Sunday, August 28, 2011

A New Asterix and Obelix Book?

Rene Goscinny died in 1977 so a new book is not very likely but I forgot this fact when I was at a local bookstore looking for the latest Amulet for my kids. I saw Asterix and Obelix's Birthday, flipped through it and ran off to buy it without really examining the contents. It is understandable. I am a huge fan. I have sometimes referred to their books in class, prompting professors' to fix their best "Are you kidding me!!??" stares on me but then I also brought up the Bugs Bunny version of Wagner's 'The Ring' in my class on The Niebelungenlied. And I also made reference to the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in an essay on language. Guess I never learn.
Back to the Asterix and Obelix book, it wasn't worth buying. It was more or less a tribute book for the 50th anniversary of the indomitable Gauls. It really should not be so difficult to create additional books. There is a certain formulaic quality to the stories. With a little knowledge of history and a moderate ability with Latin, one should be able to put together some plausible adventures. It need not have ended with Goscinny's death but, considering what later writers have done with Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, perhaps I should keep my mouth shut.

7 comments:

anachronist said...

With a little knowledge of history and a moderate ability with Latin, one should be able to put together some plausible adventures

What are you waiting for? Write one yourself and publish on your blog!

considering what later writers have done with Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, perhaps I should keep my mouth shut.

Lol, you can keep a tight rein on yourself. I still think with the right author the Conan series could be amended (but I admit I read only original bits).

Tracy said...

I agree with Anachronist, Red Witch! Definitely you should write it!

I also brought up the Bugs Bunny version of Wagner's 'The Ring' in my class on The Niebelungenlied
There's a Bugs Bunny version?? Nope, sorry, imagination failure, here! There was an excellent recounting of Homer's Odyssey on the kids' cartoon show of Arthur, once, but I can't quite stretch to a version of an opera with an annoying lagomorph popping up out of a hole in the ground in the middle of the action and saying that immortal line 'Nyaaah, What's up, Doc?'

The Red Witch said...

Tracy, I posted a link in the article to Bugs's version of The Ring. He played Brunhilde to Elmer Fudd's Siegfried.

One challenge to writing more Asterix adventures is that Julius Caesar ruled only for about five years and you are restricted to that window in time. I had an idea from the Augustan period with names changed but I'll pass.
I was introduced to Conan through the comic magazine and some of the books I have include stories by Lin Carter and L Sprague de Camp. It looks like the new movie is departing from the canon altogether. Since I also hate 3D movies, I might wait now for it to come out on dvd. :-(

anachronist said...

Ooooh I hate 3D movies myself. Such a pointless idea because our eyes can trasform a flat image into a 3D one without any help.

I might see the new Conan on dvd as well. It would be funny to compare notes!

the Bugs Bunny version of Wagner's 'The Ring'

I didn't comment because I haven't seen/read the Bugs Bunny.

The Red Witch said...

We can definitely compare notes. I was curious because I thought it looked like the movie might follow The Elephant's Heart story so I looked for plot synopsis. It appears the movie producers are going against the canon which is a big disappointment, too.
If you click on the word 'version', it is a link to the Youtube video.

Tracy said...

Oops, I didn't notice the link, sorry! But doesn't Bugs look fetching in blonde plaits!

The Red Witch said...

And that armor: ooo-la-la!