I don’t know if anyone is aware of this “really old movie,” but The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 film adaptation of the 1954 book of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is the first volume of the larger work The Lord of the Rings, which helped define an entire genre… Continue reading May the Fellowship Be Unbroken, By and By: A Lord of the Rings Appreciation Post
The context. In my third year of university, I took a class upon the topic of Middle English romances. We’re taking chivalry, we’re talking Vikings and Bretons, we’re talking lords and ladies and castles and whatnot. We’re talking spoofs, exoticism, and legendary revisionism. The longest piece we read was Sir Gawain and the Green Knight… Continue reading An afternoon with The Green Knight
I'm re-reading the Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater right now. For a long time, I've had this comparison in my head between the second book, The Dream Thieves, and this scene from Inception. In The Dream Thieves, Ronan has the ability to pull objects and creatures out of his dreams and give them form in… Continue reading Inception’s alternate title: The Dream Thieves
Star Trek--Shakespeare's Star Wars I recently made a post about how drama compares to narrative and poetry. (Link to it here.) Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher is a good example of narrative (film) converted to drama employing poetry (verse). And I couldn't help but think the line "To boldly go where none hath gone"… Continue reading Bold Bones
In my first year of university, our English professor had us participate in an on-line discussion group about the texts we studied, providing us with different questions or topics to discuss. When we studied Shakespeare's Othello, the topic was the obscure motivation of Iago in his quest to bring Othello down. The professor wanted to… Continue reading On-line English Literature Discussion: Shakespeare’s Dark Knight
Batman Begins--The Land of Oz As deadlines loom and assignments pile up, I'm growing worried that, like L. Frank Baum's Scarecrow, I have no brains left, or that what brains I do have only consist of the Wonderful Wizard's placebo: bran, pins, and needles. Although, I've noticed that some professors have the pictured attitude towards… Continue reading Brains of Bats, Pins, and Needles
Thor movie-Mr. Standfast quote I watched The Avengers yesterday (sort of re-watching the MCU movies) so I was thinking about Thor the other day. It reminded me of this picture I put togther with a quote from Richard Hannay in a book by one of my favourite authors, John Buchan. It just seemed to fit.
Every now and then you hear somebody whining about how awful such-and-such a movie adaptation was and how much better its book was and "oh my goodness, if you liked the movie at all or watched it before you read the book you are such a traitor and don't deserve to be mentioned in the… Continue reading Book VS Film