Modern Society 's Favourite Pastimes Essay

2046 Words Nov 7th, 2016 9 Pages
One of modern society’s favourite pastimes is watching and comparing films. Films have the ability to make us laugh, cry, or even think while touching our hearts no matter what the genre is. Contemporary media genres have dramatically changed since classical literary times, which divided theatrical and literature into groups of drama and comedy, giving birth to genres. Films have become difficult to place into a specific genre, as “any theme may appear in any genre” (Chandler 1997, p. 1) resulting in genres blending continuously. For example, a Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) film is classified in that genre due to its situational context and fundamental plot, though, Sci-Fi films may also be categorised into genres such as horror (Aliens), comedy (Back to the Future), and fantasy (Star Wars). This paper will compare and contrast two specific genres: science fiction and fantasy. In doing so, we will compare story, characters, concepts, and more, of two of the biggest franchise films - Star Wars (SW) and Harry Potter (HP) - in which I will show why Star Wars is the better franchise.
Despite their difference in genre, the movies share many similarities. both franchises share many similarities they have followed the same basic structure of ‘The Hero’s Journey,’ also known as the ‘hero myth’ or ‘monomyth’ (Hokanson & Fraher 2008 p. 29) like many stories/films beforehand (Hokanson & Fraher 2008 p. 28). Not only are the similarities present due to both franchises using a monomyth…

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