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If there’s a fish tank in a movie or novel you just KNOW what’s going to happen...

If there’s a fish tank in a movie or novel you just KNOW what’s going to happen...

The bad guys blast it to pieces, of course.

So why was I suckered into thinking it wasn’t going to happen in the novel I just finished reading? Because I really truly thought the author was heading toward some (probably sappy) morally uplifting life lesson for one of the secondary characters.

But no. The bad guys blasted the fish tank to pieces! And killed all the fish! And they were clownfish! They murdered Nemo!!!

So here’s my plea to screenwriters and other writers who might feel tempted to blow up fish tanks to make a dramatic point: Resist the temptation. It’s been done. And done. And done.

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Word. Also, the cat that screams in pain when something is dropped from a height or thrown. Heard it eleventybillyun times! We know you hate women (cats = women, notice how it's never a puppy?), but seriously, get over it! Not funny. I hate it when the fish die or the cats get hurt/run over. Blah.
Heard it eleventybillyun times!

Isn't that the truth! And yes, cats = women; and scaring cats = terrorizing women. You're right, it's *never* a puppy.

I can watch a movie or read a book with a huge (human) body count and it all stays safely in the world of make believe for me, but I draw the line at hurting animals. I somehow can't maintain my fictional distance when they hurt animals in movies or books.
Lots of people will turn a blind eye to human suffering, but react badly to animal suffering. I remember that because our psychology prof at Uni was disgusted by that, but I was just thinking, 'yep, touch my cats or my rats and I'll fucking rip your throat out!' but humans can fend for themselves.
It's a complex issue; people like that psychology professor insist on simplying things that are not in the least bit simple.

To me, it's a matter of dependence. I wonder what the results would be if anyone did a study comparing how people feeling about violence against small pet animals to violence against babies and toddlers? I'd guess there would be a much more equalized outraged reaction. But when it comes to our pets, who also function as surrogate children (and I'm much happier with my cats than I would be with babies!) if we compare violence against them to violence against adult human beings, yes, quite often there's far more sympathy for the animals. The pets are in our care; they're (mostly) smaller than us; have fewer defenses; are our responsibility; whereas, as you say, humans can fend for themselves.

I think the equation changes slightly when it comes to wild animals. I suspect there's far more sympathy to smaller animals, and less so for larger animals and animals that some people consider prey (ex. deer), just as there is less sympathy for the abuse and deaths of domesticated chickens, cows, pigs, etc.

Hmm, all kinds of permutations. If a grizzly bear was about to eat a baby and someone shot the grizzly, I'd bet some, maybe most animal lovers wouldn't have all that much sympathy for the grizzly. (Of course then there'd be the question of the responsibility of whichever adult allowed a child to be endangered by a grizzly.)

And of course with our weaponry we can kill even the most dangerous carnivore unless we're being really stupid. So my sympathy remains with those animals.

I'm wondering if the people who have more sympathy for animals than for humans are simply showing more empathy for the powerless. Let the psychology prof think about that one for awhile. It's not as simple as he thinks. :-)
Unless, of course, the movie is Lethal Weapon #2, in which the "good guy" shoots the "bad guy's" fish tank.
Oh yes - I'd forgotten about that one. I bet the filmmakers thought it was a clever variation on a theme.
Robin Kickingbird and I came up with the list of "certain death" in American B movies. The first to go is the friendly, helpful black guy, the second is the whiny, annoying comedy relief, the third is the secondary hero (often Native American or Latino), and the last two alive will always be the hero AND the female on his arm. The last scene will be the hero saving said female from a fate she clearly isn't strong enough to rescue herself from. lol It never fails.

And yeah, you're right, if there's a fish tank, you know it's going to be blown up or crashed into (or in the case of Homicide, someone will try to have the evidence eaten lol)
Also, if there's a character a week from retirement, better start planning the funeral....
OMG! They killed Nemo?!

You bastards.
I think more like Nemo's great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandchilden.

The scene took place in the book "Star Trek Academy: Collision Course" by William Shatner et al......