Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
I was gonna leave "Lludd and Lleuelys" alone after just the one strip. Really, I tried. But, well... there ya go. I drew this off the top of my head and just sort of wrote it as I went along, as opposed to the rest of "Lit Brick" which is (surprisingly) written well in advance.
I can't stress enough, however, how utterly lame this story is. The crux of the matter is this: Lludd's kingdom has turned into Shitsville because of three different plagues. He goes to see his brother for advice on solving the problems. His brother gives him detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to destroy the plagues. Lludd goes back home, follows his brother's instructions, and ends the plagues. The end. There's no complications and no suspense. Everything works out precisely as the brother said it would. Honestly, whoever wrote this thing wasn't even trying. You could say I'm expecting too much from old English literature, but come on - this thing was written well after the Greeks pretty much invented drama. The authors in the 12th century knew how to write a good story, this jerk just couldn't be bothered.
But really, beating on "Lludd and Lleuelys" is like taking swings at a pinata - it's way too easy. It's like writing an essay about how poorly written and derivative "Twilight" is. I mean, why waste the time? So next week, we'll pick up on some far better material - prepare yourselves for several weeks of the one and only "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." It'll be head choppin' fun for the whole family!
Lit Brick is a comic started by Jodie Troutman in an effort to read the entire Norton Anthology of English Literature. Having eventually succeeded in that goal, it now features comics about all manner of random literature. For more of Jodie's work, visit troutcave.net!