Exactly what it says on the tin.
Exactly what it says on the tin.
I was watching Irish people on YouTube react to Rick and Morty when one of them said something that stuck in my mind: ‘I don’t consider [Rick and Morty] sci-fi though’.
That got me thinking: what is it about Rick and Morty that differentiates it in the minds of the average media consumer from the rest of science fiction?
When I entered your shop, I saw that your tagline was ‘Original Gifts for Men’.
First, these gifts are in no way original. ‘Gifts for Men that Can Also be Found in Several Other Shops and Online Probably for a Cheaper Price’, would be more accurate.
What’s the most compelling piece of theatre you’ve ever seen? Some may name a legendary production of Hamlet they once saw, others might maintain that nothing will ever be more dramatic than the latest groundbreaking one-man play, more people would probably cite a scene from a gritty American box-set like Breaking Bad or The Wire.
Me, I can say with absolute certainty that the best and most compelling piece of theatre I’ve ever had the fortune to witness is this short six and a half minute clip from the popular television game show Golden Balls.
We all have tropes that we can’t resist.
Whether it’s in books, graphic novels, television shows, films, whatever- if this trope is present and it is well executed (or even if it’s not, to be honest) you will be unutterably, inexplicably, drawn towards that piece of media.
I have a problem.
I don’t read books; I devour them.
It may seem like it’s an exaggeration to call this a ‘problem’, but I assure you, it is very much a serious issue. Let me give you some context.
I have to admit, when I first came to the end of North and South I eagerly turned to the next page and thought, is that it?
I think that my initial surprise was due to the fact that throughout the entire novel I was subconsciously comparing North and South to Pride and Prejudice and the ending above all highlights the fact that despite superficial similarities, the two novels are very different.
After I heard the news about the Classical Civilisations A Level being scrapped, I honestly can’t remember ever being so shocked and angered on a personal level about the terrible educational changes over the past few years. I was, of course, angered by the announcement about the changing of the grading system of GCSEs and more recently the scrapping of Art History A Level, but neither of these struck as much as a personal chord with me as this did.
There’s been a lot of contention recently about the definition of a ‘strong female character’, which I find very interesting.
It’s the kind of term that is thrown around a lot when speaking about the role of women in television and film, and it can become very easy to use it unthinkingly when critiquing the problems associated with female representation, as I myself have been guilty of in the past.
It’s all very well and good to demand more strong female characters in our media, but what does that mean?
I worry too much about what I write and that’s why I’m hesitant about writing professionally.
I worry about how it will be received, if it will offend anyone, if I’m qualified enough to talk about whatever subject I’m writing about, if people will comment pointing out the gross generalisation I made writing about something I don’t know much about. The list goes on.