Amanda Jarrell

Amanda Jarrell

I am currently a college student going into my fifth and final year at Flagler College. Majors include Media Studies and Sociology. Minors include Religion and Psychology.

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Eragon: Movie Adaptation Failure

Look at the differences between the movie Eragon and the book by Paolini. Explore why the book was a relative success but the movie was such a cinematic flop. Areas to explore might include character development, major battles, what was changed and perhaps why (such as trying to keep the rating they wanted).

  • Adaptation Theory can help immensely with this essay. Linda Hutcheon has a seminal text on the topic. – WALSTIB 4 years ago
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  • It could also be interesting to do a general article about where book-to-movie transitions often fail, and use Eragon as a framing device, since it sadly falls victim to many of the pitfalls. I would personally attribute many of the problems in Eragon specifically to an attempt to condense the entirety of a very long and complex book into a single movie; the entire thing felt incredibly rushed. – Connor Gregorich-Trevor 4 years ago
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American Adaptation of Anime

Analyze how the adaptation of anime by American developers has maybe changed the meaning or message of the original content. Such as how does the English translations of anime series change what the character may have meant. You could also look at how do the adaptations of anime into American film change the content, or if they do at all.

  • Great topic. I think you could also add how an American audience might view content found in the original source material. For example, Evangelion features Christian imagery and so Americans may find this content offensive or enjoy Evangelion more because it incorporates something from American culture. – Jiraiyan 4 years ago
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The Changing Appearance of the Disney Princess

Look at the changes in the Disney princesses throughout the decades. The princesses went from being all white, to finally adding in some other "races." However, most of the princesses even today are of white European appearance. There is a shift happening within the world of the Disney "princess" to where princesses of other persuasions are slowly joining the beloved originals like Cinderella and Snow White. With Tiana, there is finally an African American princess. There are other heroines such as Ariel, Megara, Esmerelda, Pocahontas, and Mulan. However most of these characters could be classified as ethnic whites. This group is a minority in the group of Disney heroines and princesses. Disney is coming out with new movies that are introducing characters from other places in the world besides the European region. Show the changes in the princesses’ culture and ethnicities and explain any patterns that have developed. By this I mean to look at the additions to the Disney princess grouping since the 1980s.

  • The "shift" happened in the mid-90's and it seems like another is happening "now." Is your topic asking to explore the different patterns that have occurred with ethnic princesses since Snow White or just recently? I think this needs clarification. Also does "appearance" also include animation style? Because that too has changed with technological advances. – Cmandra 5 years ago
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  • I'm not sure what you mean by "ethnic whites". It's an interesting term, but Mulan is Chinese (Asia) and Pocahontas is Native American (North America). Esmeralda is Romanian, Megana is Greek, Ariel is a fish. Do you mean how light-skinned they are in the films? – Katheryn 4 years ago
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  • Ethnic whites are those that look white but are not European. Merida would be an ethnic white. So would Rapunzel. – amandajarrell 4 years ago
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The Use of Black and White

Examine the use of black and white film techniques in recent movies to signify different things such as flash backs, dual timelines, etc. As well as look at how these uses have either changed or stayed the same since color television.

  • I think your topic is too general. it does not have any specific point. I can not get what do you want improve with this topic. – Elahe Almasi 5 years ago
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  • I agree with Elahe. Consider picking one particular film, or a few, and focus on a particular attribute about those films in relation to them being black and white. Then, talk about those attribute more in-depth. I love this topic, but it's hard for viewers to grasp without particular evidence and examples to consider. I hope this helps and good luck! – EvanWebsterWiley 5 years ago
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  • The Wizard of Oz may be a good jumping off point for you to consider, since it played such an important part in marrying the use of both black and white and color in cinema. – Megan Finsel 5 years ago
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  • I agree with some of the above concerns, while not a lot of films use a lot of black and white in them, but a great deal of films use a bit. – Austin Bender 5 years ago
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Latest Comments

Amanda Jarrell

My favorite was always the maintenance man and his symbol, the squirrel. The imagery in general is so beautiful in this game. It was definitely one of my favorite games last year. The animal symbolism in it gave it a nice touch for me, especially with my being Native American animals can mean so much.

Animal Symbolism In Life Is Strange
Amanda Jarrell

Loved the post. I have recently gotten into Anime and this post has made the shows even more interesting. I guess I might have to pay more attention to some of the episodes.

What the West Learned About Japanese Culture from Anime
Amanda Jarrell

I have fairly recently fallen in love with manga. I have been into anime for some years and I read comic books, but manga was not really read in the group that I hung out with. When I was introduced to manga by my college friends I instantly fell in love. It is so interesting the differences between the anime and the manga for the same series. One of my favorites being Soul Eater. The manga goes far further in the story than the anime does. Manga is such an interesting area of media.

Manga: The Hidden Treasure in America
Amanda Jarrell

Trauma is a very serious topic that affects a multitude of people. Like other medium manga has proven to be a good way to express trauma and to raise awareness to it. Yes, most of the events in manga and the media as a whole are fantastical in that they could never happen as they did on screen or in print. However, there are real traumas. I believe that all of the made up traumas in media have roots in real traumas and fears that are alive and in societies today. Are titans going to destroy mankind by eating it, probably not. However, there are people that fear that the human race will someday become extinct. I really enjoyed reading your article.

Trauma and its Representation in Manga
Amanda Jarrell

I think that there will always be the concept of the superhero. The idea that even when a situation seems like it can’t get any worse, and that there is nothing that a normal person can, that’s when someone who can save the day comes in. Someone that can be looked up to and counted on to come to the rescue. For this person to be able to fit the demands they would have to have something special about them. Throughout the centuries and across cultures there are tales of super human people coming in and accomplishing something that the average person did not have the strength or will to do. I personally feel like society will always want someone to look up to. Movies are a major source of entertainment in this day and age and think that as long as movies are popular there will be superhero movies. The superhero movie genre might have to morph to fit society at some point in the future but I have faith that the movie producers will figure out a way to keep up with the times and still produce films that can be classified as a superhero movie. Who knows, maybe the answer will be that they quit trying to make movies off of the heroes that they have already made movies for and instead make some films about lesser known heroes or create new heroes. They might also explore making movies for more villains. They have already started this trend, just look at Suicide Squad. I’m excited to see what Hollywood comes up with next.

The Three Eras of The Modern Comic Book Movie
Amanda Jarrell

Lady in the Water is one of my favorite movies that he has directed. However, I can definitely see where it failed to engage the audience. If you are not immediately invested in the movie then the extremely slow pace of the film will lose you. The movie as a whole is pretty uneventful up until towards the end of the film, and it could be argued that the ending was rather anticlimactic. The movie built up to what could be expected quite a good scuffle but instead only had a few moments of action and then the plot essentially concluded. It was a movie that would probably only be interesting to a person if they were focused mostly on the lore that the movie was creating.

The Rise and Fall of M. Night Shyamalan