Wednesday, December 28, 2005

2 Peas in a Pod?

As many of my blog-world friends and real-world friends would perhaps be aware, two thingies I am absolutely devoted to and stuck on to the extent of worshipping are books by Plum (P.G. Wodehouse) and Calvin & Hobbes (by Bill Watterson). I suddenly caught myself wondering why I happen to like them so and a little bit of analysis brought to the fore some obvious similarities between the two.

- Both PLUM and C&H exhibit incredible language
- Both of them are humorous though in different ways
- Both the books are high on imagination though PLUM expresses it in the form of complex plots while BW does it in the form of pure imagination of character (Hobbes himself is an imaginative character) and outer space exploits of Calvin etc
- Both of them have extremely witty central characters (Jeeves, Calvin/Hobbes)

If there’s an area where the two have completely opposite approaches, then it’s probably this that C&H gets philosophical at times while PLUM is always looking at the lighter side of things and for example thinks nothing of spoiling Bertie’s reputation as long as there is a happy ending for the rest of the cast. Hey, come to think of it, maybe that’s Plum’s communication of his philosophy to readers - sacrifice; laughing one’s way through life.

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