Thursday, April 1, 2021

Subversion of the Masculine

The Critical Drinker recently posted a Youtube video where he and Sargon of Akkad discuss the Disney animated film Moana. I never saw the film and only watched a few minutes of the Drinker’s discussion, but it did remind me of a video Jonathan Pageau made on the topic a few years ago.

I found Pageau’s video to be an eye-opener. His analysis of symbolism is one of a number of things that made me realize that there’s a code embedded underneath the surface of storytelling, a code that in modern times is often manipulative and subversive.

In the next few weeks I plan to post a couple of essays on moral subversion in movies and television. Specifically, I’ll examine some of the tricks screenwriters use to emotionally manipulate the audience. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you’d like to read some of my essays on narrative tools and patterns, check out Pulp on Pulp, edited by Kit Sun Cheah and Misha Burnett.

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