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The Grinch and Scrooge 

So, The Grinch and Ebonezer Scrooge are two classic anti heroes in Christmas stories. Arguably, despite the film adaptation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas really gives a back story and personality to The Grinch, it focuses too much on Cindy Lou Who. But, they’re both villains who reform to having Christmas spirit. But why does nobody view them in this way? If you hear “We have a Christmas Scrooge!” It doesn’t mean someone who is generous, despite what happens. It’s the same with the Grinch, only the Whos are extremely snobbish, stuck up and materialistic. So taking away their presents helps them achieve enlightenment in a way, which should make The Grinch Buddha. 
About Scrooge: 

Scrooge starts off as a typical greedy, bourgeois Victorian banker. He is only interested in business, and views humans as customers and transactions, not people. Everyone around hates him because he shows no empathy for others and is asocial. His business partner, Jacob Marley, was very much the same person, but has suffered in purgatory due to his selfish and unkind actions. Marley visits Scrooge to warn him about being visited by three spirits. 

In the first part, we see how Scrooge came to be so bitter and cold. The novel mentions, which many film version do not, how Scrooge’s father was cold and distant towards him, and so was cast away at boarding school. This influence dictated what Scrooge saw as important, but even as a young lad he was not callous. Scrooge’s nastiness first truly manifests itself when Belle breaks his heart by leaving him. Belle believes  Scrooge does not care about her, and had not previously confronted Scrooge. Feeling criticised, Scrooge defends himself. His apparent failure to apologise is the final straw, and had he simply re-prioritised Belle, he wouldn’t be as unpleasant and miserable. 

About The Grinch: 

I’m going off the film adaptation here. The Grinch, played by Jim Carrey,  was raised by  two elderly ladies in a small town, taking him in as an orphan. Bullied at school, Martha May takes a liking to The Grinch from a distance. After trying to give her gift and impress her by shaving his beard, the other students mock him. The Grinch decides he hates Christmas, and humanity, before retiring to a cave (occasionally terrorising the Whos). In his spare time, The Grinch comes up with pranks and projects to keep himself occupied. Because The Grinch refuses to open up about his past, we hear this information second hand. 

The Grinch is introduced to the audience after saving Cindy Lou  from a wrapping machine in the post office (albeit prompted by Max). This is the first good thing we see him do. Hoping to renew his image, Cindy Lou manages to bring the Grinch to Whoville to be crowned as Cheermeister. However, The Mayor’s jealousy prompts him to humiliate the The Grinch by not only proposing to Martha with a car as a bribe, but give the The Grinch a shave. The Grinch, envious of Martha’s affections and filled with rage, criticises the Whos for being so shallow. And rightly so, since Martha is bedazzled by a glamourous ring and fancy car. Even though his good deeds ar motivated by rewards, a sense of revenge of fear of being discovered, The Grinch is easily persuaded into doing good things. 

Until the end of the film, where The  Grinch tries to steal Christmas, but fails. After seeing how happy the Whos are to be together, The Grinch sees why he hated Christmas. It had nothing to do with the gift he tried to give, but the way he was treated and eventually outcast. After confronting the Whos, the Whos themselves finally learn something about themselves, about how the Mayor manipulated them. Seeing the The Grinch is a hero, Martha finally confesses her true feelings for The Grinch. 

So, what do we like about these characters? 

The grinch: 

  • The grinch is played by Jim Carrey, so he’s really more comical than villainous 
  • Society in the film is quite materialistic, and a bit obsessed with Christmas tradition. 
  • The Grinch seems to face some discrimination based on his skin colour and species. 
  • The Whos are a bit too happy. In fact, when Cindy Lou expresses her sadness, she’s shamed 
  • The grinch is witty, smart, fun loving and dramatic. All makes for a great antagonist. 

Conclusion: secretly, we like the grinch 

Scrooge: (a much more difficult character to defend) 

  • Well, he’s self made and successful. Which seems to just be an annoyance in itself. 
  • Scrooge doesn’t appear to show any petty  behaviour. If he’s mean, it’s usually to people’s faces. Nobody saw Scrooge cursing the townspeople as lowly peasants. 
  • Scrooge is (probably) just an introvert. Or perhaps he is autistic, I don’t know. 
  • He’s fearful of a higher force, instead of arrogant.

Conclusion: Scrooge is definitely more of a villain and much harder to like. 

The killer question: do these characters have a point? 

Okay, so when you are young, Christmas is fun. It’s all about presents, fuzzy films, family and relatives, friends. But when you are an adult, Christmas brings new challenges; flings under the mistletoe, heartbreak and exes, work, alcohol , gift buying and money. Sure, we still enjoy classic Christmas tunes, work parties, mulled wine, dinner with the family and corny Christmas crackers. But Christmas is so well preserved in rose tinted glasses, shoved down our necks by the media, that it just seems like the perfect Christmas is a scene on a greetings card. All of which the grinch does so effectively.  The trick to having a nice Christmas is just being grateful for what you have.

If the nativity story was the Jeremy Kyle Show

I don’t like the nativity story. In fact, I’m not a fan of organised religion. But the story of Jesus is strange. So, Mary and Joseph are a couple. They are engaged, and Gabriel prophesies that she will give birth to the world’s saviour. By God impregnating her. Joseph, who doesn’t know this, does bit understand why Mary is pregnant. Is she sleeping with someone else or did the condom break? (Just go with the flow, I know condoms were cotton or pig intestine then). The Bible is a strange place, and even Mary Magdalene and Jezebel are allegedly whores and get away with it,  yet everyone else is condemned. Or that God is technically more evil than Lucifer, because he kills more people. All Satan really does is encourage people to think for themselves by “tempting” them. For instance, as a snake, he says all Eve will do is have knowledge of good and evil instead of being ignorant (how is being enlightened that sin exists a bad thing?). The Buddhists say that the reason why there is suffering is because of ignorance of evil, which is exactly how God wanted the first humans. Way to go, Bible. 

 Anyway, If this was the Jeremy Kyle Show, there’d be a DNA test and the caption “prove you aren’t having sex with Gabriel or I’m leaving”. Then come in the three wise men and the inn keeper. The inn keeper has a bone to pick with the couple, because he couldn’t prioritise a pregnant woman giving birth to an important child.  When baby does arrive, all the world comes to see him. 

Okay, so I don’t actually dislike the story that much. Is the nativity story a nice one? Yes, I’d probably take any future children to the church and join in. But plot wise, it is pretty weird at times.  I suppose there’s definitely much more bizarre tales in there. 

But as usual, it’s up to you guys – my readers. What do you make of my analysis; too much thought involved, or quite amusing? 

Is life long friendship a myth? 

We all know countless films which depict best friends; it’s quite often that they either meet in school or as babies, or have grown old together. Even though I’m only 23, this is a feeling I have never known – in any relationship. Whether romantic or platonic, any relationship I have seems doomed with a shelf life. There’s only one type of character like this in fiction; the Scrooge type, who takes everyone for granted and is ungrateful for no reason (great). In my case, it’s the crazy cat Lady with no husband or kids – which buzzfeed thankfully celebrates jokingly as a life choice. I honestly can’t think of a movie or book where the character hops from friendship to friendship. Here are a few films with lifelong “best friends”

  • Brother bear
  • Toy Story
  • The Harry Potter series

I can make friends easily, but I don’t keep them as easily. If I do, it’s because we are not that close and time has likely passed. Believe me, it’s not because nobody cares about me or I am taken advantage of. The reason friendship ends? It’s often my standards being prioritised over bonds; I can usually rationalise that it ended for the right reasons. If I tried hard enough, we’d probably still be talking. This doesn’t mean I’d be happier if I did, but the point still stands. Unfortunately, priorities make me sound like I can’t tolerate people’s flaws and just want everything perfect. I tend to take a highly precautious approach  when a relationship or friendship gets serious, because it’s surely a matter of time before the bliss ends. Friendships take work, and I know that.

This is how it goes:

1. I find a kindred spirit

2. Everything is mutually great

3. I change drastically, and so my circumstances. The friendship no longer suits me.

I am described far too often as always wanting better. From my viewpoint, I don’t see myself as ungrateful, just that time goes on and I am surrounded by people putting up with less than they deserve. And, knowing that I am too flimsy, perhaps me out of the picture is better for them. Their lives are always better once I leave anyway, whether that is to do with me or not. If you love someone, let them go kind of logic. Maybe I expect too much of the world and should be more grateful that I have friends at all.

People can accept that marriage isn’t always forever, so why can’t we do the same with friendships?  Is a lifelong bond setting the bar a bit too high for expectations? Or do I have no point?

So guys, tell me: am I just a lone case, or is there someone out there who has a similar experience?

Halloween special edition: killer clowns

It’s October, Halloween is nearly here. The nightclubs are promoting fancy dress events, Sainsbury’s has Halloween food recipes, Hot Topic starts selling Harley Quinn costumes, and there are gothic/spooky movies coming out in the cinemas. Unfortunately, there are also killer clowns on the loose in the UK as well. The last thing anyone wants is a real-life creepy crime scene on Halloween, as nobody can tell the difference between people in costumes trick or treating, and disguised killers.  The fear of clowns is pretty pervasive, but it’s only recently that clown costumes have become an actual threat. These teenage boys seem pretty confused about what’s funny and what’s just psychopathic. Is the horror movie industry to blame? Try typing in “clowns in horror movies”, and the results go crazy. As a belated Halloween special, today’s topic is about serial killer clowns.

1.It

One of the original clown miniseries which inspires gruesome thoughts! The movie is based on Stephen King’s horror novel, and was released in 1990. It is an alien who can transform into any the victim’s worst fears. The creepy clown has red hair and whitewashed skin, with a male appearance. In 2017, It will be remade into a film.

2. Amusement

With a circus setting, Amusement takes a dark carnivalesque turn. The three narrative viewpoints of Tabitha, Lisa and Shelby indicate the mystery of the murders. Perhaps more cliche with TV Tropes such as the Creepy Doll, Amusement is less memorable as a horror film.

3. Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Another nod to King, Killer Clowns follows intergalactic space clowns who invade the earth. As a dark comedy, it’s reminiscent of Russell T. Davies’ style in Doctor Who with the Robot Clowns.

4. 100 Tears

Regarded as a cult classic, this Indie slasher film is about a clown who was wrongfully accused of a crime he didn’t commit. After its success, the film is regarded as an urban legend. After being in a circus, Gurdy the clown locks his victims in a warehouse, and they must fight for survival. Taking a cue from the Saw series, 100 Tears is a film where a man with a dark past abducts his victims.

5. Stitches

Stitches is a psychological horror about a children’s entertainer returning from the dead for revenge. Perhaps a dark pun on the phrase “in stitches”, Stitches is the underdog to be laughed at. Telling the sad story of every performer’s worst nightmare, Stitches the clown is bullied. He rises from his grave due to an occult clown group, and goes on a killing spree. By playing on 80’s slasher films, the film was a box office success.

Can you think of any classic clown horror movies? Comment below!

Ten things English graduates hear when finding a job 

So after the success and support of my last post, I’m here to do a limited special edition post on the job market! Thank you all very much for your positive support on my last post and I don’t normally moan about my life. So, today’s article is about life after university: the harsh, cruel world of getting a job (or not).

The stereotypes: jobs people think you should do:

Dear Teesside University, if you ever read this, you gave the most cliche careers talk I have ever heard.

1. English teacher

PGCE needed for every level, as an extra qualification.

2. Librarian

Librarianships are needed to be a librarian. But it’s hardly an aspirational career.

3. TEFL teacher

Again, ESOL qualification over here, it’s not a job you can go into.

4. Art director

Probably got a Liberal Arts degree.

5. Author

You don’t  even need any qualifications, you just need talent and connections.

6. Copywriter

Spoiler alert: most copywriters either have a copywriting course or freelance experience. Either that or a degree in journalism.

7. Marketing

Once again,  there’s a degree in Marketing involved.

8. Proofreader/editor

And if you say, “you made a typo”, I will actually cut your head off.

9. Journalist

Sorry, but Journalist graduates are way ahead here.

10. Lexicographer (yes, really)

I’m sorry but my dad wasn’t a posh tosser from Oxford who can get me this job.
Here are some more realistic ideas instead:

1. Researcher (in business)

With experience, you can climb up to the top from being a junior to project manager. You need to be able to read books and have good grammar for this job. It may sound obscure but these roles are actually quite popular

2. Admin

It needs to be on here, it’s better than a cashier at McDonald’s. At least you can spell letters, e-mails and type up reports.

3. Customer advisor

Once again, I don’t think anyone would enjoy this job. But if you have ever written a play, use your scripting talents for the horrific, annoying customer role play you can look forward to.

4. Tattoo artist?

Yeah I know, pretty obscure choice. But if you have a creative mind, well who knows what might come out of your talent? Besides, after seeing far too many misspelt tattoos, I’m sure having good English will help somewhere.

5. Audio typist

Surprisingly, these jobs are very popular in hospitals. All you really need are good typing skills and attention to detail.

Ten things I wish people would stop saying to me:

1. “But arts and humanities are hobbies. Maths, IT/Technology and Science are far more important subjects!”

Says you, with an NVQ Hair and Beauty  level 2, who doesn’t have 5 GCSEs.

2. “Oh, unemployment rates are really high for arts students”

Yeah, I got that. Thanks for telling me.

3. [at an employment agency ] some young woman  with buddy holly glasses is sat at a desk in the middle of a busy office  “Why are you even here? You can write a CV really well, you’re well dressed and you got a degree!” “Because I want a job, can you help me get a placement?” “No, we’re used to dealing with CHAVS, bums and lazy students. So we only help you job search and tell you what to wear for an interview,”

4. “I don’t really want to be a desk receptionist or customer advisor. McDonald’s and data entry are dull, I want a job which uses my skills and talents” “You’re such a cheeky bitch you are, think you’re too good for most places but you only need a job for money. Don’t be such a snob”

Okay okay, forget I ever existed. But considering I live in a small-minded town in the North   of England, working as a receptionist in a posh hotel is the ultimate goal. If people do go to uni, it’s pretty rare that they return.

5. “Why don’t you be a secondary school teacher?”

Because I hate teenagers, and I cannot do maths.

6. “What is your degree actually useful for? We have spellcheckers!”

But spellcheckers can’t understand grammar or punctuation. Plus, what about slang and regional informal words?

7. “What are your hobbies and interests?” “I read, write fiction, blog, play Pokemon go and exercise at the gym” “those are very unsocial hobbies and will not help you find work”

Not all computer programmers go to hackathons, and not all drama goers are actors. I do what I like for fun, not business. Do you think the medical secretary who does data entry all day spends her free time on Excel? Do you think the fireman saves people as a hobby? Do you think a lawyer is part of a law society for fun? No, of course not. I don’t go to a book club but I don’t need to.

8. “What is your biggest achievement?” “I self published a book when I was 19” “What happened?” “It made no money”

True story.

9. “Why don’t you just become an author and live in Tahiti?”

Because I need some security.

10. “What are your main strengths?” “I’m hardworking, a creative problem solver, I have the ability to see things from others views and a good communicator” “Yes, but you lack social skills, the ability to work in a team and your verbal communication is appalling. Those skills are far more useful.”

You know, it must really suck knowing the only job you can do is be a careers advisor. You must feel so jealous of others, telling them what’s right but not doing it yourself.

I have made it through university on all my own merits; I have no rich connections, no outstanding talent or an IQ of 130. If you think there’s anything missing from this list, please comment below!

Ten things I’m tired of telling people and hearing as an Autistic person

This doesn’t have anything to do with fiction, I know. I don’t ever discuss my personal life on here, but today is different. Today I went to go and see an employment agency named Remploy. Over the last 15 months, I have spoken to more agencies than I can count: 

-Connexions 

-Shaw Trust 

-Teesside uni careers 

-Job Centre Plus 

-Darlington Association on Disability 

-Safe in Tees Valley 

Yep, I’m a bit of a penniless author over here. All of these charities and careers services have told me I’m too smart, too nice, too well educated and too advanced to be there. They also want to tell me about their friends and family with autism. Why on earth do you think I should care? You’re not asking me for advice and you don’t seem interested in me at all. 

1. I don’t care about your brother who can build robots! 

Okay, this is definitely the thing I hate most. IDGAF if your cousin can build computers, if they how like a wolf on a balcony or if your son cannot speak and uses sign language. 

2. I don’t want to tell you I have crippling anxiety 

This is why I cancelled our meeting today, some days I don’t want to leave the house due to stress. 

3. I don’t like being told I don’t fit in on Facebook 

You guys are fake anyway, who on earth posts a sappy breakup post and gets love hearts in their inbox?! 

4. I don’t want to be an author savant 

I write because I enjoy it. I don’t blog because I have an obsession about books. I blog because I want to make a change in  how  people think. 

5. I’m actually not undateable

I am single by choice and proud. Men are attracted to me, but I have the power of choice. I can casually date and not feel the need to make babies. 

6. No, I CANNOT sing like SuBo! 

I have no special talents, I am not a unique snowflake. In fact, even this blog is not special. There’s no news article about me, no ebooks, no awards. It’s a hobby, and people read my opinions once every 3 months (because I rarely upload on here). 

7. And no, I won’t date your crazy Aspie friend!! 

GO AWAY, you are not a match maker! What, do you think you are POF in real life?  I want someone who I choose thank you very much. I want a well adjusted individual; don’t palm your friend off to me because he’s the consolation prize. 

8. I don’t need help making friends 

I have friends, and they like me for me. I have nights out, I go shopping, I go to the gym sometimes. PEOPLE ENJOY THEMSELVES AROUND ME. In fact, my friends bitch to me about how annoying their friend who is more disabled than me is. 

9. I don’t want to be told “wow, you’re so normal!” 

I know you probably didn’t know I had autism, it’s not visible like a wheelchair. Thanks for noticing me. I didn’t realise I needed a special award for basic stuff. Nobody will give me a Grammy for tying my shoelaces, you know. Get over it. 

10. “But autistic people find English hard and maths easy because they are too logical and can’t understand metaphors or how to communicate” 

BOI, STFU before I stick my pen in your eye! I cannot do maths, language is my forte. Yes I defy doctors but I don’t care. 

People know me as many things: writer, blogger, fashionista, Buddhist, great cook, goth girl, bookworm. But I don’t let anyone see me as disabled; my condition doesn’t define me. We should all try and challenge a stereotype every  single day. 

Do you have a similar condition and can relate to any of this? Please write in and share this post. 

A New Thing

Hi all,

I have some rather exciting news to share: I have set up a second blog on WordPress. I’m an entrepreneur now, and have created a blog for my business, Amethyst Insight. The blog is also called Amethyst Insight, and it will feature extra content as well as teachings on the main webpage.

If you have enjoyed reading my content so far, you’ll probably like what’s on Amethyst Insight. Follow it now at https://amethystinsight.wordpress.com

P.S. More content on The Art of Writing Fiction is coming soon, I’m currently working on some posts about popular culture/commercials and fiction. So don’t go away! 😀

Best short films 

1. Paperman

A black and white animated short, this story tells the tale of two urban office workers who fancy each other. The setting could be 1940’s Boston due to the mise-en-scene, with the scene at the train station, sepia filter, props in the office such as a filing cabinet, and pin curls of the protagonist’s love interest, Meg. The young man is an accountant named George, and the main point of the film is trying to get her to notice him with paper airplanes. The narrative structure is reminiscent of A Brief Encounter, and the train station could be a vague allusion to the film.

2. The Blue Umbrella

Yet another romance, two umbrellas fall in love. Produced by Pixar, this endearing story allows the paths of two young lovers to cross. Chasing after each other in a busy city, the blue umbrella won’t let his soulmate be a flash in the pan. The two umbrellas are eventually reunited when their owners go into a coffee shop.

3. Creature comforts

An original stop motion film, Creature Comforts is a parody of zoo animals. Directed by Nick Park, the piece retains his original elements of ordinary, somewhat working class life portrayal. Set up as mockumentary, different creatures are interviewed about their living environments.  Some of the animals are happy with their living conditions, some are dissatisfied and some feel neutral. Topics such as going to doctor’s, sleep patterns, gardening, the possibility of alien life, foreigners living in Britain and the fear of the sea. Displaying a wide variety of English accents in the short, these delightful clips show how wonderfully British the people of the UK are.

4. Stick Man

It wouldn’t feel quite the same without having a children’s short on here. A stick family live inside a tree, and the father sets out on an adventure to be back in time for Christmas. The family tree is quite symbolic of the classic “voyage and return” story with a quest. The stickman seeks out help from various characters in the park to find his way back home, and is eventually reunited with his family. Some National Trust forests even created a Stickman trail, to encourage families to get out in the wildlife.

5. Plastic

A short film following an Australian woman about to go on a date, this is about how women are influenced by the media about their body image. When she digs her nails into her forehead, there are marks left.As the woman tries to erase the marks, she then learns her skin is pliable. The woman takes her inspiration from a fashion magazine, to shape herself into the perfect woman. The result, however, is horribly distorted as the woman’s body parts are exaggerated.

6. Porcelain

An Indie film, porcelain is about children’s dolls. Produced by White Alchemy, the main theme of the plot is about how young women still act like young girls. The protagonist holds tea parties, writes in her diary and preens her porcelain doll. The next morning, she finds the doll alive, with glowing red eyes. When the doll comes alive, the young woman takes on a maternal role by dancing with the doll and allowing it to write in her journal. Upon reading the young woman’s journal entry of an unseen young man she loves, the doll becomes jealous, scribbling out the words, and instead writing “MY MAMA”. The protagonist puts the doll in a toy chest. The woman grows wary of all her dolls in the apartment, carrying an axe, and the film ends driving herself insane, crying.

What’s your favourite short film? Share it in the comments below!

What’s up with superhero movies?

Superheroes have been popular since the first superhero, Superman, appeared in comic books in 1933. Metahumans been popular since Ancient Greece, with gods such as Heracles/Hercules popular in myths and legends. Since the digital age, we have a new breed of superhumans; either the genetically modified human 2.0 as seen in Divergent or transhumans/cyborgs such as Robocop. Let’s examine a few of the most recent releases.

1. X-men Apocalypse

Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Sophie Turner, X-men apocalypse brings the mutants fighting Armageddon against Ancient Egyptian pharaoh mutant En Sabah Nur. With a terrific cast of actors forming the X-men in an action packed movie of mutants saving the world. Seeing the binaries between good and evil makes a refreshing change from the typical Marxist stance that mutants are second class, oppressed citizens.

2. Marvel’s Thor

One of the many comic book threads to merge gods with superheroes and alien life forms, Thor’s golden locks look like they’ve come out of a L’oreal advert. The antagonist, Loki, has proven to be infinitely more popular than Thor, and follows the British villain trope.

3. Suicide Squad

Instead of a team of superheroes, we have a gang of supervillians fighting the  alien Aztec god Enchantress trying to rule planet Earth. With Harley Quinn  getting the most attention  of the bunch, her fairly recent relationship with Poison Ivy has highlighted the key differences between Harley in the comics and Harley on screen, particularly her relationship with The Joker.

4. Deadpool

Dubbed as the anti-spiderman, Deadpool follows Wade Wilson – a man who follows a revenge plot to kill the man who ruined his life. The film briefly spans Deadpool’s journey on becoming a superhuman with regeneration (or “accelerated healing factor”, as the comics call it), to cure his cancer. Because of this, he’s effectively immortal in a similar way that Doctor Who is, and as a result he became an assassin  and mercenary. Oh, and he’s aware he’s comic book character, a trait he uses to get the upper hand of his opponents.

5. Supergirl

The popular TV series follows super girl in 21st century New York and her double life. Not unlike the 1990’s series Smallville, Supergirl follows journalist Cara as she tries to live up to her cousin’s image.

6. Guardians of the Galaxy

Intergalactic space criminals with special abilities join forces to become superheroes defending Earth from outer space. Groot, the sentient tree, won the hearts of the viewers by defending his team with his roots. There’s supposed to be an upcoming sequel due to the success of the film, which will probably dig deeper into .

7. Ant Man

A criminal mind becomes a professional thief performing heists in a suit that allows him to be a tiny super soldier. Plus, he can communicate with real ants and make them his minions. Instead of being a crook struggling to find work, despite his Master’s in Electrical  Engineering, Scott can put his stealth to good use.

8. Watchmen

A lesser-known neo noir superhero film, Watchmen focuses on the investigation of a fellow superhero. Set in 1985 during the Cold War, many of the characters are ex-superheroes due to the events which happened around them. Considering The Comedian is a rapist and killer, and Laurie’s complex family history with him, the film is pretty dark. Silk Spectre’s outfit is very eroticised as well; with skin tight latex, thigh high boots, and only covering her crotch to reveal her legs and butt.

9. The green lantern 

Like Thor, the Green lantern is a superhero who uses a power ring fuelled by his determination  and imagination. The green lantern belongs to intergalactic military and police force called Green Lantern Corps, controlled by the Guardians. The movie is quite symbolic, since Parallax wanted control the yellow essence of fear, whereas the green essence symbolises willpower. A green lantern can control and conjure constructs telekinetically. 

10. Green Arrow

Often dressed similar to  Robin Hood, the Green Arrow is an archer who defends Seattle. The Green Arrow has a few similarities to Marvel’s Hawkeye, but is more of a side character than a main one. He has yet to appear in any live action media, but made a noteable appearance in Justice League: New Frontier. Some may suggest that the Green Arrow is better than Hawkeye because Hawkeye is more of a solo character. 

 

 

 

How to keep a Pokemon Go diary

Ever since Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, there has been a log of activities in the game. But, what if you wanted to create an actual journal, telling your story as a trainer? There are two styles you could use, one being purely objective and descriptive, the other being more vibrant and personal.

Objective style:

11th August, 2016:

I joined the game and met Professor Willow. I caught Charmander, my starter pokemon, and Caterpie using a lure.

15th August, 2016:

Joined Team Mystic, and found the Team Mystic Facebook group for San Antonio. Overtook 3 Team Valor gyms and 1 Team Instinct gym.

As you can see, this journal logs the highlights of a trainer’s day. This approach works well if you’re most interested in the progress you’ve made as a trainer. Below is the more personalised approach with three different scenarios:

17th July, 2016:

My FitBit told me I’d walked 15km and nearly 20,000 steps today whilst on my Pokewalk. I’ve lost 3lbs already in the past fortnight, and want to lose another 5lbs by the end of the month. It felt so satisfying seeing my silver medal from Pokemon, I want to get fitter again.

4th August, 2016:

I made our Costa branch was made into a pokestop today, which attracted dozens more customers to the shop. Sales have increased by 20% over the last month, and there’s a slate chalkboard welcoming customers inside to access the WiFi. Sometimes, a staff member event plants lures so clients stay for longer. My manager brought up the success in the last meeting, and said she wants to draw more publicity from Pokemon Go.

19th August, 2016:

I’ve joined the Pokemon Go Melbourne group on Facebook, and made 3 new friends at the first pPokemeet already! We go out regularly to hunt Pokemon and send screenshots of what we’ve caught or hatched. I’ve even got a girlfriend from chatting by a Pokestop too, and now we regularly go out walking to take down gyms. I just need to ensure the game doesn’t make me put off my college assignments and do the chores – dad keeps yelling at me for not washing the dishes! Who knew Pokemon Go could do wonders for my social life?

The second examples could easily be documented on social media blogs such as Twitter or Instagram, and Pokemon Go improving business could easily be a LinkedIn article. Whereas the first format could simply be an excerpt from the game’s log of events.

The main difference between the examples is that Pokemon helps to achieve personal goals, and is not limited to in-game achievements. By giving a brief back story to the player’s life and incorporating emotive language, the trainer transforms from being a digital avatar, to a real character with ambitions and desires.

About the game’s unique platform:

The game adds a fourth layer of identity that merges the digital world with the physical due to the game’s unique platform. Due to the augmented reality graphics features, combined with a virtual character coordinated inside a digital maps environment, Pokemon Go is the closest any fan could get to playing real Pokemon. It’s main appeal is the emphasis of catching Pokemon in the wild. The next generation of pokemon reduces  emphasis on a storyline to get from point Aa to B, as previous games required users to complete certain tasks to advance e.g. defeat a rival, earn a gym badge or battle team rocket. Furthermore, the Pokemon caught have stats which resemble those of the Pokeathlete by removing the need for Pokemon to level up, learn new moves and evolve with  battling.

 

What do you use Pokemon Go for, and do you keep a  Pokemon journal? Comment below!