As I was driving along the other day I was struck with this brilliant idea to bring Muppets into my blog. Now, if you are reading this and you have not connected with me on FB (there’s a little button on this page- go ahead and click it) then you have not known of my limitless affection for Jim Henson’s creations and so this might come as a bit of a surprise to you. What I aim to do with this is to bring a bit of levity to my otherwise very serious blog by way of Miss Piggy and the gang. I am also going to endeavor to make that clip into a lesson about writing but, you know, sometimes that just might fail.
And now, I present to you- the first Muppet Mayhem Monday!
Please watch this clip carefully:
Aside from learning that Piggy snorts A LOT when she gets, errrr, excited I thought this aptly demonstrated something that’s been done time and time again in all sorts of books. The use of cultural identity in the character’s mindset and world experience as well as how others in the fictional world interact with him/her. Would we not wonder if a native of Scotland had landed in the US and they DIDN’T have an accent? Different set of vernacular? Personally, I’d be scratching my head and all but having a purple fit if such things occurred. Sure, it’s not necessary to harp on such things but to ignore them entirely I view as a very bad thing indeed.
If we want to delve further into this we can also look at language as a tool in writing. Obviously our native tongue is necessary in the process but what about other languages? Many authors use languages besides their primary as a means of giving depth to both the character and the story. This can be done by the character searching for a word and sliding into their native tongue thereby demonstrating exactly how “new” the person may very well be to the environment in which they’re now residing or simply a way of showing the differences between cultures with words that do not translate well into other languages.
Above all else, and I think this could be said of ANY Muppets episode, humor is something that heartens a viewer and reader alike when the timing and delivery are just right.
Do you have a favorite Muppet clip? Character? What other writing lessons do you see in the clip?