Archive | September 2015

Tangled Vs. Frozen- Disney’s Controversy

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After watching the movie Tangled last night, I contemplated the Tangled vs. Frozen argument that has been happening for many years. Here’s what my opinions and beliefs are on the issue.

Tangled, released to the public in 2010, is about a young girl with magical hair named Rapunzel. Based on the classic fairytale, the story follows the tale of Rapunzel and her struggle to get away from her tower and her ‘mother’, Mother Gothel. The Disney movie, however, adds a twist by adding a young man by the name of Flynn Rider. He’s not the typical kind of dude though; he’s a thief, so when Flynn and Rapunzel meet and create a deal (Flynn has to help Rapunzel out of her tower and where she can see firsthand her dream, the floating lanterns that only appear on her birthday, and, in return, Flynn gets the crown he stole, which Rapunzel is possessing at the time.) and they venture out into the unknown, all the while trying to keep away from Gothel and Flynn’s evil cronies and dicovering something totally unexpected.

In Frozen, brought out in 2013, the story follows two girl, both of which are descendants of royalty, and there’s one thing important here; Elsa is an ice queen and is trying to hide it. Anna, the perky, go-getting sister, wants to help Elsa sort through her feelings about Elsa’s powers, but she just will not let her and runs off to the mountainside, hoping to hide herself from humanity so that she does not become a threat to her kingdom. Anna must find her way to the mountains to confront her sister, but another hidden, evil force is lurking in the distance, and paths must split before the evil is revealed.

Both movies have wonderful animation and scenes, and both have some well-done characters built into it. However, there is a few things I would like to point out about both movies that I think is important to consider.

  • In Tangled, the story’s lesson to me is that we must choose sides carefully. Mother Gothel, the main protagonist in the story, seems to be the confident, encouraging, if not slightly bossy mother that Rapunzel could trust but in reality, she is a manipulative, conniving woman with ambitions only for herself, and this is because of the path she chose. However, in Frozen, it seems like the main lesson is that women do not need a man in their life in order to be saved. While this is true in some cases, I look at the deeper meaning. Society has made it so that woman are suppose to be stronger and in more control than men, and that men are animals. Society has also claimed that women are the better of the two genders, and since we supposedly have no rights, woman need to stand up for themselves and take control. Frozen, to me, seems to push that type of behavior on viewers.
  • Frozen has some beautiful music, I’ll have to say. The authenticity of the movie is really quite amazing to me. I bought the soundtrack a few years ago, and it has some great instrumentals on there. Tangled has some nice music as well, and though there is not as much instrumental music on the soundtrack as Frozen, there is quite a bit of talent in the songs. I like the Tangled instrumentals a little better than Frozen‘s, but there is a bit more to listen to on the Frozen OST than on the Tangled OST.
  • Tangled has some pretty awesome scenes in the movie. Frozen does a good job, but the vivacity and color in Tangled really added to the storyline. In one scene, the part where Rapunzel feels grass for the first time, the colors of the are around her is so lit up with color, it’s not possible to gape in awe at it. The colors of the kingdom, the sun symbol, everything is just so brilliantly drawn and colored!
  • What was up with the ‘Let It Go’ song a few years ago! Sure, it was fun for the children to sing to, but there seemed to be a ton more screaming towards the end of the song. In my opinion, ‘I See the Light’ is much more inspiring than ‘Let It Go’.

All in all, Tangled is better than Frozen, in my opinion. Everyone has different tastes, and that’s great, but I think Tangled is more appropriate for viewers than Frozen. There really was no reason to add feminism in Frozen, and while I do like some characters from Frozen well, I have to agree with the Tangled fans that that movie was not as good as the classic tale of Rapunzel!

And that’s my opinion of the controversy between the two Disney movies! Thanks for reading! If there is a topic you would like to see me write about, write below in the comments section and I’ll see what I can do!

Have a wonderful week!

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During Writer’s Block

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I would say writer’s block is one of the most frequent things that definitely occurs with me. It usually happens when I’m in the middle of a story, and then I suddenly run out of ideas. Pretty soon, I just lose interest in the whole story, and then I’m stuck with another point in writer’s block-what do I write about next?

Writer’s block is a very common thing in the writing and literary world. It’s bound to happen in an author’s writing lifetime, and this is usually the point where we have to stop and think about how we can overcome this obstacle. This is actually not as easy as it would probably seem. There have been numerous times where I’ve tried different approaches to overcoming writer’s block, from writing character sheets to trying to figure out a decent plot that I won’t lose interest in.

Recently, though, I’ve picked up a book called 300 Writing Prompts, which is kind of like a journal, only there are a ton of ideas (300, if you didn’t catch that.) ranging from writing in your diary during futuristic times, reporting on something you think would happen today, and opinions on topics. These may seem like they have nothing to do with your book, but in reality, they are everything.

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What do I mean by this? Well, writing is about looking at the world from a broad-minded perspective. Writing is definitely not easy, that’s for sure, but for those gifted in the area of writing, being broad-minded is important. If you pay close enough attention, it allows you to find inspiration in movies, shows, and even in life today!

So let’s move to some ideas that may help overcome that block we writers so desperately hate:

1.Try Out Some New Books, or Reread Some of Your Favorite Ones.

This is one thing all writers should do; read. Why do I say that? Reading is good for inspiration! Writers all over find inspiration in books. As one author told me, story ideas are not new! Authors learn from one another and create storylines based on the idea they might have gotten from another book.

2. Look Up Some Ideas Off Of Pinterest.

I know, I talk about Pinterest a ton, but there’s a reason for that! Pinterest contains so many interesting inspirational tips, advice, and characters that it’s almost impossible not to get ideas off this site. It’s not just about the food recipes and fashion tips, it’s also about finding inspiration!

3. Grab A Book Designed to Help Authors With Writer’s Block

For the longest time, I had been eyeing that 300 Writing Prompts books, because it looked like a great book to help with the block. You can grab this book (there’s also a book called 500 Writing Prompts in case 300 isn’t enough.) or any other book created to give inspiration and tips.  The same thing for writing books also goes for poetry.

4. Study Your Favorite Character.

No, I don’t mean copy off him/her. Don’t ever do that! What I’m saying is find some characteristics you like from them. Are they cautious? Perky? Maybe slightly arrogant? You can pull lots of ideas from your favorite character(s) just as long as yo do not copy off everything from them! The books do say copyright, after all!

Hopefully some of these tips will help! Like I said, writer’s block is very common, so don’t panic when you realize there’s nothing to write about. (It doesn’t help, I’ve tried.) There are tons of inspirational help out there; all you need to do is look!

Also, if anyone has noticed, I have moved most of my posts to once a week now instead of twice, so as not to overwhelm anyone! Some of the setups are slightly new (like the bolding of words!) because I’ve actually been experimenting with some of the settings on my blog!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Harry Potter

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During the reprieve of no posting, I sat down with my family and watched the first movie of the Harry Potter series. For the longest time, I hesitated on whether it was worthy to be watched. Most of my friends had seen it and loved it, so I decided to give it a go with my family and see how I would enjoy it.

The premises is about a young boy by the name of Harry Potter who lives with his mother’s sister and her husband after both of his parents were killed. This family does not like Harry, so they mistreat him and make him do basically all the work around the house while they enjoyed large meals and watching television. When Harry turns eleven years old, however, he receives a letter (and this kid has never received letters before.), but his uncle snatches it away and tries to keep it from him, therefore making it so even more letters of the same kind are “flown” in. Finally, after some rather severe incidences, Harry discovers that this letter is an invitation to join Hogwarts, a school for magically talented children. Along the way to his new adventure, Harry meets some new friends and discovers a dark secret that could haunt him until the day he dies.

Personally, the first movie was rather cheesy, at least in effects, but I liked the overall theme and the characters’ developments. I have not seen any of the other movies, but I have finished almost all four books but from what I can tell, it seems pretty awesome.

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A lot of people say that Harry Potter is pretty much just like The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings. All three of these books teach important lessons that can be applied to life and Christianity today, such as choosing the right path wisely, realizing that evil has no place, and the importance of working hard. The reviews I had seen before starting Harry Potter was that the series encourages kids to lie, do wrong, and rebel against authorities and be rewarded for it. I am not quite sure where that comes from, since there are usually consequences in these actions. Like in most books, there are usually deeper meanings in the story than what is given away.

There is quite a bit of magic used in the books, but not magic in ways some think of it as. Like the old classics such as LOTR, these books hold a world where magic can be used freely and that using only the good magic is the correct path. There are a few curse words and a part I have run into that is rather inappropriate (it literally was one sentence though.), but I am very impressed with the morals teached in these books, and I hope to enjoy them even more as I progress through the series.

And here comes the ranking. For the morals displayed in this series, the admirable traits, timely characters, and important lessons, I give this series a thumbs up and an 8 out of 10!

Have a wonderful Friday!

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