Month: June 2016

Game of Thrones: Best Episode Ever

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As an avid Game of Thrones fan, I was strongly looking forward to last week’s episode. I couldn’t wait to see “The Battle of the Bastards,” which I was assuming would culminate with the demise of Ramsay Bolton. I was pleased that the episode did not disappoint at all, and actually went beyond my expectations.

Foremost, the tension was never stronger in an episode of Game of Thrones. From the Rickon chase, to the Bolton army closing in on and trampling Jon Snow, to Sansa and Littlefinger coming to save the day, the entire episode had me on the edge of my seat, completely invested into what was to come next.

The episode also was critical to the character arcs and stories of Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, two of the most important characters in the show. The two helped redeem their fallen family and bring justice to The North, after all of the trouble they’ve both been through. It was satisfying to see Jon, who was abandoned by his family and killed by his own friends, finally get a victory. It was even more satisfying to see Sansa, who was tortured by Ramsay, finally bring him down.

This episode reminded me of why I fell in love with Thrones in the first place. It’s always a rough show to watch, as my favorite characters meet untimely deaths (R.I.P. Hodor), but episodes like this make watching the show worth it. “Battle of the Bastards” was truly the series at its best: intense, shocking, and powerful storytelling with great character development.

 

Finding The Writer Who Inspires You

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I’ve recently found that I’ve been lacking inspiration for writing. The past few weeks, I’ve been reading a book about The Brat Pack films, which mostly focuses on the works of John Hughes. The recent chapter, however, focused on the work of renowned screenwriter Cameron Crowe. Crowe, most famous for writing the teen classics Fast Times at Ridgemont High (which happens to be one of my favorite films of all-time) and Say Anything, said this about writing:

“My dream, was always to be a guy who wrote about his generation as he got older, and captured what was going on, so that if you looked at the movies all together you would see a life journey. You would see a big picture of what it’s like to grow up, and grow old, in America.”

This quote stuck with me, as Crowe’s intentions were eerily similar to what I am trying to accomplish now. Most of my writing focuses on life in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, when I grew up. What I’ve really enjoyed about my writing is that it takes me back to those days that I am very fond of. Crowe’s quote reminded me of why I want to write.

This serves as a lesson to all writers who are struggling with finding inspiration and questioning whether they want to pursue writing as a career.  I encourage them to look at some of their favorite writers, and look into their values and reasons for writing. They may see a mirror in these values and sources of inspiration.

After learning about the reasons why Crowe decided to write, I realize that all it takes is passion about work and to know why you want to write. After all, Crowe started out as an unknown, far away from becoming an established writer, just like me. His work became successful, and since mine is similar in intention, I have a chance to become a writer as well.

Thanks To The Throwbacks

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I’ve noticed a trend over the past few months, or you could say “years,” in the increase of 90’s and 2000’s programming re-runs returning to television. Like the rest of my generation, I’ve enjoyed being able to re-watch the television shows I grew up with.

The past few weeks, I’ve been watching re-runs of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on Nick at Nite. To be honest, I would be watching it right now if I wasn’t in the middle of this post. I still laugh at the jokes, and enjoy the same stories that I’ve already seen before. The show looks dated, but reminds me of the 90’s, when I was born and raised. It has a nice, simple, nostalgic feel to it that makes me feel at home.

The throwbacks haven’t stopped with Fresh Prince. Freeform has full seasons of Disney Channel throwbacks like Kim Possible and That’s So Raven. These were some of my favorite shows growing up, and watching them has been like seeing an old friend. Just last weekend, the internet exploded with joy when Disney Channel aired all of its Original Movies. My sister texted me with joy that she could re-watch The Even Stevens Movie.

I believe that these throwbacks have really clicked with my generation, the generation that is starting/graduating college and entering the adult world, because the world has changed so much since we were little. Gone are the simple days of the 90’s and 2000’s, which are reflected in Fresh Prince and That’s So Raven. The digital age has ushered in a new society that is much more fast-paced, stressful and technology reliant. Watching these shows have reminded me of the time I grew up, when being a normal girl with a Limited Too style attire who hung out with her friends after school without texting 24/7 was the norm (and yes, I still admire Lizzie McGuire).

Writing is 100% Inspiration

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I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t been writing much lately. I’ve been working on the same comedic television show script for about three weeks now. I just finished Act One, and am a little lost as to where to go with Act Two. I’ve discovered the root of my writer’s block and it’s one simple concept: inspiration.

I have a few quotes from writers above my desk where I write. The ones that stand out to me are: “The secret is not to give up hope” (George Lucas) and “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” (Walt Disney). They both are saying one simple idea: hard work and faith in your work is what is most important.

Throughout these past few weeks, I’ve been struggling to write because I haven’t felt too much emotional connection to my story. My needs and desires to tell the story haven’t been too strong, so I’ve been stuck in a writer’s block. I like the story, but not enough to spend most of my time thinking about how to fix it.

I remember three summers ago, when I cranked out my 100-page feature script at a personal record pace, by finishing the first draft in one week. When I wasn’t working, I spent almost all day working on the script. I was deeply attached to the story, the world and the characters. The script turned out to be my senior thesis, and the work that I am still most proud of, to this day.

So I hope that all writers, including myself, can answer these two questions (which are also taped above my desk): Why do I want to tell this story? and What is my emotional connection to this piece? Once I answer these questions, I am sure I can get out of my writer’s block, and resurrect my dreams of becoming a screenwriter.