lies: for ever, it seems (by request for welovewebseries)

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

lies:

for ever, it seems

(by request for welovewebseries)

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Mythic Max: Fandom and Folklore

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

icarus-suraki:

Today is meta day here apparently since I think I witnessed the birth of at least two egregores and that’s pretty rad, so:

I was thinking that, you know, if Max is supposed to be a post-apocalyptic mythic folk hero (I’m an adherent to that idea; no shame if you prefer the Feral Kid or Immortal Max ideas because I really love those too, but I’ve made my choice)…there’s a cool myth meta-level involved that we only sort of see.

That is: 

1.   We (you and I) are watching the movie as a movie, as a modern piece of media storytelling which is telling a fictional story and we are in our world
2.   There is the story itself as a story (real or not)

If Max is also a folk hero within that story, then there’s also a third level. That is:

3.   Someone (read: History People), somewhere is telling the story to someone else within the same imagined world in which the story itself takes place–or doesn’t take place because it could be fiction in that world as well, even if it’s considered true or mythologically true. But the story irrefutably exists within this world, even when it isn’t actively being told.

And we know this is canon because we have the History Man in the comics (even gross as they are in certain regards and to say nothing of frame narratives present in the other films).

So within Max!world, the Citadel is a real thing and the History Man is a real person, and he’s telling the story of the revolution that made the Citadel what it is at that point in time. The Fury Road story exists within its own world

So, in other words, there’s an in-between plane wherein the story exists which is both in our world (the movie we’re watching) and the imagined world (the story told within the imagined world). That’s the meta-level the History Man is standing on.

And if Max is a myth?

Max being a myth doesn’t make his story any less “true” within that third plane of the story being told within the story’s world. That story is still real within that third plane. Even if there never was a Max Rockatansky.

Or, let me put it this way: there was never a Max Rockatansky in our world, but we still know the stories.

So here comes the fun part:

By this logic (’logic”), because we’re standing on the edges of m-space, everything that we, as fans, create in terms of fic or art or speculation or jokes or anything else is, in a weird, backwards, roundabout, upside-down way also canon because it’s technically part of the mythology surrounding this character (or characters!) and place and time and world. You’re not in the world but you’re there on the edge and you’re telling its stories. Turn a little and squint. Your stories are also the stories told within the world.

Characters like Max (and Captain America and Batman and Luke Skywalker and any number of others) are contemporary folk heroes, contemporary figures of myth and legend. They figure in our new legends. Sometimes they’re even framed as such. And this is extraordinarily important: we need legends and heroes and folktales. Things like fanfiction and fanart are folktales; they are reclaiming folktales from corporations for the people. 

Make things; subvert.

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loodletooboodleroodlesoodle: mangomartyr: loodletooboodleroodle…

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

loodletooboodleroodlesoodle:

mangomartyr:

loodletooboodleroodlesoodle:

santullianal:

This honestly made me tear up. Imagining how great he must have felt that his planned worked and choosing that risk paid off.
I also feel like him and the model have such good chemistry, they’re always so kind and loving to one another.

Holy shit what did he do?? That’s rad as hell!

Since the runway was going to have simulated rain, he wanted to make the outfit become colorful because of it rather than deflect it. He sewed dye into the seams and once the rain hit it the dye ran! Very simple but super effective. He was one of the two winners of that challenge.

Absolutely brilliant. Holy shit.

It was fun to see it work after the build-up they gave it during the episode. And I was glad the judges rewarded it for the effect during the runway show, when the transformation happened, despite the fact that afterwards, absent the transformation, it was pretty ho hum on its own just as a dress.

So I was also glad (even though it was cheating, kind of) that the judges gave a co-win to Kini. Because his dress was amazing as a dress.

I don’t care for the manufactured reality-show drama as much. But when someone pulls off something really creative or beautiful it can be breathtaking, which I guess is why I’ve stuck through watching this show through most of a dozen seasons.

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easygig: The Hits of 1977 I remember this. People lined up to…

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

easygig:

The Hits of 1977

I remember this. People lined up to see Star Wars over and over again. Months after it opened you’d be driving by the theater and yup; there’d still be a line of people waiting to get into Star Wars.

I probably saw it 5 or 6 times myself, and that wasn’t considered unusual among my sophomore-in-high-school friends. Well, it was unusual. I mean, it was absolutely bonkers, and we all talked about it as such. But we were all doing it.

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