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    Historical Accuracy, Costumes, and the Oscars

    In this day and age, historical accuracy is more important than ever. At least, to some people. When "Little Women" won the Oscar for Best Costume Design in 2019, a few people were unimpressed, given the inaccuracies of the costume design compared to what people would have worn at the time.
    This article would look at various films in Oscar history that won or were nominated for Best Costume Design with some modifications made to period clothing that raised a few eyebrows. These could be to send a powerful message (see Emma Watson’s corset-less dresses in "Beauty and the Beast") or to make a fashion statement (Elizabeth Taylor’s wardrobe in "Cleopatra"). The films can implement changes for the better or for worse, so long as they are slightly different from the outfits they’re based off.
    Some sources that the author might want to look at are Bernadette Banner and Karolina Zebrowska, YouTubers who not only know their fashion history, but also try out fashion items, critique films, and debunk myths. Of course, other sources besides YouTube can be used.

    • Another source to consider is the TV series, Outlander, which prizes itself on historically accurate costume (there are many resources about this online and YouTube with interviews from cast members who comment on how their costume impacted their abilities) – telltaletalovic 3 years ago

    Doctors and Nurses on TV

    Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a new spotlight shone on doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers. To show support for those in the medical field, it’s now time to evaluate the portrayal of both doctors and nurses in TV: particular tropes, harmful stereotypes, progress in the way women/LGBTQ/BIPOC characters are handled or portrayed. What are some examples of groundbreaking works in the genre? What are some terrible or offensive examples?
    Some shows to look at are Grey’s Anatomy and Scrubs. Comparisons can also be made to non-American TV shows and how they approach the subject matter.

    • I think The Good Doctor should definitely be added to the discussion. The majority of the doctors are Black or Brown (although the main protagonist is white, which brings up other issues). There's also plenty to say about how female physicians are treated or portrayed, especially with the addition of Dr. Jordan. Check out the episode where Jordan treats a large Black female patient, and has to deal with the racial and weight-related implications of her treatment, as well as how her fellow doctors handle it. – Stephanie M. 3 years ago

    All Quiet on the Western Front: The Greatest War Novel of All Time?

    Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front is considered the greatest war novel ever written. Why is this book singled out? What makes it so different from other literature about war? This article would examine themes, setting, and characters and look at why the book has remained so timeless. (Comparisons to the movie/s can also be made.)

    • It is indeed a great novel, and I think exploring what sets it apart is a marvelous idea. However, be careful with phrases like "the greatest novel of all time" because realistically, there's no way to quantify that. – Stephanie M. 4 years ago

    Nuns in Horror Movies

    Nuns appear as antagonists in many horror films, from The Nun to The Conjuring 2. What’s the fascination with them? What are the possible connotations/themes? Horror-themed TV series (e.g. American Horror Story) and video games with nuns can also be discussed, but the focus should be primarily on films.

    • I am not sure how helpful this will be, but in Matthew Lewis’ The Monk (an eighteenth century horror gothic novel), there is a horror figure known as the ‘Bleeding Nun’. She was basically a symbol for female sexual transgression. I think the idea relates to the nun being an allegedly ‘pure’ or ‘innocent’ woman. Thus, it’s ‘scary’ (or, for societies in the past who were afraid of giving women power, it was scary) to see a nun that is not pure or innocent. – Samantha Leersen 4 years ago
    • I do agree with Samantha Leersen to some extent, since the nun is considered to be a manifestation of the Loving Mother archetype which when subverted gives us the Chaotic Mother who is embodied in many of the subversive feminine tropes. However, the subversion of the Great Father is the Tyrant Father whose embodiment inspires hatred as opposed to fear (like the Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame). I can think of the Church in AOT etc. – RedFlame2000 4 years ago
    • i think the sense of horror comes from a nun, typically associated with purity and innocence, doing out-of-character things. you could explore that. – BLOOPINBLOOPZ 4 years ago

    The Symbolism of Fish

    Fish is an important staple of many cultures, whether as food, source of income, or a religious sign. Compare and contrast some of these symbolisms in religion and folklore. Is the fish seen as positive in some cultures? Negative? Has its meaning changed over time?

    • I love this topic, especially since I myself have just written a short film that features the symbolism of fish. I find fish are viewed in a positive light and that to me it represents a sustainable life source. It is something that people need even if they don't realize they need it. The best way I can describe this is by describing water. Water is a literary source for "baptism" or the change the characters must go through to become better. Fish are constantly swimming in the water and they derive their own lives by the water. When fish are symbolized in stories to me it is a feeling of everlasting peace and persistence brought about by health and goodwill something I don't believe will change anytime soon. – thepriceofpayne 4 years ago
    • This is an interesting topic- I think the author could additionally write about the symbolism of different types of fish. From koi fish to piranhas or goldfish. – Abie Dee 4 years ago

    The Toll of Voice Acting

    Season 5 of My Hero Academia has been delayed, not just because of COVID-19, but because one of the seiyuus (voice actors) is recovering from vocal cord surgery. Nobuhiko Okamoto plays Bakugo, a hot-tempered U.A. student who yells a lot, and it’s not surprising that the role had a negative affect on Okamoto’s voice.
    This article would look at how voice acting has negatively affected the health of some voice actors, whether it be in anime, Western animation, or video games (I believe there was a story a couple years back about people getting sick due to their performances in gaming). It could be a critique of the industry or a reflection on how dedicated the actors are to the roles, or a mix of both. (Keep spoilers to a minimum, though, please!)

    • Cool topic. I used to be involved in choir and musical theater, and you learn quickly what a precious commodity a voice is. One facet you might look at is how different roles use the voice. For instance, you mention a voice actor who has to yell a lot. The neurologic pathways to speaking vs. yelling are different, so the vocal chords are used differently. Sometimes, voice acting or singing also requires you to pop your larynx, which can cause its own kind of harm. – Stephanie M. 4 years ago

    Why Is the Yandere Trope So Popular?

    I’ve seen topics where people look at yandere games, financial success, etc. However, I don’t think anyone’s taken a good look as to why yandere is so popular. What is so appealing about psychotic stalking girls? As someone who is still very new to anime (even after 18 months!), I’d like more of an explanation about yandere, whether you can be a boy to be a yandere or if it’s strictly a girl thing, and whether yandere characters like Yuno Gasai have had a negative impact on adolescent and teenage girls. This would be a very fun article, especially as, again, Yuno Gasai remains one of the more popular anime girls because of her yandere status.

    • What lies in a yandere's past? What drives a yandere to become psychotic? What was the turning point or defining event that decided her future as a yandere? Every villain(ess) has a past and a backstory. It might also be worth considering that a yandere could actually has a positive influence on the life of an adolescent/teenage girl - by effectively offering her an avatar through whom she can explore her own darkness without resorting to violence or mayhem in real life. We all have shadow selves, whether we choose to accept them or not. – Amyus 4 years ago
    • I agree, exploring the yandere trope from a female perspective would be very enlightening. I myself am not super well-read in it, so I can't offer any insight there, unfortunately. It probably also has to do with gender roles in Japanese culture, and a male fantasy of being desired and needed--even if it's excessive and dangerous. – Tylah Jackowski 4 years ago
    • I can say for a fact that the yandere archetype is in no way exclusively female. I've seen plenty of male examples. That said, it does seem to me that the male version of the character is more likely to be treated as an outright villain and less likely to actually get into a relationship with the love interest (unless it's one of those weird stories about romanticized abuse). Another interesting angle to explore may be the distinction (if there is any) between a yandere as such and a character who just happens to get into or seek out a toxic relationship, without it being a defining aspect of the character. How central to a character's personality and arc do their mental problems and relationships with others have to be before they can be called a yandere? – Debs 4 years ago

    The Portrayal of Demons in Anime

    Demons are quite common in anime, whether it’s the sexy Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler or the lovable Inuyasha from the anime of the same name. In fact, demons are more common in mainstream anime than angels. And when they do interact, it’s usually the demons that come out as the good guy. Why is that the case? What appeal do demons have? What are some other portrayals of demons?

    Note: You can focus on just humanoid demons, like Sebastian and Rin Okumura from Blue Exorcist, or you can expand it to include Inuyasha and creatures like Kurama from the Naruto series. For an additional challenge, you can also include interactions between angels and demons, like Sebastian and Ash/Angela, and compare the characters.

    • I was also curious where the story of "the demon lord" came from? Is this a folklore thing? – Busyotaku 4 years ago

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    Interesting. I love the different examples you mentioned – did not expect to see Dally (or any references to The Outsiders whatsoever) in here. Also, we’ll never get tired of bashing on Twilight, will we?

    Men Written by Women: Dreamboats or Brutes?

    This article went really in-depth. (Especially the section on children’s literature – I’m not going to think of The Secret Garden the same way again.) It really shows how much representation has changed, or how it appears to have changed.
    Are there any other books with positive representation of people with disabilities that you’d suggest? Or who at least draw attention to the issue?

    Are Disability and Death Inextricable?

    I feel like, no matter what strides we take, disabled representation will be hit-or-miss unless people with disabilities or who have loved ones with disabilities create them. Even if an abled person is familiar with it, they’ll still be scrutinized because they’re “abled.”
    With all that out of the way, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the darkest movies Disney ever made. And they completely rewrote the ending. Imagine the shock kids who grew up watching this film got when they found out what REALLY happened to Esmeralda and Quasimodo.

    Disney and Disability

    I didn’t expect Snape to end up in an article like this. Great work!

    Autism in Media: Progressing, Yet Stuck

    My sister introduced me to this. We watched the “bootleg” version on YouTube, as well as the animatics. My favorite song is “All You Wanna Do.” Love the wordplay and innuendo.
    Your article goes into great detail on each queen and how she is portrayed in “Six.” It’s a good look at one of the most underrated musicals in recent memory!

    Six: The Musical: The Little Musical That Could, Did, and Does

    Kronk is Yzma’s assistant/servant.
    There are some typos here when I accidentally put “Kuzo” instead of “Kronk” in the article. That might have been confusing.

    Disney Characters That Should Get Their Own Spinoffs

    I didn’t notice that!

    Disney Characters That Should Get Their Own Spinoffs

    Using different styles of clothing easily establishes which faction/clique/class a character belongs to in a film. Divergent is one example, but The Breakfast Club probably illustrates it the best.

    Costumes On Screen: How Clothing Has Enhanced Visual Storytelling