The Heroine’s Journey: The Monomyth with a Female Perspective Part I.

I always wondered if Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” applied to heroines. This is a very good analysis, with good examples. Although, I must admit, I never thought of Harley Quinn in this way.

Dave's Corner of the Universe

In the 1940’s the academic Joseph Campbell created a theory called the Hero’s Journey or the Mono-Myth.  It basically breaks down almost all myths in to 14 easily identifiable points.  Modern story tellers have used it as a connect the dots instructions to write genre classics from Star Wars and to The Matrix.  It’s basically the blue print for how a young man to becomes a hero. But the Hero’s Journey is almost always a masculine undertaking. Recently I have been wondering if it applies to females too, I am not surprised that it is also a perfect template for a heroine story.

JC Joseph Campbell father of hero’s journey

Joseph Campbell devised 17 points, in 3 parts, that define the Hero’s Journey. Later academics have often condensed these points. It makes the Journey easier to understand and also allows us  to apply it to more stories. In this post…

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Denali hikers escape bear

If you’re wondering what this has to do with pop culture, keep in mind that the average person won’t encounter a bear. Really, what most people know about what to do when encountering a bear, they probably learned from watching TV or movies. But this may lead to misinformation, as noted in the article. And the photos are great — simultaneously fascinating and terrifying.

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DSC_4735 Young problem bear/Betty Snyder

As the hunt continues for a sub-adult grizzly bear with an attitude that has been threatening people near the Savage River in Denali National Park and Preserve, photos have emerged of rangers saving hikers from the troublesome animal.

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Patty Jenkins Developing ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) — Variety

Riding on the critical and commercial success of “Wonder Woman,” director Patty Jenkins is already working on a script for the sequel. Variety revealed the news in an exclusive interview with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, who oversee the DC film universe for Warner Bros. “Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said. “The……

via Patty Jenkins Developing ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) — Variety

Happy Birthday (to Me)!

On the occasion of my upcoming birthday (and the fact that I haven’t posted anything in months), I would like to present to you, in no particular order some of the most famous (real and imaginary) birthday parties ever.

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President”

Fifty-five years ago on May 19, 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to then-U. S. President John F. Kennedy at a celebration for his 45th birthday (his actual birthday was on May 29). Monroe’s sultry performance helped fuel an even now persistent (but unverified) rumor that she and JFK were having an affair.

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By Eureka Humboldt Standard – page 3 via Newspaperarchive.com, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57973181

The Birth of Hip Hop

August 11, 1973 is considered to be the “birthdate” of hip hop. On that date, Clive Campbell, better known now as DJ Kool Herc, was the DJ for his sister’s birthday party in the recreation room of a apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the west Bronx, NY. According to history.com, by that time, DJ Kool Herc had been working on refining his “break beat” style for a year. At that successful party, he used his most powerful sound system ever, before his largest crowd to that point. That party started a movement that resonates to this day.

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The original invitation to the legendary party. Source: the BBC. 

Paris Hilton’s 21st Birthday Party

Once upon a time (at the beginning of the 21st century), hotel heiress Paris Hilton was probably the world’s most famous young woman. In 2002, Hilton threw herself five birthday parties over three continents – in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, London and Tokyo. It’s estimated that she spent $75,000 per guest. Although it would have been hard to believe back then, but now Paris Hilton spends her life out of the limelight. Hilton did speak up, approvingly, in a rare appearance regarding Kendall Jenner’s 21st birthday party — where Jenner (sister of Hilton’s still omnipresent BFF, Kim Kardashian) wore a dress that copied Hilton’s infamous chain mail dress that she wore during her birthday parties.

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Photo by Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/~/article-3900102/index.html#i-99c41c3841942714

A Hobbit Birthday Party

Hobbit Day, as devotees of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books call (and celebrate) it, is the occasion of Bilbo Baggins’ 111th (or “eleventy first“) birthday, and Frodo’s 33rd birthday. The Fellowship of the Ring opens with the birthday celebrations. In the book, the celebration included much food (three meals worth), a whole lot of drink (folks being carted away in wheelbarrows), and fireworks honoring the events of The Hobbit, courtesy of Gandalf. Instead of the birthday honorees getting presents, per Hobbit custom, the guests got presents.

[Spoiler alert] 

There was also a family supper (consisting of 144 people) at the end of the celebration days. At the end of the supper, Bilbo gave a speech, slipped on the One Ring, and vanished…

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Shot from The Fellowship of the Ring (movie). Source: Wedding Inspiration: Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday. From apracticalwedding.com

 

Prince.

Still trying to process the fact that Prince is dead. 2016 has been a very bad year for us pop culture aficionados. Here’s an article that you might find interesting. 

Without backup singers, a band, or much in the way of pyrotechnics beyond a few candelabras and some swirling digital graphics, Prince commanded the stage at Atlanta’s Fox Theater exactly a week ago. It was just the pop icon and a piano, those who were in the audience that evening said. “It was more like……

via Inside Prince’s Emotional Final Concerts Before His Death — Variety

The End Of the Innocence

From a schoolmate of mine. I share her sentiments.

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2016 has started with great losses to the music industry, most notably David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Maurice White.  Three artists who were a major part in the songbook of the lives of kids in my generation, the 70’s.

While we have suffered other notable losses this year, the loss of these three forces hit home pretty hard.  Writer Marc Eliot, in an op ed on CNN.com, wrote “For people who came up in that time, the death of Frey — and earlier this month the death of David Bowie — comes as a reality check, a resounding reminder that the days of “Take it Easy” and the promise of “One of these Nights” are long behind us. Instead, music, the blood of our youth, has somehow been replaced by mortgages, credit cards, spouses, children, divorces, alimony, expanding waistlines and diminished dreams.”

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Valentine’s Day: Unusual Movie Romances

I know that today, some people are thinking of Groundhog Day (which is one of my favorite movies). But I’m thinking a little ahead, to Valentine’s Day. (Note: Only 12 shopping days left.) In PRC’s usual geeky view of pop culture, here are four movies that involve an unusual take on romance:

Ghost (1990)

This very popular movie features Patrick Swayze, as the ghost of the title, with Demi Moore as his lover. This movie also contains an oft-parodied romantic pottery making scene. Ghost is also the reason why, to this day, I cannot stand to watch Tony Goldwyn in anything (sorry, Scandal fans).

Whoopi Goldberg played a very funny, yet believable, psychic in the movie. She deserved her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this role.

Ghost also revived the oldies music standard, the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody.

Love at First Bite (1979)

This disco-era movie starred George Hamilton as a well-tanned Dracula and Susan Saint James as Cindy Sondheim, the object of his desire. Richard Benjamin, as Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg, is the third piece of this love triangle. My favorite scene in the movie? When Dr. Rosenberg tries to kill Dracula:

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg: [triumphantly] Well, Count, what do you say to that?

[Pulls out a Star of David]

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg: [Dracula hides his face, then realizes what it is and removes his hands]

Count Dracula: I would say, leave Cindy alone and find yourself a nice Jewish girl, Doctor!

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg: Huh?

[looks at star]

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg: Ah shit! It’s the other one, isn’t it?

Love at First Bite also features a great disco song, Alicia Bridges’ I Love the Night Life. 

Starman (1984)

The great sci-fi movie director John Carpenter directed this human/alien (in human form) love story. It had an unsuccessful TV show spin-off. I only have four words to say about this movie: Jeff Bridges. In 1984.

This movie does have songs, but none (in my opinion) worth noting here.

Did I mention that Jeff Bridges is in this movie?

Superman II  (1980)

I’ve noticed that people either love or hate this movie. I belong to the first category. As with all things Superman, there are those people who try to read deeper meeting into this movie. I am not one of those people. Its enjoyable as what it is on the surface – a romantic movie featuring a superhero, his witty reporter girlfriend and some really good actors (Gene Hackman, Terrence Stamp) playing villains. 

Two lessons from this movie? Sometimes it’s not about what you want, it’s about what’s best for the world. Also, not having superpowers sucks! (Sorry, I don’t know what the statute of limitations is for spoilers.)

While Superman II doesn’t have a stand out song, the first Christopher Reeve movie, Superman (1978), does feature the pretty song, Maureen McGovern’s Can You Read My Mind?

Other than Ghost (which is available on Netflix), unfortunately it doesn’t appear that any of the movies are available on a streaming service. This might be the time to check out your local library (or Netflix DVD) for availability on DVD.