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The Funny Fat Girl Trope

Usually in cinema bigger girls and women are often cast into supporting comedic roles. They are often loud, blunt, and lazy. Even when they are cast in lead roles the story often involves their size in the some way. There have been exceptions though, for example Hairspray and possibly Spy due out this summer.

How is this trope utilized? Are any other forms of media that subvert this trope?

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    Dystopia in Children's and YA Literature

    Literature usually indicates a generation anxiety (i.e. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Rings, anxiety about racial wars, modernization, etc; Gibb’s Neuromancer, anxiety about technology). It would be interesting if someone wrote an analysis about the predominance of dystopia in popular culture (Hunger Games, Divergence… I can’t think of another example.)

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      The Trends in Indie Gaming

      Describe common aesthetic or thematical trends in indie gaming and analyze what, if any, differences exist between them and studio titles, and why.

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        All Male Panelists at Denver Comic Con's 'Women In Comics' Panel

        The convention held in Denver, Colorado featured no female panelists and an attendee alleges one of the male panelists explained the lack of female comic creator on the fact, "girls get bored with comics easily". (Source: The Hollywood Reporter, "What Happened After Denver ComicCon Ran A "Women in Comics" Panel Without Any Women")

        Is it necessary for con panels about women to be hosted by all-female panelists or could it be a mix of genders? What was the more troubling part of this event, the fact there were no female panelists or the comments made by the male panelists of Denver ComicCon organizers?

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          Does unsettling subject matter bring heightened catharsis for both writer and reader?

          When a writer explores the dark and disturbing — think rape, pedophilia, abuse, addictions, and so on — the subject matter makes the writer penetrate the side of life we so often like to leave alone and, in turn, the writer must come to terms with his/her personal views of the subject matter. However, when readers then take the work up and read it, they are given only so much of what a writer knows to be true about the world created within the story or novel. Do the readers really have the chance to work through their own views on the subject matter in a way that enables them to experience catharsis? How does this work?

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            Are Reboots Necessary?

            DC Comics’ Crisis On Infinite Earths was a much needed cleanup of their super-hero universe when published in 1984. However, there has been sequels and attempts to re-initialize the DCU that has been unnecessary and makes fans irate. Was New 52 necessary? Why Convergence? Is continuity a much needed factor to appeal to an audience?

            • They usually do this to boost up sails, and they also have reboots to give new comers a fresh start in to DC universes. Take the New 52 for example: while they may have introduced different origins for the character for new comers, they really did isolate loyal DC fans, who did not like the unnecessary changes that in a way kind of ruined the characters. – Aaron Hatch 6 hours ago
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            Identity/profiles

            We have been defining ourselves in relation to portraiture since man existed, in the form of wall paintings, to portraits and now the profile. Do people think the growing abundance of profiles on the numerous different social media websites etc diminish our own sense of identity? Can we even have an identity when we have multiple identities?

            • I think this interesting. I wish you can elaborate more on the idea. Is this strictly social media? you can even expand this topic to eastern-western difference in profile creation. – Jill 3 hours ago
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            Disability in Film and TV

            How many (physically/mentally) disabled characters have you seen out there? How do other characters treat them? How much attention is paid to their disability? Are they portrayed as more complex?

            • Characters with disabilities* – Kristian Wilson 1 day ago
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            • That’s a bit of a loaded question since it greatly depends on what you mean by more complex.Like any other issue surrounding the politics of identity, the answer is fairly complicated. Paul Longmore has identified a number of common tropes from physical deformation used to suggest a deformed soul, to the notion that coping with disability is primarily an emotional rather than physical struggle in narratives that depict character’s overcoming their disabilities. In some films physical disability is depicted as a mark of otherness or abnormality while other films challenge or nuance this paradigm. Freaks (1932) is a commonly cited example that seems to attach physical disability to monstrosity only to question that connection.There have been some recent interesting cases in popular film. The How to Train your Dragon films, for example, feature a number of characters with prosthetic limbs, but the issue of disability or otherness is never raised.– Miriam 6 hours ago
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            Film

            Computer Generated Images: The Utilization in Hollywood Films
            Computer Generated Images: The Utilization in Hollywood Films
            Comparing Nosferatu and Dracula: I Want to Suck Your Blood
            It Follows and The Power of Sex
            Annie Hall, Star Wars, and The Battle Between Art and Commerce

            TV

            Raising Hope: 10 Episodes to Watch
            Raising Hope: 10 Episodes to Watch
            Breaking Amish: Are We Learning the Truth?
            Mad Men: Ways Chronology Plays a Crucial Part
            Angels in America: Re-Examining Ethel Rosenberg

            Animation

            The History Behind Disney Princesses
            The History Behind Disney Princesses
            Animated Works: Ability to Induce Strong Emotions
            Animation Credits Demystified
            Strange Magic: 5 Reasons this Soon-to-be Cult Classic is Worth Your Time

            Anime

            Akira, Metropolis, and the Quest for the Übermensch in Postmodern Japanese Animation
            Akira, Metropolis, and the Quest for the Übermensch in Postmodern Japanese Animation
            Cowboy Bebop: Top Ten Essential Episodes
            Gundam for Newcomers: Traits To Look Forward To
            5 Most Disappointing Anime of 2014

            Manga

            14 Sai no Koi: The Manga Manual to Puberty
            14 Sai no Koi: The Manga Manual to Puberty
            Love in Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto
            Cyborg 009: The Long Road to an Ending
            Trauma and its Representation in Manga

            Comics

            Batman and Bruce: Superheroes and Identity
            Batman and Bruce: Superheroes and Identity
            Batman and Superman: Comparing Two Iconic Superheroes
            Dante and Swamp Thing’s Journey Through Purgatory
            The History of Robin: The Significance of Superhero Sidekicks

            Literature

            From Gatsby to Gunter Grass: When Being Faithful is a Drawback
            From Gatsby to Gunter Grass: When Being Faithful is a Drawback
            Fanfiction: The Merits of Originality
            From Homer to Fante: Blindness and Literary Vision
            The Rising Popularity of Dystopian Literature

            Arts

            The Most Influential Musical Acts You Never Have Heard Of
            The Most Influential Musical Acts You Never Have Heard Of
            Andy Warhol: Innovator of the Selfie, YouTube, Reality TV and Gay Cowboys
            6 Reasons People Continue to Visit Disney World
            The Popular Music Dilemma: What John Cage Can Teach Us about Listening

            Writing

            Working with The Shadow: A Writer’s Guide
            Working with The Shadow: A Writer’s Guide
            Critical Judgement: A Personal Perspective
            Writing: The Real Reason You Procrastinate
            Essential Books for Writers