Neil Hester

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Location: North Carolina, United States

Friday, December 29, 2006

Great Notes on Greatness

Matrix trilogy, Naruto (anime series), Aristocats, Ogden Nash Bestiary poems, select cheesy Broadway songs. All these have two things in common as art; one, I enjoy all of them, and two, they aren't great works of art. By "great", I mean: "of outstanding significance or importance". Don't get me wrong; Matrix action scenes get me every time, Naruto is fun to watch, Aristocats is cute as can be, Bestiary poems make me laugh, and I sing cheesy Broadway songs all the time. Still, read: these are not great works of art. Nothing in particular has provoked me to make this point, I just decided to make it clear.

Second note, this one a personal opinion on greatness: media can be great in one subcategory of a dimension of media (i.e film), but not in another. In fact, this is mostly an important note for film. I believe it's fitting to note things such as: Beauty and the Beast is a great fantasy film (or perhaps merely a great children's film), but not a great realistic film (obviously). If the intent was to make a fantasy film, immediately declaring that film unfit for any form of "greatness" is absurd. Instead, consider this: how uniquely and acutely did the media achieve its aim in the intended form? You could divide film into fantasy and realistic (children's is an arguable category, too; expressing a theme to children is a totally different task, since you have to be far more obvious). Poignantly expressing ideas with subtlety and realism is important, but fantastic ventures have their own draw and merit; really, the two are so different that they need to be judged appropriately.

Y'know, I think that's it for today. Oh, right: eventually (in the vaguest and stretchiest sense of the word) I may start a photography blog. Photography is more a hobby than an obsession (that being poetry), so it'll have a pretty relaxed atmosphere. Happy New Year, and take care 'til next time (which will be, oh... New Year's ~_^),



Blogger SempreArioso said...

Even though they aren't considered "great", we still enjoy them. Good random topic! ^_^

9:18 PM  

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