Noah Smith

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    The Dropout, wecrashed, and Inventing Anna: Why Are There So Many "Real-Life" Retellings?

    There seems to be a current fascination by streaming platforms and TV networks with the idea of creating a mini-series based around recent historical events. These flashy productions range from exploring Elizabeth Holmes’ meteoric rise and fall from grace, the strange and shady business practices behind the business wework, and of course, the shocking true story of Anna Delvey, who scammed her way into the upper echelon of American pop culture. What is it about these topics that is making streaming platforms so excited? Is it as cynical as simply wanting to make a quick buck out of flashy, recognizable content with A list talent? Or, is there something deeper? A cultural fascination with being able to voyeur over the 1% and their public scandals?

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      “What… like it’s hard?” has not left my lexicon since the age of 8. I always loved this movie and Clueless for what they represent about embracing yourself and your interests regardless of what others might think of you. Elle finds power in what the world around her deems to be character flaws, and she uses her power to help other women (see, Jennifer Coolidge). What a great film, and a great article!

      Elle Woods for the defence (of femininity)

      I played the first two installments of this franchise last summer and found a lot to love (and hate)! The stiff controls and general jank felt oddly nostalgic to me, since I grew up in the era these were releasing in. I remember seeing them on the shelves at Blockbuster (throwback). I was reminded a bit of the primitive controls that characterize most of the Dark Souls games that have become super popular. I wonder if that could be Capcom’s angle for a reboot…? Great analysis!

      Remembering Dead Rising

      I found this to be a very interesting and insightful read! I don’t usually consider Twilight to be relatively Austen-esque, though I love the comparison you were able to draw between the masculine archetypes presented by both worlds. One thing I would love to know more about, and may explore myself after reading this, is how these masculine tropes translate in queer or queer-coded relationships. Do these exist in the same spaces, or are they treated separately (or, in the case of Twilight and most works mentioned, not treated at all)? Once again, great article!

      Men Written by Women: Dreamboats or Brutes?