Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Pinocchio and The Avengers

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Pinocchio is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian writer Carlo Collodi.

Marvel's The Avengers or simply The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.

Weaving a story and reading books go hand in hand. The story and the book, both take the author and the reader to a different world of fantasy and imagination. The digital era has brought with itself the blog concept which equally fascinates as per the theme. As a reader of this blog, you may well agree that Pinocchio and the Avengers; are both very famous in their own right and situation. While Pinocchio is known for his long nose associated with lying; the avengers are more so known for their super power to protect the mankind. While one character is all about humancharacteristics and nature to educate children with good habits, the other characters are imaginary with human emotions added as a dressing to their technicality to let children visualize the advanced thinking of man. Both thoughts are progressive in their own right. And although Pinocchio has lost his popularity compared to the Avengers, there are quite a few traits that interest me to carry his story forward.

I grew up with reading lot of story books on mythological characters, fictional characters, romantic novels, sci-fi novels etc. Few of the characters took shape and voice on television, cinema or other such multi media. It interests me to see the characters from books come to life on screen. Though, as a child, I had problems distinguishing reality from cinema. I always wondered as a child that how could this actor be in this cinema when he had already been killed in the previous story that I had seen ?! This confusion made me wonder as to what we as a generation are imprinting on the young minds of today's generation? 

The incessant stream of Marvel and Disney characters with their super powers and time and space travel; is a perfect way to blind the young child of the reality that exists in the world. The small little joys of family, siblings, pets, nature, friends etc as well as mundane problems of people, digitization, industrialization, environment etc are nowhere in focus to deal with. The far reach-ability of films and television remains yet to be exploited to address social, environmental and geographical issues. A few animation films did make a mark on the importance of nature and society. A few did shed light on the psychological and health problems of today's generation caused due to modernization. Most of these efforts got blinded by the fictional and sci-fi movies. These movies did explain scientific facts in an interesting and innovating way. The children and grown ups had a glimpse into scientific complexity in the simplest way for the juvenile mind to fathom.

Curiously, a young mind is very impressionable. A child might indeed get the wrong impression of super heroes and space travel with time travel. In such a case, aliens visiting earth and staying with the family might not be imagination but a psychological problem which escalates even more due to the attachment of children with the electronic gadgets. It becomes a challenge to distinguish fantasy from reality, true friends from a crowd, family, real experiences; that matter to individuals.
On the other hand, the social media and relevant groups and organizations have the complete onus on themselves to educate the citizens of the world and promote good healthy practices. They have been quite successful in high-lighting the numerous issues and problems faced by society and nature at large, thereby promoting the young generation for a reality check and feeling a sense of involvement. Family bonding and friendly binding are getting prominence through various social groups, out door activities, indoor games etc. Many children are aware of both the instances where human emotions and gadget deliverance; both are treated distinctly.

Whether it is Pinocchio (a wooden doll with human nature) or Avengers (human with superpowers), let us enjoy them as stories or movies and appreciate their excellence but at the same time let us try to take the subtle message of human nature, ability and emotions; that they convey.

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