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    How video games may have influenced the way movies are made, and vice-versa?

    After watching Sam Mendes’ movie 1917, I heard someone saying that the movie reminded him of a video game. I don’t know if he was referring to the story itself, to the way the movie was shot, or to both, but it had me thinking. To what extent video games may have influenced the way movies are shot and stories built? (In the case of 1917, or in general.) And, vice-versa, some video games like The Last Of Us or Red Dead Redemption 2 can almost be watched like movies. So, to what extent movies have influenced the way video games are designed and built?

    • God of War 2018 did something similar and even boasted about being "1 continuous shot" for the entire game, so some game makers are thinking about some of the same ideas as film makers. – Sean Gadus 3 weeks ago
    • I think this is a great topic and also a topic of much discussion in cinema and video game studies. The film Run Lola Run can also be a good source to start thinking about around this theme. – Srijita 1 week ago
    • I think Spielberg's Ready Player One is a good movie for reference. Video game is the theme of this movie and the film is structured according to a game's mode. – XiaoYang 4 days ago

    The figure of the Devil in TV shows

    Popular culture, and TV shows, in particular, are prone to use and revisit mythical figures, religious allegories, and biblical references, and, among, them, the Devil. Whether he is called Lucifer or Satan, the one who rebelled against God and have incarnated evil ever since seems to be an everlasting source of inspiration for screenwriters, creators, and showrunners. However, in recent shows like Supernatural, and, even more, in Lucifer, the Devil is – to a degree at least, especially in Supernatural where he is and stays an antagonist – humanized. His so-called evilness is – once again, to a degree – nuanced, and there is more to his psychology than evil for evil’s sake. It is especially flagrant in Lucifer, as Lucifer is the main character. He is a hero with flaws and qualities, a hero confronted to very human dilemmas, to fear, to loss, to love, a hero we are rooting for.
    How Devil-like characters have been written and treated? As it evolved? Can we discern a tendency, in recent TV shows, to develop, or even humanize, the Devil? How is it done? How could such a tendency be related to the evolution of the “Good vs Evil” trope? And, potentially, what are the exceptions to the recent transformations – or lack of transformation, if we can’t discern a real tendency – and how can we explain them?

    • Great topic. Other shows to consider covering: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; Reaper; 666 Park Avenue; Good Omens. – Emily Deibler 1 month ago
    • Definitely an interesting topic for discussion! However, it bears pointing out that the idea of the Devil not being pure evil isn't new. It actually goes back to John Milton's Paradise Lost, which was written in the 1600's. – Debs 1 month ago
    • Very good topic! I would suggest, if you can, looking into South Park's Satan, who is very much confronted with the human dilemma of love and sexuality. Some films that I would suggest would be the Ghost Rider films and The Devil's Advocate. I believe that there is a Paradise Lost reference in Advocate. – tolkienfan 4 weeks ago

    Non-American movies (or TV shows) in the USA, and across the world.

    Though I’m French, an overwhelming majority of the movies (and TV shows) I’ve watched are American, or, at least, from anglophone countries. So, I wondered… a few things!

    Pell-mell: How are foreign movies seen in the US? And/Or in the English-speaking world? And/Or across the world?

    Is there foreign movies (or TV show) – French ones, for instance – that are strongly rooted in the American culture, or in any other culture that differs from where the movie is originally from? And if so, why have those movies made such an impact?
    Are there biases depending on a movie (or TV show) origin?

    And, finally, to what extent platform like Netflix may or may not have changed this tendency and these biases?

    • I also think moving this to TV would be really fruitful with Money Heist and lots of Scandi dramas infiltrating the mainstream too. – Marcus Dean 2 months ago
    • I watch non American shows like Elite (Spanish teen series) and other Turkish and Arabic television series. One of my favorite Turkish series that streams on Netflix is called "Fi", which is a psychological thriller. – nsafwat 2 months ago
    • As you mentioned, it is essential to talk about the importance of Netflix. The company, unlike other streaming services, has built quite a strong reputation bringing, producing and distributing quality foreign series and movies to North American viewers.I think it is also fair to talk about the recent popularity of movies such as Parasite, Roma or I lost my body. – kpfong83 2 months ago

    Foreign literature across Space and Time

    Though I’m French, most of the books I’ve read are foreign novels, and by foreign, I mean Americans (except for Harry Potter and a couple of other exception, but not that much), while the books I have to read for classes are French and especially French – or French-written – classics. It made me realize that I don’t really know classic books from other countries – I might have heard of them, but I’d never read them – while using American contemporary novels in my essays isn’t the best way to have a good grade! I was then wondering… quite a few things!

    Pell-mell: How domestic and foreign literature is tackle elsewhere in Europe, elsewhere outside Europe, in the USA, in the UK, for instance? Are there contemporary foreign books – French books for instance – that are famous in the US, the UK, in Sweden, in Brazil, anywhere outside of its original country? What define “classic”? Does it depends on the country, or is Goethe’s concept of “Weltliteratur” (basically, global literature) real, widespread? To what extent time define whether a book is a “classic”? And, finally, any reading advice concerning foreign classics?

    [I’m not quite fluent in English yet, so I hope it was understandable, and not too messy!]

    • Interesting topic. From a North American perspective, I have noticed that it depends greatly on the distribution and quality of the translation of the novels. The marketing campaign also adds an extra layer especially in regards to contemporary works.As a comics scholar, I have seen European comics make or break in the North American market depending on how the author/illustrator interacts with the readers. For example, the success of the French cartoonist Pénéloppe Bagieu is due to her careful marketing (social media, interviews) and being present in the comics festival circuits in North America. – kpfong83 4 months ago

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    Glad I could help! XD It is a great show, indeed. Though it is a bit procedural at times, some narrative arcs are definitively worth binge-watching!
    Thank you very much!

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer

    The Book Thief is such a well-written and emotional novel, indeed! It is one of the few books that did make me cry too.

    Themes in The Book Thief

    The Book Thief is one of my favorite books too! And now I’m curious to know which are the other four books in your top 10!
    Hans, is, indeed, an amazing character, he is kind and strong and brave. I don’t think Liesel would have survived any of this without him in her life. By being there for her, and by teaching her how to read, and even by taking Max in, he saved his foster daughter’s life in more than one way (as well as Max’s). As Death sums up, he has a bright soul.

    Themes in The Book Thief

    Despite being written in such a way that even a young teenager can read and enjoy it, I think The Book Thief is multi-layered, it can be appreciated at any age and can trigger many thoughts and discussions. Max, indeed, drives a lot of the plot. Its presence pushed all the characters out of their ‘comfort zone’. Having Max in their basement allows our characters, and Liesel in particular, to grow stronger, better, kinder, smarter. Hans was excellent too, especially when teaching Liesel to read, indeed!

    Themes in The Book Thief

    It is one of my favorite books too. I read and reread it countless times. Rudy is an amazing character, a spark of light and joy during the dark times in which the story takes place. All the characters in The Book Thief are amazingly written, and I like them all, but, if I really had to choose one, I think it would be Death. His portrayal was touching yet balanced, and so unexpected! (I wouldn’t name a kid after him, though!)

    Themes in The Book Thief

    The film wasn’t a bad adaptation at all, indeed. However, I think the book is even better, so I’m glad you give it a try! Happy reading!

    Themes in The Book Thief

    The Book Thief is about a lot of things, as tackles a lot of issues and atrocities that happened from the First World War to the end of the Second World War, so it encompasses the Holocaust, but, indeed, it is not centered on it, at least not like most books and novels about the Holocaust are. Tackling broader themes and issues allows, in my opinion, the book to deliver an even more timeless message. Some of the issues The Book Thief tackles are still very relevant in today’s societies.

    Themes in The Book Thief

    Thank you! I was shocked as well when I first read The Book Thief, but with time and with a few rereads, it begun to make sense to me! Plus, I think it doesn’t completely spoil the ending, even at the first reading. Personally, I couldn’t quite believe that the author chose to spoil its book half-way through the story! I thought there were gonna be some kind of twist, so I was still, in a way, surprised by the ending! And, indeed, I think the path the characters take is more important that end of the road in itself!

    Themes in The Book Thief