Gavroche

Just a French student, not quite fluent in English yet, but with a tremendous passion for literature, TV shows, and movies, hoping I can bring my stone to the building!

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    Titles in TV shows

    Despite not being a part of the show per se, episodes’ titles can be very important and conscientiously made and choose by the creators. Indeed, they may reveal clues about the plot. They may add up to something, they may be little enigmas, they may seem incomprehensible at first, they can be cultural or academic references… For instance, Blindspot’s convoluted titles are in fact anagrams, the titles of Mr. Robot’s episodes from season one to three are written in Leet Speak, while in the recent Netflix show Warrior Nun each title is a reference to an extract of the Bible in connection with the episode’s plot. Other titles may include puns or schematics. Some titles’ format may become a tradition throughout the show.

    From there, many questions can come to mind. Can we discern trends, whether historical or thematic? Is there some TV shows that stand out for their particularly clever use of episodes’ (or show’s) titles?

    To what extent can we say that titles are a part of an implicit pact between the creators and the viewers? With platforms like Netflix and the increasing temptation to binge-watch our favorite shows, we may be paying less attention to the titles and the cuttings, therefore, to what extent are titles still relevant? How the pact previously mentioned could evolve in the future?

    • Favorite episode title choice is "Ozymandias" from Breaking Bad Season 5. The title tells you everything you need to know about the episode by referring Percy Shelley's poem. I also like a lot of Halt and Catch Fire's episode title which reference 1980s Computer Commands/Systems, song titles, and cultural ideas. I feel like those help ground the viewer in its 1980s-1990s world and are a treat for people who understand the references. – Sean Gadus 2 months ago
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    • An interesting idea. Are there are studies showing the title of a episode matters? I remember in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the title of the episode was announced at the beginning of some shows on TV. – Joseph Cernik 2 months ago
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    How do leaks affect both the audience and the creators?

    Recently some of The Last Of US II plot and gameplay leaked; a few months ago some elements of the new Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker were released on the internet before the movie itself; and about a year ago, Game Of Thrones major plot’s elements of the last season were revealed before it aired. How could those leaks have affected or could affect the audience (or the gamer community), whether it is on its viewing (gaming) experience or on the decision to pay to see the movie/the tv show (or buy the game)? What do the reactions following such leaks may reveal about the ‘dark side’ of some fandom? And, on the other hand, how the risk of leaks impacts on the creators’ work? How those new threats are taken into consideration by directors, filmmakers, producers, etc.? How are they, then, received by the audience?

    • Tom Holland is supposedly never given the complete script as he is infamous for leaking plot details accidentally. – Dr. Vishnu Unnithan 3 months ago
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    How video games may have influenced the way movies are made, and vice-versa?

    After watching Sam Mendes’ movie 1917, I heard someone saying that the movie reminded him of a video game. I don’t know if he was referring to the story itself, to the way the movie was shot, or to both, but it had me thinking. To what extent video games may have influenced the way movies are shot and stories built? (In the case of 1917, or in general.) And, vice-versa, some video games like The Last Of Us or Red Dead Redemption 2 can almost be watched like movies. So, to what extent movies have influenced the way video games are designed and built?

    • God of War 2018 did something similar and even boasted about being "1 continuous shot" for the entire game, so some game makers are thinking about some of the same ideas as film makers. – Sean Gadus 5 months ago
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    • I think this is a great topic and also a topic of much discussion in cinema and video game studies. The film Run Lola Run can also be a good source to start thinking about around this theme. – Srijita 4 months ago
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    • I think Spielberg's Ready Player One is a good movie for reference. Video game is the theme of this movie and the film is structured according to a game's mode. – XiaoYang 4 months ago
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    The figure of the Devil in TV shows

    Popular culture, and TV shows, in particular, are prone to use and revisit mythical figures, religious allegories, and biblical references, and, among, them, the Devil. Whether he is called Lucifer or Satan, the one who rebelled against God and have incarnated evil ever since seems to be an everlasting source of inspiration for screenwriters, creators, and showrunners. However, in recent shows like Supernatural, and, even more, in Lucifer, the Devil is – to a degree at least, especially in Supernatural where he is and stays an antagonist – humanized. His so-called evilness is – once again, to a degree – nuanced, and there is more to his psychology than evil for evil’s sake. It is especially flagrant in Lucifer, as Lucifer is the main character. He is a hero with flaws and qualities, a hero confronted to very human dilemmas, to fear, to loss, to love, a hero we are rooting for.
    How Devil-like characters have been written and treated? As it evolved? Can we discern a tendency, in recent TV shows, to develop, or even humanize, the Devil? How is it done? How could such a tendency be related to the evolution of the “Good vs Evil” trope? And, potentially, what are the exceptions to the recent transformations – or lack of transformation, if we can’t discern a real tendency – and how can we explain them?

    • Great topic. Other shows to consider covering: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; Reaper; 666 Park Avenue; Good Omens. – Emily Deibler 5 months ago
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    • Definitely an interesting topic for discussion! However, it bears pointing out that the idea of the Devil not being pure evil isn't new. It actually goes back to John Milton's Paradise Lost, which was written in the 1600's. – Debs 5 months ago
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    • Very good topic! I would suggest, if you can, looking into South Park's Satan, who is very much confronted with the human dilemma of love and sexuality. Some films that I would suggest would be the Ghost Rider films and The Devil's Advocate. I believe that there is a Paradise Lost reference in Advocate. – tolkienfan 5 months ago
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    • Also include a reiteration from anime. They have some pretty weird stuff there. (Devil is a Part-Timer, Blue Exorcist, Devilman Crybaby) – OkaNaimo0819 4 months ago
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    • I'm wondering if this topic can be approached in an historical way: How the devil was seen in 1930s movies versus now, for example. – Joseph Cernik 2 months ago
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    Non-American movies (or TV shows) in the USA, and across the world.

    Though I’m French, an overwhelming majority of the movies (and TV shows) I’ve watched are American, or, at least, from anglophone countries. So, I wondered… a few things!

    Pell-mell: How are foreign movies seen in the US? And/Or in the English-speaking world? And/Or across the world?

    Is there foreign movies (or TV show) – French ones, for instance – that are strongly rooted in the American culture, or in any other culture that differs from where the movie is originally from? And if so, why have those movies made such an impact?
    Are there biases depending on a movie (or TV show) origin?

    And, finally, to what extent platform like Netflix may or may not have changed this tendency and these biases?

    • I also think moving this to TV would be really fruitful with Money Heist and lots of Scandi dramas infiltrating the mainstream too. – Marcus Dean 6 months ago
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    • I watch non American shows like Elite (Spanish teen series) and other Turkish and Arabic television series. One of my favorite Turkish series that streams on Netflix is called "Fi", which is a psychological thriller. – nsafwat 6 months ago
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    • As you mentioned, it is essential to talk about the importance of Netflix. The company, unlike other streaming services, has built quite a strong reputation bringing, producing and distributing quality foreign series and movies to North American viewers.I think it is also fair to talk about the recent popularity of movies such as Parasite, Roma or I lost my body. – kpfong83 6 months ago
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    Foreign literature across Space and Time

    Though I’m French, most of the books I’ve read are foreign novels, and by foreign, I mean Americans (except for Harry Potter and a couple of other exception, but not that much), while the books I have to read for classes are French and especially French – or French-written – classics. It made me realize that I don’t really know classic books from other countries – I might have heard of them, but I’d never read them – while using American contemporary novels in my essays isn’t the best way to have a good grade! I was then wondering… quite a few things!

    Pell-mell: How domestic and foreign literature is tackle elsewhere in Europe, elsewhere outside Europe, in the USA, in the UK, for instance? Are there contemporary foreign books – French books for instance – that are famous in the US, the UK, in Sweden, in Brazil, anywhere outside of its original country? What define “classic”? Does it depends on the country, or is Goethe’s concept of “Weltliteratur” (basically, global literature) real, widespread? To what extent time define whether a book is a “classic”? And, finally, any reading advice concerning foreign classics?

    [I’m not quite fluent in English yet, so I hope it was understandable, and not too messy!]

    • Interesting topic. From a North American perspective, I have noticed that it depends greatly on the distribution and quality of the translation of the novels. The marketing campaign also adds an extra layer especially in regards to contemporary works.As a comics scholar, I have seen European comics make or break in the North American market depending on how the author/illustrator interacts with the readers. For example, the success of the French cartoonist Pénéloppe Bagieu is due to her careful marketing (social media, interviews) and being present in the comics festival circuits in North America. – kpfong83 8 months ago
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    Latest Comments

    Thank you!

    Themes in The Book Thief

    Thank you!
    And thank you very much for your reviews during the editing process!

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?

    I agree! Though many shows can be studied through a philosophical view, The Good Place is particularly suitable and deep!

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?

    Thank you very much! I completely agree with you, and I think that this – this mix of comedy and philosophical seriousness – is what made the whole piece work so well.
    I hope my article hasn’t spoiled you too much and that you’ll enjoy watching the end of The Good Place!

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?

    Well, you’re welcome! And thank you very much for your kind comment!
    I agree, The Good Place is not always a “laughing-out-loud” show, yet it still does the job amazingly, being both entertaining and intellectually stimulating!

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?

    I’m not an expert on Rawls, so I did some additional researches. Indeed, our characters adjusted their beliefs (both general principles and particular principles) to reach, by the end of the show, a state of “equilibrium”. It is particularly true with Chidi, isn’t it? In the first episodes of the show, Eleanor traps him by confronting two of his general principle (not lying and not breaking promises) to her particular situation, after he promises to help her, which will entail endangering himself and lying. However, for the other characters, the conflicts mostly seem external. You piqued my curiosity, though! Could you enlighten me more, or even correct me, if I’m wrong?
    Anyway, thank you very much for your interesting and stimulating comment!

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?

    Well, being French myself, and despite watching the show in its original version, I still have a hard time noticing accents in what is, to me, a foreign language, but I’m sure it must be a bit annoying! … Like listening to a song you like played on an instrument that is out of tune? (I’m not much of a musician either, so I hope my metaphor is correct!)
    I hope it didn’t completely prevent you from enjoying the rest of the show, though!

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?

    Well, being French myself, and despite watching the show in its original version, I still have a hard time noticing accents in what is, to me, a foreign language, but I’m sure it must be a bit annoying! … Like listening to a song you like played on an instrument that is out of tune? (I’m not much of a musician either, so I hope my metaphor is correct!)
    I hope it didn’t completely prevent you from enjoying the rest of the show, though!

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?