The Wulfric the Wanderer Series

The Wulfric the Wanderer Series
A Sword & Sorcery Series written by Charles Moffat

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sexist Men are more likely to think Romeo is the main character of Romeo & Juliet

This just in...

In a rather unscientific poll of people on Twitter and Instagram, men are more likely to think that Romeo is the main character of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" as opposed to both characters being "main characters".

First, let's define what is a main character or protagonist.

"A protagonist is the main character of a story. The protagonist makes key decisions that affect the plot, primarily influencing the story and propelling it forward and is often the character who faces the most significant obstacles."

Using this definition, we see that Romeo and Juliet are both main characters because they both fit that definition, since they routinely make decisions which push the plot forward, and bring it to its final conclusion when Romeo chooses to kill himself, and Juliet similarly chooses to kill herself.

It should also be noted that the roles are reversed. Juliet is female, but she is portrayed as being more aggressive, determined and intelligent, whereas Romeo is male, but he is depicted as a whiny bitch (albeit a charming one) who loses his temper and goes off the rails.

Despite this, some men when polled stated that they believed Romeo was the main character, and refuted the idea that it was possible to have "two main characters" in a story. Some men argued, in typical sexist fashion, that Juliet is just a supporting character that is just there to be the object of Romeo's romantic desires.

One male responder to the poll also argued that the theatre production should be called "Chad and Stacy" and went on an insane rant about how "all women like Juliet are just cockteasers who put you in the friendzone while looking for a Chad". (I had to look this up, but apparently Chad and Stacy are "incel terms", which tells us that this particular responder is a virgin who cannot get laid - probably because he's a creepy sexist pig.)

Despite the sexist male component, the poll did determine that an overwhelming majority of people do agree that both Romeo and Juliet are main characters.

Both characters do fit the protagonist description after all.

Romeo has a tiny bit more lines than Juliet, but his lines are shorter. Juliet has almost the same number of lines, but her lines are longer. If we compare the total number of words spoken then Juliet is the clear winner. Thus if we use the standard that the character who talks the most is the main character, then there is actually a strong argument that it is Juliet, not Romeo.

But since both characters fit the definition of protagonist, and both of them share "screen time" and "the most lines" almost 50/50, there is an even stronger argument that they are both main characters.

But as usual you can always trust that a sexist male will try to push the idea that the main character must be male. It could even be a film with two women (eg. "Thelma and Louise") and there will be a man out there who will argue that Brad Pitt or Harvey Keitel are the main characters.




Sunday, January 31, 2021

Why Sex and the City 3 is doomed to fail. Period.

 

So a new Sex in the City movie is coming out. This will be the third film in the franchise... But with one big difference.

Apparently their budget was too small to get Kim Cattrall (aka Samantha Jones) to come back and put up with Sarah Jessica Parker's personal brand of Karenism and workplace abuse.

That's right, I said it. SJP is a Karen and creates a toxic work environment for her coworkers. It is why Kim Cattrall didn't even want to work with her in the previous two films, so they offered her a lot of money and relatively few scenes where they were together on set.

Now I have to admit the following...

I have seen every episode of the show plus both previous films, and Kim Cattrall's character is certainly my favourite.

In fact. She is everyone's favourite. The other three characters are barely likeable.

And this is why the 3rd film is guaranteed to fail. Doomed. Without Kim Cattrall the core audience of fans will stay away and won't bother to see the 3rd film.

The first film (2008) had a budget of $65 million and brought in $418.8 million at the box office. Which was a whopping success (and got 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, so the fans at least mostly liked it), so, of course, they had to make a sequel.

The second film (2010) had a budget of $95 million and brought in $294.6 million at the box office.

So the 2nd film still made a good $200 million in profit (minus unknown marketing costs), but it only got 15% on Rotten Tomatoes which tells you that even the fans of the show hated it. (I know I did.)

The other problem with the loss of Kim Cattrall is the male factor...

While Sex and the City is certainly within the "chick flick" series of movies, there are percentage of men who watch it (like myself), often because their wife or girlfriend wants to watch it. Plus there is a percentage of gay men who also watch the show/films...

The male factor is a contributor to potential sales. Not a big contributor, but certainly part of the whole. Without Kim Cattrall that male contribution to sales will be nothing or close to nothing.

Coupled with decreasing interest from both female and male viewers, even if they made a third film with a budget of $100 million I doubt they would even make back $50 million of that budget.

When are they going to stop making these films? Are they just going to revisit the same characters every 10 years until the actresses die? Or will they reboot it with younger actors (like Star Trek did)? That could flop if done wrong.

Plus does anyone really want to watch 4 white women in their 40s or 50s or 60s parade around in fancy clothes with their male counterparts who are taking viagra just to keep up with their wives' sexual appetites? Probably not. I think this franchise is doomed to die.

Time to just let it die.

UPDATE / July 2021

It was recently reported in July 2021 that the third film might not even get made after all. Producers don't want to commit $100 million to a film that without Kim Cattrall is doomed to lose money.

Basically this is the same news from 2017 when another earlier attempt to make a third film fell flat, for the same reason. They couldn't get Kim Cattrall to sign the contract because SJP is such a Karen that the only way Kim Cattrall will work with her is if she is offered oodles of money.

Honestly... They should just give her the money... and a percentage of the total from ticket sales and distribution sales. And make her an executive producer so that she has more creative control over the final product.

Even then, even if it did get made, I still suspect it would be a financial flop.

Just let it die already.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

3 New Wulfric the Wanderer Books by Charles Moffat

Two more Wulfric the Wanderer books by Charles Moffat have come out in the past year, and there is a 3rd book coming out tomorrow on January 1st 2021. If you love Sword & Sorcery books you should definitely check out this series which feels like a blend of Robert E. Howard and Tolkien.

The first book Portal of Destiny came out on May 1st 2020.

The second book The Unbreakable Arrow came out on September 1st 2020.

And the third book The Cult of the She-Bear comes out tomorrow...

Chronologically these are technically the 1st, 5th and 2nd books in the series published thus far (the author is writing and publishing them out of order). There are two other stories that came out years ago but take place at different points in the timeline.

The most recent book from September (The Unbreakable Arrow) feels a bit like a western in my opinion. A western with demons and dragons in it... Definitely my favourite thus far.

Update January 2021:

Collect the whole series! Paperbacks are only $3.99 to $5.99 each from Amazon. You can order all 5 books today from Amazon for just $27.95.

The books are shown below in their chronological order.



Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hearing Aids for Men (and Women)


I am becoming hard of hearing as I get older. Truth be told I have been having problems hearing since I was 12 years old. 2020 hasn't been easy either. All the masking due to COVID means that when people are talking I cannot read their lips. I find it is easier to understand what people are saying when I can see their lips moving.

I should probably get a hearing aid... But I am in my 40s and I don't want to. Not yet.

But I am researching what it might cost when it comes time to get a hearing aid, possibly in my 50s or 60s.

I know a place in Woodbridge where I can get a free hearing test, and there are also free online hearing tests I could do...

But I am not ready to do that yet.

In the meantime I have been reading articles on the subject and doing research. So sometime soon I think I will go get that hearing test. Maybe in 2021 when the COVID vaccines roll out and things go back to normal. Or relative normal. I suspect this pandemic might last longer than we might think.

If you think you've suffered hearing loss you should probably get a hearing test too. You could do an online hearing test right now if you wanted to.

Hearing Health Articles

  • 77% of Canadians with Mild Hearing Loss Don't Know
  • Are Oticon OPN S the Most Perfect Hearing Aids?
  • Don't Be A Human Hearing Aid
  • Earplugs Effective in preventing Hearing Loss after Loud Music
  • Funding Cuts to Hearing Impaired Schools
  • Hearing Aids boost Cognitive Function in Elderly
  • Hearing Loss hurts Quality of Life
  • Hearing Regeneration Pill enters Clinical Trials
  • Invisible Hearing Aids: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
  • Modern Teenagers More At Risk from Hearing Loss
  • Modular Hearing Aids
  • One in Ten Canadians Suffer from Tinnitus
  • Safe Listening Devices
  • Social Sounds improve Hearing
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
  • The Health Benefits of Hearing Aids
  • The Tiny Signia Silk Nx Hearing Aids
  • Translator Hearing Aids
  • Wireless Smart Hearing Aids Growing in Popularity
  • World Hearing Day, March 3rd
  • Why You Should Get Your Hearing Tested

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