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Music Maketh the Film/Show

The movies and TV shows we watch would be nothing without the music featured in them. Music adds so much to the visual medium, invoking emotions in the audience that would otherwise have been inaccessible to us. I relate so much more to the movie because of the soundtrack and vice versa. Besides, it makes the film and music so much more memorable when you associate the two so quickly. Once, I was sitting in the cafeteria at college with music playing on the speakers in a loop and suddenly the Dark Knight soundtrack starts playing and I nearly jump out of my seat when I recognize where I’d heard it before ( I go insane if I recognize a song and can’t remember it’s name and then get extremely psyched when I do remember).

I adore the Disney soundtracks (particularly Pocahontas and Aladdin) and those of the Harry Potter series. Some of my favourite composers are Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Alan Menken and Alexandre Desplat. I don’t know what if my favourite films would have been as wondeful without them so I thought I’d write about the music that made movies what they are.

Anyway, this post could go on and on if I typed out every single score and OST I loved though so I’ll stick to the ones I’ve recently been listening a lot to.

Inception

This is my favourite movie of all time, more so because of Hans Zimmer’s music. I love the booming effect of it and how it gets you so invested in the film. I can easily imagine playing Mombassa on my iPod and getting into the chase scene zone when I’m running late for my early morning classes! I’ve watched the movie enough times to remember which song plays in which scene(s).

Fifty Shades of Grey

This was an atrocious movie but then again, it’s based off an atrociously written book so what can you expect? Well, I didn’t expect a great soundtrack but that’s what we got. The music was the only thing that made the film less painful (more painful than the BDSM the books revolve around) to watch. One of my favourite tracks is One Last Night by Vaults and the Beyonce tracks.
 

 

InuYasha

Although it’s not an official OST, the opening and ending themes of this anime are one of the best. Even those who despise the show have to admit that the music is spot on. I can safely say that I love 95% of this anime’s music. Besides, if you’re a fan of the anime, you’ll love these songs even more in how well they go with the show. These are the opening and ending themes I loved:

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The Universality of Roald Dahl’s Writing Tips

I’ve been reading Boy Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl and in the back of the book I found three of his writing tips. I decided to rank these tips according to universality and scope.

Tip #1

‘A story idea is liable to come flitting into the mind at any moment of the day, and if I don’t make a not of it at once, right then and there, it will be gone forever. So I must find a pencil, a pen, a crayon, a lipstick, anything that will write and scribble a few words that will later on remind me of the idea. Then, as soon as I get the chance, I go straight to my hut and write the idea down in an old red-coloured school exercise book.’

This is the best tip about writing that can be given since it touches upon the very foundation of a piece of prose or poetry i.e the very idea behind it. In an attempt to lighten your bag load when heading out, never sacrifice a little notepad and pen to jot down intangible ideas because it’ll be terribly disappointing to lose them and having to wrack your brain to make it resurface doesn’t work as much as you’d like it to. A simple little sentence in a moment of inspiration can turn into a wonderful read.

Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory based on this little thought he jotted down:

What about a chocolate factory that makes fantastic and marvelous things- with a crazy man running it?

This tip is universal and applies not only to writing prose or poetry but also songwriting. In the case of songwriting, a notepad to write lyrics and a voice-recording app to record melodies would be useful.

Tip #2

‘The reason I collect good ideas is because plots themselves are very difficult indeed to come by. Every month they get scarcer and scarcer. Any good story must start with a strong plot that gathers momentum all the way to the end. My main preoccupation when I am writing a story is a constant unholy terror of boring the reader. Consequently, as I write my stories I always try to create situations that will cause my reader to:

  • Laugh ( actual loud belly laughs)
  • Squirm
  • Become enthralled
  • Become TENSE and EXCITED and say ‘Read on! Please read on! Don’t stop!’

I think this tip falls in the mid-range of universality. Good plots can sometimes be an amalgamation of ideas jotted down over a period of time and then can be built on in a steady flow.

My only point of criticism is that some books try too hard in keeping the interest of the reader by intermittently placing an action sequence or a sex scene in the middle of the plot (think Fifty Shades of Grey) so I think you should write the plot according to your interest and stay true to it without thinking too much about what keeps the readers interested in it. Some readers like fast-paced beginnings, some are patient enough to endure a slow yet steady start so it’s impossible to please them all. The only thing you can do is write in a way that makes you interested. There are always a plethora of readers just like you and your writing would certainly appeal to them. I think Roald Dahl is one of the few that can write for himself and others in same enjoyable way.

Tip #3

All good books to have a mixture of extremely nasty people- which are always fun- and some nice people. In every book or story there has to be somebody you can loathe. The fouler and more filthy a person is, the more fun it is to watch him getting scrunched.

This tip falls in line with the traditional protagonist vs. antagonist plot line and while it certainly works well with Dolores Umbridge and Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, it isn’t the most universal. Mystery novels don’t let you know who the antagonist is so your scathing hatred for them is rather subdued and in some cases the main character is the antagonist who you don’t want to see getting scrunched like Dexter in Darkly Dreaming Dexter.

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Book a Day (Days 1-5)

Day 1: Favourite Book from Childhood

I always enjoyed reading Roald Dahl but The BFG was quite easily my favourite of all his books.

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Day 2: Best Bargain

I was feeling a bit low so I headed to the nearest bookstore and lo and behold, I found one of my favourite childhood books on sale. If you convert the price to British pounds it’s exactly 1 pound and a little over $1.

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Day 3: One with a Blue Cover

There’s an interesting and illegal story behind this. A friend of mine shoplifted it and gave it to me as a joke. I still have it…I’m sorry bookshop? If it’s any consolation, I didn’t enjoy the book all that much. It resembled paperback porn, if I were being honest. Anyway, I thought it was funny about the title saying grey and the cover being as close to blue as grey could be. (I didn’t have a proper blue cover.)

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Day 4: Least favourite book by favourite author

I really loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and in all fairness, it did set the bar quite high for the sequels so as a consequence they did end up falling short. The last of the Millennium trilogy was a bit bland for my taste.

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Day 5: Doesn’t belong to me

A friend gave me a copy of The Book Thief that was left on a British Airways flight and her aunt happens to work for the airline and she gave it to me knowing I wanted to read it. I’d just like to tell the real owner that I’m taking very good care of their copy and that you needn’t worry, I promise.

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Creativity is Contagious…so is Plagiarism.

While on the verge of a great inventive break-through, step back a second and make sure it’s really yours and not influenced by something you may have heard, read, seen or what not.

Sometimes parallels drawn between your work and that of another’s can hurt your credentials and make it easy for others to label it as a copy. Other times it goes on anyway.

It’s the battle of the original and the duplicate:

Friends vs. How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM)

Both sitcoms enjoyed a long run on in the air but the ends of these series were the real difference and complete opposites with the Friends finale ranked #4 on highest-viewed finales in TV history and then there’s HIMYM’s which would get the top slot in disappointing viewers. Take a look at some of the similarities between the two:

  • Both groups of friends sit around all day at their favourite hang out and drink( be it coffee or beer), the only difference being that in Friends it’s a coffee house and in HIMYM it’s a bar.
  • Just like no one knows Chandler’s profession, no one knows Barney’s either.
  • While Joey is the suave ladies man on Friends, Barney is HIMYM’s more exaggerated and far-fetched equivalent who borders on sociopathic womanising pig.
  • The will-they-or-won’t-they curiosity revolving around Ross and Rachel’s relationship is taken to a whole new level with Ted Mosby and Robin Sherbatsky, to the point where no one could take it seriously any more.

Who wins: Friends

Fifty Shades of Grey vs. Bared to You

Although both books are a travesty of their own in terms of story structure and plot, they are undeniably effective as the paperback equivalent of porno movies. However, the two books seem quite similar and Sylvia Day, the author of Bared to You even thanked E.L James for creating a market for erotic novels today. No wonder they’re so similar:

  • Both female protagonists, Anastasia and Eva, cannot stop describing how gorgeous their male counterpart is, then get frustrated that they are so smitten but once again start describing the man like a Greek god.
  • Both supposed Greek gods, Christian and Gideon, are wealthy beyond belief, head their own powerful companies and strut around like boy toys in Armani suits, oozing sex appeal.
  • Eva and Ana have attractive room mates except Eva’s is her bisexual friend Cary.
  • Sex, sex, sex. So much of it that it seems unappealing and blase once the same descriptions are overused every few pages.

Who wins: Fifty Shades of Grey

Who’s the Boss vs. Melissa and Joey

This is by far the worst of the lot. These two shows are decades apart but the similarities are so blatant that it can’t be helped!

  • A successful woman hires a male housekeeper/nanny. How often does that happen? Apparently twice on TV sitcoms. Angela Bower, an ad exec, hires Tony Macelli as her housekeeper while council woman Mel Burke hires unemployed Joe Longo as a nanny.
  • There’s subtle chemistry between Tony and Angela the way it exists between Mel and Joe.
  • There are two kids in the middle of this weird living situation. In Who’s the Boss they’re Angela’s son and Tony’s daughter while in Melissa and Joey the children are Mel’s nephew and niece.

Who wins: Who’s the Boss