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Analytical text discussing classic literature? Nah. YouTube video exploring the fine craft of story-telling in cartoons? Sign me up.

There’s an abundance of people on the internet analyzing stories from popular culture. Breaking down their story-telling techniques, exposing all the “easter eggs”, theorizing about hidden truths. And it’s all might interesting! I’m a huge sucker for careful explanation of the good and bad moves made by writers and directors when it comes to creating a cohesive world with a compelling narrative. Character building, undertones, visual direction, allegories.

But the line between “here’s how they did it” and “here’s my vague and wild theory about some absurd conclusion” is kind of blurry sometimes. With objective breakdowns, not so much, but as soon as minute details are being chained together into something infinitely bigger than the sum of their parts… I start asking questions.

Maybe the creators really did mean to hint at this, it seems plausible after all! Or maybe they didn’t, because that doesn’t at all align with all other themes in the story and doesn’t fit the intended audience very nicely. But hey, it’s easy and fun, letting your imagination run wild within a pre-existing world.

Call me conventional, but I’ll just stick to believing the stuff they teach you in art school.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 02/10/2017 (6:18 PM)

    It’s pretty old, but did you ever hear about that project where a high school student (now old man) wrote to all of these classic novelists and asked whether the hidden meaning/symbolism found in their work was intended or not?

    And a good many of them confirmed that if you found anything symbolic, it was not even intentional.

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/30937/famous-novelists-symbolism-their-work-and-whether-it-was-intentional

    • 03/10/2017 (12:50 AM)

      I did ever hear about that! Good stuff, and a great student project. On the other hand, I’m sure “grasping at straws” is very much an intentional part of any curriculum involving literature.

  • 02/10/2017 (3:12 PM)

    As fun as it can be to analyse works and think about what it all means, sometimes you have to accept that the balloon is blue because it’s blue. A shovel is a shovel. It’s all too easy to find yourself discussing hidden metaphors that aren’t even there.

    • 03/10/2017 (12:52 AM)

      The balloon is blue to emphasize our MC’s depression (blueness) and his failure to stand out in crowds (blue balloon against the blue sky), while simultaneously being a metaphor for the fragility of human life and how, no matter how far up we rise, we’ll eventually explode under the pressure we put on ourselves.

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