Fun fact about me, I collect quotes.
Those quotes come from books, poems, TV, movies, sometimes real people.
When I hear one that clicks with me I write it in a notebook. Sometimes I draw it.
It’s probably not a surprise to you that I love words.
It doesn’t matter if the person saying them is real or not (though a real person did write them in any case), they have the power to change how we think, how we feel and that is no small thing.
Lots of people don’t read, but pop culture seems to be something that most people participate in.
It’s not just about watching a movie, people seem to want to be part of it as well.
I think this is because pop culture has heroes and happy endings. It represents the worlds we wish we had.
Sure nobody wants aliens coming to earth and wrecking the place, but we do want leaders who are good, who have integrity and help us to fight those things that might harm us.
We want the real world to have Avengers.
The writer G.K Chesterton said
Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be beaten.
There seems to be some debate on the internet as to whether this is what Chesterton wrote, but the point remains the same, there are monsters and stories help us to understand that they are not invincible.
The world has many kinds of monster, some live in our own heads.
This weeks post is 10 quotes from pop culture for when the monsters get too loud and you need to be your own hero.
1. Believe in yourself
Do you know what kept me standing in all those years in exile? Faith, not in gods, not in myths and legends, In myself.
– Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones, (7X03)
2. Ruminating much?
No good sittin’ worry in’ abou’ it. What’s com in’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.
-Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire #4, J.K Rowling.
3. Don’t believe everything you think.
– You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
– Winnie the Pooh
4. Making things happen.
You need to believe in things that aren’t true, how else can they become.
– Death, The Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett
5. It’s Never too late.
It’s never too late. As long as you are alive you can recreate yourself.
Teresa Mendoza, Queen of the South, 3×10
6. Never give up.
You don’t lose hope, love, if you do, you lose everything.
– Mrs.Potts, Beauty and the Beast
7. Don’t listen to doubters.
I’ve been fighting with one arm tied behind my back, but what happens when I’m finally set free.
– Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel
8. Speaking up isn’t always easy.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.
– Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone #1, J.K Rowling.
9. Don’t be afraid of power.
I know you’re scared Sabrina because all women are taught to fear power, own it.
-Mary Wardwell, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
10. The End doesn’t have to be the end.
What do we say to the God of death? Not today.
– Syria Forel, Game of Thrones.
I don’t know, maybe I just watch too much TV?
What’s got me thinking about this is the interactions I see between people and franchise.
A few years ago I heard about small charities being set up inspired by Harry Potter.
I could write an entire post about the social values in Harry Potter and perhaps I will, but the point is that some people saw things in the story they wanted in real life and then made them happen.
You may have noticed an increase in fashion and franchises, arguably because of fast fashion companies like Primark.
It goes further than that though, Funko collections, Comic-Con and cosplay are mainstream interactions with pop culture.
The political debate around female superheroes is another.
I think people want to be part of the action.
I think people find inspiration And comfort in the stories.
My hope is that in the future people use that inspiration to act rather than just wearing the T-shirt.
Did I miss anything?
Do you collect quotes, what do you do with them?
Until next time,