Yet another hashtag has emerged throughout the past week where we social media navigators are encouraged to look at our favorite films and/or TV shows and see if we can find ourselves in them, to some capacity or another. That hashtag is #FilmStruck4. Started up by @FilmStruck on Twitter, this hashtag is to celebrate the four films that “define you.”
In the past, I’ve gotten to share with you all three fictional characters that I can describe myself in and the first times I saw me. This latest hashtag is all about storytelling, so you know I had to participate. Here are four films that define me:
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Another hashtag has emerged over the past week where its relevancy rings true with the topics I address on this blog, and so therefore, I want to dwell into it. The hashtag is #TheFirstTimeISawMe. Diversity and representation of different lives – by way of race, sexuality, specific characteristics, etc. – matter, and Netflix started up this thread to celebrate inclusive media and diverse programming. If you look through the hashtag on Twitter, you’ll see people recall instances of the first times they saw someone like them onscreen, as well as people who are still waiting for that moment to happen.
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There’s a lot of talk these days about better representation and diversity in various storytelling mediums, and that has even included better representation of female characters. They’re not just eye candy or the love interest, and there should not be as much emphasis as there is on what they wear, what they look like, what they’re interests are and what not.
Obviously, this conversation transcends beyond the storytelling world, for it’s characters like these that set up the idea in people’s heads on what a female is like and how to treat them. The weaker a female character is developed, the likelihood that idea is going to transcend onto someone’s mind. That’s why it’s cool to see efforts made now than ever before on more female-driven stories; from female characters as the lead in action films, to a female director guiding the way, and in the case of the literary world, female authors writing awesome female characters.
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