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Monday, September 25, 2017

Tropes in "Dirty Dancing"

A website called All the Tropes Wiki has the following purpose:
All The Tropes is a community-edited wiki website dedicated to discussing Creators, Works, and Tropes -- the people, projects and patterns of creative writing in all kinds of entertainment: television, literature, movies, video games, and more.
The website's definition of tropes:
Tropes are tools of the trade for writers; They are devices and conventions that we the audience expect to see again and again. Whether tropes are cliche or just standard for the genre is largely a matter of writing quality and personal opinion. But tropes will always exist, as they often reflect life -- and we exist to document them, play with them, and generally have fun with them.
The website currently lists 114 trope subcategories For example, the trope subcategories beginning with the letter D are as follows:
* Dating Tropes‎

* Death Tropes‎

* Dialogue‎

* Distraction Tropes‎

* Doctor Index‎

* Door Tropes‎

* Drama Tropes‎

* Dueling Tropes‎
Within the subcategory of Dating Tropes, for example, are the following individual tropes:
* Third Wheel

* Armor-Piercing Slap

* Two-Timer Date

* The "I Love You" Stigma

* Bachelor Auction

* Not a Date

* You're Not My Type

* Sturgeon's Tropes
Then, for example, the Third Wheel trope is described as follows:
Any instance where at least one other character is hanging around a couple and some form a social tick is getting in the way. He/she can either be

A) a nuisance to the couple and they consistently tell him/her to leave them alone,

B) a character who doesn't want to spend time with the couple but they drag him/her along, or

C) a character who is pulled into being with a couple due to circumstance and no parties necessarily have ill will toward each other, but awkwardness may ensue anyway.

Usually does not translate into a relationship between a couple and a third party who genuinely like to spend time together in a friendly way, since that would imply little to no awkwardness.

The website's Dirty Dancing webpage lists many tropes, which include the following:


All For Nothing -- Baby provides an alibi for Johnny when he's accused of theft. He gets canned anyway.


Break the Haughty -- Lisa, when she catches Robbie in bed with another woman.


Can't Believe I Said That -- This is Baby's reaction to awkwardly telling Johnny that she "carried a watermelon" when they first meet.


The Cast Showoff -- One of the songs on the soundtrack ("She's Like the Wind") is actually sang by Swayze.


Chekhov's Gun -- When Penny and Baby help Mrs. Schumacher when she drops her purse, multiple wallets can be seen.


Dance Party Ending -- Everyone gets up and dances after Baby and Johnny perform.


Foot Focus -- On both Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, particularly during the scene where they're dancing on the log.


The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry -- One-sided on Lisa's part.


Hoist by His Own Petard -- How Jake finds out the real truth about Penny's abortion. Near the end of the film, while some of the staffers are singing the resort's anthem, Jake approaches Robbie, gives him an envelope containing either a check or a letter of recommendation, and wishes him good luck in medical school. Robbie replies by thanking Jake for helping Penny out and telling him, "I guess we've all gotten into messes", effectively confessing and insulting Penny at the same time. Jake, understandably miffed, takes the envelope back.


Hollywood Tone Deaf -- Lisa singing the song "Hula Hana".


Overprotective Dad -- Baby's father tries to shelter her from the world, but unlike many examples of this trope, isn't overly smothering and deeply trusts her. The real conflict happens when he has a misunderstanding about Johnny and Penny's need for an abortion.


Parenthetical Swearing -- "He wouldn't know a new idea if it hit him in his pachanga!"


Pet the Dog -- Lisa offering to do Baby's hair.


Parental Obliviousness -- Marge remains blissfully unaware of what goes on throughout the film, though a deleted scene indicates that she isn't as clueless as initially presented -- she sternly chastises Baby for her behavior and reveals that she had been in a similar situation before meeting Jake.


The Sixties -- Though you would never know it from Jennifer Grey's Eighties Hair.


Smash Cut -- Baby's father learning of her sexual relationship with Johnny. Cut to Dr. Houseman sitting comatose at the lakefront. Ha!


Taking the Heat -- Johnny has little choice but to take the rap for Penny's pregnancy.


Wet Sari Scene -- The lift in the lake.


The Wikipedia article about tropes in cinema defines them as follows:
In cinema, a trope is what The Art Direction Handbook for Film defines as "a universally identified image imbued with several layers of contextual meaning creating a new visual metaphor". It is an element of film semiology and connects between denotation and connotation.

Films reproduce tropes of other arts and also make tropes of their own. George Bluestone wrote in Novels Into Film that in producing adaptations, film tropes are "enormously limited" compared to literary tropes. Bluestone said, "[A literary trope] is a way... of packed symbolic thinking which is peculiar to imaginative rather than to visual activity... [when] converted into a literal image, the metaphor would seem absurd."

A common thematic trope is the rise and fall of a mobster in a classic gangster film. The film genre also often features the sartorial trope of a rising gangster buying new clothes.

Other websites also discuss movie tropes:

Film Tropes

The 43 Most Overused Move Tropes

15 Overused Movie Tropes Everyone Will Recognize

Five Film Tropes That Are Ruining Modern Cinema

Tropes vs. Women

Additional "Dirty Dancing" Drawings at "Deviant Art"

Click any drawing to enlarge it. Click on the Drawings tag in the right margin to find other such articles.


"Oh Lover Boy" by bsienk
Oh Lover Boy by bsienk

The artist's comment about her drawing:
WELLL!!!! Rick (left) and Thomas (Right) AGAIN!

Yes...Rick is a boy...its the 80s hair XD I swear.

:heart: Also!!! THIS IS FOR EVERYONE WHO GOT MY TO 13,000 previews! :heart:

:heart: Thank all you guys for the watches, and the favs, and the Llamas! I hope you guys stick around and keep commenting and faving! I like when people are around you knoowwww :heart:

Anyway about this picture!

"Love Is Strange" was a 1957 Top 40 hit song for Mickey and Sylvia. Most people know is from Dirty dancing! But anyway, this song was inspired by "Love is Strange"
The artist's real name is Briana Sienkiewicz, and she draws cartoon series about homosexual young men. Other drawings of her two characters Rick and Thomas are here and here.

bsienk self-portrait
She does not have a gallery on Deviant Art.


"The Time of My Life" by bakki
The Time of My Life, by bakki

The artist's comment about her drawing:
As an artist living in thailand, I don't get to vote, but I've got to say it's been very entertaining.

In fact, I could say I've had the time of my life!
The artist links to the following video, so her drawing evidently shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as young people singing "The Time of My Life" to each other.

The artist's description of herself:

bakki's self-portrait
O xO?

Well My name is bakki.
I'm a weird person.

I love ponies, zombies, anime and drawing.

As you see, I draw ponies :D.
And sometime some weird stuffs....

Luna is best pony! followed by AJ and Pinkie!

So enjoy :)
Bakki's Deviant Art gallery is here.


"Hungry Eyes" by melh2o
Hungry Eyes by melh20

The artist's comment about her drawing:
i was watching dirty dancing after portfolio time and this happened 0:
The artist's description of herself.

melh2o's self-portrait
Melanie Atwater
United States

i'm a fourth year character animator at calarts!
Her Deviant Art gallery is here.


"Hungry Eyes" by Asterisks
Hungry Eyes by Asterisks

The artist's comment about her drawing:
Ive been meaning to tell you
Ive got this feeling that wont subside
I look at you and I fantasize
You are mine tonight
Now Ive got you in my sights

- Eric Carmen (hungry eyes)
The artist's description of herself:
Asterisks' self-portrait
likes to scribble
United States

Current Residence: Los Angeles
Favourite genre of music: Rock, electronic, new age, goth
Operating System: Mac
MP3 player of choice: iPhone
Wallpaper of choice: steel gray
Favourite cartoon character: Batman
Personal Quote: It will only get worse before it gets better.
The artist's Deviant Art gallery is here.


"Hungry Eyes" by SaiyanGoddess
Hungry Eyes by SaiyanGoddess

The artist's comment about her drawing:
Listening to Hungry eyes(from Dirty dancing) while working on a commission. I was commissioned ... to draw a romantic headshot ...
The artist's description of herself:

A portrait of SaiyanGoddess
Hi and Welcome to my profile. I hope you enjoy your stay here

Drawing has been a huge passion of mine. Either when I am happy or sad, drawing has always been there for me to pour out my feelings to it. I mainly draw Dragon Ball Z but my hands tend to love drawing other anime series or cartoons.

Being in Deviantart, has been an amazing journey. I have made new friends that share the same passions as I do. I feel I have became a stronger artist due to their suggestions and the practice I have gained from drawing other people’s OCs. I thank everyone of my commenters and watched for this transformation, You all mean very much to me.

You may also find me in Instagram
The artist does not have a Deviant Art gallery, but does have one on Instagram.


"Hungry eyes" by ericadalmaso
Hungry eyes by ericadalmaso (The artist did not comment about her drawing)

Erica Dal Maso
Erica dal Maso's Deviant Art gallery is here, and her Tumblr site is here.


"Dirty Dancing Chibi" by lafhaha
Dirty Dancing Chibi by lafhaha

The artist's comment about her drawing:
Colored version of my chibi Baby sketch from Dirty Dancing...*^_^*
The artist's description of herself:

lafhaha's self-portrait
Christy Sanderson
United States

I love vector art, design, photography, animation, and writing. My tools of choice are Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, GraphicsGale, my camera, my sketchbook, and my wild imagination.  :)

I am the creative director of BeKyoot Inc and also the voice and life behind Happi Paper, should you see him at a convention someday. All of my characters are based off of life, laughter, and heart full of whimsy. Some take after my love of cupcakes and sweets... :giggle:
The artist's Deviant Art gallery is here.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Dirty Rhyming - 2

This article follow up a previous article titled Dirty Rhyming - 1.


The website Hello -- Poetry has published a poem titled Dirty Dancing. The poet is Sean Banks, who describes himself as follows:
Vancouver Island. Bukowski Like Cynic A Buddhist with the Blues An Old Soul and a New age Hippy Long hair, don't care freedom - yet cautious and careful for personal reasons A Future Spiritual leader of Humanity Dealing with issues in Narcissism and Regret.
The website has published 58 of Banks' poems, including Dirty Dancing.
The baseline throbbed
And the chorus echoed
With liquid confidence
And a substance filled mind
As I approached from behind

I put my right hand on her hip
My left hand clinching my pabst
She turn around and said,
“I thought you were going grab my ass”

I spoke no words, just grinned
She smiled
I hadn’t had this much confidence
in a long while.
She whipped her hair and my heart went wild

“Do you want do dance with me?”
She whispered in my ear
I placed my other hand on her hip
My beer hit the floor
I whispered back
“That and so much more”

“I want to move
And make time stand still
I want you to whimper at my will
And rise to my roar”

“I want to show you how good I am with
My words
And my hands
And my tongue
And my lungs”

“I want to show you the world
I want to paint portraits of mountains
Before climbing them
And from mountain tops I want to
Draw the sky
I want our eyes
To gaze at the stars within us”

“I want to learn everything about you
As I show you everything I am”

“I want to dance for you
As you dance for me”

We danced all evening

And due to my success on this night
It was the highest I had ever been.

The website Poetry Soup has published a poem titled Dirty Dancing. The poet is Lin Lane. (The website does not provide any personal information about her.)
Summer vacation
romantic first love
Dirty Dancing to
great sixties music
The Time of My Life

Johnny Castle
Handsome dancer
These Arms of Mine
Baby's Love Man

Hungry Eyes
water lifts
Cry To Me

for love

Sigh ~

The website Tinderbox Poetry has published a poem titled River Pitch. The poet is Jennifer Givhan.
Givhan was a 2010 Pen Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellow, as well as a 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award finalist and a 2012 Vernice Quebodeaux Pathways Prize finalist for her poetry collection Red Sun Mother. She was also an Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize finalist for her poetry collection Karaoke Night at the Asylum. She is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over fifty journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2013, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, cream city review and The Los Angeles Review. She teaches composition at Western New Mexico University.
Jennifer Givhan
Below is her poem River Pitch.
But you fractured your hipbone
falling for a boy who danced
you into thirteen jagged pieces, lace
tunic over leggings, the lank trunk
of your newly teenaged body fast-pitching
you forward, as if trying to ruin
each fine and breakable thing, the ruins
of your body’s handiwork, reduced to bone
shards. No, Mama had said when you’d pitched
a fit. You’re too young for prom. Dance
in the living room.
.............. You’d plumbed her attic trunk
of moth-chewed costumes, lining the lace
of her wedding dress against the laced
bobbin of her old sewing machine, ruining
both, your zigzag stitches like rings in a trunk,
attaching branches of bodice, boned
at the buds of your breasts, twins dancing
across your chest, ready to pitch
through the bathroom window into pitch
black night with the boy who’d interlace
them, promising your first dance
but first, who’d stop at the bosque to ruin
a bottle of his father’s wine, bone-
dry under a blanket in the trunk.

How did you end in a river, his boxers for trunks,
your skin for a bathing suit, the pitch
of your voices and the waves echoing a boned-
hollow of the absent music, laced
with regret. I’ll make up for ruining
your night, he’d said. Let’s dance
here, in the water, like Baby in Dirty Dancing.

Once, you read someone found in a tree trunk
a set of human teeth while mining the ruined
coast after a hurricane. The pitch
of a quarry is the softest place—
its density of childhood bones,
corkscrew bones, forks in a river dancing
while a boy laces a willing trunk
with the pitch and fury of rock toward ruin.


The blog Free to Exhale Again has published a poem titled Dirty Dancing: Poem 5. The poet and blog author calls herself Reign Supreme, and she describes herself as follows:
I've learned to accept and love myself for me. To be happy with my flaws and all. To live MY life for me and not what others expect.
Reign Supreme
Reign Supreme's poem Dirty Dancing: Poem 5 follows.
You're my Patrick
I'm Jennifer
Cloud 9
I waited
waited to
the time of my life
A connection was made
No longer longing
Dirty Dancing
and I am having the time of my life
through it all.
You are my Patrick
My Louie
better yet
modern Malcolm X


The blog Political Verses has published a poem titled Dirty Dancing with the Stars: A Poem about Tom DeLay. The poet and blog author is Elaine Magliaro.
I worked as an elementary school teacher for more than three decades and as a school librarian for three years. I also taught a children's literature course at Boston University from 2002-2008. I served on the advisory board of the Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival from 2006-2008 and as a member of the NCTE Poetry Committee from 2009-2012. I am now retired and write poetry for children. "Things to Do," my first children's book, will be published by Chronicle Books in February of 2017.
Elaine Magliaro
Below is Magliaro's poem Dirty Dancing with the Stars: A Poem about Tom LeLay.
He’s a “Wild Thing” that’s for sure!
Watch him dance across the floor.
“The Hammer” shakes his aging booty
While cha-cha-ing with a dark-haired beauty.

Wearing a sequined vest, silk blouse …
Dressed all in brown, this slick-haired louse
Looks like a feral chocolate bunny.
It’d sure be sad if it weren’t so funny!

Still a "Wild Thing" at his age,
Tom should be locked up in a cage …
And not out dancing with the stars —
But stuck behind some iron bars!