Monday, May 3, 2010

Childhood Trends I (Apparently) Missed Out On

- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: I am not joking with you when I say that I had never even heard of this show until this school year. It appears to be part of the "let's rediscover our childhood!" movement that is currently oh-so popular, so I have a question for you guys: has the show always been this popular and I just didn't know about it, or is it currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity?
(Related note: Why did nobody watch "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" Only a handful of people I've asked even recognize the name. Perhaps they were too young to watch it at the time; however, they were also too young to watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, yet they still know about THAT.)

- Pokémon: Of course I know what Pokémon is, but I was never a fan of it. I remember a lot of people had whole albums filled with Pokémon cards; I still don't know HOW you're supposed to play the game. Perhaps because I was never a huge fan of cartoon TV shows (save the odd ones like Scooby Doo and Dexter's Laboratory), I never watched an entire episode. I just remember thinking that the Pokémon were adorable and squishy and (somewhat literally) balls of joy and that I liked the Evil Team and their Pokémon because they were funny, and they flew away in a hot air balloon. Thus ends my connection to the whole shebang. (No, I don't know the theme song.)

- *NSYNC: This is less of a "I didn't know they existed" moment and more of a "I like Backstreet Boys SO MUCH MORE that I choose to ignore *NSYNC's existence" moment. Backstreet Boys had SYNCHRONIZED DANCING in a HAUNTED HOUSE. Does it get better than that? No, no it does not.)

Alex: Sorry for not telling you this earlier - I lurrrrrrve* your script! It's hard to know what the film would be like from such a little portion of the words of a page, but it seems to have the potential to be one of those adorable little witty movies, like Juno but without the pregnancy (but with the Canadian-ness!).

Rena: (Do you always get put last? I'm sorry. I alphabetize subconciously. [I understand your pain; in elementary school, I ALWAYS got the last cubby on the very bottom of the stack, unless there was a Zack in my class.]) I clicked on that link... and... IKEA has a dark past? What? But Sweden is so chill and lovely! Why would anyone there ever like the Nazis? (Or anyone anywhere, really.) Also, Pringles are cakes? MMMM, they're the best kind!

*misspelled + extra letters for EXTRA LOVE!


Rena said...

"Oh, this is the story all about how ma life got flipped, turned upside down..." And that's all I know. It probably was more popular, now it's an Internet meme. Never saw it, I was under 5 in the 90s. Even though I was born then I definitely identify as a child of teh NEW MILLENNIUM. Having lived a whole decade of it, whatever stereotypes this generation holds. I thought Pokemon and Yu-Ghi-O and Dragonball-Z and that was weird, but I do remember it. Are You Afraid of the Dark? Heck yeah I was.

Don't worry about the alphabetization. :)

Alex said...

Fresh Prince. No, I never watched it. I heard of it but the show I watched most as a kid was Seventh Heaven. Also, I vaguely remember Are You Afraid of the Dark but I think that's because my sister used to watch it. I didn't actually like tv that much. Not even cartoons like Scooby Doo. I thought they were stupid. I like/d Arthur.

Pokemon. I was never into it. I similarly did not understand it or even wish to take part.

N'SYNC I have background on, however. My sister was a fan and to this day she will strike the Backstreet Boys down to anyone in favour of N'SYNC. I think she liked them partially because they were the least loved of the boy bands. I was more into Britney Spears. And Shakira. And Shania Twain. Yes, I know I was a strange child.

Also, I am pleased you like my script. Juno is not far off from my goal. Is there a genre for adorable little witty movies? I have a hard time classifying it that may because it's like a teen movie only real, not stupid and petty. I hope the rest of the script does not disappoint. :)