Category: idle contemplations

I’m actually not a Millenial

I’m actually not a Millenial

The distinctions between generations have always been interesting to me. There are no hard and fast rules in sociology and yet there are clear patterns and collective influences and I love exploring those things. Sociologists often don’t agree where the generational lines fall so I riffled through several resources online and chose the dates that seem to best fit the people I know from each generation. Generation X encompasses people born from 1963-1977 (though the dates for Gen X tend to vary significantly starting as early as 1961 and extending through as late as 1984). Generation Y includes those born from 1978-1984. They’re technically not really a unique generation anymore. […]

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Power Plays

Power Plays

In any artistic medium there are two positions of power. The content creators and those who control the distribution channels. The studios in Hollywood are such a force to be reckoned with because they often manage to be both, sort of. Because there is a third piece that is integral to the process and historically powerless: the production of the content. Movies and tv shows have to get made and production is responsible for that transformation from script to finished product. They’re the hardest working, the least appreciated, absolutely necessary and yet essentially powerless. The studios, by controlling production become a content creator that still relies on the prime content […]

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Mary Sue

Mary Sue

I seriously dislike the term Mary Sue. I used to despise it quite fiercely but writing this post siphoned most of that venom. I’m still bothered when I see that term used in a review or blog post. I always want to link back to this post with a comment that I don’t think they realize what they’re saying. I mean, they do. They’re using cultural shorthand to say that the character is one dimensional, flawless and a little too perfect. Quite possibly a figure of wish fulfillment for the author. I mean that is the definition, essentially. A Mary Sue, in literary criticism, is a fictional character with overly […]

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fan fiction-ing

fan fiction-ing

So, two stories now, that originated as Twilight fan fiction, have become actual books. With names changed and seven figure deals. The whole idea of it raises, I think, problematic and interesting questions. Obviously, at some level, all works of fiction play on central, common themes. Authors retell fairy tales and ancient mythology and rework Shakespeare and nobody thinks of crying foul. Even works no more than 200 years old, like Jane Austen, are considered fair game for reworking, rewriting, and making your own. Because any copyrights have lapsed long ago. And the thing about using public domain works is that each author brings their own style to it, so […]

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the haunted blog circus

the haunted blog circus

You know what makes me a bad blogger? drafts. I come across an article or an idea or even another blog that’s interesting to the point of being worth discussing or at the very least writing about. So, I throw it into a draft and now it’s safe; links won’t be lost, text is copied and pasted so it won’t vanish from the internet, thoughts are recorded enough to get the gist of what I was thinking but not so much that it’s a fully fledged blog. Sometimes it’s just the title of a blog about something I want to write about… eventually… And then it sits, waiting for me […]

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Date a Girl Who Reads

I know this has been posted all over the place (probably by every girl who reads). And this isn’t really a fair repost because I’ve combined Rosemarie Urquico’s text with another similar text that is either in reaction to Rosemarie or the predecessor (these things are always hard to unravel). But I like bits of both so this is my mangled version. Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card […]

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sensory deprivation

sensory deprivation

Despite my previous blog about e-books and my entire point of view on them, this weekend I read my first e-book. And I *loved* the story. didn’t love the format so much. Theoretically, I adore e-books (and absolutely stand by my assertion that publishers should make them wildly available). I like having my entire library encapsulated in this little tablet I can take anywhere with me (and that I don’t lose if my house burns down). I like having it all organized and stored and portable and nicely digital. I like the ease of holding a little tablet even if I’m reading a 500 page book (especially if I’m reading […]

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Jane Austen for a new generation

Jane Austen for a new generation

HarperTeen has recently released four Jane Austen classics with Twilight-esque covers. They’ve also released Wuthering Heights and Romeo & Juliet with similar covers. It’s kind of genius. First of all, HarperTeen has a reputation for exquisite covers so it’s appropriate that they take classics and flash them up a bit, make them more palatable for the modern girl. Second of all, covers totally sell books. I know the old saying is “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and that’s not bad advice. I’ve read bad books with great covers (and sometimes even better titles). But I’ve also read books simply because the cover intrigued me (most of them from […]

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the place where fairy tales and super heroes meet

the place where fairy tales and super heroes meet

I just finished reading book two in the Sword of Truth series, Stone of Tears. and it’s got me thinking. [If you haven’t read Stone of Tears you should stop right now because what follows is full of spoilers. If you have, or if you never plan on reading it than proceed…] Because awful, awful, horrendous, horrible things happen in that book. Revolting violations and deepest betrayals and prophecies of pain and torment come to fruition. I mean there’s good things too, but there’s all of that. And yet, at the end, I can almost say I liked the book. I forgive a lot of the atrocities (which if you […]

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How Bad Habits Create Boring Stories

This isn’t really a book entry – but it is a story entry. It’s definitely an interesting point of view on the stories we’re living and, therefore, I think worth remembering and/or discussing. How bad Habits Create Boring Storiesvia Donald Miller’s Blog by Don on 6/8/10 I’ve a friend who helps people plan and organize their lives so they can get greater impact, and he said to me recently that he’s encountering more and more clients who smoke pot recreationally. My friend isn’t a judgmental guy, so he doesn’t brow beat them or anything, but he’s asking his clients to consider the consequences of the drug. Now when my friend […]

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