- A conventional or formulaic conception or image
- Treat or classify according to a mental stereotype
It's possible to do deep, insightful, characterization and trenchant probing of humanity's core in a movie: but I think most folks would rather see a few song-and-dance numbers, a helicopter chase, or whatever is in vogue today.
Using stereotypes like 'spunky girl reporter' or 'crusading environmentalist' can save a lot of time and get the story to the exciting bits. Like I said, I don't have a problem with that.
Problems can start when folks forget that stereotypes are "conventional or formulaic conceptions:" a sort of mental shorthand that boils a complex reality down to something short, simple, and sometimes not much like the original.
Michelangelo's job as a sort of interior decorator.
These days, Catholicism in the movies seems more likely to show up in something like "Catholic Ghoulgirls" or "Tales from the Catholic Church of Elvis!" On the other hand, "The Passion of the Christ" was produced in the 21st century. Unlike so many 'Biblical' movies, that one got it right. And that's another topic.
Where was I? Catholic ghoulgirls, an angsty artist, and a singing nun. Right.
Some of the world's 1,100,000,000 or so living Catholics probably fit some of the stereotypes for Catholics. It would be odd if a few didn't. But we're not all ignorant louts, talented nuns, or dedicated reformers.
My Irish ancestry lets me be sort of close to one of America's stereotypes for 'being Catholic.' But I'm also half Norwegian, and was raised across the river from Fargo, North Dakota. I've got a decent singing voice, but I wouldn't make a good 'Irish Catholic' of the Father O'Malley variety.
And that's okay. I figure that God makes each of us a bit different for a reason: and I've posted about 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, 14-17, 28; 14:9, 23 before. (June 1, 2011)
- "The Threat of People Who Aren't Just Like Us?"
(July 23, 2011)
- "Horses, Gothic Cathedrals, and a Faith That Matters"
(July 9, 2011)
- "Speaking in Tongues and Getting a Grip"
(June 1, 2011)
- "Tartans, Scotland, the Pope, and a Universal Church"
(September 12, 2010)
- "Unity, Diversity, and Being Catholic"
(August 26, 2010)