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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 4 days ago

    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 2 months ago
    • 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 2 months ago
    • 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 1 month ago

    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 2 months ago
    • 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 2 months ago
    • 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 2 months ago
    • Also include a reiteration from anime. They have some pretty weird stuff there. (Devil is a Part-Timer, Blue Exorcist, Devilman Crybaby) – OkaNaimo0819 1 month ago

    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 4 months ago
    • 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 4 months ago
    • 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 4 months ago

    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 5 months ago

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    Latest Comments

    Thank you!
    That is a very respectable and positive view of things! I would quote Voltaire: “I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it”, but there is no proof he actually wrote that sentence – though he might have said it.
    I am not a churchgoer myself, but I understand (and respect!) your point of view. Just out of curiosity, did you watch the all show – despite not agreeing with some aspects of it?
    I have a lot of common points with Chidi too!
    Anyway, thank you for your kind comment and your review during the editing process!

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?

    Thank you very much!
    I’m glad it did! I always enjoy reading or watching analyses or essays on shows, movies, or books I enjoy, but being on the writing end is really satisfying too!
    And also, thank you for your review during the editing process!

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?

    Thank you very much! I can only advise you to give it a try! (And I hope my article – as it contains a few spoilers – won’t diminish the enjoyment of watching the show!)

    The Good Place: Philosophically Sound?

    Not my most original comment but I had never heard of the Moomins before, and now I look forward to the chance of reading the stories! So, thank you!
    How did you discover Moomin? Are you Finnish yourself?

    Moomins and the Finnish Culture

    I’m glad to read that! Thank you!
    Happy re-reading!

    Themes in The Book Thief

    I agree! To me, The Book Thief is a multi-layered novel, that can be appreciated at any age!

    Themes in The Book Thief

    Thank you very much!
    It is an amazing book, indeed!

    Themes in The Book Thief

    I actually haven’t got the chance to read other novels by Markus Zusak, but that is definitively something I want to do! I heard a lot of good about The Messenger, even though I haven’t read it yet. However, I didn’t know the Bridge of Clay! Thank you! Any (other) suggestions?
    Well, I can only urge you to read The Book Thief! Happy reading! I hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

    Themes in The Book Thief