Thursday, August 21, 2008

Favourite Things - Asterix & Friends

Here's Thursday with the Blue's cool meme. My Favourite Thing to share today is reading Asterix!
This is one of the greatest comics I've ever read. I remember when I was a little, little girl and didn't know yet how to read. I used to go to one of my aunt's house with mom, and my cousin Frederico (who, by the way, looked extremely like Rick Wakeman back then!) had the complete collection, and I loved looking at the funny strips, turning pages and laughing for their crazy faces. Later, when I finally started reading, I'd be there devouring his Asterix books every time we visited them. My brothers love them too, and started buying the series. One funny thing is that we incorporated some of the expressions for fun, like "By Toutatis!", "These Romans are lunatic", replacing the "Romans" by any people who were bothering us at the moment... We used to read excerpts out loud when things were too funny to keep to ourselves. I still do it at home with my husband.

How not to fall in love with the brave gauls, full of life, living in the little village surrounded by Roman troops!

Each of them has such strong personality, that it's like following up the lives of someone we know in real life!

Panoramix, the wise, old druid, was the first pagan character I got in touch with, and yes, it had a huge influence in my later choices, believe me or not.

The mix of Uderzo's fantastic drawings and Goscinny's amazing stories makes this series irresistible. After Goscinny's death in 1977, Uderzo kept publishing new adventures, but in my opinion, the charm was in the hilarious dialogues and jokes created by his partner, and the stories got a bit less funny, but still a must.

Asterix & Friends are so popular because they have this very French humour that is so kind to read, they are very political, and the historical aspect is very accurate, giving a great view of French culture.

These sweet, excentric, moody characters have a special place in my heart. I don't know how many times I have already read and re-read their hilarious adventures in my life! I never get enough. Now it's Lucas' turn to discover these incredible stories. As I have many of the books (not everyhting yet) and am always re-reading, I keep them at hand, and my son already knows the characters by name, and sometimes he asks me to read some of the stories. I read bits that are funnier for him, because almost all of the jokes he'll not understand. I bet in the future he'll be reading and enjoying as much as we do!

That was my FT today! To know more about other cool people's FT, visit Blue's page!

7 comentários:

Kyanite said...

That is so much fun...
I came to Asterix after childhood but enjoyed him none the less - am still a child @ heart.

Which is why I take things so personally - I warn you now as a friend, my blog may go private or move or stop altogether very shortly.
I will let you know.


nonizamboni said...

Well, I'm totally clueless about Asterix but now I need to find it! Your post was so fun to read and I especially like that your son is following in your footsteps in the humor dept.
Thanks for sharing -- Happy Thursday! :O)

Dragonstar said...

I love Asterix and his friends! I didn't meet up with them until I was about 30, but I fell instantly in love. First son learned to read from these books. This is a very happy post!

Roan said...

I am not familiar with Asterix, but loved reading your post.

EG CameraGirl said...

Thank you so much for telling us about Asterix & Friends. I had never heard of this comic strip before but I feel like I need to investigate more.

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh yes, hilarious.

My post is late but it is up now.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes! Asterix as well :)