cut off his head’s head. Sir Gawain decides “I want an axe! (even though Arthur could probably give me a thousand just like the one he has)” and cuts off the Green Knights head. The Green Knight’s body promptly picks up his head and says “See you in a year!”

 

350 days later…..

Gawain sets out to get his head cut off, and stumbles upon a man (Bertilak de Hautdesert) and his wife (Lady Bertilak), who let him stay with them for the remaining days until Gawain goes to meet the Green Knight. Lady Bertilak wants Gawain to love her, and offers many things to him, all of which he refuses until she offers him a green belt which will protect him. He accepts, and sets off to fight get beheaded by the Green Knight.

 

10 minutes later….

Gawain finds the Green Chapel, and sees the Green Knight. The Knight brings down his axe, but stops, because he said Gawain flinched. He brings down his axe again, but stops, just testing. He does it once more, and his axe bounces off Gawains neck. The Knight reveals himself to be Bertilak de Hautdesert, and he tells Gawain that Lady Bertilak is actually Morgan Le Fay, who sends Arthur’s Knights on POINTLESS, YEAR LONG, TIME CONSUMING QUESTS!!!!

Then, the Green Knight leaves, and Sir Gawain returns to Arthur’s court. What did he get out of this? A RANDOM AXE!!! What price did he pay? A WHOLE YEAR OF HIS TIME, WAITING TO BE BEHEADED!!!!

 

Pointless story, in my opinion. They should have never converted it from a poem to a story….

Once and Future King: Chapter 3.14: nylreM

This is going to be very short, so read it.

So, last I left off, Arthur is wandering through the forest.

Arthur is wandering through the forest, when he sees a house. An old man comes out to meet him, can you guess who it is? Nope, not Gandalf, not Dumbledore, not Yoda, but Merlyn (it’s really spelled that way)! Merlyn says he is Arthur’s tutor, and he should come inside.

Merlyn explains to Arthur that he experiences time backwards, which is very weird to think about…. But anyways, moving on, or back, in Merlyns case (get it?). The chapter ends with Dumbledore and Harry, wait, excuse me, Merlyn and Arthur walking back to the castle (which is not Hogwarts).