We do a lot of ridiculous stuff here at the Sleeping Village--that, I can not deny. However, this mammothian effort on the part of Ancient Hand serves as a response to said frivolity. Nothing--and I mean nothing--is more serious than dissecting, in painstaking detail, the seminal debut of early 2000's pop-punk monarch Avril Lavinge. This, dear readers, is a magnum opus. Also, for the haters: Avril is metal as fuck. There. I said it.
The miniseries before ye is divided into a glorious fifteen parts. Today marks the fourth installment: "Sk8er Boi." If you missed "Complicated" or our introductory statement, check 'em out here! - Ed.
Written by: Ancient Hand
In the nearly-wholly and disappointingly misguided series finale of the critical darling and money-printing Game of Thrones, we are treated to a monologue from fan-favorite character, Tyrion Lannister. In his monologue, Tyrion discusses the importance of good stories. To many, this was a snide and woefully misplaced self-congratulatory pat on the back for and from the show writers. To others, this was a concession of sorts, detailing the importance of the story itself--not just the disappointing ending. Snide or sorrowful, this monologue does raise some good points. Stories take on a life of their own and can often not be destroyed by anything: man, machine, or …meme.
Avril Lavigne’s profound and prophetic story of the titular "Sk8er Boi" and his numerous female counterparts is the definition of a good story. A good story has many definitions from many different scholars that believe they are the final intellectual to serve the grisly details on what makes the best hero’s journey, or how these specific famous characters from world fiction are the most relatable and original. At the end of the day, though, a good story is simply one that makes the audience feel. I doubt this is something many people would argue with, and I feel comfortable using it as the definition for a good story in the remainder of this review. Stories make people feel in all sorts of ways-- some use spectacle, some use terror, some use sorrow, some use forceful and attention-grabbing imagery, and the list goes on. Our Queen of Music, Avril Lavigne, utilizes multiple storytelling strategies in her conceptual-chart topping single, “Sk8er Boi.”
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