8 of the most underrated concepts that call for more writing.
Although all of these concepts come from literary/ artistic masterpieces there’s so much to them that isn’t known. They are interesting enough to be elaborated and structured into masterpieces of their own. So take this for a writing assignment. Write them into a form that they well deserve.
1-) Lane Boy Official Music Video – Blurry Face
The music video for lane boy by Twenty One Pilots is an artistic paramount. You see the entire crowd kneel, and Tyler kneels with his back to the crowd. Then he sings rhetorically “why do I kneel to these concepts… ‘Stay low’, they say, ‘Stay low’ “. The answer to which is a crowd rising with him all at once and dancing like idiots.
“I describe ‘Lane Boy’ as the moment where I broke character. Saying things that weren’t necessarily artistic or beautiful, but exactly what I wanted to say and exactly what I was feeling. I broke character and became a frustrated human. For a moment. I don’t imagine needing to say things like that anymore. I remember showing that song to some people and they said, ‘I don’t think you want to say that…’ And Josh said to me, ‘Let’s say it.
― Tyler Joseph
2-) The Fig Tree- The Bell Jar
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”
― Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar itself is filled with beautiful concepts. But the books will acquaint you to so much more. The writer explains how the choices in life are a giant fig tree. Each fig represents a choice, or a path she could take that would make her life into something completely different from what it is. But there are too many figs/ choices. She could choose to be anything. Each choice weighs the same to her. Taking one means leaving everything else and that she has to make a choice soon enough. Because when she doesn’t they all fall to the ground, turn black and all her choices are lost.
3-) Nora- Noragami
If you’re obsessed with this anime like I am, you’d know why the ‘Nora’ has made it to this list of concepts. Its quiet unexplained. But what we know about this is something. Gods which are created and sustained by wishes need Regalias. They are the weapon/apprentice that each god makes out of an uncorrupted soul. The uncorrupted souls are the ones that were not affected by sorrow or negativity in their lifetimes. People who died ‘pure’ get to become Regalias in the next life. Regalias are connected to the gods by a particular name that is branded upon the Regalia. This is how you make a soul into Regalia. Noras are Regalias. But they are feared because they don’t belong to a single god. They belong to a number of gods. The popular opinion about them is distaste. They are seen as disloyal and venomous because they can be on any side and never necessarily yours. Noras are more powerful than usual Regalias. They’ve just seen so much more. From what we know they are familiar with spells that can help misfortune gods find a way around extinction. And most importantly phantoms that are a threat to gods, Regalias and humans are for some reason controlled by Noras.
We have seen a couple of Noras so far. We call them
‘Nora’ because why not. The name of the Anime is Nora-gami. Translated to stray god or maybe the even the god of Noras. A god that was probably made from the wishes of Noras??? That’s all I got. Stay curious!
4-) The soul tree – Nymphomaniac
“It’s actually the souls of the trees we’re seeing in the winter. In summer everything is green and idyllic but in the winter, the branches and the trunks all stand out. Just look at how crooked they all are. The branches have to carry all the leaves to the sunlight. That’s one long struggle for survival.”
The protagonist tells us a tale of how her father would take to the woods when she was little so she could see the trees in winters when they were bare. He would tell her that the twisted, formless shapes of trees were like human souls. In other words ‘what they were really like’. He told her to watch out for her soul tree and that she would know right away if it was hers when she’d see it. Later on in the movie we actually do get to see her soul tree and find out that it indeed is twisted.
5-) Blue Hair- Hairstyles of the Damned
“Just because you have blue hair and fucked-up clothes doesn’t mean you’re better than everyone
else. Because you know what? You’re just conforming to someone else’s code. Even though you don’t
wear khakis or sweaters or whatever, but to me all you guys look the same. You think you’re so
individualistic, but you’re not. You guys—you and Kim and all the rest—you’re like anti-snob snobs.
But you’re just as mean as the preppy kids. You’re all just as fucking lame.”
― Joe Meno
This book is the soul of punk. We get to hear the speech about you’re not better than everyone else just because you have blue hair. This is so important. It is an unbelievable realization that punk rock is not the culture of defiance and freedom, it is simply another culture telling you what is what and that the only real form of freedom is the culture of acceptance.
6-) Destroy the debt record- Fight Club
“Maybe self-improvement isn’t the answer, maybe self-destruction is the answer.”
― Chuck Palahniuk
Nothing explains Marxism or the little spider that Materialism is like Fight Club. And you don’t have to agree to it to understand how perfectly they gave this concept life and then not just a life. They gave it a solution. No one’s ever gotten around to that part. The movie ends when we get to see Tyler and Marla holding hands and watching all the banks in the vicinity get blown to bits. The plan is to not kill people as we can see that all the buildings are empty. There is only thing Tyler wants to destroy and that is the debt record. Doing so would turn the economy into an unparalleled frenzy. One that the world would never recover from because he would’ve destroyed the very concept of money.
7-) Unquiet Slumbers – Wuthering Heights
You’re never really done with this book. This concept appears in the very end we learn that the moors are haunted by the ghosts of Catherine and Heathcliff, and that the narrator Nelly who had witnessed them from scratch feels that she couldn’t even imagine the restlessness of souls such as theirs in what appeared to the quiet, finality of the earth. Of course it gets you thinking of how deep and unfathomable the characters were intended to be.
“I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.”
8- ) People are made of places – Elizabeth Brewster
The poem is a beautiful explaination of how people and their personality are a reflection of all the places they have been.
“People are made of places. They carry with them hints of jungles or mountains, a tropic grace or the cool eyes of sea-gazers…Where I come from, people carry woods in their minds… battered schoolhouses behind which violets grow.”
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