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The Power of Good Writing

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With the overflow of new creative works coming into being each day, it’s a wonder that so much of it gets acclaim for being “good” writing. In fact, most of it that is considered “good” writing is quite mediocre in comparison to some of the greats. However, that being said, there are some literary based works that have come out within the past little while that have caught my attention and intrigue me even more each day.

There are many television shows that have come out in the last several years that rely heavily upon the writing. In the midst of the Reality TV storm, shows like Heroes, Pushing Daisies (although it was canceled), Supernatural (the writing is good for what it is…a realationship between two brothers), Dexter, and many others astound me because they play with words and dialogue. Their sheer quality astounds me because up until recently the plot driven, story-based program has been crippled by the frugality and quick production time of the reality shows. I’m glad that good tv is starting to be back on the air because honestly there are few reality tv programs that I can stand.

My main example of amazing writing  is the musical Next to Normal which follows the mental breakdown of Diana, a suburban housewife, and the effects of this on her family. I will openly admit that I have become a little obsessive about the musical. For the past few weeks (ever since I saw it in New York), I have listened to at least selected songs from it…some multiple times. However, it’s because the writing and the music itself have so many layers that each time I listen I gain something more. The word choice is immaculate, and the themes, both musical and verbal, are quite awe-inspiring because they do something that a lot of writing/music nowadays doesn’t do. They make you think. They make you have to mentally interact with them to create their meaning instead of putting everything out there from the beginning. Each time I have listened to N2N, I have started to understand more of the subtext and am allowed another peek into the ethereal realm that it delves into…the unseen…Amazing writing does this…it makes us think.

Good writing whether in TV, novel, play, music, etc. should take us to places that make us think. It shouldn’t leave us feeling like we’ve reveled in the squalor (like many reality tv shows do). I hope that over the next few years we see an emergence of more clever, creative, and wonderful writing and that the crappy stuff saunters towards extinction…

Written by uncannynerdyguy

April 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Superpowers

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Quite often, I am reminded about why we as normal people do not have superpowers. I believe that the world would be plunged into anarchy because let’s face it for every Spiderman or X-Man there are at least 10 supervillains that are out there. Also, I believe that normal people would not be able to deal because “With great power comes great responsibility.” Thanks Uncle Ben…but what is it about ourselves that makes us unable to have said superpowers…let’s just think about that.

1. Most of the superhumans that exist in our wonderful fantasy worlds tend to have moral compasses that go to either extreme of “good” or “evil”…there are few rare instances of the “gray area’ that most normal people would live in. Think of Charles Xavier and Magneto. They are both people who are run by specific goals: one the cohabitation of mutants and humans…the other for superiority of the mutant race over humanity. Professor X would be considered to have his compass pointed toward the good, and Magneto would be pointed toward the evil. Each tend to try to achieve their goals by means that would support this…However, in the real world, we tend to be neither good nor evil…we tend to have our moments of brilliance on both ends of the spectrum.

While our powers would be morally ambiguous, the minds running the powers wouldn’t…and sometime, we would invariably do “evil” with them. Whether this be blowing up the guy who cut us off in traffic or beating someone to a bloody pulp because they spited us, I guarantee it would happen.

2. While there seem to be plenty of people in the comic worlds to uphold truth and justice, I believe there would be more people who would fall into the scope of evil simply because using their powers to better themselves would be too great a temptation to avoid. If I could control the weather like Storm, I’ll be honest I’d probably sell my services to the highest bidder because it would be easy money…doing so would probably effect the global ecosystem pretty badly.

3.What happens if someone gets a power so phenomenal that they can shape the world? (That’s all I’m going to pose because the idea is intriguing and frightening at the same time.)

4. Finally, we are human. That is my biggest reasons superpowers would never work for us because if suddenly by some tremendous happenstance we did gain some sort of power we would be humans with superpowers. We would bring all of our driving forces to the table. Something bad is bound to happen if you drop a lit match into a room filled with propane…

Now, I’m not saying that some people wouldn’t make the wise choices because you would have those out there who would become the heros. However, all the superheroes in comic-dum have had their bouts of falling between one extreme and the other. Superpowers are fine and dandy…and honestly, if I ever got one, I would be super-excited like any fanboy would…however, I don’t know how I would react…I would like to think that I would be good, but the allure of the darkside (to reference Star Wars) might be too great.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

February 22, 2010 at 11:29 am