Motifs are generally so unobtrusive in a film that they can pass unnoticed even after repeated viewings. In Psycho, for example, Hitchcock employed the “doubles” motif with great density. The 2 pairs of leading actors (Janet Leigh/Vera Miles and Anthony Perkins/John Gavin) were cast according to physical resemblances, which suggest psychological similarities. Many of the scenes feature mirrors, which reinforce the doubles motif, as well as suggesting themes of reality versus illusion, truth versus deception, and conscious behavior versus impulse.
Giannetti, Louis D. Understanding Movies second edition. New Jersey, 1976.
I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.
“There is no evidence that Hogwarts encourages divergent thinking, except perhaps in Lupin’s DADA classes. It’s almost as if being able to do magic and living in a magical world have stunned divergent thinking. Hogwarts seems to reinforce this curb on divergent thinking, encouraging students to approach problems in a particular way - the way that the teacher specifies. (…)
Except for the Weasley twins, few of Harry’s fellow students at Hogwarts who were born in the wizarding world show evidence of creativity and problem-solving ability. One wonders whether Mr. Weasley’s fascination with Muggle inventions inspired the twins with their ingenious products. Yet, teachers generally ignore or scold the Weasley twins for experimenting and creating new magical objects. (…)
Obviously, children raised in the magical world are exposed to different environments - and thus have different experiences - than those raised in the Muggle world. Are those wizards who are raised in the Muggle world (until age 11) more creative and better problem solvers? Do the challenges of living in the Muggle world help create individuals who possess more of the qualities integral to effective problem solving? I propose that the answer to these questions is "yes”: this is what makes Harry and Hermione particularly good at figuring out ways to combat Voldemort and the Death Eaters, and what makes Voldemort the powerful wizard he is. (…)
What must it be like to live in a society where the workings of the world feel truly magical? It’s as if citizens remain toddlers in their understanding of how things work (“If I say this spell, then that will happen”). It comes as no surprise then that when bad things happen, those in the wizarding world don’t feel as if they have any control over events. To influence events, they can only use the limited number of existing magical spells and potions available to them from their education; they aren’t able to create new ones or to combine what they already know in effective ways. And when they exhaust their repertoire, there’s nothing left.“
– R. Rosenberg, Ph. D., "What Do Students Learn From Hogwarts Classes”, The Psychology Of Harry Potter, pp. 5-17
I have been a fan of the series since the beginning, but I never felt I could actually portray how much I like Korra and I find her such a beautiful and powerful character, so any fanart was out of question…but lately I’ve been so much in fangirling mood (let’s talk about the book 3 finale), I just had to throw something out of my head PLUS the book 4 is already around the corner and I’m so not ready orz…
- guy and girl being best friends without romantic tension
- Odin giving people the side-eye for being prejudiced
- Magnus’s reunion with his dad
- sassy fashion dwarves and their fashionable war gear
- found families
- sassy Magnus screwing up every name ever (I see you throwing subtle pronunciation clues Riordan)
- a deaf character for who’s deafness is both a source of trauma and strength (and characters using ASL!!)
- Magnus’s big strength being the ability to force everyone else to drop their weapons and stop fighting
- an occasional-hijabi character who is a positive representation of bravery, making the right choice in the face of prejudice, and arranged marriages
I know a lot of people who have a plethora of complaints about Riordan’s books. I’m respectfully not one of them and this latest story is just one more list of reasons why.