So this is something I will be working on all semester. Some of my favorite blog posts to write are when I look at something and I enjoy and try to figure out why.
What I am going to do is look at my top five favorite books and movies and reassess my opinion of them and how they fit into my life.
For the record my top five of each are:
- A Room with a View-E.M. Forster
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-Betty Smith
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler-E. L. Konisburg
- Mrs. Dalloway-Virginia Woolf
- Emma-Jane Austen
- The Graduate
- Bringing Up Baby
- North by Northwest
- His Girl Friday
- A Room with a View
I don’t know if I am going to alternate between books and movies or just do all of one and then the other. I guess we’ll see!
Filed under Film, Literature
And we’re going to do them backwards.
I’ve picked my research topic (and my title) for my Jane Austen paper about Emma. Here we go…”The Frivolity of Frank and the Frankness of Mr. Knightley.” I was pretty pleased with the title.
Behind that punny title is a look at the discourse between Frank and Emma and Mr. Knightley and Emma and what it reveals about the men in her life.
Also, here’s a look at my Halloween costume! I don’t know if I have ever been prouder (except maybe in relation to the title of my Jane Austen paper)
Pineapple-The Sassiest Fruit
If you read my originial blog post about my first reasonable goal of the summer it was a pretty simple goal: reread all of Jane Austen’s novels. My first to tackle was Pride and Prejudice, which other than my biennial reading of Emma, was my most recent reading of an Austen work in senior AP Literature. I am about half way done and I have some observations.
- How awesome is Mr. Hurst? Too awesome. Oh okay, not really. But I love how he is a completely useless character. He and his wife were completely taken out of the 2005 movie version of P&P. He provides no plot point. None. He doens’t even give vital information from one character to another like Fitzwilliam who is insturmental in Elizabeth finding out more about Darcy’s true nature (or so she thinks). Mostly this man plays card and sleeps on sophas. Completely useless and completely awesome.
- I don’t know if Lizzy’s rejection of Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy is really in character. True she hates foolishness, so Mr. Collins makes sense. But she is quick witted and cares about her family. Mr. Darcy could provide well for her entire family. Even if at the time she is banking on a proposal from Wickham, he is a lowly foot soldier and would barely be able to provide for Elizabeth. I think it would be more believable if Wickham had some other prospects. Like maybe lies to Elizabeth about the possibility of securing a new rectory position.
- I highly recommend the newer annotated edition from 2007 with notes by David M. Shapard.
I think I am going to finish my notes and reading of P&P tonight and start on Emma, which I just got the Norton Critical Edition of. Whoo