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PeachClover

Rant: Dogmatic Cliches in the Fantasy Genre

I am a fan of Jewel Pet Tinkle and have recently picked back up watching it.  It is a magical gurl anime where normal people are selected by jewel pets to come to a different world and learn magic.  In one of the episodes a lesser character has a falling out with his jewel pet and is warned that to break off friendship with his jewel pet is to not be able to come back to that world.  This almost makes sense, but he could just stay in that world.  Now what bothers me is that he cannot use any magic without his jewel pet even though HE along with the other chars are there in that world TO LEARN how to use magic...

When I was very young, I could see myself trying to keep the game of pretend hopeful by creating some rule about how nothing from "pretend land" can work in "the real world", but when "pretend land" is something that doesn't follow the rules of physics anyway and everyone can see how it could NOT happen, why do they have to crush dreams further by adding that little, "oh yeah, and the stuff you see here, you can't have even if this was real, so there"?

Anyone who talks to me knows that, despite the lack of evidence -for others-, I believe in many unseen forces and unconfirmable phenomenon.  Some could call this magic, but there is a logic to these forces: superphysical abilities are like gymnastics for the spirit in that manipulating the universe comes from understanding the task and having the strength to overcome the opposing forces.  It is not possible to transfer these abilities which could be called magic to another person any more than it is to directly transfer gymnastic skill.

When watching Jesus Lion 3, I was appalled to hear this line, "Nothing from Narnia can pass into your world." Why not?  For Edmund, the character who wanted to take something back, knowing this, he should have stayed in Narnia then, keeping his title as King and having all the goodies and magic that comes with that, but the stupid fucking bastard for the THIRD TIME leaves Narnia, get this, OF HIS OWN FREE WILL!  Again, I have to call shenanigans on this because NO ONE who complained as much as he did about not being somewhere would leave that somewhere, where ever it is.  I see this as another part of this unwritten, but ever present, asshole-writers' dogma system.

It's almost like people believe that because they were born human, it is their DESTINY to live in the world as it is.

Could someone direct me to a visual media where a character comes into greater power and doesn't conform to the AWDS?
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Added: 7 years, 2 months ago
 
Tycloud
7 years, 2 months ago
You're yelling again.
PeachClover
7 years, 2 months ago
I don't yell often, but it is my journal.  It's not like this is a compulsive angry review of a single movie, this rant has been coming since I was seven, I've just kept my list of examples to the most recent... But either way, when someone states that their journal is a rant, do you expect a completely peaceful post?  
I prefer not to use curses when I am trying to explain something, but sometimes they are better than replacing it with the phrase "useless thing that makes me angry".
Tycloud
7 years, 2 months ago
Nobody likes an angry peachclover :p. Tell me who to bite so we can have a happy peach again.   :0
PeachClover
7 years, 2 months ago
I did say what can be done, just answer this question,
" Could someone direct me to a visual media where a character comes into greater power and doesn't conform to the AWDS?
Hippiemouse
7 years, 2 months ago
well said
Alynna
7 years, 2 months ago
you've made the same rant I did last night after watching Alice in Wonderland.  Happens in video games too and I can't stand it.   I know this much, if I found myself in a brand new world, knowing the rarity of such an event occuring, and achieving greater levels of power than I ever could in the alleged 'real world', I would not spend my time 'fighting to get back' but instead spend that time 'looking for ways to get the people I care about into that world with me'.  

Fuck returning.  Every time I see this scenario played out I feel a mix of depression and anger.  No character ever makes a qualitive analysis of the two worlds, Earth and wherever they ended up, and say, "You know what, this new world is better!  Lets make a home here!"   But then Hollywood has been running on the same models for decades now.   Maybe the idea of leaving Earth for a better reality 'tests poorly with focus groups'.  
PeachClover
7 years, 2 months ago
Yep, that's exactly how I feel too.
PeachClover
7 years, 2 months ago
And you know what... In the comic of Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars, Willy was permanently "trapped" in the aniverse because his door disappeared, but in the animated series, he could go back and often spent his time living a normal human life even though he clearly preferred life in the aniverse, WTF?
Tycloud
7 years, 2 months ago
If I remember correctly the original book implied that Alice hit her head and imagined it all.  So I can't see trying to bring you're family back.   Unless It Involved hitting them until they believed they were in wonderland.   Lol
PeachClover
7 years, 2 months ago
But in the movies, it's different, in Disney's latest version Alice saw the rabbit before her final conversation with another mundane from the party, the flow of this does not imply a dream.  
Christiebunny
7 years, 2 months ago
*applauds* screw returning, get the people you care about /there/, instead!   ......and here I  thought *I* was the only one pissed off by that!
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