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Daria as character prototype: 5 characters who owe their existence to her | Andrew Daglas


☞ Characters do not arise out of thin air of course, nor are they merely an imitation of real persons. One of the major sources of characterisation and character formation is other characters. On popular media, such as cinema and television, major characters in some well-known movies or television serials may have an influence on subsequent characters. This article convincingly argues that the main character of the MTV serial Daria does have an influence on important female characters in subsequent television serials, such as the main characters of Parks and Recreation, Suburgatory, Awkward, Community and Girls. What is also interesting about the claim is the influence that a character from an animated serial has on characters in live-action serials.

“If only Daria Morgendorffer could see the world she wrought.

It’s been a decade since the Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn animated series went off the air, but the impact of its eponymous heroine and her deadpan journey through life in the suburbs is still felt. Some of the sharpest female protagonists on television right now can trace their identity, at least partially, to the central figure of MTV’s teen comedy “Daria,” which ran for five season and two TV movies, the second of which, “Is It College Yet?,” found Daria bidding farewell to the high school life she found so trying. While her contemporary, Tony Soprano, spawned a legion of tortured male antiheroes, Daria pulled off a feat less discussed but all the more difficult — she made the world a little safer for brainy, independent, socially maladroit young women everywhere. Here’s a look at a few current TV characters who, but for this turn-of-the-millennium heroine, might not exist.”

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Narrative in Charlie Jane Anders’ “Best and Worst Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies of 2012” «selections»


☞ Another list of 2012’s films. This time listing both the best and worst science fiction films of the year. Again, narrative plays a prominent part in determining the quality of the films. All other aspects of cinema should contribute to the narrative if the film is to be regarded as successful or well executed. Science fiction movies are clearly not an exception to this rule. Curiously, Cloud Atlas is found in both the best films and worst films lists, which perhaps indicates the ambivalence that many people feel towards its narrative complications.

The Best (Selections)

Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell‘s centuries-spanning novel, with its six interlocking stories, poses a nearly impossible challenge for a movie adaptation. But the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer found a way to create a complex structure in which the six time periods dovetail together and create resonances and harmonics, almost like the piece of music that gives the movie its name.”


“There’s nothing about this film that you haven’t seen a million times before: the “found footage” camerawork, the story of people who get uncanny mental powers and abuse them, the downward spiral, etc. But this film still felt amazingly fresh, because of some really clever storytelling choices and some amazingly strong performances. It was also really refreshing to see a movie conveying superpowers in the brisk, matter-of-fact way this film does. Most of all, though, Chronicle creates fully realized teen characters with real emotional lives, and uses its mysterious psychic powers to tell a great story about the nightmares of high school social life.”

The Cabin in the Woods

“[In its third act…] This movie turns a critique of rote storytelling into something larger and more existential, to the point where it actually earns its massive conclusion — but it also manages to imbue all of these poor saps with life and reality before tossing them into the abyss.”


Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are terrific as a man meeting himself, and between the two of them they manage to create a really complex character who evolves over the course of the film even as he butts heads with himself.”

The Avengers

“This movie accomplished several heroic feats, including bringing together wildly disparate characters and giving them all a worthy storyline — but its biggest accomplishment was probably just recreating the joy and urgency of a great superhero comic on the big screen.”

The Worst (Selections)

Cloud Atlas

“God, what a mess. Adapting David Mitchell’s sweeping novel, with its historical and far-future settings, wasn’t challenging enough — the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer had to add a totally insane additional element, having the same troupe of actors play different roles in each storyline. Which means one thing: hideous, claw-your-face-off makeup, including white actors playing Asian roles.”


“…after months of reflection, we’ve come down on the “Prometheus is a genuinely terrible film” side. The “idiot ball” plotting, the bland characters, the shoehorned daddy issues, and the huge philosophical questions that are raised only to be coated with drool… it’s just a giant ball of stupid. The only really memorable character is the android David, and we wind up with less insight into him at the end of the film than at the beginning. And for all Scott’s feverish insistence that this film isn’t an Alien prequel, any true storytelling potential is hobbled by the OCD need to connect every last dot with Alien.”

The Bourne Legacy

Edward Norton does nothing but stand around discussing obscure plot points from the first three Bourne movies. And meanwhile, Jeremy Renner‘s storyline as an enhanced superspy who’s rushing to hold onto his pill-endowed super-intelligence never quite takes off or achieves any urgency. This film is more interested in establishing its ties to the Matt Damon movies than it is in launching Renner’s character as the new hero of the franchise. And it all culminates in one of the least thrilling final action sequences we’ve seen in recent years. Jason Bourne couldn’t remember who he really was, but this new hero doesn’t have any identity to discover.”

Dark Shadows

“This film has no characters to identify with, no story to invest in, and nothing else that would ground its comedy in any way. It’s gothic in the most pro-forma, stylized manner, and silly without any joy or inventiveness.”

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