Thursday, June 20, 2019

Pierwalker Log: June 20, 2019

Writing start: 9:40 A.M.
Finish: 3:08 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 400
Edited (est.): 12900

1. Failure: Fourth primary edit of chapter twenty-six

2. Book Three Melody: Off

3. Angel: Book Three: Read-through of chapter two

4. Random Chance Book Two: Off

5. Port Story: Off till 6/26

6. Hidden Bookmarks: 400 new words
Notes: It's always about friendship for me--even between mother and daughter.

7. Rumpel: Fifth primary edit of chapter four

8. Zelena (Secondary Edit Two): Part Five

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: Here is an excellent video review and critique of the final installment of How to Train Your Dragon. If you saw the film, I very highly recommend you watch the video whether you liked it or not.

I didn't. The movie fails on a number of counts, and this reviewer tackles some of the most pertinent ones from a writing perspective. She doesn't get too deeply into the philosophical issues, as I would; but this leaves her on firmer ground than me. It was a wise tack to take.

Here is a crystal-clear example of a movie getting all sorts of love from reviewers and the general populace, but truly falling short. It goes for cheap sentimentality, which is fine for most. I went into it fearing that it would go for the low-hanging fruit, and it didn't disappoint.

Philosophically, the movie, and its end in particular, reeked of suburbanism: namely, the notion that you're supposed to "grow up" (read: become a full-fledged member of the herd), get a job, and get married. With regards to the latter especially, you're supposed to "get serious" and ditch your friends. As someone who has been victimized repeatedly by that "lifestyle choice," I take real issue with it. If I had a criticism for the reviewer, it's that she is far too conciliatory towards those who espouse such a damaging worldview.

To paraphrase Erich Fromm: that millions of people believe something does not make it, or them, sane.

Or, in this case, moral.

I very strongly commend this reviewer, if for no other reason than the fact that, watching her, I felt less alone in the world. There are others out there who feel the same way. There are others out there who don't subscribe to such a toxic and harmful philosophy (sorry--"lifestyle choice"), whether or not they are aware that they do.

I have subscribed to her channel, and look forward to more of her insights.