Please Use Intelligent Humor

Please Use Intelligent Humor

Modern entertainment has fallen WAY too heavily on shallow, crass jokes.
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Please use intelligent humor.

Your audience, no matter the age group, is intelligent, and you should treat them that way. The rise of crass humor (and in a more specific sense, potty humor), especially in children's entertainment, is disheartening and disappointing to me as a writer. One should never doubt or insult one's readers. It's a common courtesy.

Basically, I've been reading since I was three years old (verified by The Mom) and the books I have loved most are the ones that just shut up and tell a story. They don't use fluff. They don't beat around the bush. And best of all, they don't talk down to me. Recently I picked up a novel--I don't even remember the title--and I read a few pages to test it out. Less than a chapter in, and I slapped it shut and threw it aside. By the wording the author used, I just knew he/she thought the reader wouldn't understand the subject matter and was treating me poorly as a result. I wasn't about to waste my time on that. Why bother?

The same goes for inappropriate humor. To me, a fart joke tells me a whole lot about the writer. Clearly, this person could think of nothing else to make an audience laugh. Either they didn't have the brainpower (unlikely) to generate a more intelligent joke, or they were simply too lazy to do so (way more likely). It's inexcusable and angering. I don't want to dedicate two hours of my precious day to something that will make me feel like an idiot for watching. That's why I couldn't get past the first half hour of the Angry Birds movie. Take a lesson from The Lego Movie, Angry Birds people. They did it way better than you.

But more pertinently, I do not believe writing is about conning a cheap laugh. It's not even about trying to attract the largest audience of middle-school boys, who I suspect only laugh at this stuff because everybody else is. Writing is about communicating an idea or a story, and in a culture that's slowly squashing the beauty and importance of imagination, content like this drives me out of my skull. The last thing I want is for young, creative people to see that this is the stuff that sells and automatically think they must conform. No. Writers don't have to stoop that low. Writers can be intelligent because the audience is intelligent, and if we all treat each other with respect, there is no need to go that route at all.

Overall, if you're a writer, please be smart. Sure, if your character is immature and uses rude humor, that's fine. Rude people do that, and it can make a realistic statement. But if you, the author, start treating your readers as if this is the only way they'll laugh--forget it. There are a million other books that won't do the same, and just like that, you've lost a reader. So put some thought into your work. Let your creativity do the thinking. Your readers will fall in love with it for what it is, and you can take legitimate joy in that fact.

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Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories.

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These 13 movies are the foundation of any long-lasting relationship, and I'm not joking. Each movie will show you something new about your partner, and make you ask each other the hard questions. How many kids do you want and how are you going to raise them? What would happen if you got into a horrible accident? Some are less serious though, like what if you could time travel?

I promise that not every one of these movies is a Nicholas Sparks classic, and I also promise that not every movie has Rachel McAdams in it!

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife"

This movie is both heartbreaking and amazing.

2. "About Time"

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories. It's on Netflix right now, so grab some snacks and turn it on!

3. "Like Crazy"

This infamous Tumblr gif came from "Like Crazy." It's about a couple who goes long distance and build their life together. I used to cry every time I watched it, and I'm no crier! It also has the (now famous) Felicity Jones in it.

4. "The Notebook"

Every girl wants this kind of love.

5. "The Last Song"

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are literally married now so if that isn't good luck, I don't know what is.

6. "Safe Haven"

You guessed it! This is another Nicholas Sparks classic. This movie has a dark twist as well, which men will love.

7. "Inside Out"

You may be thinking that this one is a bit weird. Well, this movie will help both you and your partner understand each other's emotions better.

8. "The Choice"

This movie is great because the female lead is feisty and extremely intelligent, which usually doesn't happen in love stories. How do you keep the love alive with a woman who is hard to get, and even harder to keep entertained?

9. "The Longest Ride"

Originally I could not stand the main female lead (Britt Robertson) but now she is in one of my favorite shows (For The People), so I have no choice. This movie had me on the end of my seat, and as a rom-com it is a must.

10. "The Age Of Adaline"

I began loving the name 'Adaline' thanks to this movie. This unlikely love story and self love journey really gets me.

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Imagine falling in love with someone and building a life, but an accident forces you to start all over?

12. "Titanic"

If they don't have any sort of reaction to this movie, they are probably not the one for you.

13. "Yours, Mine, & Ours"

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You're welcome!

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

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9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

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13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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