do action movies know they can have more than one female character
Someone should make an action movie with all girls except for one guy and have no explanation or mention of it in the movie and then pay all of the actors to act surprised like they’d never noticed when they get the inevitable storm of questions.
“A friend of mine – who is a great producer- is doing some work with a psychologist at the moment about why we don’t make movies that are designed to make us happy from the moment we start watching them till the end. We used to make movies like that a lot…there’s a great tradition in our culture of writing things that are designed to be uplifting…You don’t have to go on some journey, and you don’t have to be taught anything. I get the feeling a lot of the time that I’m being taught something, and after a while I go, “Yes, but I knew that. I knew that. I would like you to entertain me. That is what I’m paying my money for.””—Emma Thompson on why The Love Punch stands out among films today (via mugglenet)
Someone on the goodreads FYTortall Book Club asked for people who love PotS to share their thoughts, and this is what came out when I started writing. I’m crossposting it here because why not.
OK, so first of all, Kel is hands down my favourite character Tammy ever wrote (which is saying a lot, because she writes so many excellent characters). I love her so much because she’s such a badass in such a human way. Not chosen, not Gifted, not the champion or begotten child of a god … just a girl, plain and tall and quiet and reserved and stubborn and sometimes scared, who kicked ass and proved that girls can be knights and eliminated hazing and turned a refugee camp into a fortress, all by sheer willpower and commitment to doing the right thing. Kel wasn’t destined to be a hero, she made herself one. No-one worked harder than she did. She got up before dawn every day to do extra training, despite the huge amount of training she did anyway; she trained with weighted weapons to make her stronger and turned that attempt at bullying into a gift; she ran up the hill in a weighted harness after every training session; she forced herself to climb trees and battlements every day even though she was so afraid of heights that those sessions regularly made her throw up; she deliberately called down extra bullying onto herself when she was already a target in her own right just to protect others; she took Peachblossom, the evil horse no-one dared to ride and made him her bosom companion; she took in an infant griffin and hand raised it, despite the incredible risk and inconvenience and having no wild magic whatsoever; she learned to joust against Lord freaking Raoul; she confronted the Chamber of the Ordeal and faced her worst fears over and over again simply to prove to herself that she could. And she did all this without letting slip her mask of Yamani calm. Nothing ever came easily to her, she fought for it every step of the way, but she always did it with grace and without complaint because she’s Kel and it would never occur to her to do anything else.
Now I’ve gushed about Kel herself, time to discuss the relationships she has with other characters. As the first openly female knight, she has a lot of enemies: people who hate her just for doing what she does, and subject her to a lot of misogynistic harassment over it. Some of them learn and grow and become better people, and it’s beautiful; some of them never learn, and stay awful and eventually get what’s coming to them. But because Kel knows so well what it’s like to be harassed and beaten down, she protects and cares for those whom most other nobles don’t even see. Like Peachblossom, Jump, Lalasa, Tobe and all the refugees: Kel sees what’s happening to them and commits to making it better. She might not even like them at first, but she does everything in her power to help them anyway, because it’s the right thing to do. And then she really does end up loving them, and they love her just as much, and everyone helps each other and it’s so good. And then there are those characters who are the opposite of her enemies, people like Neal and Salma and Raoul, who are kind and welcoming and wonderful to Kel because they like her and they don’t like bullies. Kel has crushes, and her feelings for them are real and important but never dominate the narrative, because this is in no way a love story. This is her story, full stop, and I love that.
Ohmygod, no way?? It’s almost as if that’s exactly what John Greenintended.
"Augustus Waters talked so much that he’d interrupt you at his own funeral. And he was pretentious: Sweet Jesus Christ, that kid never took a piss without pondering the abundant metaphorical resonances of human waste production."
DO NOT DISMISS A SOMETHING A CHILD IS PROUD OF. LOOK AT IT. POINT SOMETHING OUT AND TELL THEM YOU LOVE IT. IF A CHILD DRAWS YOU A RAINBOW, TELL THEM YOU LOVE HOW IT HAS RED. THEY WILL THINK “WOW. IT DOES HAVE RED. THEY LOVE HOW I PUT RED IN IT. I PUT RED IN IT. AND THEY NOTICED.” MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD KNOWS YOU ARE PROUD OF THEM.
I took my girlfriend to an improv show the other night and during intermission we were passionately arguing over whether half a 5 Hour Energy shot would give you 2.5 hours of energy or 5 hours of half-assed energy so we turned around to ask the opinions of the three people behind us and one of them said “Are all your arguments like this because we heard you in the lobby earlier fighting over the right way to pronounce ‘egg’?”
“I met my wife at a Star Trek convention. She was study abroad from France and spoke little English, and I didn’t know a lick of French. So, for the first few months of our relationship, we communicated by speaking Klingon.”—
so my animation professor has worked on all of the major disney movies like lion king, little mermaid, aladdin, beauty and the beast etc.
and he was talking about the issues a lot of disney stories have and how the writers kinda just shrugged about them and hoped people wouldnt notice and PEOPLE DID
ACTUAL LITTLE KIDS
like he said one time when they were doing a panel a little girl asked why ariel couldn’t just WRITE ERIC A LETTER TELLING HIM IT WAS HER WHO SAVED HIM B/C SHE SIGNED URSULA’S CONTRACT WHICH MEANS SHE COULD WRITE and all of the animators n writers just skipped over her question
and another time they were questioned about princess and the frog and how charlotte coulda just helped tiana with her restaurant b/c she’s rich and they’re friends so yanno
but the writers just sorta laughed nervously
these stories make me laugh b/c so many people try and say dont pay attention to the issues some disney movies have b/c they’re for little kids and little kids can’t think critically > v >