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A Flame Follows These Sparks

In a fantasy world, forget about spouses and loves, if you could fall in love with a movie or TV character, name 5 you would choose. Not the actors but the movie characters.

Anybody who has read my blog would know this post is a cakewalk for me. But, truly, it is not. To choose ONLY five? Oh, what shall I do? *takes a deep breath and continues* Anyway, here are the top 5, in no particular order.

1) Sirius Black from The Harry Potter SeriesWhy you ask?

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The first time I read, “There’s enough filth in my robes without you touching them.” I was about twelve. It made me laugh, and filled me with warm and fuzzy thoughts and pride up to the brim of my heart. It has, since then, been a downward ride for me. Oh, the idea of being in love with Sirius, and then actually being in love with him has been beautiful. It annoyed anybody I talked to in the beginning, what with me quoting him everywhere, anywhere. But now I guess people associate me with him effortlessly. Of course, everybody knows being called a bitch is actually a compliment for me, what with Sirius being a dog and all. Anyway, before I creep you out..

2) Sherlock from Sherlock, the BBC TV Series.

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Why not? He is er, intelligent? Okay, much more than that. He plays the violin! (Woot.) His voice. Oh, his voice! (Love is but a victory march.) And his jokes crack me up. I mean, oh sweet mother of Honeydukes! What jokes. Bordering on dirty, but.. Ah. Aaanywaay, He plays right into my sapiosexual desires. Plus, he’s British. ‘Nuff said.

3) Chandler Bing

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Bing-a-ling-ding! Ms. Chanandler Bong. *ahem*

He’s funny. He’s (in)sensitive. He works with numbers. Read my: Someone Like You to know what my relationship with math is. But more than anything else, he can tolerate Monica. So I’m sure he can tolerate the crazy me as well. I think. But hey, who could ever come up with: Bagels: Round food for every mood.

4) Mr. Darcy from Pride and Predjudice- The Book, The Movies, The TV Series and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

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 But obvious, isn’t it? I won’t even begin with him. Seriously. Except, from the 2005 movie: You’ve bewitched me body and soul. And I love… I love… I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.

5) Mark Sloan from Grey’s Anatomy: 

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If you’re up-to-date with Grey’s and don’t love him, there’s something wrong with you. That’s all. (Don’t make me cry now.)

Phew. This was way too difficult for my like. 

(Also, in case anybody was wondering where the Rose Weasley fanfiction was, it’s getting redone. I realized how crappy it was. )

Prompt courtesy: http://www.kludgymom.com/idea-bank/

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Bling!

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Bollywood. The name is easily to be associated with bling. The sparkle and freshness of new love and rebelliousness within you. The hot patriotism and that awkward, yet happy family. And the happily ever afters. The Rajs and Simrans. The Anjalis and the Rahuls. The Kabir Khans, the Auros and the three idiots.

Being bought up with an overdose of the Bollywood tamasha, I had expected a lot from it in the future too. I believed as a child that the world meant romancing in Switzerland and finding the love of my life, who would actually be my best friend since college days. The image kept breaking every time I grew up and realized how much was it was fake. And with every new realization my heart broke, one piece at a time.

And then there were award shows. Those amazing performances by people I adored. I always wondered how could my favourite actor be oh-so-funny? And how could they all dance with such perfection, not even forgetting one step? How could they crack such funny jokes and not even falter once? How could they just crack you up alright? Weren’t they just absolutely spiffing?

But it wasn’t until last year, when I read my favourite humor columnist’s blog that I found out that everything was scripted. There went my heart, broken into another piece. They apparently hired people to write all their jokes. But thank you, that was that. We did that for out school programs too- make funny people fill-in. But that was, as I found out only this month, that this was only a minuscule part of it!

A friend of mine who’s into event management did a big award show this year. One of the most awaited, and one of my favourites. Also one of the oldest, in its 58th edition this year. She told me such news, I didn’t know what to believe in anymore. She told me that every little joke was scripted and nothing was original. Even a ‘Hello, sir’ was scripted and it is all shown through placards and TV screens. Moreover some performances were shot after a couple of days when the actors were free. Little mistakes were edited and re-shot.Everything was scripted and edited!

It was then that I realized what the true meaning of acting was. Weren’t we as students much better at this? At least it was original. All the praises, didn’t we deserve them? How much make up do they have to put up to woo us all?

I realized that maybe I was the fool here, believing that showbiz was real. That life was supposed to turn out that way. Probably not. Probably this secret wasn’t supposed to be out. We are all supposed to close our eyes and not question the truth.

So the next time I hear that my favourite actor is actually a chain-smoker and doesn’t sleep, I’ll try not to be surprised. The next time I hear that my favourite actress does drugs, I’ll try not to be surprised. The next time I hear that that actor was drunk on stage and they tries to cover it up, I’ll try not to be surprised. The next time I hear that couch-casting exists, I’ll try not to be surprised. Because isn’t this all illusion anyway? As if.

And how much we suffer is a mark of how much we have been hurt by this realization.


Harry Potter and the Gender Identification Discourse.

Women in Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series is arguably the most successful work of literature in the postmodern era (in terms of financial success and mainstream pop culture recognition). To talk about the movies, one has to include the books on which it has been based. Also, the movies do not include the details of the plot- it represents the series of events and are time-bound.

The characterization of women in postmodern (popular) media is often in stark contrast to the identities of women in reality. Traditionally, there is an absence of strong female roles in fairy tales and literature. Heilman (2003) in her study on Harry Potter discusses that, as a girl, she had a hard time finding females to relate to because the stories are dominated by male characters. But, in these books, one might notice a plethora of female characters walking hand in hand with the male characters, at least in the school years. They are all one, going through a grueling process of student-hood, making relations that stay for as long as they live, maintaining loyalty even after they are dead (for death is a major theme in the series, especially in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hereby referred to as Hallows, where it is the central theme, along with friendship). In the movies, on the other hand, we hardly see any female characters, except Hermione Granger or Minerva McGonagall. Although it is a difficult task to identify from the movies, unless you watch them and analyse them thoroughly for hints, you would not know how strong and powerful the witches, the few who are portrayed, are.

The Hallows are thorough with characterization as the protagonists have enough of time to reflect on and act upon their sense of identification. For example, Ginny Weasley, earlier was shown as being hardly anything but Ron’s sister and later, Harry’s love interest, is finally portrayed as a strong warrior and a leader to the other Hogwarts rebels, although only in the background-without much screen-time. It is only mentioned, but is a very important part throughout. Hermione Granger, throughout the movie is not only portrayed as a brave caretaker and a fountain of knowledge, she is also portrayed as a strong female character that anyone could model and look up to. She has had her share of emotional upheavals, showing her as a normal teenage girl (Ron leaving them), but also as a headstrong, brave and powerful woman, standing up for herself and others (The Battle of Hogwarts, The Battle of Ministry of Magic, etc.) She is also portrayed as mentally strong, and well-adjusted (she is ready to move forward and continue their fight after she is tortured and physically abused in the Malfoy Manor) She is rightly portrayed as ‘the cleverest witch of her age’. Luna Lovegoodis shows incredible mental prowess and durability. Bellatrix Lestrange is shown as the most powerful and dark witch of her times and equal to any wizard, if not more powerful.

Motherhood also plays an important role in the plot. The sole reason for Harry’s survival is Lily’s sacrifice.  Molly Weasley (with her ‘Not my daughter, you bitch!’) and Minerva McGonagall (dueling Snape to protect the castle, showing motherly instincts) are also shown as powerful. Narcissa Malfoy is usually ignored, but her nerve to lie to Voldemort about Harry’s death shows her being a mother before anything else. Tonks’s sacrifice to make the world a better place for her son is also usually neglected.

Women are also portrayed equal in terms of gender roles- not as an object of desirability.The apt example for this is Hermione Granger, who, in the books, is portrayed as a girl with wild hair and large teeth, nowhere close to the typical example of flawless beauty. In the movies, although, this takes a back seat, as Hermione Granger evolves to be a very beautiful girl, to woo the audience. All the women here, especially the younger ones are portrayed by beautiful actresses with ‘nice skin’-for the showbiz. Although, that isn’t the sole reason for their desirability; they are strong, powerful and smart: “You do it[the spell],Hermione, you’re the best at spells.”

Rowling’s books do not unfairly portray gender; they merely reflect an existing problem in society. Hence, women are treated differently than men in the series, but not necessarily as unequal. They are equal, especially in the eyes of law, even in the disturbed society, as is clearly depicted in the statue in the Ministry Building. It is a rather unnecessary for the wizards to treat the witches differently, when they have house-elves and Muggles to attack. It is rather interesting to note that Dobby depicts the state of the modern, independent woman in contemporary society. But would they have to die, in the end of a long struggle for equality for the very people who took them as equal, in the hands of the very ‘masters’? All we could do, to answer this, is wait and watch, until the very end.