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Post by redpill Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:13 am

Fri/Sat Apr 23, 2021

tonight it was a dark and stormy night

I don't have any UFO or bigfoot or ghost stories of my own to tell.

I was in elementary school when my teacher mentioned that a lot of ghost stories started with the line

it was a dark and stormy night

over at wikipedia

"It was a dark and stormy night" is an often-mocked and parodied phrase[1] considered to represent "the archetypal example of a florid, melodramatic style of fiction writing",[1] also known as purple prose.


The status of the sentence as an archetype for bad writing comes from the first phrase of the opening sentence (incipit) of English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1830 novel Paul Clifford:[2]

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.[3]

Evaluations of the opening sentence

Writer's Digest described this sentence as "the literary posterchild for bad story starters".[4] On the other hand, the American Book Review ranked it as No. 22 on its "Best first lines from novels" list.[5]

In 2008, Henry Lytton-Cobbold, a descendant of Bulwer-Lytton, participated in a debate in the town of Lytton, British Columbia with Scott Rice, the founder of the International Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Rice accused Bulwer-Lytton of writing "27 novels whose perfervid turgidity I intend to expose, denude, and generally make visible." Lytton-Cobbold defended his ancestor, noting that he had coined many other phrases widely used today such as "the pen is mightier than the sword", "the great unwashed", and "the almighty dollar". He said that it was "rather unfair that Professor Rice decided to name the competition after him for entirely the wrong reasons."[6] The phrase "the almighty dollar", however, had been used earlier by Washington Irving.
Later usage

The Peanuts comic strip character Snoopy, in his imagined persona as the World Famous Author, sometimes begins his novels with the phrase "It was a dark and stormy night."[7] Cartoonist Charles Schulz made Snoopy use this phrase because "it was a cliché, and had been one for a very long time".[8] A book by Schulz, titled It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy, and credited to Snoopy as author, was published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston in 1971.[9]

Janet and Allan Ahlberg wrote a book titled It Was A Dark and Stormy Night in which a kidnapped boy must keep his captors entertained with his storytelling.[10]

It is the opening line in the popular 1962 novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle:[11]

It was a dark and stormy night.
In her attic bedroom Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind. Behind the trees clouds scudded frantically across the sky. Every few moments the moon ripped through them, creating wraithlike shadows that raced along the ground.[12]

L'Engle biographer Leonard Marcus notes that "With a wink to the reader, she chose for the opening line of A Wrinkle in Time, her most audaciously original work of fiction, that hoariest of cliches ... L'Engle herself was certainly aware of old warhorse's literary provenance as ... Edward Bulwer-Lytton's much maligned much parodied repository of Victorian purple prose, Paul Clifford."[13] While discussing the importance of establishing the tone of voice at the beginning of fiction, Judy Morris notes that L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time opens with "Snoopy's signature phrase".[14]

I vaguely recall reading A Wrinkle in Time such a long time ago, with its statements about a tesseract which can play the role of a time device.

at that age i much preferred comic books such as Wolverine and the X-men

being safe warm and dry inside my home while it pours lots of rain outside, and it's cold and windy gives me a sense of security.

I wonder how animals, birds and squirrels and raccoons get by, both in this weather and extreme cold and hot summer.

the closest sort of paranormal if it can be called that, is that in my dreams, from time to time, i see people who have died a long time ago. i wonder if i will show up in someone else's dream.

while i'm dreaming it feels real. my dreams are a lot like in the old tv of channel flipping, in that one minute i have a dream of meeting someone old, but then the next moment it's an entirely different dream.

there was a show unsolved mysteries which featured the murder of a young woman, and another woman dreamed of her murder and got details as to her killer and was proven true.

so maybe there's something paranormal about it.

my mom now has dementia but before dementia she sometimes told me she dreamed of her parents who died many years ago. she meets her long dead parents again in her dreams. my grandfather on my mother's side died before i was born and i only barely knew my maternal grandmother.

a couple of times i had dreams i was inside a home, and it was empty, but felt like i was in the home of JonBenet and that an intruder was entereing, but then my dream quickly moves on to something completely different, and i don't remember much when i wake up.

so that's the thoughts i'm having on this

Fri/Sat Apr 23, 2021

it was a dark and stormy night

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