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I'll add another series to your long list then :D
Fringe has a strong female lead who always does the right thing and ignores orders from the higher-ups. She's also a bit cold and keep people at arms length. The actress does the character really well though the crazy theories and even crazier Dr.Bishop is what you watch the thing for.
Though you're right, there are few female leads in shows and movies. We actually had a debate over this trying to come up with women action stars. Angelina Jolie, Sigourney Weaver and...?
I've been thinking a bit about demographics lately. I actually find it kind of unnerving that Cowboy Bebop and Chobits, two shows for my gender and age are still among favourite animes. What makes dudes love these shows? Why do people of certain ages like certain themes? Don't I get to choose what I like or is it inscribed in my genes? Feh, when did a discussion about Naruto become pseudo-philosophy? Kinda fitting though...
I don't know, Buffy? :p
I've never been in the loop with anything so I never realised Death Note was that popular. I was kind of surprised when they did a anime on it. Seeing as there's next to no action there's little point. Like Bokurano. Then they did a movie and I got really confused. But I guess I was a bit too old, my youngest brother who's 13 loves it and even enjoys it after L dies. I always feel old when people bring up Elfen Lied, FMA, Naruto or Death Note. "Yeah it's ok, a bit melodramatic though?"
Oh, and I read your presentation again for some reason. How did Death Note revolutionize manga? You ask the same question but that means people must have claimed this. It's your typical pseudo-intellectual shonen drama? I kind of liked the first half of it because L made a good antagonist (protagonist?) but then he died and it turned to complete shit. For the rest of the characters they're flat as cardboards and seem to function mainly as plotpoints.
Have you seen Breaking Bad? If you haven't you really should considerng you like Dexter, the first season is just six episodes anyway.
They CAN have physical symptoms (you knew that) but I guess we're both wrong. Mental disorders is the best phrasing innit?
Eragon is readable but yeah, we're not the target demographic.
I don't think you can do entirely original things anymore but you can do original twists on old themes. CLAMP does after all take old story tropes and spins them into their own thing that's usually fresh and interesting.
Firefly is actually the only thing by Wheedon I really like, there's usually something about his writing that irks me. He's a great writer but is content writing clichées instead of doing more original stuff (like Firefly). I have a friend who's a complete Buffy dork and we've spent endless hours debating this point, whether knowing you're writing clicheed stories automatically makes them better than writing them unknowing. (Like Eragon...)
Yeah I've seen Eternal Sunshine, probably Jim Carreys best role. It's funny how great he can be when casted right. (Poppers Pingviner liksom D:)
I think I like Naruto because unlike the rest of the ninja kids he isn't a superhero. Gaara, Satsuke and the rest of em are wunderkinds and amazingly unsympathetic because of it, kind of like how it is with Full Metal Alchemist. They're all so cool. Naruto on the other hand is just a dumb kid, the lonely classclown who tries his best to become SOMETHING. He can't even control what makes him special. Yeah it's way too serious at times and I generally don't like shonen comics at all seeing as I've outgrown them but I kind of like Naruto for some reason.
Especially us geeky guys seems to love their absurd manliness, the Expendables was a dream come true but sadly they forgot to hire a writer before making a script.
I'm just interested in the diseases themselves, though I read a book about parapsychology where studies on multiple personality disorders and other extreme diseases were featured. Immensely interesting. :3
Yeah this heroes journey seems prevalent anywhere you look, I had a seriously hard time coming up with titles that doesn't use it in some way after all. I suppose it's pure escapism, something that we would all like to happen to us. Might explain why say Eragon is so popular despite it being kinda shoddily written.
What I meant was that you need talent and knowledge to make something clichéed work. Joss Whedon for example. Everything he does feels like old hat but he knows this and jokes about it (Though I find his jokes incredibly boring). He does something generic very well and in his own way, which makes it feel at least somewhat unique. CLAMP of Card Captor Sakura and Chobits are the same and metal band The Haunted as well. I'm sure you can think of loads of examples as well.
Only shonen that's worked for me are Naruto (Though the only character I like is Naruto himself) and Dragonball, though it was ages ago I read those so wouldn't know how they'd hold up.
I get mancrushes on men who are tough on the outside and even tougher inside like Solid Snake, Rambo and King Leonidas (300). Though it's partly because of the silliness factor, they're so manly it hurts.
I've been on the hunt for DSM-IV for years now, it's the biggest encyclopedia of mental diseases out theres so I guess I agree on accurate depictions of mental diseases being awesome. Also I suppose Clouds breakdown is one of the better parts of the game.
I googled the heroes journey and I'm still gonna argue that there's fantasy RPG's out there that skips on this. Again, Vagrant Story is an example of this which might be why I consider it one of Squares highest points well, ever. In case you haven't played it it's more akin to a political thriller. The narrative is kept on a tight leash which is very rare for the company in question. Parts of the same team returned for FFXII, sadly only the quality of combat and designs survived which is also very toned down in comparison to their other games. And it's only about the fate of the country, not the entire goddamn world. When I think about it if you ignore the so-called protagonist (he's a schmuck anyway, his only role is introducing the player to the world) it doesn't really follow the heroes journey. I suppose you've pointed out what I might dislike about the majority of all fantasy stories. It stretches suspension of belief too thin. Dragons, gods and stuff like that I can do with since it's fantasy but when the narrative itself feels unbelievable you have to be damn good writer to make it work. But damn, there really are few stories out there not using this...
Again, Assassins Apprentice pretty much skips on this structure and is just about a persons life set in a low-fantasy world.
Honestly, all the FF's will either feel outdated or just bad. XIII was written by the same person who wrote Dissidia. I love IX because it feels like a amazing outlandish adventure full of wonder, joy and sorrow. It's more akin to a ghibli movie in tone than the usual angsty bull. But the combat really is outdated.
X and XII are both fun and I guess I'll always have a thing for the cute, upbeat girl in that game. I honestly used to have a little crush on Rikku when I was 16 or something like that. A bit sad yes but she's the epitome of the silly, naive girl trope (Precis/Yuffie) that I love.