Does High School Musical count as a melodrama?
- John PLv 74 weeks ago
Depends what is meant by "melodrama". Initially it came from Greek, meaning "drama with music" and the word was used thus in theatrical terms well over 100 years ago in Britain.
In Britain, in my lifetime of over 70 years, I think of something which is "melodramatic" or a "bit of a melodrama" as having no connection with theatrical productions. It is when people are being over-the-top in their reactions to events. Possibly in the USA the word "melodrama" still has the theatrical meaning, but I have never heard of a "musical" such as High School Musical being described as a "melodrama".
- Pearl LLv 71 month ago
it might count as that
- NancyLv 61 month ago
No, it doesn't, albeit it does have melodramatic elements. High School Musical is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and is, aside from being a musical, a double tragedy. It would be a melodrama if not for its themes, the fact that its point is to meaningfully deliver social commentary and possibly change people's hearts and minds about relationships between love and society, religion (something Disney cleverly embedded), and family, especially love as a cause of violence, the real-life consequences of pitting society against individuals, and the inevitability of fate.
What would count as a melodrama would be a soap opera, like Days of our Lives or Riverdale, the most recent episode in which Archie's father, which had been played by Luke Perry, who recently died unexpectedly, is killed off being an especially good example of melodrama. Also, country music is known for being melodrama. The films Cruel Intentions and The Fault in Our Stars are also examples of melodramas, The Fault in Our Stars being widely considered the most recent great melodrama Hollywood has produced.
The point of melodrama is to pluck at your heartstrings. The story is secondary. It is merely a tool used to make you feel something intensely, like sadness, like to make you cry. It's not to make you think. It's not to give some expose or treatise or make some commentary about society or anything else. It's not to entertain by spinning an involved yarn or telling a thoughtful story. Melodrama is straight-up emotional manipulation, so if it doesn't make you feel, then it's out.
The Stepmom is a great example of melodrama because the entire film, every last frame of it, is about setting the audience up to get delivered an onslaught of sadness, thing after thing after thing, that has the audience unrelentingly bawling their eyes out for about 20 minutes straight at the end. It is shameless in its willingness to hit you over the head with the cheesiest emotions and doesn't mind being filled with unbelievable characters and far-fetched situations because they are the means by which it brings you to your emotional knees, which is what audiences of melodramas want and pay for and so suspend their disbelief in order to allow themselves to be so intensely emotionally manipulated.
- KaleyKLv 71 month ago
Definition of melodrama: A melodrama is a dramatic work wherein the plot, which is typically sensational and designed to appeal strongly to the emotions, takes precedence over detailed characterization. Melodramas typically concentrate on dialogue, which is often bombastic or excessively sentimental, rather than action. Characters are often simply drawn and may appear stereotyped. Melodramas are typically set in the private sphere of the home, and focus on morality and family issues, love, and marriage, often with challenges from an outside source, such as a "temptress", or an aristocratic villain. A melodrama on stage, film or television is usually accompanied by dramatic and suggestive music that offers cues to the audience of the drama being presented.
High School Musical is a made-for-TV musical. It's a musical, not a melodrama.