A witness to Australia's import-culture. Fan of Red Vs Blue, Camp Camp and Total Drama, to name a few. Has currently read 2 out of 41 Discworld novels (impressive, I know).
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Representing Romantic Orientation
Sexuality and gender are widely explored in television, film and other mediums, but what about romantic orientation? I feel this is an under-represented area (at least in my viewing experience) that would otherwise add complexity to representations of sexuality, gender and relationships overall in stories. I’ve seen characters have sexuality crises because they happen to like someone of the same sex, without considering that they could be biromantic. Why the lack of focus in clearly defining or exploring characters’ romantic orientation? Is it difficult to represent people being romantically attracted to someone they’re not sexually attracted to?
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Approaching "Survival" in Zombie Apocalypses
Zombie apocalypse stories in TV, film, etc. deal with "survival" in some way or form. How do stories like The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, World War Z, Shaun of the Dead, The Girl With All the Gifts and others deal with this theme in thought-provoking ways? Are zombie apocalypse stories defined by a basic need to survive, or can we approach them in new, creative ways?
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Can Writing Fanfiction Have Benefits?
While writing fanfiction can be time better spent on one’s own original creative endeavours, are there benefits? I’ve read fanfics that have elevated original works in interesting ways, showing a deep understanding for characterisation, narrative structure, and significantly, the pitfalls those original works might have fallen into. So, can writing fanfiction teach us to be critical and inventive in *what* we write, therefore benefiting how we construct our own original works? Or can its normalisation of appropriation do more harm than good? (Then again, what goes in a post-modern society?)
I really have to agree with you on the themes of the show. It’s not just about survival, it’s about grappling with ideals of humanity. When Rick said, “We ARE the Walking Dead” that sent chills down my spine. Same goes for the dynamic between him and Carl last few seasons.
I really liked the conflict between Rick and Carl’s ideals. Rick considers survival to be of the ‘fittest’; it’s earned through sweat, blood and bullets. Carl on the other hand saw survival in the long-term, as mercy, redemption and cooperation, because as Michonne said in mourning, Carl knew that there needed to be something after the fighting. After the dust settles, what’ll be left? Victory in destruction?
Rick and the group have seen a lot of shit. He might think Carl’s wish is too naive, and we might too. But it’ll be interesting to see how Rick and his ideals will develop onwards.
I really like your breakdown of the antagonists and the obstacles they represent. It’s true that Harry’s journey is as much our own, making it inspiring and empowering.
An interesting read. Code MENT’s appeal for me really was its diversion from the original material, or I guess, its butchering of it. What really got to me was how, in spite of all the random references, non sequiturs and backwards logic, it still managed some level of narrative continuity.
I think the most true-to-canon abridged series I’d ever watched was Baccano! Abridged! by JelloApocalypse. Only minor deviations from canon plot. Unfortunately copyright strikes took it down, but by god the voice acting did a great job mirroring the actual English dub, or at least the accents.