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"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Post Number: 349
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 06:22 am: |
Carey: O' my Ol' Grayhead, have you not been absorbing the wisdom that I have been spouting for all these years? Have you not been picking up what I've been putting down? *eyebrow raised* *LOL*
Listen, you know as well as I do that color does indeed matter. We have NOT (no matter what people may think or lied to themselves about) gotten past it. Authors have reasons, be it good or bad, for giving their characters the complexion that they are. Let's take for instance the first Oprah bomb, The Wedding. Dorothy West made the main characters as white with the one drop of blood thing for a reason, to explore another dimension of what we call race. It was important to the story for those characters to have the color they did in order to get the point West was trying to make. By Oprah choosing actors that were darker for those light-next-to-white characters, she essentially eliminated the crest of West's novel. The character that Halle played in that movie was described as being a blonde with blue eyes, which was why her great grandmother loved her more than her other granddaughters because of her color. This did not translate well in the movie. And that's my point. For Their Eyes, I believe Zora made the same choice. So instead of looking at the book straight on, we instead have people trying to turn it with a 21st century politically correct, I have arrived mentality.
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