One of the works I read for a class this week was Marilynne Robinson’s “Housekeeping”. Though I still haven’t finished the book yet, I’ve so far found it enjoyable and interesting. If you’ve not heard of the book, like I hadn’t two weeks ago, it focuses on a dysfunctional family of women living in a small house on the edge of a lake in the town of Fingerbone, somewhere in the south of the United States.
Not to give too much away, (massive spoiler alert), but towards the end of the novel two of the main characters, Ruth and Sylvie, cross a railroad bridge to the other side of the lake and go to start their new life. Though in their new town and new jobs they are not really seen to really be there or to be real at all. It is thought that they died on their crossing of the bridge but that their spirits and souls live on again, while others say that they were dead in the first place and that it was only their souls that crossed to the new town.
What do you think? I personally think that they only died on the bridge, but that’s my opinion. Am I right? Am I wrong? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you next week, as always.
Having just finished an essay on Robert Louis Stevenson’s work ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’, I thought it would be fun to have a look at the story and also to have a look at how it has been translated to other parts of pop culture over the years.
If any of you haven’t read it or somehow have missed the countless references everywhere, here’s a quick guide; Dr. Jekyll, a scientist, creates a potion that turns him into a maniac monster, Mr. Hyde, when he drinks it. He wrecks havoc around London before killing himself. That’s it in a nutshell. It became massively popular at the time and the story has been adapted to more than 123 film versions!
This trope has been used time and time again over the years in both t.v. and film and here are some of the best:
- “Hare Remover”, 1946 (Warner Bros) starring Bugs Bunny
- I, Monster, 1971, starring Christopher Lee
- The Song “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by The Who, released in 1968
- A song by the same title by Men at Work, released in 1982
- J. R. R. Tolkein’s character of Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy
- Appearances are made by both Jekyll and Hyde in Alan Moore’s comic “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman”.
Of course, there are a lot more instances, I’ve just listed some of my favourites here. Do you think there are some other note worthy references that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you back here next week!
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This week I’ve been reading Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ as I’m using it for an essay. I’d read the book before but I’m reading it in a lot more detail this time and pulling out lots of quotes to use. About halfway through the book, I started thinking about how the whole theme and moral of the story seems awful similar to the way modern day celebrities are living. I know this has probably been said many times before but I haven’t read it anywhere else so bear with me. Take Justin Bieber for example. The young, pretty, adored by millions, teen heartthrob. Then he started getting older and and started lashing out and just being an all around annoyance. Now don’t get me wrong, this could just be him being your average early-20’s guy, just on a much bigger scale. Or is he living in fear of loosing his adorned looks that made him famous, similar to the way Dorian acted in the same situation. There are so many other celebrities this could be applied to but Bieber seems the most relevant and honestly the most know.
What do you think? Is the comparison there or am I just talking nonsense? Let me know, and I’ll see you back here next week.
This week I’m going back to the reading aspect of this blog and I want to talk a little bit about Sherlock Holmes. Everyone knows a little bit, if not a lot about Sherlock Holmes already, if not from reading the books then by watching the t.v. show or movies. This week I started reading one of the books for an assignment and it has been my first taste of the literature side of Sherlock’s world. So far (I haven’t finished reading it yet) I’ve found the book to be very interesting, gripping and entertaining. I wanted to take this space to talk about the ways the characters differ in the books than in the t.v. show or movies. First and foremost, the t.v. characters differ greatly as they are set in a modern time, and have different detective abilities thanks to technology. In the film adaptations, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, the characters are living in a similar world to where they were written into originally and they behave in similar ways, except for the added comedic aspect for cinema. Overall, I think that all the media adaptations, that I have seen, of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works have been very good efforts and deserve all the recognition that they get.
What’s your favourite version of Sherlock? Do you agree with me or do you think I’m just talking nonsense? Let me know in the comments below!