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    The Giant Few Truly Saw

    WWE recently collaborated with HBO to make a documentary, and you don’t need to care one iota about wrestling to find the whole movie enthralling. The documentary, called Andre the Giant, examines the life of the titular wrestler. Analyzing how the documentary humanizes a man who was often portrayed as a monster could lead to an interesting article.

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      I think an interesting entry into the subversion category would be Sword Art Online Abridged. Series like Yu-gi-oh Abridged and Dragonball Abridged have no qualms about lambasting their source material, but their jokes and criticism always come from a place of love for the original. Sword Art Online Abridged, on the other hand, comes from a place of distain for the original. This causes SAO Abridged’s comedy to have a harsher tone that is not only hilarious but also unique from other abridged series.

      Abridged Series as Derivative Media

      Much of Tolkien’s work resembles video games if you think about it. Reading the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings is never about getting to the end. It is about living in the world of Middle Earth for a while. Readers explore many locations, learn many side stories, and hear from many “NPCs.” The books are not a dash to a finish but a profound stroll through an interesting area. In that way, I would argue the experience of reading Tolkien resembles playing a video game much more than it does watching a movie.

      The Influence of J.R.R. Tolkien on Modern Video Gaming

      At the risk of committing heresy, I would actually prefer if the next Zelda title is radically different from Breath of the Wild. While Breath of the Wild is undeniably awesome, one of the best parts of the Zelda series is the ability to reinvent itself from game to game. One reason why Twilight Princess feels so unique is how different it feels from Wind Waker.

      Ways That Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Sequel Can Improve