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Literary Street Gangs

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I was just having a conversation with a friend of mine, and he was talking about going to St. Louis next week. I made the off-handed comment that he should watch out for the Deatheaters…and suddenly the idea hit me. Wouldn’t it be funny if there were literary based street gangs? I mean seriously I think that it’s an intriguing idea….

“Oh God, here come the Nazgul” screams a passerby as cloaked figures emerge from the shadows wielding swords and muttering something about hobbits and finding a ring.

“Avada Kedavera!” came a hissing from the alleyway as a green flashlight clicked on to reveal several masked, stick wielding persons….

Suddenly, there were people dressed in animal costumes being led by a lion and four children who attacked with ferocity…all the time they were screaming something about a White Witch…I knew the Narnians were upon me.

See what I mean….I think that if they were named after them and followed a theme it would be quite entertaining….but this could just be my F*ed up imagination. Maybe I’ll have to write a short story about this…hmmmm….

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April 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Summer Reading

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With school finally drawing to a close, I begin to look to days of less things to do which means that I’ll have time to read. I love reading…it comes with the territory of being an English Professor I suppose. However, I have so many books on my “to read” list that I’m having a hard time fathoming what to read first.

1) I have thought of rereading all my treasure Anne Rice books. I love all the vampire books (some a little more than others but that’s splitting hairs), and every time I read them, I learn something new or become more aware of certain characters. These novels are also something that I’m contemplating writing my Master’s thesis over…so, I feel like it might be viable to go back and reread now instead of waiting.

2)The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien. As a fan of fantasy fiction, many people are shocked to find out that I haven’t read all three of the books all the way through. This fact does not mean that I haven’t read a great deal of them; I just haven’t read all of them. I am greatly in love with the movies (as I have watched them to have something to grade papers with this semester). I want to see where they came from, and I know that the books will be better than the movies. It’s pretty much an unwritten fact that the book will be better than the movie hands down.

3) A plethora of other books that I have around that have been collecting dust.
Atonement by Ian McEwan (again loved the movie)
Paradise Lost by Milton (interested in the mythology of the fall of Satan that he presents)
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (being a large proponent of mythology, I have only read pieces of this book…however, since it may play a great part in the creation of my Master’s thesis, I feel like it is worth the read…also, I know that I will enjoy it)

And these are just a few of the books that I have to decide from…I also usually read Bram Stoker’s Dracula about every other summer…so, this book is back in the cycle of things too…Really, I just need to be able to absorb information by osmosis…that would be wonderful…but until then, I am going to have to think about it. Any suggestions people out there. I’m even open to others that might not necessarily be on my “list”.

A Thought of Remakes

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I was watching the Lord of the Rings the Fellowship of the Ring this morning while I was grading papers (it’s always good to have background noise on for me). It is an epic movie full of special effects, great performances, and many other great qualities (A great movie all the way around for those reading this who might not have watched it). As I teared up at the end as the (*spoiler alert) fellowship broke up and went their separate ways, I thought, ” in 50 years when technology advances will they decide remake these movies?”

It was quite a startling thought for me because who in our day and age would think to remake these masterpieces. However, look at classics like Clash of the Titans, considered to be a special effects marvel of its time, has been remade and so have many others. So, I’m just curious if the LOTR trilogy will have the same fate later down the line.

Now, I’m okay with remakes in theory because they’re supposed to improve upon the original. Yet, how many of them actually do this? The answer from my perspective is not many. Matter of factly, I cannot even think of one right off the top of my head as I write this post that even lives up to the original. The reason being, special effects are everything. Sometimes when this idea gets in the heads of filmmakers, it pollutes the overall story of the film, and it gets lost in a cocoon of technical wonder. I’m not saying that special effects aren’t all well and good because I do enjoy movies like Avatar and others which are marvelous. However, the integrity of a film should not be forfeited because of them.

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April 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm