Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share the results of the #pfmessages project – you can read the original post about the project here if you’d like, but to summarize, I thought it would be cool to start a link-up of posts about the money-related messages that are often hidden inside literature, music, films, and popular culture.
All of the amazing contributions are listed below, with links. I hope you’ll check them out and leave comments on the posts if you feel so inspired. To me, one of the best things about blogging is the chance to communicate interactively with others about our experiences and ideas, and the comments sections are one great place to do that.
This wrap-up post is by no means intended as the end of #pfmessages. I really believe that this is an important topic to keep discussing because it can help us to understand how our thinking about money has evolved over the years and to identify the factors that have influenced—and continue to influence—our beliefs. So if you want to write a #pfmessages post now or anytime in the future, just let me know and I’ll be sure to retweet it!
All right, so without further ado, here are the #pfmessages posts in alphabetical order by first name:
- Alyssa at Generation YRA contributed a great discussion of the movie 10 Things I Hate About You (Remember that movie?? Flashback to 1999!) and what it has to say about money and high school archetypes, including analyses of each of the major characters, which you’ll appreciate and enjoy even if you haven’t seen the movie.
- Claudia at Two Cup House wrote a cool post about the money messages in a Christmas movie that she inadvertently watched while traveling, including the one very important thing that was missing from the movie, and the valuable lesson we can learn from that.
- DC at Young Adult Money contributed a very intriguing post on what Breaking Bad is really about (hint: it’s definitely not what you think…)
- Emily at The John & Jane Doe Guide to Money & Investing wrote not one but two #pfmessages posts, both with lots of cool details and insightful analysis. One was on the money messages of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, and the other was on ten money lessons she’s learned from geekdom.
- Fehmeen at Debt, Debt, Go Away wrote a creative post exploring the money messages that appear in comic books, a very interesting genre (and he included lots of cool comic book images to illustrate his points!)
- Harmony at Creating My Kaleidoscope contributed an insightful post about the money-related themes that appear in Christmas music – and one theme that may surprise you does emerge…
- Maggie at Northern Expenditure also contributed two very thoughtful posts: one about the song “Hey Everybody!” by 5 Seconds of Summer and what it has to say about money and goals, and the other about the use of color as a symbol in the Alfonso Cuarón adaptation of A Little Princess (which happened to be one of my favorite movies growing up).
- Nathan at Quiet Habits contributed a great post analyzing the money messages in the Imagine Dragons song “Gold” — there’s some very interesting symbolism here.
- Penny at She Picks up Pennies wrote a two-part post about The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. These posts have a slightly different and very cool twist—Penny presents her teenage students’ thoughts on what the book has to say about money and other important issues. Check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
- Sarah at The Yachtless (yep, I wrote one too!) wrote about what the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder can teach us about money. The takeaway: money is super weird.
- Thias at It Pays Dividends contributed a post about the television show The Middle—sounds like there are definitely some messages in this show that a lot of people would benefit from! (Also with commentary from guest blogger Albert Einstein.)
- Vic at Dad is Cheap presented a deconstruction of the Disney film Beauty and the Beast that explains what’s actually going on underneath the surface—check it out if you want to find out who the real villain of the story is! (And all this time I thought I knew what that film was about…)
That’s it…for now! I really encourage you to take some time to check out any posts you haven’t read yet—and if you’d like, tweet this post so even more people can have the chance to check out the list!
Thanks so much to everyone for participating in this collective project/ experiment, especially during the busy holiday season. I loved reading all the posts and am so happy to be a part of this community.
See you in 2016!