For someone who was totally raised from watching 1970s cartoons, sitcoms on a large glowing box, my hunger these days to “watch” is nil. Not being any kind of “All TV is Bad” purist, I just choose not to have it beamed in my house. I find IM just end devouring time better spent doing other things… like this remix, which has nothing to do with my post, but I think is pretty high spoof art.
Anyhow, in Week 3 of my Writing Research seminar my students were talking about participatory culture. The talk turned to TV shows, and there was a lot of bemoaning of how un-original TV was for my students. I asked for their favorite shows, and I did I get ears full.
Then when they learned I had not seen anything they listed, I got a list of assigned viewings, and instructions to blog. Okay, I am doing my homework!
One movie they insisted on was one I first got mixed up with another one in the franchise.
— Katherine Marzinsky (@KMarzinsky) October 1, 2017
Okay, I got my Disney heroines crossed. I recall the students appreciating a female lead character (yes) as well as one from Polynesia.
I did not enter lightly, as honestly, my gut is that Disney movies are pretty much the same underdog, small unlikely hero takes on Evil plot. And yes, it opens with a deep voiced narrator describing the idealized paradise undermined by some greedy person’s desire to take a special gem, and setting up the current world to be living out those sins.
She’s very aligned with the Princess trope but more accurately (hair splitting IMHO) a Chief’s daughter. Moana is definitely a Chosen One you can tell it from the first screen in her big eyes as a child being read the legendary stories.
I will admit that the animation in the movie is extremely smooth, and makes the characters move with a fluidity.
I’m sorry class, I just could not go more than about 25 minutes in and I got distracted by twitter. It’s just that if I know the end of the movie from the beginning, it really makes it impossible for me to sit through. I’ve seen the story before. It’s right out of the Joseph Campbell playbook.
I might be wrong, so jump in.
That’s whay I probably will see Blade Runner 2049 from this description in Vox’s story The best thing about Blade Runner 2049 is what it isn’t:
From Star Wars to Harry Potter, the chosen one story is everywhere.
I should state upfront that the chosen one story isn’t inherently a bad thing. Lots of stories I’ve loved have been built around the tale of a young person who gets swept up into a massive conflict and realizes they have some sort of mystical destiny that will change everything.
The spoiler detailed post goes on to describe how the trope is put out on a platter in front of you and then blown to bits.
And the moment where K realizes the truth is exciting even beyond the ways in which it subverts a dusty trope. It pulls the story’s many threads together in an effortless fashion that might have seemed impossible to do before entering the scene, and it more than justifies all of the attention the film spent prior to that point
I want to be surprised by stories. I want to go to unexpected places, not herded on well trodden paths.
The other show I was told I Must Watch is The Gilmore Girls. ZOMG my students are deep deep fans of this show. I was told it was because of the characters and the writing, that “they don’t do dialogue like this in new shows”. And yes, that opening scene in the pilot (I was told too coffee was important)
does have snap and you can’t see where it’s going. I got surprised in the opening.
What really sets Gilmore Girls apart from other shows of its type is the heavy use of clever, fast-paced wordplay. Really fast. Think Aaron Sorkin on crystal meth and Seinfeldian Conversations. The show also seems to take a particular interest in music. In addition to a number of music-obsessed characters, numerous musicians—including Sebastian Bach and Carole King—have held recurring guest roles. Others, like Paul Anka and Sparks, have had cameos or guest spots. (King also provided the theme tune, “Where You Lead,” re-recording it with—of course—her own daughter Louise Goffin.)
I got a sense of this. Mom is a heroic sacrificing figure to a point and there’s likely a lot young women can identify with in Rory. I thought Lorelei’s parents were a bit 2 dimensional, but maybe they develop. I only saw one episode. It looked like the plot would go mostly in the direction it did, but was not 100% predictable. That scores points for me.
I could see how I might want to see what happens next. But I really hesitate doing so, I just am leery of getting sucked into shows. Heck I;m still like th only person who has not gone through Breaking Bad (saw the pilot) nor Game of Thrones (seen nothing). I know that many people rave about these shows, and it’s not any kind of I Am Superior Because I Don’t Watch TV, I guess I just am wary of where my time goes.
I’d rather be building SPLOTs or getting my angst out in Photoshop.
So I might watch some more Gilmore Girls, students. But I did my blog homework, your turn!