Julian Shepherd

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    "Love Triangles: Why?"

    The convoluted strife created by a love triangle has become incredibly commonplace in many narratives (particularly YA ones). Why do we find this so interesting? Is it the unnecessary drama, the concept of hearts going awry? Where does sexuality fit into this, and what do we do with polyamory’s growing acceptance in this context?

    • The love triangle has been around since the beginning of time! They are quick and easy drama. – SportsEntertainmentWriter 5 years ago
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    • Love triangles create dramatic intense scenes. Readers are always keen to figure out who picks who. – semelejansen 5 years ago
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    • Something interesting is people's focus in fandoms on the male-male relationship of two guys fighting for the heart of one girl. The triangle is warped in this way because in some cases the fans are arguing that the bond between the men in competition with one another, that rivalry, is more emotionally charged and attracting that their individual connections with the one being fought over. – Slaidey 5 years ago
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    Fairy tales, in there basest form, are designed as warnings to children, and instructions. They teach them to dutiful, humble, kind, not to go alone in the woods, and generally have an emphasis on obedience or piety. This focus on instilling virtues as opposed to teaching ties in with why many (but certainly not all) protagonists are heroines. Daughter to this day have responsibilities at younger ages, and more of them, than sons. It would be important to impress upon them the importance of work ethic and sacrifice for the family: think of The Seven Swans, where a young princess locks herself away for years, mute, to sew the magic clothes that will return her seven brothers to their human forms.

    Clarifying Current Understandings of Fairytales: The Princess or the Goblin?

    Anti heroes have more appeal because they’re simply more realistic. People can relate to doing bad things for good reasons, or no reason at all. And the concept of working to better yourself is an inspiring one: its possibly why anti heroes are so often also super heroes. We all want to root for someone, and believe we would be rooted for ourselves, if it came down to it.

    Anti-Heroes and the Appeal They Have in Comics

    I personally have always found Shyamaln to be grossly overrated, although his first two films were rather good. He had a serious problem riding on his own coattails. Signs and Lady in the Water were overwrought and bordered on absurd, and ATLA’s adaption was simply an affront to both the fans and the creators. I can’t judge The Visit due to not having seen it, but when I watched a preview all I saw was a twist on your run of the mill Paranormal Activity based horror film. Overall its safe to say he killed whatever genius he had.

    The Rise and Fall of M. Night Shyamalan