My Problem with Hermione Granger and Lisa Simpson.

When I was very young, and first came across these characters on screen and in books, I had no qualms about them. I actually liked them. After having a chance to grow up and experience life however, I started to find them more and more unlikeable.

You might be wondering what it is about these characters that I dislike. Believe it or not I think that these characters are poorly written. Let me explain why.

I find that Lisa and (movie) Hermione don’t seem to have flaws, and instead of feeling like properly fleshed out characters, they are the characters who are “always right”. I think the reason for this is that they are inherently “self-insert characters”, that the readers or viewers are supposed to imagine themselves to be like.

I think that writing self-insert characters is okay, but that it is poor writing. As I aged and grew up as a person, I started to find self-insert characters unappealing, in preference to reading and watching well fleshed out characters with their own goals, motivations and flaws.

There is admittedly a great difference in the way movie Hermione and book Hermione are written. Movie Hermione has even the negligible flaws from the books taken away, stealing the spotlight from other characters in the process. Movie Hermione loses not only the wild hair and buck teeth of book Hermione, but her hesitations, fears and insecurities.

In the book however, Hermione is still portrayed as a character who can do little wrong. She doesn’t have a lot of depth to her personality, which can be mostly summed up by a love for learning, a strong desire to help others, and an intellect that keeps most of her peers at bay. These are the exact same traits that Lisa exhibits.

One episode of The Simpsons that cleverly bucks the trend is the Season 6 episode “Lisa’s Rival”, in which Lisa is faced with a new student who could be more intelligent and talented than she is.

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Within the episode Lisa displays jealousy, and sabotages her rival’s diorama. By the end of the episode her guilt causes her to confess. Throughout this episode the writers introduce a fatal flaw to the character, before following through with a redemption arc. For me, this made Lisa feel multi-dimensional and far more likeable.

After this episode however, the rival along with all traces of Lisa’s jealous streak fade into insignificance.

Hermione on the other hand doesn’t really get any sort of relevant flaw besides the minor ones I’ve already mentioned.

Extremely clever characters can be written quite well, without all of these problems. Take Dr House from House MD for instance, he is an extremely likeable and charismatic character because he is flawed. Rather than it being assumed that people keep their distance from him simply because he is intelligent, the writing makes it clear that it’s because of his personal flaws rather than everyone else’s. House is not always right, he is abrasive and blunt. And he is one of the best written characters on TV.

Now I’m not saying that Hermione or Lisa need to be antisocial drug addicts or anything of the sort, but simply that a defining flaw can add a lot to a character. Lisa’s short lived jealousy is a good example of that.

Not every character can be a font of all the world’s knowledge, and even the most intelligent person will say something stupid over the course of their lives.

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Why Season 3 of Rick and Morty could be a hit or miss with the fans.

Rick and Morty has evolved from good hearted nihilism written within an adventurous sci-fi setting to full frontal nihilistic absurdism. Could that shift in tone be a shift too far?

The structure of this hit cartoon show has always been about questioning reality and oneself, but has never really dived to such dark depths as in season 3. It has taken on a new personality, one that many viewers simply may not enjoy. Some may theorise that the recent uptake of new writers could be responsible, however it is also very possible that this was always going to be the natural progression of Rick and Morty. It is a logical next step, but will it be a successful one?

Throughout season 3 we have also seen the camera draw closer and begin to examine the characters of the main cast in greater, perhaps too much detail, while scrapping the greater themes regarding the universe and society. In many ways character progression is a good thing, but is generally built up slowly and naturally throughout a season, rather than being the sole focus. This change creates a far grittier and uglier story than the fans are used to, given the nature of these characters. The show itself in a recent episode reveals that Rick views his own core character as toxic, a revelation that is in no way as surprising or meaningful as it could have been earlier on, instead being simply a grim reminder of Rick’s own deep sadness and self-loathing.

Will these changes be popular in the community or will they prove too much?  Let me know what you think about Rick and Morty Season 3 down in the comments section. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Season 3 promotional image taken from the Rick and Morty Wiki page.

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Iron Man Armoured Adventures Cartoon Review

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The way they have managed to tailor the Iron Man story to a teenage cast is quite impressive. It was almost entirely recreated, without loopholes or parts that don’t match up, while still retaining the majority of the standard Iron Man setting and situation.

The writers have seriously done a fantastic job and have obviously not been slacking on this well done retelling.

To be honest, I prefer this Iron Man to the regular one because I have always felt that he was a little too full of himself and things went his way too often. However with this character he shows a large array of good qualities and traits that make him, for the most part, very likeable. After all, for a character with such sheer power, you want him to be someone who truly understands what it means.

The other characters were, in my opinion, far more interesting than those you may already know. With their own lives and ambitions, despite the fact that they are still Tony’s friends and will stick by him when he needs them to.

The main plot and villain, the whole scenario with the ancient rings, is a theme that is in general somewhat overused. It wasn’t terrible, however it would have been nice to see a little more originality.

In general I greatly enjoyed this show and highly suggest that you give it a try.

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Eon Kid Review


Eon Kid is based in a world that was once ruled by robots, however a long time ago a great hero used an item called the “Fist of Eon” to destroy their leader. Now the robots and humans have made peace, mostly, but the world is still in disarray. Some new villains are on the rise along with a new villainous plot. When Marty finds the Fist of Eon, as well as the task of saving his new friend Ally, he discovers his part to play in resolving this quickly building threat.

While the basic premise and storyline of this cartoon is fairly interesting and solid. I found that the problem I had with this show was the way in which it was presented. Not only was the animation amateurish in appearance and the voice acting lacking, but there were many moments added into the show that may have been designed for comic relief, but that I found were quite tedious. It may be okay for young children, however for the regular person, some of the humour is a bit dry.

One of the worst flaws I found was with the synchronization. The actor’s voices weren’t always even synchronised with the flaps. (Flaps are a way of referring to the mouth movements of the characters often used by those in the voice acting business.)

The characters were your average cookie cutter ones, I found. Although this is usually to be expected in a children’s cartoon, I still found it to be quite a shame.

I wouldn’t recommend this cartoon, it was mediocre at best.


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The Simpsons Family guy Crossover Special review

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The Simpsons/Family Guy special starts off as a regular Family Guy episode until the Griffin family are chased out of their home town and end up in Springfield.

Despite a few fairly amusing jokes, I found this to not be quite as enjoyable as I expected. My main gripe is that this episode wasn’t long enough to cover all the ground that I think they should have.

I also feel they put a higher priority on long running, but fairly insignificant jokes. For example the Homer and Peter “Chicken Fight.” While it was fun and novel to watch I would’ve much preferred something a little more substantial, especially when considering that they said themselves that they most likely won’t make another.

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What I think they should have included instead is a segment on Stewie and Maggie. I think it would have been much more interesting to see their interactions than any of the interactions between characters that they actually displayed.

I think there was an especially good opportunity to present Maggie as the true evil genius in a faceoff between the two.

Apart from this, I enjoyed the segment on Brian and Santa’s Little Helper and despite its briefness I also enjoyed the Lois and Marge segment. I found it very interesting to see Meg and Lisa talk, because it really helps to highlight how incredibly different the characters are.

I found the interaction between Stewie and Bart somewhat interesting, but I found that this was best towards the end.

So all in all, this crossover episode was mildly enjoyable. However I feel that it hardly lives up to its true potential.


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