Tag: Piracy

Top 5 Princess Bride Memes

The Princess Bride is a fantastic movie based on a book about a book. And it’s also the inspiration for a host of fabulous memes. Sure, they’re a little niche, and you have to do some digging, but I already did that part, so sit back and enjoy.

 

When You Find This Article

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I, like Westley, was startled out of nowhere to discover these. Discovering new memes is a little more fun than discovering rodents of unusual size, though. Unfortunately I didn’t get the incredible situational irony he did. If only I’d said very loudly that I I didn’t think anything like this existed and then someone yeeted it at my face. Still, I’m glad they’re here, and I’m glad they’re such high quality. Also, does Westley have a lot of confidence here? ‘Large rats? Who would believe something so crazy?’

 

 

Incredibly RELATABLE Content

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How did William Goldman break into my apartment and record my thoughts decades before I was even born? I mean, there’s relatable content, and then there’s being entirely called out, and this is the intersection of that venn diagram. It’s like the book, the movie, whoever made this meme, and whoever posted it really get me. Yikes. I should probably write some apology letters. If you’re out there, I’m sorry for relating to you.

 

 

Surprise!

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The Chris Fleming meme is perennial, and I kind of love that some effort was actually put into the editing, but none was put into picking the pictures of Buttercup. It works! And it shows the meme creator’s priorities. As revelations from this meme go, it’s maybe middling, though Buttercup might disagree. We all learn things we can’t even imagine, and thank goodness we have this meme to express them.

 

 

How to Write a Cover Letter

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Honestly this is all just solid advice. Sure, he applied it for a very different genre of introduction, but whether you’re trying to get revenge very politely, or applying for an office job, greeting the person and telling them your name is a helpful move, and just plain good manners. If you’re going for the second, I might leave off the death threats, but hey, I’m just one person with one opinion. You’ve gotta live your best live.

 

 

When You Learn a New Word

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“There are more things in heaven and earth, Vizzini, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Or something. We’ve all been there. You learn a new word and then not only use it left and right, but hear it everywhere. I really like the word ‘ameliorate’, for example, and if it were as flexible as inconceivable, I might use it this regularly. Some people think he just doesn’t understand it, but I choose to believe he does and is just being outrageously dramatic.

 

 

 

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Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Tom Holland, and Others Stand Against Piracy

Everyone needs to stop pirating books. That’s means me – especially me – and you, and the person next to you, and the people who don’t read this article.

 

Creativity creates worlds

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Creativity is meant to be experienced, but we live in a capitalist society, in which people need to make money, and sadly, by artists’ work being distributed for free, they lose out. And you know what happens if they lose money? All those books and other creative works we love will no longer we accessible.

Thankfully people are fighting back.

This isn’t the say that musicians and filmmakers aren’t fighting back, but on the literary side,  we have Philip Pullman.

 

Philip Pullman

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Philip Pullman, author of the famed His Dark Materials trilogy, and president of the Society of Authors, sent a letter to Greg Clark, the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy specifically about ebook piracy, and he’s not alone.

Others include novelists Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman, Tom Holland, author of In The Shadow of the Sword, Joanna Trollope, author of A Village Affair, Malorie Blackman author of Black and White, and poet Wendy Cope (If I Don’t Know) and historian Antony Beevor (Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943), along with twenty-eight other authors.

 

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That means THIRTY-FOUR authors wrote to the UK’s Secretary of State to talk about ebook piracy – specifically its growing relevancy and how it hurts the writing industry.

 

Holy cow Batman!

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That’s right Robin, Holy Cow.

What did they have to say? Well, it might scare you.

“We are concerned that websites offering illegal downloads of books are becoming increasingly prevalent,” the letter reads, “We do not want to give any of these sites publicity by naming them here, but they can easily be found”.

The letter goes on to cite its sources, kids, noting that that the growth of online book piracy could “make it even harder for authors to make a living from their work”. If that wasn’t scary enough, The Guardian wrote nine months ago how, “[b]ased on a standard thirty-five-hour week, the average full-time writer earns only £5.73 [$7.49] per hour, £2 [$2.61] less than the UK minimum wage for those over twenty-five.”

This is in thanks to ebooks. If publishers can’t get back their money by publishing books, then why give the authors the money they deserve? Why give them any money at all?

“This will harm writers and readers alike – if authors can no longer afford to write, the supply of new writing will inevitably dry up.”

This isn’t hyperbole, this is straight honest truth. It’s hard to listen to, we might not want to hear it, but we have to. There’s a reason all these authors, all thirty-four of them, wrote to the UK’s secretary of state, “calling on [him] to take action against the blight of online book piracy” because if creative people don’t get paid for their work, then they have to spend less time being creative. That means we get even less books, writings, and other creative works.

 

Creativity is leaving us
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Gregg Clark hasn’t given a response, yet, but we sure hopes that after his words comes quick, decisive action because, even though we might not like it, creativity and business go hand in hand in our society. Ironically, piracy is so easy because creative works are all around us, but if piracy were to continue then there WILL NOT be anywhere near as many creative works around us.

 

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