I Do?: The Harvest Moon Bachelorettes’ Representation in the Discourse of Romance and Relationships

Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is a role-playing game (RPG) which features the journey of a young man as he rejuvenates the farm of his deceased grandfather. Harvest Moon was produced by Victor Interactive Software and was released in 2000. The game and was made available in different gaming consoles such as the PlayStation and GameBoy. Critics praised Harvest Moon for its fresh take on role playing games. Harvest Moon deviated from the usual RPGs which featured world-changing journeys of heroes and heroines alike. Dubbed as “a different type of RPG”, Harvest Moon gave its players a non-linear experience of managing a farm and at the same time ensuring that relationships with the people of Mineral Town are maintained properly. Continue reading I Do?: The Harvest Moon Bachelorettes’ Representation in the Discourse of Romance and Relationships

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Feminist Criticism of 2 Broke Girls

2 Broke Girls is a sitcom which revolves around the lives of Max Black and Caroline Channing as they try to run a cupcake business with the hopes of making them financially stable. Caroline is the daughter of Martin Channing, a businessman who was involved in a Ponzi scheme which robbed the entire state of New York. Because of this incident, Caroline is left broke and desperate in looking for a job. On the other hand, Max is a waitress in the Williamsburg diner and has spent most of her professional life waiting tables. The two girls cross paths when Caroline becomes a waitress in the same diner–and inevitably becomes Max’s roommate. The two girls devise a plan to capitalize on Max’s baking skills and Caroline’s business background in order to build a successful cupcake business–while handling the idiosyncrasies of their personal lives. Continue reading Feminist Criticism of 2 Broke Girls

Discourse Analysis on Boys Over Flowers

Sylvia Estrada-Claudio (1999), in her essay in Gender Sensitive and Feminist Methodologies, presented a strategy in employing discourse analysis of texts. She deemed it important to ask four distinct questions in trying to understand the ideologies presented by a certain text. This short criticism employs Estrada-Claudio’s strategy in Discourse Analysis in analyzing the popular South Korean soap opera, Boys Over Flowers.

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“Sticking to the Status Quo”: Analyzing the Defence Mechanisms Employed by Select characters in High School Musical

Normality is disrupted when students in East High suddenly express realities about themselves which run counter to their perceived identity in high school. This ‘disruption’ to the status quo starts when Troy Bolton, East High’s top wildcat, auditions (and gets a call-back) for the Winter Musical. Indeed, Troy’s ‘revelation’ about his talent in singing influences all niche groups in school– jocks, nerds, and skaters alike to come clean about their hidden hobbies. These confessions intuitively add another layer to their seemingly defined character brought about by the invisible, yet clearly dominant identity politics in high school. This criticism, employing Psychoanalysis as its framework, seeks to analyze the defense mechanisms employed by select characters in the film after the break in normality. Aside from this, the paper also analyzes significant song numbers in the film which was highly elucidated the character’s subconscious. Continue reading “Sticking to the Status Quo”: Analyzing the Defence Mechanisms Employed by Select characters in High School Musical