Avengers, Kicking Butt and Fairy Stories

I went and saw the Avengers last night with my sister in law. It was a last minute decision and I didn’t put much thought to it, nor had seen the trailers so I had no expectations. I also know SOME comics but not all the characters so I couldn’t quite remember who would be an Avenger. 

It was brilliant. 

I love super hero movies. I love action movies. I love movies where people defy crazy odds to beat the bad guys. 

I would love to be a girl who could massively kick someone’s butt like Scarlett Jo can in the Avengers. I however am 5’2” and small and dance and sing and am scarred of being hit and probably can’t do that much damage to anyone ever. Though one of my salsa friends has taught me a bit of aikido and I did manage to jack him a couple of times and hurt him on accident. Never teach a girl a martial art who is competitive and slightly clumsy and start moving faster and faster. I mayyy not be able to stop my counter moves before following through! lol.  

I love JRR Tolkien and I read an essay he wrote called On Faery Stories. In it he ends up linking fairy tales with real life and how we were created in our innermost desires with the most fantastic and real fairy story of all.. the good news of Jesus. Tolkien thinks fairy stories are not only nice but necessary. They are showing our hearts what they are made for. I think so too. The heros, the princesses that fight alongside the heros, the reality of evil, the reality of the fight, the battle and that good triumphs… all things that make my heart go thump because I am reminded…

“It is the mark of a good fairy-story, of the higher or              more complete kind, that however wild

its events, however fantastic or terrible the adventures, it can give to child or man that hears
it, when the “turn” comes, a catch of the breath, a beat and lifting of the heart, near to (or
indeed accompanied by) tears, as keen as that given by any form of literary art, and having a
peculiar quality.”

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