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In With the Old [And In With the New]: The Silver Lining of Intertextuality

Last Friday I asked you all to watch a short video on the concept of intertextuality, which provides the basis for this week’s post.

While Nerdwriter1, the YouTuber responsible, initially describes the device as “something in a text, in this case a movie, that is shaped by another text” he later goes a step further in making the term distinct from mere allusion. Contemporary intertextuality, which he refers to as being “weaponized”, is defined as:

“objects, people or situations explicitly meant to trigger an emotional response”

To use my own visual example, successful intertextuality results in a combination of:

and

Being able to recognize and understand the reference is important, but equally essential is having that recognization elicit feelings, whether they be of awe, or joy, or pleasant surprise. Simply identifying a shot in a film as the replication of a comic book panel matters most if you care[d] about that original work. Continue reading

Assigned Watching, Full Post Coming Soon

Hello, everyone. Due to a rapidly upcoming wedding  a full blog post from yours truly will be delayed a few days. That said, my plan was and is to cover the idea of intertextuality, which YouTuber Nerdwriter1 summed up so well in a video he released recently.

While I will likely refer back to it in the post that will hopefully go up Sunday at the latest, I thought it might be good for anyone interested to watch his six-minute segment as a primer of sorts.

MILD TO EXPLICIT SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, JURASSIC WORLD/PARK, THE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE MOVIES, THE HOBBIT FILMS, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESSSPECTRESMALLVILLE, AND WATCHMEN.

Apologies again for the lateness, and here’s to my being able to contribute to the discourse on this topic sometime this weekend.