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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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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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The ‘Positives’ and ‘Negatives’ -It Has To Add Up (Part 2)

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Last week, I gave a definition and examples of what a ‘negative’ character is. As the name suggests, a negative character is one who has a bad view on life, failing to see good in those around them. We call these characters pessimists sometimes, but I don’t want to label them with such a severe title because negative characters don’t have to see the bad in everything. A traumatic experience could cause them to react a certain way (see my post ‘Writing From a Villain’s POV for more details on that subject), or perhaps they have lost something important to them and that caused them to behave a certain way.

The opposite of a negative character is what I also call ‘positive’ characters. These are the sort of characters we see in much literature today. They have a fairly good view on life and they want to do good for others. They don’t have to be the protagonists, just as the negative characters don’t have to be villains. They can be side characters, maybe an added character, or they could possibly be the hero, but this doesn’t exclude them into being just main characters.

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The opposite of a negative character are what I also call ‘positive’ characters.

When I think of a positive character, I imagine something like the Amity in Divergent. Their main focus in life is to be happy and give encouragement and comfort to those that need it. Parties and social gatherings are some of the things that keep them happy, and they actually enjoy life and all it gives them, good or bad. These are some traits of a positive sort of character.

But what do negative and positive characters have in common? They are polar opposites in many ways, sure, but there are also some similarities they share. Maybe they have similar experiences, and they just handled them in separate ways, or perhaps their views of life and humanity are the same, but the beliefs that they keep to themselves are relatively secret. The possibilities could be endless.

Now, the real question is: How do we add such characters into a storyline? What if you don’t want them to be the main characters? How do we handle that? There are also many options, but most authors tend to make these characters friends, bullies, or comrades they work with or know at school or in the neighborhood. For example, Pride and Prejudice uses many side characters that were important for the story, but weren’t really main characters. The story focused primarily on Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, and the sisters acted as either negative or positive characters depending on their personality.

So, negative characters are those who appear grumpy and slightly misanthropic and positive character act as comforters and encouragers, depending on the situation, and the possibilities for how you use them are endless. So feel free to use them as you wish! They’re yours to control.

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Each character has a destiny, even if they are not protagonists.

 

Divergent

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Hello and welcome back to another blog post movie and book review. Today I will be reviewing the book, Divergent, by Veronica Roth. Similar to the scenario of the Hunger Games, this book and movie explains life in a controlled environment with strict rules, a rather severe government, and a choice that could hurt or hinder the future ahead for everyone involved.

Beatrice Prior is sixteen when she goes through initiation with her brother, Caleb. The test determines which of the five groups you are sorted into (Candor, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, and Abnegation.) and leaves you with a choice on which group to join. For Tris, she is sorted into a rare group called Divergent, which means she fits into more than one category. Her self must be kept a secret, for fear of Divergent is rampant, so Tris acts as normal as she can and chooses Dauntless in the hopes of finding a new life. During her training in her new home, she meets Four, a mysterious young man who acts rather harsh but is hiding his own dark secrets. Together, they must face their worst fears and hide themselves for long enough that they won’t be harmed.

82ade97db63bb5ed3c102f243ae12024So far, I have only read the first of the three books thoroughly, but what I have seen so far has been really good. The first book had their own little test to determine which faction you entered, which is always a bonus to me when there are extras.

I didn’t really have any favorites in this story (yeah….that’s a first.), but I really enjoyed the plotline. Even though it was similar to the Hunger Games, it also covered important truths about the world around us and about ourselves. The book is also pretty clean, with only a little use of God’s name in vain. It is also a pretty good-sized book, but not as large as The Wheel of Time books. Trust me, no book can ever be as big as those.

So, my rating for this is a 4 our of 5 with a thumbs up! The first book stays pretty clean, has a good storyline, and good characters, and usage of words is also appealing!

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Why Fandoms Matter

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It’s all around you.

The internet, clubs, social groups. They dedicate themselves to TV shows, books, movies, anything they love. Sometimes they may become a little insane, but they make up a part of the internet, including Tumblr, Pinterest, and other social sites.

Before I go on, here’s what a ‘fandom’ is according to Wikipedia:

Fandom (a portmanteau consisting of fan [fanatic] plus the suffix -dom, as in kingdom) is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates “fannish” (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest.

A fandom can grow up centered on any area of human interest or activity. The subject of fan interest can be narrowly defined, focused on something like an individual celebrity, or more widely defined, encompassing entire hobbies. genres, or fashions. While it is now used to apply to groups of people fascinated with any subject, the term has its roots in those with an enthusiastic appreciation for sports. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary traces the usage of the term back as far as 1903.

Fandom as a term can also be used in a broad sense to refer to the interconnected social networks of individual fandoms, many of which overlap.

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They may sound a bit too obsessive and crazy, but everyone has at least once in their lifetime been like that. I don’t go as far as that definition (I don’t think.), but I am a part of some fandoms such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Hunger Games, and The Hobbit.

So why exactly do these fandoms matter?

Reality can be quite harsh sometimes. We often need a break from it, so what better way than to turn to a favorite book! They helps us heal, they point out morals, they help create us. Everything we watch and read develops our character from what we see, whether good or bad. A fandom is a group of people who enjoy the same show or book and come together to discuss what they truly love. We can learn so much from fiction just as much as nonfiction.  Almost every story has a lesson behind it, something we can try to apply to ourselves.

The best part of this is proof that people do actually care for others. So no matter what anybody says, enjoying something that inspires you should be appreciated.

Because we all deserve hope.

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Have a great week!

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Magic: Considered Pure or Evil?

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One of the most debatable topics for books and movies today is the use (or abuse) of magic in our society. Really, it’s become just a normal thing for us to see, but parents are raising the question everywhere,”Is it okay if I let my child watch a show with magic in it?”

No, I’m not talking about magical princesses and unicorns. That’s a different sort of magic (which I’ll explain here in a minute.) and frankly, I see nothing wrong with that, but what’s with wizardry and witches today? Shows like Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter as well as other numerous books and movies exhibit the use of magic, but is society just trying to make us conform to magic as some type of religious works? Are we being sucked into a world where magic is used for evil?

Well, that depends on how it’s used, I think. Wizardry in the olden days was almost considered a religion, and people built cults around this type of stuff. Violence was typical of them, and frankly, pretty much everything about it was just plain evil, from the devil himself, I’m afraid. Are we any different from that today? To some degree, we are not.

Consider the great writers C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, the creators of Narnia and Middle Earth. Both were devout Christians, and both were writers. If you have ever read their books, you already know magic is used in them. Gandalf is a wizard, and in Narnia, all the animals have an ability to talk. This is not evil. This is a different sort of magic. Not like the crap that happened long ago. This is used for innocent purposes to display a truth or fact to the reader, and is therefore, in no way, as harmful as some would like to think.

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However, there are multiple levels where I struggle with  series like Harry Potter, though. For many years, I have gone back and forth, trying to decide whether or not this would be considered an evil use of magic. I have never read the books, but I have done extensive research on them. I wasn’t looking for the bias,”It’s so good. Why would anyone hesitate to read it?” types. Sorry, I do not like that attitude. I am searching for other people who look at this from a Christian standpoint. I want their opinions based on what the Bible alone says.

So what’s my answer to whether magic is good or bad? It depends on the type of book and the author. Magic today is still used in an evil form, and it’s also used for good, so my answer would be both a yes and a no. I write about some magic in my books, but there is a clear understanding that I have that too much goes too far. Be careful what you watch or read, because it can corrupt even the most innocent of minds.

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The Hunger Games

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I find that keeping up with today’s movies is extremely hard. Every month, new movies are pouring out of nowhere for die-hard fans and those just wanting to kick back and relax. Most movies I do not care to see or have time to watch in the theaters or at home.

However, I did have an interest in the Hunger Games movies, especially this third one that came out a few months ago. I was late getting to it, but it was worth it. As a fan of the Hunger Games, books and all, I was thrilled to see what was in store for the Hunger Games victor, Katniss Everdeen.

In the first Hunger Games , the twelve districts are required to enroll in the drawing of the Hunger Games, a gory entertainment for the capitol after the disticts, with failure, try to rebel against them. As punishment, a girl and a boy from each district must participate in these games. Katniss’ sister Primrose, is called out to take part, but with quick-thinking, Katniss steps in and takes her place to save her. Now a participant, she must figure out a way for not only her to survive, but also her partner, Peeta Mellark.

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In the next movie, Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta are the winners of the Games, but President Snow is irritated when the two manipulated the rules into getting them to win, and he sends all the living victors of the Games back into the arena.  Katniss now has an even bigger burden-she must find a way to save Peeta, even if it means getting herself killed.

*Spoilers*

Lastly, in the third movie Mockingjay: Part 1, Katniss is saved by District 13, the once-though deceased member of the districts. The rest of them are now rebelling, as Katniss has sparked more confidence in them, and President Snow is furious, even to the point of wanting to kill Katniss. She doesn’t care, though, and she forces her way onto televisions everywhere, reporting the Capitol’s fierce aggression. Snow has other ideas, and he has Peeta, now brainwashed, try to talk Katniss out of rebelling anymore. Refusing, District 13 saves Peeta, only to find out he is brainwashed more than they though. Peeta is almost programmed to kill Katniss.

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What will happen next? Another movie, Mockingjay: Part 2 is schedule to come in November of this year, which is a happy and sad sort of feeling. I’ll be happy because then I’ll get to see what the next movie will bring, and then sad because there will not be another Hunger Games movie.

My favorite character is a toss-up, but it has to be Rue in the first movie and then Katniss through the rest of them. Rue was just inspiring to me because, even though she was fairly young, she had so much determination and loyalty that she wanted to win, and Katniss displays what bravery and courage in the midst of danger meant. It didn’t matter what she was facing; she was still selfless and courageous.

The movies have minimal swearing, though they are a bit violent. Not many movies these days come without swear words. I would give this movie a thumbs up!

That’s my review on the three Hunger Games movies so far! Thanks for reading!

 

Howl’s Moving Castle

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Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s post is over the Disney anime movie, Howl’s Moving Castle, the epic and compelling story of a girl and a strange curse cast upon her. This movie has to be one of my favorites of all time.

Sophie Hatter is a hat-maker who thinks of herself as rather plain and boring, and very unappealing to those around her, at least, that’s what was thought, until the nasty Witch of the Waste curses her and makes her into an old lady. Frantic and at a loss of what to do, Sophie runs away from home and begins her journey to who-knows-where. She is suddenly face to face with the giant moving castle belonging to Howl, a wizard who people claim to eat pretty girls’ hearts. However, following the lead of a scare crow she saved, she makes her way inside and is repulsed with the inside of the moving castle, which is filthy. Throughout the adventure, Sophie meets a talking fire named Calcifer, Howl’s apprentice, Markl, and Howl himself, who is……rather of a drama queen and a bit eccentric in his own way, but Sophie must find a way for them to help her return back to her normal appearance.

Studio Ghibli, a part of Disney created by Miyazaki, has a very unique style in their movies, and it reaches a point between fantasy and science fiction with a touch of Alice In Wonderland type themes. After watching Howl’s Moving Castle, I started watching Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away, as well as reading Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Each of these works are very appealing and wonderful to watch and read, but I am somehow drawn to the story of Howl’s Moving Castle the most. The music in this movie is very beautiful, the scenery is outstanding (the best I have seen in any anime yet.) and the characters are very pleasant and well-drawn.

I’d have to say out of the characters, I really like the concepts of Calcifer and Howl the most. Calcifer is snarky and sarcastic and is wonderfully characterized with Billy Crystal’s voice acting, and Howl, voiced by Christian Bale, is a soft-spoken yet easily liked character.

This movie is very clean and there is no innuendo, so that makes this movie also very pleasant to watch with any age.

There is also a book created by Diana Wynne Jones, and it is actually a book the movie was inspired off of. Though not all of the plotline matches up with eachother, the characters are still very close to what is in the movie. I have no idea why it is not referred to as a classic like Pride and Prejudice or North and South is today but it is indeed a classic and worthy of reading and watching!

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The Hobbit movies

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Hi everyone! This is my first blog post, and I am so glad to have finally set everything up! As I stated in the ‘About This Blog’ section, I will do some poetry and writing tips, some poets’ works, anime reviews, and movie reviews. And what better way to start this blog than with one of my favorite movies; The Hobbit! The movies star Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, and Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, the same characters in LOTR. But The Hobbit movies also possess new characters, such as Aiden Turner as Kili, Dean O’Gorman as Fili, Richard Armitage as the dwarf king Thorin, and Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Yep, the same character who played John Watson. And we all know that with Martin Freeman acting, this is going to be a good show.

The story is set in the Shire, the place where the Hobbits live. Gandalf journeys to the non-adventurous place and pays a visit to the seemingly introverted Bilbo Baggins. He asks Bilbo if he wants an adventure, and Bilbo firmly replies,”No!” Gandalf does not give up that easily, though, and soon Bilbo finds himself face to face with thirteen hungry dwarves who basically devour all of his food (that’s just rude!). They then beg-I mean persuade- Bilbo to come with them. The adventures in all three movies are rough, dangerous, yet thrilling, and you’re going to want to have tissues with you at the last movie. I mean it! I seriously thought everyone was nuts when they said they were crying their brains out at the last movie. Surely enough though, I almost did. So heed my warning and get those tissues!

Now for some of my opinions. With the elves in the second and third movies…..eh…let’s just say the movies do not follow the books exactly, and if you’re like me, it bothers you that it’s not what you thought it was. Reading the book before the movies ever came out was what I would call a blessing. Anyway, back to the elves. The whole concept of the elves really bothered me. They were never in the book, so if they’re in the movie, it’s possible the remaining movies’ plots would be screwed up! I have to honestly say……..after watching the movies, that was not my case. And let me tell you why here.

Thranduil.

That’s right. The elf king who is the father of Legolas. Nobody can beat this elf’s sass and majesty in this movie. Except for Thorin, I guess (majestic hair flips, y’all!). That was the reason I didn’t freak out.

The major disappointment for these movies though was the Tauriel X Kili pairing. This unneeded relationship threw me over the edge to some degree, but other than that, the movies were fantastic. The scenes were gorgeous, the music was amazing, the beloved characters taught so many lessons, and the whole outcome of the movies were fantastic. So if you haven’t seen the Hobbit movies, go buy them! You won’t regret it!

 

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