ByBridget Serdock, writer at
A Jedi master, Pokemon training, keyblade wielding, super powered black belt who dabbles in witchcraft and wizardry
Bridget Serdock

If you don't know who I am yet, my name's Bridget Serdock and I typically write about Disney movies or Superhero movies here on Moviepilot. Well, in honor of a new contest, I decided to change things up a bit.

So, the contest was pretty simple. Take this quiz about the fandom you should write about. See your result. Write about it. Simple enough. So here was my result:

Now the point of this contest is to throw us, the creators, outside of our comfort zones by having us write about something we normally wouldn't. And let me tell you, this is hard.

It's not that I haven't seen fantasy adventure movies or because I don't like them, it's because I've never really thought about them in depth. And then I got to thinking, I normally write articles about an analysis of a movie or speculation or other things that require a lot of thinking. So, I decided to write about how fantasy adventure movies have shaped me as a person. More specifically, what I learned from fantasy adventure movies of my childhood.

Harry Potter taught me . . .

Many many many many things. I still haven't read the books (don't yell at me, I'm working on it), but I watched all the movies as they were coming out. I grew up with these characters, as so many people have. I will always love these movies and hold them close to my heart. Of all the characters, I learned most from Hermione.

I know, shocker.

The first thing I learned from Hermione was to do my homework. Where Ron and Harry didn't know the first thing of the deadly creatures and organisms trying to kill them, Hermione knew exactly what they were and how to fight them.

I also learned how to stand up for myself and my friends in any way needed. I still remember how excited I was when she punched Draco in the face. I've done karate since I was six years old, and when Hermione punched Draco, I was eight. I remember sitting there thinking "that's awesome. She's my favorite." This specific part taught me that even with all the power in the world, sometimes a simple punch in the face is enough to get your point across.

I learned true strength as well. When she was tortured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part I, you see what true strength is. The fact that she endured that pain without faltering is moving and inspirational. Some may not consider that time to be their childhood, but I was fourteen when I saw this for the first time. It was enough to make an imprint on my mind.

Chronicles of Narnia taught me . . .

Out of all these characters, I'd have to say that I learned from Edmund the most. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I connected with him the most, but I definitely learned the most from him. The way he struggled with his siblings and tried so hard to prove that he was better than they thought of him. His struggle with being a bad person. And most importantly, the fact that he stood out. All of that spoke to me on some level. It also allowed him to grow as a person and that growth taught me quite a bit.

First, family is important. Not that eight year old me needed anymore reminder of that (I have 17 first cousins and I am close with many of my second and third cousins that I can't count because there are so many). Edmund, despite betraying his siblings, was welcomed back with open arms. He fought for and with them and proved his worth.

Next, I learned not to trust random strangers in the woods no matter how attractive they are. Again, another concept that shouldn't need much explaining to eight year old me, or any eight year old actually.

I also learned not to lie. More specifically, don't lie no matter what the consequences may be. When he lies about going to Narnia with Lucy in the first place, he quickly learns not to do that again. Not only did he make a mistake, but he kind of endangered his life and the future of entire world filled with magical beings. Now that may or may not be more extreme than anything I'll ever have to deal with, but I try not to lie about more important things.

Pirates of the Caribbean taught me . . .

To be more like Jack.

More specifically, I learned to think on my feet. Jack may not have been the best swords man out there - correction: he wasn't the best swords man out there, but he surely was the smartest and the sharpest. I've applied this idea to myself. Having done karate and sparring, I knew I wouldn't be the strongest one out there. I'm an eighteen year old girl standing at 5'4'' who spars boys and men 5'10'' and taller, all with at least fifty pounds on me. I need my wits about me to last a single match with them.

I also learned to be less like Jack.

If you haven't noticed, he's a bit of an ass. The best part of Jack was Will Turner. Will was like his conscience personified. Jack is very funny, very smart and a damn good pirate. But he's not a nice person. He cares more for treasure and power than anything else. He is better than most pirates out there, I will give him that, but if given the option between being him and Will Turner or Elizabeth Swann, I will pick Will or Elizabeth.

Series of Unfortunate Events taught me . . .

That everyone's family is insane. And there will always be one family out there more insane than yours. If you can't find it, just rewatch this movie.

Seriously, though, this was one messed up family. I don't remember much about this movie (sorry to anyone who loved the books), but I do remember that Count Olaf belonged in an insane asylum. Most of their family did, actually. Their Uncle Monty with all the snakes. Aunt Josephine who was eaten by leeches after her husband was. They were just full of cooks.

I also learned that adulthood is a weird time. The kids seemed to be the only normal ones in the family and the youngest, Sunny, bites people and has her own language. Aunt Josephine is terrified of swimming and has a grammar obsession. Uncle Monty had all those snakes, and decided to name a harmless snake the Incredibly Deadly Viper to mess with people (which is actually hilarious). Oh, and Count Olaf thought the best way to earn a fortune was to kill off all his family members and marry his cousin

Hook taught me . . .

A little more about family. A little more about friends. And a tad bit about myself.

As for family, this movie reiterated the fact that family comes first. A lesson that adults forget all too easily when caught up in their own lives. This movie inspired me to not be like Peter, at least not the Peter we saw before he returned to Neverland. I never want to lose sight of this one important fact.

Friends can make a family just as well as a married couple can. The lost boys are a family. Peter may have left the family, but he was still a part of them, he just had to remember who he was is all. Even Captain Hook had a family of friends, his may not have as loving as Peter's, but it was a family nonetheless.

Lastly, I learned to never lose sight of myself. Peter forgot who he was, who Wendy was, and where he came from. That's something I never want to lose. I want to remember the fact that I am from a small town in New York, that I'm a black belt in karate, that I'm a student pilot, that I have a huge family, that I love sports, that I love reading and writing, and at heart I am nothing more than a total geek. No matter where this life takes me, whether to bigger and better things or to something smaller than where I am, I don't want to forget who I am.

In short, I've learned a lot from these movies

And not just these movies, but these are a few of the ones I can remember off the top of my head. I also loved Lord of the Rings, Ergaon (though that might change if I watched it today), The Princess Bride, Star Wars, Spirited Away, Jumanji, and countless other fantasy adventure movies from my childhood.

If it weren't for these movies, I don't know if I'd be the same. Mainly because, on top of all of these valuable lessons that I learned, I wouldn't yearn for adventure the same way I do now. If it weren't for these movies, I may not be an aviation major and instead be a physics major *shudders*.

So, I guess this article needed a little more thinking than I expected, but it was fun and interesting to step outside of my comfort zone a little there. Even though it wasn't too hard considering how much I love these movies.

What's your favorite fantasy adventure movie? What did you, if anything, learn from these movies?


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