But recently, I’m reading more and more, and I’m watching TV less and less. And it’s not as simple as I’m getting more mature in my tastes. Gone Girl is certainly not more mature than The West Wing. It’s that TV and movies no longer offer me the new worlds I crave. They are just shadows of things we already know. And sure, everyone says this. “They’re making a Love Boat reboot. Can you believe it? Who would watch that?” It’s a joke, and it’s easy to ignore, but if you look at the deficit in original content in TV and Movies, it’s not just about Knightrider or Dallas getting remade. It’s almost everything. It’s pervasive.
The movies I saw this year? Godzilla,Winter Soldier, The Fault in Our Stars
The TV shows? Game of Thrones* ,Dexter, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead, Sherlock (also Elementary, and a Sherlock Holmes movie), Agents of Shield, Doctor Who
They’re all just adaptations and reboots. Even the stuff that feels small and independent, like Welcome to Nightvale, is based on a world built almost a century ago. And it’s not to say that adaptation is intrinsically bad. I like a lot of those properties. And when the BBC adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell comes out, I will watch it, and I’ll probably love it.
But it will NEVER be as amazing as falling in love with Susanna Clarke’s world for the Very First Time. And it seems that books are the last resort for true world building. I am heartbroken at the idea of never feeling that with film again. Mad Men and Breaking Bad and House of Cards are some exceptions, but not only are they rare exceptions, but they seem to be so spiritually similar (the rise and fall of an older, white male anti-hero), that their presence is unsatisfying. It’s like the dozens of LOST clones that came out in the early 2000s. It’s the application of template more than originality.
So I would like us all to be a bit more brave, both as consumers and as creators. Consider watching something, some web series or hidden away Roku gem, that isn’t based on or inspired by anything else. That is just some characters and places that someone just made up one day. Remember how people used to do that all the time? Just make stuff up?
And when you’re writing your play or your book or your movie or whatever, maybe don’t make it about steampunk zombies, or star trek fan fiction. Those things have their place, and I don’t want to discount the incredible art of mashup culture. I think there’s a place for artists like Girltalk and the folks behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and some of the incredible fan fiction and films that are out there. I think there’s something interesting in taking an existing property and making it your own, and I don’t want to discount it. But I don’t buy that all the ideas have already been written down and put on a lunchbox. The experience of living right now is different than any other time in history, and new stories are all around us. Instead of making works that pay homage to Roddenberry and Lucas, try to BE Roddenberry and Lucas. It’s not sacrilege. And it’s only a little bit arrogant**.
We need new worlds. We need new feels and images and characters. It is easier to make a movie or a webseries or a book than ever before, so why waste that on making someone else’s art? Build me a new world, and I will explore it. Birth me a new character, and I will fall in love.
*I actually haven’t watched much of this, but it is a useful example
** Like George Lucas wasn’t arrogant?
University of Western Scotland research into High Intensity Interval Training featured on BBC One Show.
This is a MUST WATCH VIDEO…you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
had to shut a bitch down today
This is easily my favourite post ever.
*this guy* used to asks me out all the time after shows. It was SO obvious to me had I been on the street, in normal clothes he wouldn’t give two shits about me. If we’d been at a bar, and I’d been really funny and joking, he would have asked my hotter friend out instead. But this type of dude would see me play and then dream I was his Sarah Silverman or some shit.
Hiking at Sweetwater Creek. 6 miles. Not bad.
- Artichoke Hearts
- Bell Peppers
- Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
- Butternut Squash
- Corn on the Cob
- Hot Peppers
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Parsley and Other Herbs
- Sweet Potatoes
To be continued!
this is awesome!
That’s been an unofficial goal of mine lately. Spinach, zucchini, and corn I’ve go totally mastered. Now to tackle everything (but sweet potatoes…gross) on the list.
I will probably go to bed watching this every night.
But not in a creepy way.
Kind of in a creepy way.
Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian (via florida-sounds)
My cuter doppleganger has a real fucking point. Jason points this out to me all the time: how timid I am compared to the penis carriers.
Tell me bout it
UGGGHHHH YES. I weighed 165 pounds in January of 2011. I weigh 230 pounds now. Same as when I started in 2010. I feel so stupid. I worked so hard for what? To fuck it up.
Back on track.