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Wonder Woman and Sailor Moon; The Parallels between two classic feminist superheroes
With the Wonder Woman live action film on its way, many people might be excited to see one of the west’s greatest superheroines come to life…but let’s take a second to compare and contrast Diana Prince to another superhero from the east: Usagi Tsukino.
Space Marines as Modern Military Satire
Few can watch a movie like Starship Troopers, and take it seriously. Most military satire incorporates some degree of jingoism and intensity to make a political point–but all these films run the risk of offending real people who sacrificed everything for their countries. But what if you place a movie in space? Make the adversary some alien–like a bug, gremlin, or otherworldly thing? Is sci-fi military the ultimate vehicle for satire?
Hellraiser and Bosch
Hieronymus Bosch painted among the most vivid depictions of Hell. His visualizations depict a crude, decayed cesspool of sin and depravity. In the 1980’s, Clive Barker brought the world Hellraiser, a depiction of Hell equally depraved. Each work complements the other in more ways than one may initially realize.
Cybernetic Existentialism; Existential Philosophy and Cyberpunk
An analysis of existential themes in cyberpunk fiction. How does the genre deal with questions of human nature? What is the value of the human experience when it can be replicated? Good examples can include Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner, Neuromancer, etc, tackling existential situations from those perspectives.
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Let's Plays and New Forms of Comedy
Let’s Players are now a mainstream part of the internet. Many of YouTube’s biggest names are Let’s Players. However, very often those on the outside of the Let’s Play fandom asks "Why would you want to watch some idiot playing video games all day?"
Perhaps as a new form of stand-up comedy. This topic will explore connections between stand-up comedy and popular YouTubers.
I argue that Disney’s feminist themes have improved over the course of the years. I’m surprised by the omissions of Frozen and Mulan, even though I realize that Mulan doesn’t feature a princess.
This article is incredibly insightful. 😀 Though I may have to add that, personally, I’m surprised you didn’t mention Rosemary’s Baby or The Exorcist in this, as those two are by far the most insightful horror films in regards to maternal elements.
Love this movie! 😀 I adore every bit of its artistic merit and quality. First time I saw it was as a kid, but there was an odd period where I forgot this movie existed. It became like a weird dream…before I rediscovered it for the gem it so is.
This is brilliantly written. Steven Universe has to be one of the best shows on TV right now, regardless of medium. This analysis is quite clever, and a lot of it seems to be stuff that, while I might not have thought consciously, clicks into place. This is pretty good stuff.
Kinda sorta. 🙂 I see alternate as something that branches off of the main universe, while parallel is largely like ours but with some key differences on a fundamental level.
Her and The Social Network I think are the best examples in this article, but I think the lack of 500 Days of Summer and The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are glaring omissions.
The Wii U I think kind of came and left, and a lot of people didn’t really understand it. It wasn’t distinct enough–or, at least, that was my issue wiht the console. Tech, hardware, even online support I feel weren’t the big factors as to why the Wii U didn’t make an impact.
But the Switch is distinct. It’s incredibly different. I think based on that alone it’ll get an audience…but the fact that Skyrim HD is advertised on it should imply its hardware is superior.
I think in many ways that writing is a subject that can be fostered and developed. Do I think a person can learn how to write? Sure. I would like to believe I learned how to do it myself, but I also think that writers, like most professions in the world, benefit from being on top of their game. Constantly focusing on what other people do in order to hone and develop their own craft.
Your article focused on fiction writing (focused on that one the most since that’s my craft of choice). I think that, on one hand, sure, learning how to write grammatically correct and all that can be learned…but so can story structure, characterization, etc. I feel that what separates a fiction writer from an amateur is the willingness to get better.
At least, that’s how I see it.