Morgan Le Fay

Once a menial Media Studies major, here I, Morgan Le Fay, have circled back to my one true love: writing. Armed with a pen, I am ready to change the world. Or just write.

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Exploring our Obsession with Switching Lives

Films like Freaky Friday and She’s the Man glamorize the topic of body/life switching. Why do we as human beings hold such a strong fascination for trading our life experiences? Other films with the theme could be discussed, as well as the reasons the character in these films switch bodies or lives (willingly or not). Perhaps some human psychology to flesh out the thinking behind some ideas why we romanticize body/life switching.

  • Great topic!Empathy might be a good psychological concept to explore in an essay written on this topic. Empathy is all about being able to imagine yourself in someone else's situation, seeing things from their point of view, etc. "Human psychology" might be better termed "humanistic psychology." Empathy is a key concept in humanistic psychology."Romanticize" (meaning something like "treat as idealized or heroic") doesn't work for me as a term here. – JamesBKelley 2 years ago
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  • I think this is such a fascinating topic. Talk about how people becomes so internalised that it is refreshing to think that there are other people that are living similarly complex lives as we are – thomasin22 2 years ago
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  • The 2010 film "The Switch" might also be worth discussing. I think this topic is all about a) developing empathy for another character and b) exploring what it would be like to not be us- the body swap is usually preceded by the character's frustration with their own lives- experience how the grass is greener on this side, and then come to the conclusion that we would rather be ourselves- a sort of attempt to reassure people that even if the grass seems greener on the other side, that side also has a whole host of problems you're unaware of and ultimately you'd be most comfortable in your own situation. – Shivani 2 years ago
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  • The recent Netflix series "Counterpart" is fascinating. It is not so much about life-switching as it is about meeting, interacting and trading lives with an alternate version of oneself! – Jos 2 years ago
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  • Sorry, "Counterpart" is on Cravetv, not Netflix! – Jos 2 years ago
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As a professed cat lover, I was enthralled by this article. I particularly enjoyed the brief foray into Egypt, as I once held a high interest for Egyptology as well. Cats and humans have an interesting companionship, and I thought it fascinating to read about the companionship immortalized through various works of art throughout the ages.

Well done!

The Truth About Cats and Artists

Sometimes, when I would watch these Disney movies as a little girl. I would find certain traits about the princesses that I wouldn’t understand. One of these was that Ariel had no respect for her father’s wishes. Of course, when I got older I understood the backstory of The Little Mermaid more, and reached a similar conclusion discussed in the article.

I loved that you explored the psychology behind the lack of maternal influence in fairy tale characters. I have had conversation with my friends looking back on our childhood films wondering how we could have held the princesses in such high esteem. Snow White, for example, mystified me because I don’t consider myself naive enough to run off with some boy I just met. To break down the reasoning behind her and other characters’ actions was fascinating and an enjoyable read.

Missing Moms and the Fairytale Characters Living Without Them

I find an antagonist story to be utterly refreshing. It opens up perspective into the “bad guy” of the story’s motives, which oftentimes I feel are explained with bias. Usually the “good guy” receives an explanation from a bad guy’s victim or none at all. I was the type of person as a child that I would always ponder why the villains in my favorite movies chose to do wrong. I like that the exposure to more complex characters through the antagonist story, because it brings a new perspective to film and TV. I really enjoyed this article, and was hooked by your mentioning of The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs. That was one of my well-loved books at story-time.

Antagonist-Centered Stories: What Can We Learn?