Well, sometimes, I just pretend I'm okay.
why are almost all teenage novels being transformed into movies??????? i mean there’s a whole lot of novels out there and i think only one out of a hundred can be transformed into a film because of the many limitations a film has. i don’t know but these producers and these people ugh i dont think they know why novels are novels and films are films and why these two forms of literature are different and why the two cannot always be equally beautiful and achievable. ugh.
Because there are some producers who are for money and not for the art. Since, the book is a blockbuster hit, then, they’ll think, it’ll be also hit in the silver screen. IDK.
I hate to say this but that’s the truth. Nobody buys the real art anymore. Producers make art for art’s sake. Y’know, just for the mere sake of calling what they do and create as “art.” And this art for art’s sake is not just applicable in teenage novels transformed into movies, but to wattpad books replacing the classic novels in terms of popularity too.
But the value is missing. It seems to me that nobody wants to learn the value of “values,” anymore. Literature is very contemporary. If there is a period we call golden age, then, there must be a counterpart for it. And I think we’re on that period right now. And I don’t know what to expect to our generation anymore.
Or I think I do, I’m just afraid to admit it. Yes, the romantic teenagers have been awoken.
But I’m calling out to the young blood who still have the passion to read and write like the classics. I know you’re there. Get out of your comfort zones, please. We need you to rise up again.
And what’s worse? I am referring to the different forms of media in general and the media monopoly and the media as a business thing in our society. Media industries tend to just bite into literary products that relatively have lesser social value than the other products. They do this because they believe that their market, which is the masses, would consume it. Same old formula, same old impression, with new masks for the characters, and the places, and the names and whatever more. Of course, their primary target is the masses, primarily socioeconomic brackets CD, and they think that proving sophisticated media products that have more social impact or tackles issues and the like won’t be a top grosser for these target markets. Now, they compromise the value of literary works, whether film or programs or books, just to sell. Like what our media professors say, “hindi itinataas ang kalinangan at ang antas ng masang Pilipino.” I agree with that. We only feed the people the same old thing without thinking how it could emancipate them from their social restrictions and issues and problems instead of just proving an illusion for a temporary escape.
Okay, we can say that these media products are what the people really like, or want, but that does not equate to what they really need. I always think that there should always be a balance, in terms of the various media texts that are being produced, and its entertainment and social value.
Also, as what the philosophers like Adorno and Habermas in the Frankfurt school said, mass media, like mass films and books and the like, are trash media because they agree that the classical texts are the ones that promote thinking and social consciousness. In my own opinion, in our current time, I think it is not practical to make people just consume classical media without knowing the contemporary ones. Contemporary texts also have their value, it is just some people exploit it and strip its social bearing from it. I believe that people should be able to infuse or improve the value of contemporary texts that are circulating everywhere, anywhere, thanks also to the digital realm.
And do you know what’s even sadder about this? The scope of the mass. The term “mass” was generally coined for the common people of the state, that is to be said, the class D in terms of economy. But the scope has changed. Hindi na nga yung mga naghihikahos ang scope ng masa eh. Yung mga intellectuals na. Those who have money to watch every film in the cinema. SIla na kasi yung mga may pera. Sila yung may kakayahang bumili ng PHP 180+ na ticket. Samantalang yung mga naghihikahos, itatago na lang yung pera para makaipon.
At ang nakakalungkot, even if the mass consists now of the intellectuals, ang pinipili pa rin nilang panoorin ay yaong mga klase ng literatura na nagpapaka-“literatura” lang. Let’s talk about Praybeyt Benjamin, Vice Ganda, the Wattpad Era, Teenage Flick and everything else trending.
First thing firsts. Bakit ang panget ng reblog feature ng texts ng Tumblr tulad ng discussion nito? Haha. Anyway, at least we are block quoting each other to avoid plagiarism. Oright.
So, going back. Ayon nga, I think ang masa na sinasabi ay hindi lang class D, kundi pati class upper C and lower C, which both have the buying power over these products. I think it is okay for them to consume texts like this if they want to because they have the freedom to, but the problem I see now is how certain niche reinforce the idea of producing these kinds of products with the same old archetype and formula over and over again.
Way way back before, the same old trend is booming in different media texts: funny gays making fun of themselves more, ugly people finding happiness in being beautiful, poor people finding solution by marrying someone who is reach, and the list goes on. Why isn’t there many books or films, whether it is a wattpad story, a short film, or whatever, that instead of telling people those escapist bullshits, they should tell people that our sense of beauty is fucked up, our sense of elevating poverty is too individualistic, that teenagers should study hard instead of pondering too much on love, and things like that. I would be a hypocrite if I tell that those ideal topics are the ones that I usually do, but it is just we are having too much of it. Same stories, same message, just with different arrangements and characters and places and medium and the like.
Also, these texts such as films and books whatever their value could shape the consciousness of the people. With these things booming here and there, do you want to see your future children dwelling too much on these ideologies. Instead of promoting emancipation, we promote false consciousness, like what Marx said. They stick into the people’s head, and not everyone can think critically for that.
Okay, alright. Why are we sticking our nose on these opinions of ours? I think it is just because we are struggling to prevent a span in our history, particularly film or media history, that would be revolving only on media texts that are produced just to cater the demands and not the needs. Yes, we are bitter with this reality.