Creating a Mythology
The last video update featured a YouTube community’s favorite thing: a question that offers them partial control. I titled this video “You Choose” and it had over 3,000 views the first day. Usually, updates get around 1,000 to 2,000 views on the first day and then climb to around 4 or 5K over the course of the week. But not when they get to choose something. It was also one of the few that shot up over a 1,000 comments. The video updates usually get between 400 and 500 comments. So far it looks like people are voting for the “Jarvi classic” (as my wife called it) daily upload option over the weekly upload option.
Since I’ve turned this into a “whatever I’m thinking about” blog, there’s only one thing on my mind at this point in the week (other than working on PoPS, which I’m up to about 3 hours a night now): Tomorrow night at midnight, baby…
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
That’s right. That title gets it’s own paragraph. J.K. Rowling pulled off the thing that every sci-fi/fantasy writer dreams about. She created her own mythology. That and she made a gazillion dollars off of her creation, that’s pretty good too, but it has to take backseat to giving life to a brand new mythology and a cultural touchstone that impacted many generations and means so much to so many people. It’s more than storytelling. This is a legacy that generates more than fans, it generates fanaticism. People brandish Harry Potter books like they wear gang colors. If you’re having trouble making friends in any situation, draw a lightning bolt scar on your head; someone will find you. J.K. also did the impossible against all odds. She took a series that had taken on a life of it’s own in the imaginations of millions and she ended it satisfyingly. At least as far as the books go. Anyone who says differently is missing some imperative piece of their heart. And people who don’t read the books will never understand the power of the movies. The movies only truly work if you’ve read the books. They give you a visual interpretation of a story you already know with much more detail than they can ever put on the screen. The movies are a celebration of the books. They’re a celebration of the characters, stories, and world that we all fell in love with. Tomorrow night is the conclusion of that experience for a lot of us. Harry Potter will never go away, but the release of the last movie closes the door on the core of the original experience. Man, that’s something else. Below is a beautifully constructed look back, thanks to Warner Bros., at the road that we’ve traveled so far.
One last thing—something awesome happened today. My mom called me on my lunch break and said, “Sorry, to bother you at work, but I have to give you a little fame update.”
She had just got off the phone with somebody at the Disney Vacation Club—Most of my childhood vacations found me in Disney World and we’re going again as a family in January. So my mom was making some reservations for us over the phone and she was giving our names. When she said my name, the girl on the other end said, “Wait…Jake Jarvi? Like… Platoon of Power Squadron?”
“Yes! You watch his show?”
“Yeah, I can’t wait for the next episode.”
My mom giggled her way through the telling of this story and I giggled my way through having her tell it to me again. That’s the first time a non-YouTube-gathering situation has resulted in me being recognized. So cool.
Thanks for reading, guys.