The enchantress in Beauty and the Beast is a huge jerk

I promised you all a Beauty and the Beast post, so here it is.

I haven’t gotten a chance to see the new live action Beauty and the Beast yet, but it’s definitely on my list of movies that I want to see. However, I did recently watch the original animated version a few weeks ago in anticipation. It was the first time that I watched the movie in probably 5-10 years.

And I noticed something. Watch the opening sequence from the movie and see if you come up with the same thought I did.

Did you catch how old the beast was? I feel like the first time I watched this, I was too distracted by the narrators lovely voice and the creative stained glass visuals. The movie itself seems to gloss over the point. But I think it’s kind of important.

The narration specifically says that the beast would be condemned to eternal beast-hood if he couldn’t find someone to love him by his 21st birthday. First off,  a lot of my friends and I would likely be out of luck, if that were to happen to us. How many normal people manage to “find love” by the time they’re 21? Forget it, if you’re a big hairy monster.

But more importantly, that means he was less than 21 years old  when the enchantress cursed him. The narrator says that “many” years have passed since that event, and it’s been long enough for the town folk to have completely forgotten that they had a prince that lived in an enormous castle not that far from town. One has to assume that “many” years means at least 5, if not 10.

So… wait. The enchantress CURSED A CHILD?

What. A. Jerk.

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From this picture, the beast looks to be a little older, probably mid-teens I’d guess. So, let’s assume he was 15.

Have you ever met a 15 year old boy? They can be selfish and rude, sure. But most teenagers have their heads shoved so far up their own butts that they can’t seem to focus on anyone else. They’re immature, but that’s normal.

I’ll grant you that as a prince, the beast probably should have had better manners, but the point remains that he was a kid. And apparently, a kid being raised without his parents’ guidance, because they’re nowhere to be seen in this movie. I’m not sure if they just abandoned him or succumbed to whatever illness that always seems to kill Disney mothers.

Taking stock of what we’ve learned so far, that enchantress cursed a probably lonely, definitely orphaned or abandoned, 15-year-old kid with a curse that could only be broken if he basically did the impossible. I’ll say it again. What. A. Jerk.

That’s not even mentioning the fact that she cursed his entire castle! What did those poor servants in the castle do to deserve that? What, were they supposed to be able to convince their prince that he shouldn’t be such a jerk? That would have gotten them all fired, and left to become penniless peasants. It just feels like this enchantress cursed them out of either spite or negligence, and I’m not sure which is worse.

If you go back and watch it again, you’ll notice that there are actually lots of problems and plot holes in this overall charming movie about learning to love someone for what’s on the inside. But nothing is more ridiculous than the enchantress cursing a kid and his entire household for being rude to her.

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I mean, that is a gross mismanagement of magical powers and she should definitely be reprimanded by some sort of Court of Fairies, Wizards, and Otherwise Magical Creatures.

Hmm… I sense a short story approaching.

See you all on Sunday!

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Speaking of Sunday, the next episode of Contra Mundum will be on blowing glass and other forms of art with my very own sister. It’s a fun, Informative, and unintentionally hilarious episode.

Until then, catch up on the podcast with last Sunday’s “Talking Tech” episode.

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Contra Mundum – Episode 3: Talking Tech

First off, sorry I haven’t posted recently. It’s been crazy these last two weeks, partially because of filming for Flicker (which I will write about more later), and partially just because it was just nuts getting back to classes after break. Also, I legitimately completely forgot to post on Wednesday. But I do have a really good post about Beauty and the Beast (the cartoon movie), and you’ll get that next Wednesday.

But onto the podcast. As I mentioned in my last post, this week our podcast is on technology. I sat down with my friend AJ while I was home during break. He had a lot to say about different varieties of smart phones. (Spoiler: he’s an Android guy)

It was a fascinating talk, and not nearly as long as the last episode.

I hope you all enjoyed this episode. I certainly found it very informative.

I’m sorry about the camera cutting off. I’m not entirely certain why it decided to do that. Maybe there’s something about my camera I didn’t learn about when I read the manual. Maybe I’m just a big dumb dumb. I don’t know.

And here’s the SoundCloud version if you’d rather listen that way.

 

 

Contra Mundum – Episode 2: Epic Star Wars Discussion

Hey guys, remember when I said I wouldn’t have any guests on the show for a while. Apparently, I lied. A friend of mine came up to visit me for my 21st birthday, so I asked her if she wanted to record a short podcast.

Well, we ended up recording a not-so-short podcast, but it’s definitely worth the listen. We talked for about an hour about Star Wars. The conversation covered everything from the old movies to the new movies to the expanded (not extended, as I thought) universe.

This was just an audio podcast, so I’m just leaving the SoundCloud file. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to post to SoundCloud, since they only allow so many hours of audio, and this podcast took a huge bite out of what I have left.

Luckily, I’ll still be able to upload to Youtube, so I can just host the audio files on there and you’ll  be stuck with a boring photo for the duration of the show.

I’m sorry about being a day late, but it’s my Spring Break, and I’m trying to have a little fun before I have to go back and start filming Flicker.

Next week’s podcast will feature my friend AJ, and we’ll be talking about technology. I promise, that one will just a bit shorter.

 

Flicker Teaser Trailer Reveal

I have a really cool thing that I want to share with you all. I mentioned in passing in my last post the massive project that I have during spring break. For a while now, I’ve been planning to film with my friends a pilot episode of a television show that we called Flicker.

It all started last semester when I took a class that focused on writing dramatic TV shows. My team decided to work on one of the my partners’ ideas. We ended up liking the concept so much that we wanted to make it a reality.

This semester, one of my partners, Alex, decided to use this show as his senior project. It’s been amazing to see it come together. Alex and my other partner, Daniel, have worked very hard for the last few weeks.

Let me tell you a little about Flicker.

Flicker tells the story of three guys, Aaron, James, and Thomas, who return from a no-tech camping trip to discover that the United States has been hit with an EMP attack. Their lives change forever when the electricity that they have come to rely on is completely eradicated. Along the way, the guys discover a woman who is much more than she seems. They must learn to survive in their harsh new environment, while facing threats including bandits, thugs, and rogue government agents.

Check out the pre-production teaser trailer:

Production for the pilot episode starts on Wednesday of next week. I’ll have only about 3 1/2 days of relaxing spring break before I have to back at Liberty for 10+ hour shooting days.

I’m really looking forward to getting to work. I’ll definitely post the full episode on here as soon as I can.

Until then, if you would like to help my team out, we have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money. Mostly, we’re just trying to fund catering for our cast and crew and also some set design stuff. The link below will take you to the page if you’re feeling generous.

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/flicker-pilot-survival/embedded/16224135

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Come back on Sunday for a special episode of my podcast. I have a guest this time. Her expertise is in Star Wars, so it’s one you don’t want to miss.

Contra Mundum Podcast Episode 1

I told you in my last post that I’d be starting a podcast. Here is the first super short introduction teaser episode.

Follow my YouTube channel for future podcasts, or you can just subscribe here because I’ll be posting every episode here.

If you don’t want to watch a video, then you can follow me on SoundCloud:

Future episodes will include guests. The idea is that everyone is an expert about something. So I’ll have my friends come on to teach about whatever subject they’re an expert on. Some of the future subjects will be on graphic design, history, and journalism.

I probably won’t have any guests until after my spring break (ends March 19th) because I have another massive project, which I’ll probably be letting you all know about in a few days.

Why I’m (sort of) leaving Facebook

It’s March 1. I know it’s a little late for New Years Resolutions and major life changes, but to be fair, this is something I’ve been planning for a while.

I’ve had a Facebook for a little longer than I’ve had this blog, but I think it’s time to quit. Facebook, that is. I’m keeping the blog. And it’s mostly because of the blog that I’m leaving  Facebook.

I feel like Facebook has become something of an addiction for me. I check it every day, and I start to feel nervous when I haven’t checked it in a while. Which is absolutely ridiculous. I know that on a subconscious level, but I still feel the lure.

But more than Facebook being addicting; it’s also an incredible time-suck. If I’m not careful, I can spend hours on Facebook between looking up news articles, reading about my friends’ lives, and watching stupid videos. It’s not so much the news articles or my friends’ posts that bother me. It’s good to keep up with those. No, it’s the stupid cat videos and dumb listicles that do nothing but waste my time that I’m tired of.

I don’t need to read any articles about “10 things employees have done to get back at their bosses” or some such nonsense. I don’t need to watch yet another video of a cute animal. These might be good in moderation, but when I spend hours reading and watching nonsense, it just makes me feel like I’m wasting way too much time.

Now, I’m not actually quitting Facebook entirely. But from now on, I’m going to use in a much more efficient and thoughtful way. First, I’m limiting my mindless wandering on my personal page to just the weekends. Those are my rest days anyway, so I’m not trying to be productive. I don’t mind watching dumb stuff then.

Next, I’m going to be using my author page a lot more. I’m well aware that success these days has almost as much to do with quantity as quality. I made the page for a reason: to help build my personal brand. But the way I use it doesn’t do me any favors. I’m going to be actively searching out and posting actually good content for my author page.

And a few memes. I am a millennial, after all. We can’t just not post memes.

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If this seems like it’s coming out of the blue, it’s not. I’ve been thinking about this for a few months. Leaving Facebook (mostly) is actually part of a larger plan to revamp my writing practices.

It’s been bothering me that I haven’t been writing as often as I used to since I arrived at college. Writing makes me happy like nothing else does, and I’m pretty sure that my mood has suffered for not doing it as often as I’d like to. I know that I can spend more time on it if I just don’t have as many distractions.

I’m also pretty terrible at self-promotion, so that’s another thing I’ll be working on. I recently learned that, for people my age, Snapchat is almost more popular than Facebook. I know that for authors, Pinterest is a big part of their promotion. Now, I do have a Snapchat account and a Pinterest page, but I never use them.

I just checked my Pinterest account and I have 300+ notifications. That should let you know how long I’ve ignored it.

So, now I’m making a schedule for posting to my Facebook author page, Pinterest page, learning Snapchat, and probably Instagram. The Facebook page and this blog will be the main two platforms, but posting more consistently to the other ones should help with coming up with content for the main two.

Finally, I’m going to be posting MUCH more consistently to this blog. Yes, I know I’ve said that before, but now I have an Excel sheet to back it up. For now, the schedule will be once a week on Wednesdays at about noon. I have a lovely (read: long and incredibly boring) 4 hour break in between classes on Wednesdays, so that’s probably when I’ll make most of those posts.

I’m also starting a podcast that I’ll be posting here on the weekends probably. So you might get 2 posts a week. The podcast might be too labor-intensive to do every week, but I guess I’ll find out.

 

Do you still use Facebook? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.