I Love The Craft, Charmed, and Practical MagicÖWait, Iím A Fluffy Bunny?
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I doubt there is one person in the school I go to that doesnít know that Iím a Paganóor, as the part of the student body that donít like me call me, ďwitch bitch.Ē This just past school year, my junior year, I made an attempt to clear up rumors by being interviewed by the school newspaper about my spirituality. I explained it (excluding words such as witchcraft, spell, magic, and Wicca of course) and hoped that it would make people see me in a new light. Unfortunately, because the aspiring journalist wrote it in such a way that made me sound very melodramatic (and put quotes around things I didnít say!) I think it just added fuel to the fire.
But anyway, now that the background is out of the way, letís get back on the subject at hand.
I like to view myself as a very intelligent, well-rounded, open-minded individual. Since day one, Iíve researched and researched and researched everything I could. Within the first week, I knew what a Ďfluffy bunnyí was, and I was determined not to be one. Right from the get-go, I knew magic wasnít like in the media. I knew vampires and werewolves and dragons and other fantastical creatures like that werenít real, although I certainly wished they were.
I had my fluff moments here and there despite all the research and work I put in, but donít we all? Iím past that now, and although I donít really self-identify as a Wiccan or a Witch any longer, thatís the label thatís stuck because I used to be veryÖ. out there. Hence the fluff. So, rumors were thus spread, especially when I got to high school, and I became known as ďwitch bitchĒ to some, ďthe witchĒ to others, and still others just didnít care. ( I appreciated those still others.)
So, anyway, in reference to the title. First, it was The Craft. My buddy Kat introduced it to me first, since she adores it. And I really liked it, too. Sure, many people think itís a terrible movie, but I thought it was really good. Besides, you can only expect bad graphics and actors from a 90s movie about witches.
After The Craft was the lovely Practical Magic. Who doesnít love this movie? Not only does it have great actresses, but also itís a great love story and a great example of the fact that things like curses only work if you believe in them. The whole placebo effect thing.
And of course, thereís Charmed. Iím almost finished watching the entire series---Iím on the fifth episode of the eighth season now. And I love it. I think itís hilarious. And even though the graphics and actors/actresses are even worse than in The Craft, itís so addicting that you canít help but love it. My mother and my 8-year-old sister love it as well.
Now, like Iíve mentioned, I like to view myself as a very intelligent person. Iím no longer ďout thereĒ about my spirituality. I donít even wear a pentacle anymore: I wear a pretty little triskele. I get complimented on it all the time. If someone asks me what religion I am, I tell them I donít like to put a label on my beliefs, but I do believe there is a divine out there, that itís called by many names, and that I basically try my best to work in harmony with the earth and the universe.
If I know for a fact that the other person is of a like mind, I tell them that Iím an Eclectic Neo-Pagan. I donít bring Neo-Pagan or New Age centered books with me to school unless Iím passing them on to a friend who wants to borrow it. I donít talk very much about it, either, simply because thereís nothing to talk about. My experiences are my own and I donít need to share them. I donít shout my thoughts and feelings from the rooftops like I used to. Iíve become a much quieter, peaceful, andóbecause Iíve settled down with my spiritualityómuch more confident and centered. People respect me a lot more now, and even the rumors have seem to have settled down.
So, one day I was talking to a friend about TV shows we like, and I said my and my family love to watch Charmed. He snorted and said, ďYeah, Ďcause itís about witches, right?Ē
I ignored the comment and mentioned another TV show I like (House, but thatís not the point here) , but it left me wondering what people think of me when it comes to the kind of media I like. Do people really think I only like The Craft, Charmed, and Practical Magicóand Harry Potter, but who doesnít love Harry Potter? óbecause theyíre about witches? Do I come off as fluffy bunny simply because I donít hate the fantasy genre that is filled with vampires, witches, wizards, fairies, and other creatures?
I know thereís really nothing I can do about besides not mention the kind of media I like, but it still irks me. And it really gets me thinking about assumptions within the Pagan community, too. But here, itís almost reversed. Youíre ostracized if you DONíT love those kinds of things. Oh, but you canít be ďout thereĒ with it. Except if youíre at a Pagan gathering. Then you can be ďout thereĒ.
But you all know what Iím talking about. Itís been discussed in several different articles on here before. I donít need to go over the whole thing again. I really just wanted to blow off some steam.
Iím really just tired of the fluffy bunny thing. Okay, I admit, I used to use the fluffy bunny label all the time. Sometimes I still slip up and use it. Iím really trying not to, and itís because Iím trying to get rid of that assumption that Iím fluffy bunny because of the kinds of TV shows and movies I like. Or books. Because I love the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, too.
Theyíre fiction, people. We all know theyíre fiction. Granted, there are those out there who donít think theyíre fiction, but those people are much more few and far between than we think they are. We arenít like rabid Twilight fans that convert to Cullenism and think that theyíre vampires, too.
Just because someone loves The Craft, Charmed, and Practical Magic DOES NOT mean that they believe witchcraft is just like that. I wish more people would understand that.
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