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Saltburn and the fear of the poor

Saltburn (2023) was one of the biggest viral films on Tiktok for it’s numerous shocking scenes, excellent cinematography and catchy soundtrack. But one element of criticism it received was that many couldn’t follow the theme of the film.
While it drew elements from "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and many other film classics it’s message seemed muttled to many critics.
The writer can target the films core thesis, which is that the rich, should rightly fear their economic lessers because they’re scoundrels.
The writer can draw from historical rage against the rich along with the contemporary resentment of the wealthy and widespread calls of "Eat The Rich" along with the general antipathy of classes as economic disparity grows more every day.

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    Hatedom and the consequences of Para-Social relationships

    Online spaces are known for the communities they attract. One unfortunate element in the modern digital era is the rise of the hater. "Hatedom" in the common parlance is the community of haters a creator attracts.

    This perversion of the fandom space into a space of toxic hatred has contributed to numerous creators abandoning their respective fields online as it becomes more trouble than it’s worth for them.

    Some examples for the writer are Vivziepop, creator of "Helluva Boss" and "Hazbin Hotel"
    Hasan Piker, political analyst and streamer, and DarkSydephil, video game let’s player.
    All of these people have large communities of people who hate them. This aspect of para-sociality has led to a culture of harassment of these creators. What can be done to address the problems this trend creates?

    • Interesting topic! I'm sure there have always been people complaining about media as long as there has been media, but the internet has definitely allowed people to spread their opinions further more easily, and establish groups of haters. I'm not entirely sure that what can be done to address these problems is quite in the scope of a single article (or at least, that's not where I'd take this topic personally), but there's definitely plenty of stuff to make this an interesting discussion. – AnnieEM 4 days ago
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    Alice Munro - her mastery of the short story genre

    Any Alice Munro fans out there? It is due time to honour her memory with an article on her mastery of the short story genre. Your article could focus on one aspect of her story telling. For example:

    Her narrative techniques.
    The Nobel Prize committee characterised her writing thus: "A brief short story can often cover decades, summarising a life, as she moves deftly between different periods. No wonder Alice Munro is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300. She is a virtuoso of the elliptical and … the master of the contemporary short story."
    What techniques does she use to create scope, depth and complexity in a short space of 30 pages?

    Her characters.
    To quote the Nobel Prize presentation speech again, "Munro writes about what are usually called ordinary people, but her intelligence, compassion and astonishing power of perception enable her to give their lives a remarkable dignity – indeed redemption – since she shows how much of the extraordinary can fit into that jam-packed emptiness called The Ordinary."
    In particular, Munro writes about women and family relationships. What kinds of female characters end up in her stories? What do they have in common? What about her characters that leaves an impression on the reader?

    Her favourite themes.
    Are there certain major themes that emerge across the large number of her stories? What are they? Did her treatment of the themes change over the decades of her career and did they reflect changes and transformations of Canadian society?

    You could do a thematic or character study across the corpus of her works, or offer a literary analysis of one or two particular stories.

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      Manga to anime adaptations vs. book to film adaptations

      Do they follow similar patterns or is one typically more successful than the other? What have you noticed about the reception from fans for each type of adaptation? Why do you think these results have occurred?

      • Hmm... interesting subject, but I'd add more explanation as to why this topic is in need of an analysis and reflexion. – Beaucephalis 1 year ago
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      • This could be an interesting subject! Though I feel like the fact that anime is episodic and longer than a movie would make the comparison a little odd - in some ways, I feel manga to anime vs book to tv show could be a more apt comparison. While the latter isn't as common, I feel the differences in the length of a single movie vs a series makes comparing the two in a productive way a little harder. It the comparison being more about the mediums for their structural differences in length rather than being about adaption. There's also a lot of factors here that can influence the difference between manga to anime vs book to film/tv show - the strengths and limitations and costs of animation vs live action, the nature of prose vs manga/comics as a medium, and of course cultural differences between the places making these movies and anime. – AnnieEM 11 months ago
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      • I think this is an interesting topic. Though I'd argue that these are a very large categories to explore, which could make analysis challenging. – Sean Gadus 9 months ago
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      • Fascinating Topic! I feel that in terms of visual aesthetic Manga to Anime is more closely affiliated when compared to book adaptations. With Manga, one is clear as to how a character looks whereas with books oftentimes the cast is completely different from their on-page persona. That difference could be worth exploring within this topic. – Eeshita 9 months ago
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      Namjoon's Book Club: The Literary Influence of BTS and Its Impact on Fans

      Namjoon’s Book Club has become a notable aspect of BTS’s public image, showcasing the group’s interest in literature and intellectual pursuits beyond music. This topic explores the significance of the books read by BTS members, particularly leader RM (Kim Namjoon), and their influence on the group’s creative process, worldview, and public persona. It delves into how BTS’s promotion of reading has inspired fans to engage with literature, fostering a community of readers among the fandom. Analyzing the titles recommended by BTS and their themes, this topic examines how literature has played a role in shaping the group’s identity and connecting with fans on a deeper level. Additionally, it discusses the broader implications of BTS’s advocacy for literacy and education, both within the fandom and in society at large. Through Namjoon’s Book Club, BTS not only expands their artistic horizons but also encourages a culture of intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning among their audience.

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        The Rise of Newsletter Subscriptions, Web Novels, and the Future of Publishing

        In certain writing circles, SubStack and Ghost are popular ways of getting writers’ work into a email newsletter format. These sites promise that the writer’s rights remain with them, and, supposedly, revenue can be made through these sites. Ghost in particular sells itself as being a place where a writer can build up their brand. Furthermore, places like Royal Road and Wattpad are places where writers can post their work as web novels, which then might be picked up by a publisher. These places may accept donations on the writer’s profile so that they can make money from their craft.

        The topic taker should research the following things for this topic:

        Does writing a web novel or posting writing on a subscription service affect the writer’s process?

        Is this way of allowing writing to be placed out into the world good or bad–for example, does creating a web novel cause the writer to burn out?

        Are places like these sites using writer’s aspirations for free revenue on their behalf? In other words, are these sites promising something like notoriety or a path to publishing that they cannot keep?

        Finally, does writing for sites like these mean that the publishing industry might be going through a change, or, are sites like these a new way of gatekeeping making money off of writing/getting work published?

        The topic taker can also talk about problems within traditional publishing and the toll it may take on a writer and their psychology or process of writing if they wish as well.

        Relevant links for research:

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        • Add some descriptions to the links for the writers. – Sunni Rashad 3 weeks ago
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        • The first link is to Royal Road, a place that posts up web novels, and typically markets lit-RPGs. Writers can take donations for their writing, but, they have to get noticed first. The second link is to Substack, a subscription based service that writers can use to build a email newsletter platform. They claim that you can make decent money off of this system. The third link is to a site debunking the Substack claim of making money from their platform on their writing. This site claims that Substack pays a certain amount of writers enough money to live on to make Substack look profitable. The fourth link is to Ghost, which claims to help writers build a base/brand for their writing, though, like Substack, you can monetize subscriptions and possibly make money from with enough of an audience willing to pay. – Siothrún 3 weeks ago
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        • A study of this new way of getting one's works out to the public would be very interesting indeed. Just the question on the writing process could be explored with depth. Two major shifts I can perceive, compared with traditional publishing. Firstly, the writer is self-publishing, not dependent on being accepted by a publisher. This seems to be the democratisation of publishing. Secondly, the writing process now incorporates instant feedback from readers, at each stage or instalment of the writing, unlike in the past, when authors only get to know critics and public opinions after their works have been launched by a publisher, after the time lapse from the actual writing process. Would this constant feedback from public opinion beneficial to the author? Should the author obey their own artistic vision or popular demands? – Lydia Gore-Jones 5 days ago
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        Knuckles is Black: Racial coding in video games

        Knuckles the Echidna, a prominent character in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, has often been associated with the African American/ Black racial identity due to his distinctive design and personality traits. Not to mention his various theme songs in the games. For this article the writer should delve into the nuanced discussion surrounding Knuckles’ racial representation within the Sonic universe.

        They can explore the cultural significance of Knuckles being portrayed as a strong, independent character with traits that some interpret as reflecting aspects of Black identity.

        Consider the implications of racial representation in gaming, including themes of diversity, stereotypes, and the importance of authentic representation. Reflect on how Knuckles’ character resonates with audiences and contributes to broader conversations about race and representation in popular culture.

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          Starship Troopers and 9/11

          Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi action film "Starship Troopers" has long been celebrated for its satirical take on militarism and fascism. However, some critics have proposed an intriguing reinterpretation of the film in the context of the post-9/11 era.

          The writer could examine how the film’s themes of propaganda, military intervention, and the dehumanization of the enemy resonate with the post-9/11 political climate in the Western world.

          Analyze specific scenes and narrative elements that parallel events and attitudes surrounding the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent "War on Terror." Consider the implications of viewing "Starship Troopers" through this new lens, including its commentary on nationalism, surveillance, and the erosion of civil liberties in the wake of a national tragedy.

          • I don't know, 9/11 is kind of a taboo theme, at least in my opinion. Why would you mix something good with terorism. – Predrag 1 week ago
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          • Because this is an analysis website where we look into things that might be considered taboo. – Sunni Rashad 1 week ago
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          Film

          “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and the nature of Death
          “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and the nature of Death
          Top Gun: Combat on the Screen and the Reality of a High-Stakes Dogfight
          Kill Bill’s Enduring Impact — Two Decades of Echoing Retribution
          Mean Girls — 20 Years of Sass, Pink, and Cultural Rule

          TV

          A Detailed Look at the Cast of The Office
          A Detailed Look at the Cast of The Office
          Bad Boys: Dark, Dangerous, Disturbing… and Delicious
          Mystic Pop-Up Bar: Unearthing This Underrated Gem
          How Andor Uses Audio to Explore Oppression and Rebellion

          Animation

          Spider-Man: The Trans Advocacy
          Spider-Man: The Trans Advocacy
          Superman vs. The Elite: What is Justice?
          Villains of the Shrek Universe: From Nursery Rhymes to the Grim Reaper
          Laika and the Power of Eyes: A Soul’s Quest for Self-Possession

          Anime

          The Ick: Anime Tropes that Repel Viewers
          The Ick: Anime Tropes that Repel Viewers
          Male-Female Friendships in Anime: Can We Really Be Just Friends?
          Demon Slayer — The Silent Oppression of Nezuko
          Hallyu & Anime: A More Than Welcome Ongoing Love Story

          Manga

          One-Punch Man’s Saitama: The Alienation of a Hero
          One-Punch Man’s Saitama: The Alienation of a Hero
          Vagabond: Beautiful Lessons in Takehiko Inoue’s Manga
          Exploring the impact of social medias through Helter Skelter and Black Mirror’s Nosedive
          Berserk, Sisyphus, and The Indomitable Human Spirit

          Comics

          Marvel Ruins: An Exercise in Cynicism
          Marvel Ruins: An Exercise in Cynicism
          Superman, Alienation, and Evil
          Why Don’t Superheroes Change the World?
          Continuity and Connectivity in Comic Book Movies

          Literature

          To the Lighthouse and Virginia Woolf’s Rebellion against the Traditional Novel
          To the Lighthouse and Virginia Woolf’s Rebellion against the Traditional Novel
          And Then There Were None: Agatha Christie and Her Deconstruction of the Mystery Genre
          Returning Gravitas to American Girl
          1984: What Does it Tell us About The Purpose of Life?

          Arts

          The Creative Industries in Bangladesh: The Case of Coke Studio Bangla’s “Deora”
          The Creative Industries in Bangladesh: The Case of Coke Studio Bangla’s “Deora”
          Japan: Art, Eroticism, and Religion
          Why Should We Separate Real Art From NFTs of the Bored Ape Yacht Club Type?
          Tehching Hsieh: The Experience of Time and Duration in Performance Art

          Writing

          Is the Pen Mightier Than the Keyboard?
          Is the Pen Mightier Than the Keyboard?
          Whump And Its Role Outside of Fandom
          Movement and Location: A Brief Comment on Meaning in the Literary Experience
          Writing About Place