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Old 10-13-2017, 02:30 AM
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I struggled to work out what they were advertising, and what you would do with whatever it is. Part of it refers to practicing for American citizenship tests...which they wouldn't be able to pass with the quality of writing they/it provides. Can we assume that the advertising is written by the product they are trying to sell?
The best scenario I can come up with is that these "Assignment Writing services" or whatever built a product that can write and advertise (however badly). However, there was a lab accident & the thing was let loose into the world. It's now just doing what it knows & is trying to make a living the best it can.
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Old 10-13-2017, 03:45 AM
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I almost feel sorry for it. Kind of like a cross between Wall-e and the little match girl.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:59 AM
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I almost feel sorry for it. Kind of like a cross between Wall-e and the little match girl.
I probably shouldn't have said that. It makes them sound more sympathetic than annoying & contemptible. Maybe I should have come with an "evil invaders from outer space" story line instead. (By the way, not having kids or other young relatives, I had to look up Wall-e just to know what you were talking about.)

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Old 10-13-2017, 04:21 PM
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Knowing what Wall-e is, I started to giggle. Maybe we should go for more a Wall-e crossed with a Terminator though...it's so awkward that it's cute(ish), but it's also programmed to relentlessly pursue the objective. The little match girl always horrified me, whilst sometimes children's stories are too sugar sweet, I thought the death of a child who no one cared about was probably going a bit too far. We used to sing a song called "My Grandfathers Clock" and the last line was, "and the clock stopped, never to go again, when the old man died". I could manage that one quite well.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:29 PM
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It did make me think of my favourite movie description.

"Transported to a surreal landscape, and young girl kills the first person she meets and teams up with three strangers to kill again".
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:33 PM
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Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales are often quite sad. Like the original of the Little Mermaid where she doesn't get the prince and turns into sea foam instead. Oscar Wilde's tales (the Happy Prince for example) are similarly melancholy. Better stick to Grimm's fairy tales where nothing happens to the protagonists while evil stepmothers are routinely murdered in horrible ways, as is the way of the world.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:47 PM
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My kids have a teacher that looks a lot like Ursula from the Disney version of The Little Mermaid crossed with the Roz from Monsters Inc. Not really a fairytale.
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Old 10-14-2017, 05:44 AM
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It seems like most fairy tales (Grimm's & otherwise) have been somewhat cleaned up over the years. (By the way, in Little Red Riding Hood, does the woodsman still kill the wolf at the end by cutting him open (rescuing the grandmother in the process, I think), sewing rocks into his stomach, and dumping him into a pond?)
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Old 10-14-2017, 03:10 PM
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In the modern grown ups version of Little Red Riding Hood, turns out that Little Red's Dad is the wolf, who eventually bites the Woodcutter, who just happens to be Little Red's love interest.

In the original fairytale (decidedly sans faries) the Woodcutter became the poster boy for overkill. In the version that kids are told these days, the kids are told only that Grandmother is retrieved from inside the wolf, no worse the wear. Ummm....
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