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University of Iowa sophomore studying Journalism and International Relations with an interest in creative writing

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Are We Inclusive or Sensitive?

Analyze how that in recent movies and TV shows, there seems to be an increase of inclusive characters and current event topics that make a temporary or permanent appearance in these shows and novels. Some people believe that this shows that society is moving closer to accepting and including everyone equally; others believe that some shows or movies do not need to be inclusive all the time, or current events do not always need to be tied into everything.

Consider comparing TV show characters’ dynamics and demographics from early 2000s to now, and even looking at how the dialogue between these characters has changed. What did someone say on TV 10 years ago that we cannot mention now?

  • While addressing this issue take note of tokenism. It's especially apparent in sitcoms from the late 90's and early 2000's. Have we moved past token characters to more nuanced and genuine ones? If so, where is it done well? – Zuzia 9 months ago
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  • It's a firm belief of mine that there should be a reason behind what race/gender/sexuality you choose to make a character, because it should have a significant baring on their personality, experiences, and reasoning. Avoiding the trap of tokenism by not having 'the gay character' or 'the black character' is important. Write to make a good story - don't write to fill a fill a hole because all you'll do is shovel shit. – Jacob J. 9 months ago
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  • This article could touch on the reaction to inclusivity. Does affirmative action make us look at media with certain individuals with more respect, understanding and normativity or does it cause us to assume they only achieved that position because they look/identify a certain way? – Emiris 8 months ago
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How Not-So-Happy Endings in Movies are Actually Improving Society

Lately, a lot of movies are coming out and do not end the way that viewers hope: everyone together and happy. While this seems like it would turn a lot of people away from movies, especially those about love and relationships, it actually is improving ratings and gaining more viewers because many of those in the audience can relate to the negative life events. Is this bringing us closer as a society and enhancing reality, or have we lost the original goal of movies which was to give viewers an escape from reality?

  • I think it's an interesting issue, one worth researching further. I do not agree, however, with the generalisation. There are movies which are simply for entertainment (escapism), but there are also other ones which are very thought-provoking. It is difficult to take a stance that argues one or the other. I would suggest, instead, looking into some examples from both poles and exploring the effects and goals both types of movies have. :) – Kaya 10 months ago
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  • I love the idea of this topic, especially now that The Avengers series has come to an end. Although "End Game" ended relatively happily, major characters were still sacrificed and lost, something superhero fans are not accustomed to (and "Infinity War" had everyone shook). Another good example is the popularity of Game of Thrones where death is ever present and characters perpetually suffer through tragedies. I especially like you bringing up romance movies, and personally think the sad endings are grounding people to reality and feeling more for the situations. Are we as a culture, growing up? – Slaidey 9 months ago
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  • I really like the idea of this post, but I am not so sure that all viewers are actually expecting or 'hoping' a movie to be ending a particular way ('together and happy'). Yes, a lot of movies are created with the intent to create some Utopian, idealised fantasy of happily ever after, but I also think that in the past there has been a lot of movies created along the romantic-comedy genre that end this way, and may be just what people expect to see sometimes. I think that the creation of movies that do not end in happy bliss are a good thing; maybe because it shows that in life things are not so perfect (and thus people can relate). But also, it may be a good thing as far as movies go in general, as variety in movie endings is always new and exciting. So, in fact, it may just be that viewers are just liking the different 'end' of movies, or it could be, like you said, because it relates to their own personal life. Regardless, movies are not real, they are art forms, depictions, and products of society and culture, and they take on different meanings to whomever may be viewing them. – jessicarealist 9 months ago
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  • It is a very interesting issue and agree that it is something to look further into! And also I agree that some people are just liking the different end of movie or somehow related to their life and personal issues ! – sunshinemegz89 9 months ago
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Latest Comments

reschilke

Thank you very much!

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality
reschilke

Thank you so much for your words! I am glad that this has helped you to follow your passion, never doubt what you believe you are meant to do!

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality
reschilke

Thank you so much for your comments, I agree 100%!

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality
reschilke

Exactly! I feel the community of those who are employed in the arts are like one big family, because we all understand that we are focusing more on passion and devotion to what we love versus monetary success (which is also very important, just sometimes not the main concern!) Passion brings people together from all different types of backgrounds, and I am glad that you have found yours!

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality
reschilke

I am so happy to hear this! I hope you do follow on this path, it is very rewarding and insightful as to who you are as a person and as to how the world operates around you!

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality
reschilke

Thank you so much!

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality
reschilke

Very true! Sometimes I wish that I could escape into the storyline’s I create! But many creative artists, such as writers or painters, for example, often will use the reality around them to either create the reality they wish they had or to emphasize the reality around them to those who may be blind to it.

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality
reschilke

I love your concept of writing as part of an interactive, dynamic ecosystem. I think that as much as people love hard copies and the feeling of a book or creative piece in our hands, with the technology we have in our grasp, digital media is our future. I love the idea of interactive, multimodal platforms as a way for communities to experience different realities to understand more of the world and the people around them. I think this would be a great topic to explore!

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality