Community Collaboration Challenge: Common Tropes in Spooky/Halloween Pop Culture.

The internet is a beautiful space for exploration and collaboration. I've been thinking for a while (inspired by other bloggers like Fujinsei and TheWellRedMage) hosting community collaborations of their own) that I wanted to start doing community collaboration event posts here on Pop Culture Literary in order to get the community more involved with this blogging project. Without knowing how much participation will actually happen, I thought I would kick us off this month. Welcome to the Spooky/Halloween/October Tropes Community Collaboration Challenge Event! I welcome everyone to participate in this event...

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Dramatical Murder and Rap Music: How Pop Culture Raises Awareness for Mental Health [OWLS September Blog Tour: Treasure]

What if I told you that the Dramatical Murder anime and music artist Logic have something in common? On the surface, the two seem entirely different, one being an animated narrative based on a visual novel and the other, a rap artist. Although dissimilar in many ways, these two pop culture artifacts help to bring awareness to mental health concerns such as depression and suicide...

A Beginning: Discovering Literary Elements in Castles and Everyday Places

Back in high school, I never considered myself much of a reader or writer. Sure, I loved reading manga and challenging my writing skills in anime RPG forums, but it was all non-academic to me. My teachers always seemed disappointed or disinterested in these hobbies, so I wrote them off as being purely entertainment. It wasn't until years later that I made the connection that my hobbies could be studied and used for growth and academics...

Responding to The Well-Red Mage: Are Video Games Art?

Today’s post, unplanned and thus appearing on an unusual day for my usual schedule, comes in response to The Well-Red Mage Asking Big Questions, a community project inviting bloggers to share their thoughts on gaming world questions. This month, the community is exploring the issue of whether or not video games qualify as art. This … Continue reading Responding to The Well-Red Mage: Are Video Games Art?

Alliteration, Consonance, and Assonance: Making Songs and Gunpowder Treason Memorable

Advertisers and creators know this and take advantage of it whenever the opportunity arises. If you can name any of these cartoon characters, you have been influenced by three tricky little devices: alliteration, consonance, and assonance...

Jagged Bloodlines

Family is a loaded word. For some, it has nothing but positive connotations. But for others, it carries heavy negative associations. Knowing this, I had some trouble working on this month's OWLS topic. Not that it struck a chord with my own history or anything. I am one of those people with buckets full of positive connotation attached to the word 'family'. I grew up in a very stable family environment. We were the picture of the happy family with loving parents who rarely fought, and three children who only fought as much as siblings are prone to doing. No, my struggle lay in the knowledge that this is not always the case. Not everyone has a positive experience with their relatives....

Family Dynamics in Gravity Falls [OWLS August Blog Tour: Bloodlines]

Everyone has their own experience with and definition of family –some positive, some negative. In the media, however, we often only see certain portrayals such as a positive family with one mom, one dad, and children, or a broken family who all work together to change their ways in the end. In his hit animated series Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch tackles the complicated issues that shape families and addresses the fact that not all families are ideal, but that doesn't make them bad...

Tropes: When You’re Fairly Certain You’ve Seen These Odd Parents Before

Anybody that watches cartoons or anime is familiar with today's topic: the trope. Tropes act as a visual way for the creator of a work to quickly and easily convey a concept to their audience. They can take many forms-- a figure of speech, a character type, a plot device, a location or location type, a pattern of storytelling, a sub-plot. If you've seen the concept before, it is most likely a trope. Let's take a look at a few examples of tropes found in Butch Hartman's The Fairly Odd Parents.

Eight Literary Allusions in Cartoons: Celebrating National Book Lover’s Day

It's National Book Lover's Day, an official-unofficial holiday celebrating literacy and books. People often mistakenly believe that real readers only read novels, especially the literary classics such as The Scarlet Letter or Oliver Twist. That's not strictly true. Whether you read comics or novels, literary classics or fantasy, you are a reader. Books have been … Continue reading Eight Literary Allusions in Cartoons: Celebrating National Book Lover’s Day