|Submitted by G.S. Williams on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 13:11|
Okay, I have to admit something:
Amidst all my snobbishness as a literary student, who is incredibly picky about who gets 5 star ratings on Web Fiction Guide (because I believe that greatness deserves better than average, duh) and all my pretensions of being intelligent... Well, sometimes I am a lame nerd.
I get excited talking about comic books and lame comedies by Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell, almost on the same level as analyzing Shakespeare. It's a weird quirk, I know! I like goofy web comics like Questionable Content, Wonderella, Daisy Owl, Qwantz.com ... the list goes on and on.
My wife often exposes me to movies and books and television I wouldn't check out on my own. I have to admit that I like Sweet Home Alabama and 27 Dresses because we watched them together. I have even worse confessions - I read the entire Twilight series because my wife liked it. And, while it's over-hyped and seems like a 17 year old wrote it, to be fair the main narrator is a 17 year old character.
What actually impresses me a little is that in the fourth book, Breaking Dawn, she adds a new narrator, the werewolf Jacob Black. And he actually narrates a little differently, albeit a 16 year old boy isn't culturally a big change from a 17 year old girl. But, the ability to change narrative voice is a talent.
Lamer still, I looked up the author's website and found a rough draft of her Twilight companion novel, written from the vampire Edward's perspective. Even though it's a rough draft, it's manifestly better than all of her other books combined -- she somehow managed to get his 100 year old narrative voice across, with better detail and precision than her other narrators. He makes a book (Twilight) that was cringe-worthy actually interesting, and casts light on things Bella was barely aware of. I think it's evidence she may be way more talented than anyone gives her credit for.
But Lamest of all, I've been watching American Idol this year with my wife, and I'm pretty ticked off at the show. I don't know if any of my readers follow Idol (I'm surprised that I am) but there's some drama this year.
There are a bunch of finalists that annoy the crap out of me. They're nice people, but not superstar material. Michael Lynche looks like a bear and sings like a chipmunk. Aaron Kelly is a 17 year old boy who wants to grow up to be Whitney Houston. Casey James is an excellent guitarist who sounds like a stand-in for Creed or Nickelback, which really doesn't impress me. I wouldn't buy their albums and fail to see how they're relevant to the 21st century. Tim Urban had some Glee/Troy Bolton High School Musical overtones, but he was genuinely funny and earnest, but he's been eliminated. Katie Price was 17 but deserved to be compared to Whitney, because she had a rich voice. ELIMINATED. Makes no sense to me.
Lee De Wyze and Crystal Bowersox are artists, with rich, warm voices and character to match. They have talent and deserve careers, as they are consistently good, and creative. I hope they go far, and one of them should win now. But they remind me of other artists -- Lee is like a Dave Matthews, Tragically Hip, Pearl Jam singer-songwriter, and Crystal is like Bonny Rait or Janis Joplin. They have a niche, and talent, but I think they're limited.
Siobhan Magnus was a chameleon shapeshifter. She changed her look every week, and came out like a performer. She didn't just sing extremely well (which she DID) but she also worked the crowd, and captured the camera. And the really amazing thing is the difference between her stage presence and her persona in interviews: humble, monotone, quiet and serious. It's the difference between Clark Kent and Superman (and she had glasses too!) but it was an amazing change, like she came to life onstage. She's a catalyst, capable of changing herself, and a song, to reach the audience on new, unexpected levels. I see her shattering expectations and walls, and creating something unique. I'm not American, and I'm not commericial, and I usually don't watch the show.
But I'm glad I did because I witnessed a real artist and creative spirit, and found it inspiring. I am so lame, to my snobbish self, but I sincerely think she shouldn't have been eliminated and I want her to get a record deal because I'll buy it. And I haven't bought an album in close to eight years. Apparently there's some weird controversy about her numbers being posted wrong on the internet so her votes went to the wrong person -- and I kind of believe it because she ROCKED the other night and the judges loved her and she's never been in the bottom three EVER. I think the classy thing to do would be for the show to have her back, redo a final 6, and eliminate two people -- the same thing they did for when the judges saved Lynche a few weeks back. He does the same sappy ballad type of song every week and didn't deserve saving. But Siobhan amazes me every week, and it's the least they could do for fans in the face of a possible voting error -- the same number of people will be gone next week, but maybe they'll be people who deserve to leave instead of a real star in the making.
Just my two cents, as lame as part of me finds them. PEACE OUT!