An Almost Made Up Poem

British Invasion on Instant Queue: Why You Must Watch Sherlock and Spaced
August 23, 2012, 5:47 am
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British Invasion on Instant Queue: Why You Must Watch Sherlock and Spaced.


NPR’s Top 100 Young Adult Novels
August 7, 2012, 6:53 pm
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I totally voted in this poll. Do you agree? What are your fav young adult novels?

Mass Effect Homeworlds: “A Bullet for Your Sins” Reveals More About My Favorite Turian
August 7, 2012, 3:04 am
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Mass Effect Homeworlds: “A Bullet for Your Sins” Reveals More About My Favorite Turian.

Paranoia, Panem, and Peeta: How Katniss Won Me Over
August 3, 2012, 2:24 am
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As someone who considers herself an avid reader, I didn’t think I would enjoy Hunger Games as much as the tweens who squealed about its awesomeness. Never having been too fond of Twilight, I ruled out Hunger Games as that type of pop culture junk that becomes notoriously bad lit. I also knew that the premise of Hunger Games was not a new idea. In fact, I loved Battle Royal, a Japanese film about kids who battle until the death, so I didn’t think a young adult version of that same violent premise would catch my attention. However, I noticed that Hunger Games was becoming a must-read even in schools, and I wanted to know what was so different about this book that attracted so many different readers.  After finishing Hunger Games in just a few days, I realized what got me hooked to the series: Katniss Everdeen is a great female character.

In Panem, people within the capitol are endowed with certain privileges while the rest of the districts have to fight it out every year at the televised Hunger Games. One boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 represent their district at the games. They must fight until there is only one survivor, a victor, who wins a year’s supply of food for their district. Katniss volunteers to go to the Hunger Games instead of her little sister, Primrose. Small acts of rebellion that Katniss instigates in the
Game arena become the driving force of a full-scale revolution.

Hunger Games displays the importance of individual participation in government. Throughout the series, it is seventeen-year-old Katniss who refuses to play by the rules of Panem’s corrupt government, so she fuels political and social change. Katniss constantly fights to survive and to keep a sense of self. When Rue, her young ally, dies, Katniss puts flowers on her dead body before the government is able to take Rue’s body. Katniss memorializes Rue as a person, not as an object in Panem’s games. By doing this, Katniss draws attention to herself. By wearing a fire dress, shooting an arrow at the elite capitol officials, and refusing to kill Peeta, Katniss ultimately succeeds as becoming a symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay.

Katniss thinks like no teenage girl I have ever met because she fights passionately for a real cause. She doesn’t care about Team Peeta or Team Gale, she just wants to see President Snow dead. Because Katniss is the narrator, the reader gets to experience her confusion about her love life. But the love triangle never detracts from everything else happening. Somehow, Katniss has bigger things on her mind than what boy to kiss. She rather kick some ass than sit around doting on boys. Katniss remains a strong female character all throughout the series and I really love her for that. I think there needs to be more female characters like Katniss, who are able to engage young women for all the right reasons. I might even go so far as to say that Katniss inspires me to express my inner Mockingjay. Here I am squealing about the awesomeness of the Hunger Games series like some sort of tween. I guess don’t judge a book by its audience.

So Say We All: Thoughts on BSG’s Infamous Ending (Part Two)
July 20, 2012, 4:41 pm
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So Say We All: Thoughts on BSG’s Infamous Ending (Part Two).

So Say We All: Thoughts on Battlestar Gallactica (Part One)
July 16, 2012, 4:04 am
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Come read my reaction to BSG! So Say We All: Thoughts on Battlestar Gallactica (Part One).

Killing an Arab: Monday Thoughts on Camus’ “The Stranger”
July 3, 2012, 3:16 am
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Mondays always put me in an existential mood. Maybe because starting to do all over again what you did the previous week awakens a sense of despair and questioning. Mondays might remind me that I have a schedule that I can’t seem to break–a cycle of time that seems to go on endlessly. But why? Why do I do the same thing week after week, just waiting for something different in the pattern?

This Monday feeling got me thinking about Camu’s “The Stranger” and my frame of mind when I first read it. I remember being completely lost in life and feeling a sense of despair that wouldn’t go away. I had just graduated college and it seemed the world outside of academia not only frightened me, but it threatened to trap me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. As soon as I read the first line of Camu’s “Stranger”: “Maman died today,” I was deeply engrossed. I wanted to know more about the awkward man who had some what of a disconnect from his life. The more I read, the more I realized that the story would take me somewhere unexpected. As soon as it got to the end and Meursalt kills the Arab, I finally got it. Meaursalt’s was a stranger not only to many but to himself. He felt alienated, alone and caught in the despair of the everyday. His mother’s death awakened an even bigger sense of all these emotions. What is supposed to be the point of life? I guess the irony is that the stranger is no stranger at all. Meursalt is such a familiar character to us all; we have all felt as he did and needed something to release us from existential despair.

Happy Monday…


Also…Here’s a link to an interesting New Yorker  about the importance of translation in the opening line of Camus’ “The Stranger”