Amber

Amber

Junior of English and Creative Writing at University. Class of 2016.

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    Revamped/redone stories

    Analyze why certain things are redone over and over again. For example, why is Romeo and Juliet so popular that it is re-released in different formats? These include: movies, books, parodies, revamped novels/movies/games, etc. Why are fairy tales re-written every couple of years? Why are certain movies redone and re-released every few years? It can’t just be popularity, is there a trend in the stories?

    • it would be interesting look at the idea of timelessness in these works. Why are they timeless and why do we still relate to them? Do they display some kind of 'universal' values or ideas about the human being? – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 5 years ago
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    • One of the bigger reasons why things like Romeo & Juliet, A Christmas Carol, and even the story of Jesus are so often retold, is likely because they are out of copyright. They have no lock outs, no licenses, and there are no exclusive holdings to their content. They can be retold by anyone anytime and in any way, forever. I'm not entirely sure on the status of Peter Pan, but I think that's out of copyright as well. Or at least the Children's Hospital that was given the rights to it have almost no selection process and openly allow people to adapt it however they will it seems. Sherlock Holmes still has some legal gray areas and red tape, but only so far as to whether or not aspects of the character and his adventures are only found in the last few books, and whether or not those last few books are still under copyright to the family and firm who hold them. But, in about 30 years, those rights will dissolve as well, and anybody at any time, will be able to adapt Sherlock Holmes. – Jonathan Leiter 5 years ago
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    • I think this could be a really exciting topic to write about. I think we as a culture have a fascination with stories that we really identify with. I think you could even go so far as generalizing all the recent action-hero/super-hero movies as remakes of each other. While they are on the surface all different stories, they all basically have the same underpinnings. I hero from abnormal circumstances or someone who maybe is a bad person at first, development of heroic abilities, super villain comes along, must fight villain for world safety or to save certain people. And this goes not just for action movies but for the other topics you mentioned, such as fairytales and books. I think its important to note that for some reason, there is something about these stories that still identify with our current cultural values where we as a society values these narratives being told over and over. – SamHersh 5 years ago
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    This has happened to me for far too many video games. I get stuck on a puzzle in a game (normally Assassin’s Creed) and I look up a walk through only to spoil myself for the entire ending of the game. I knew what happened in Far Cry 4 before I finished it because I looked up a hint for my partner. I wish the temptation wasn’t so strong; when I get stuck I immediately want to figure out what to do. From written walk through’s to video walk through’s, trying to stay away from spoilers is far too hard anymore.

    Video Games & The "Just Google It" Mentality
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    Kingdom Hearts will probably forever be one of my favorite video games. It was actually one of the first video games I had ever played. I first played Kingdom Hearts in 2003 when I was 12 years old. I loved the Disney aspect of the game, I didn’t know anything about Final Fantasy though (I later played a few Final Fantasy games, but I couldn’t get over how I had seen them first in Kingdom Hearts). This game got me through a lot of hard times/decisions in my life (minus the boss battle with Riku in Hallow Bastion, that didn’t do anything but anger me for years). The game has since grown with me, from Chain of Memories, to Kingdom Hearts 2, to Birth by Sleep, to 358/2, to Re:Coded, to Dream Drop Distance, and eventually to Kingdom Hearts 3. I think this game sits with gamers as the Harry Potter series does with others. We grew up with Sora, Riku, and Kairi; we will continue to love and care for them as we grow up. I think the Disney theme’s bring people (especially younger generations in), but it keeps us coming back for the fantastic storyline, the beautiful cut-scenes, and the awesome gameplay.

    Why Kingdom Hearts is the Crossover of a Lifetime
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    I remember watching the season premiere of LOST when it first aired in 2004 (I still can’t believe it’s been that long). This show had SO much potential, I watched it diligently every single time that it was on TV; I remember being so excited to find out what was going to happen and what was going on with that island. However, then the ending came, and I was extremely disappointed (I’m honestly still not quite sure what happened in that show). It could have been a much more amazing show, but I think they tried to throw far too much into it. I loved the flashbacks/flash-forwards, however, when they brought in the time-hopping and the island being magic; I checked out. This list was a perfect recap of all the ‘greatest hits’ (as Charlie would call it). I really think this show could have been fantastic if it would have kept up with the quality that it had in some of these episodes.

    The Best Episodes of Lost