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Revolutionary Road Review

 

Hello, everyone! For my 100th blog post, I’m reviewing Revolutionary Road, a phenomenal book and a keystone in the suburban disillusionment genre, which includes icons like American Beauty and Mad Men. Chances are, if you’ve viewed either of these works, the fundamental themes and character beats in Richard Yate’s Revolutionary Road won’t be, well, revolutionary, but their timeliness and sincerity is what makes the novel a must-read. Looking back on the Fifties from our lofty pedestals, it’s clear to see the stifling role that traditional society played in the lives of young Americans, but writing this novel in the wave of traditionalism, Yates’ novel was an urgent voice against the dangers of complacency.

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Let’s Talk About Fairytales #5: The Girl Without Hands

Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed your last few weeks of summer and are ready to dive into fall! Today I wanted to take a break from reviewing horror movies and talk about my favorite subject: crazy fairytales. I’ve read my “King Thrushbeards” and “The Goose Girl” and even “The Three Little Men in the Wood,” but while all of them are twisted, none quite hold a candle to the special act of cruelty embodied in the Grimm Brother’s tale “The Girl Without Hands.” Even the title is a doozy.

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My Month In Books: July

Hello, everyone! I’m off to college in a few weeks, so I’m trying to speed-read all of the books that I’ve checked out the from the library, about 7 in total. This summer I’m re-reading some joyful, light books and trying to catch up on a children’s classic. And in a few months I’ll be reading textbooks. Volumes and volumes of textbooks.

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Let’s Talk Fairytales #4: King Thrushbeard

Hello, everyone! I was recently gifted a gorgeous version of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, which means that we can take a little break from mythology and go back to the best and most dubiously “moral” stories of all: German bedtime stories. Today, we start with a gem called “King Thrushbeard.” One lesson I’ve learned after reading this collection: even the Grimm brothers were antisemitic. I read “The Jew in the Thorns” and a piece of my soul crumbled away. I mean, I get that the publishers were trying to compile an authentic Grimm’s Brother collection, but was a story that ends with the townspeople celebrating the hanging of a Jewish banker really necessary?

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Anywayyyyyy….

Moving on to slightly less disturbing morals, let’s dive into “King Thrushbeard.”

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My Month in Books: March

Hello, everyone! I want to share some of the fantastic books that I’ve been reading this month. I’m working on a project that involves fairy tales for school, but the books I found are pretty awesome and not like any fairy tales I’ve read before. Enjoy!

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Angsty Shakespeare: Hamlet the YA Novel

Hello, all! When you think about the many works of Shakespeare, they can seem inaccessible. Spark Notes has an entire category called No Fear Shakespeare, which aims to curb students’ fear of words like “thy” and “bulwark” by translating them into modern English. Still, many students consider Shakespeare’s works to be boring, dry, and incomprehensible. Hamlet, Shakespeare’s longest work, is known as one of the worst. But for all of its lofty language, Hamlet is basically an unintentionally hilarious YA Fic novel. Yeah, it’s a classic, but damn, there’s a lot of angst.

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Angst.

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My Month in Books: September

Hello all! I thought that this month I would start a series of posts about my reading history. Since I’m wrapped up in schoolwork, many of my selections might be classic literature, but I’ll still try to include the books that I’m reading on the side because those are infinitely more interesting. I’ve been troubled this year by the thought that for the first time in my life, I don’t have time to read my own books. I have a sort re-read routine that I do each year, including an annual read of the Harry Potter series, Memoirs of a Geisha, and The Crimson Petal and the White. But due to the great volume of homework and required outside reading I have this year, not to mention college apps, I don’t think I’ll have time to read any of these, and that makes me pretty depressed. Continue reading My Month in Books: September

Don’t be a Manipulative Author!

Greetings! This post brought to you by the word “ibidem”. Just kidding. Stop trying so hard, Dictionary.com. No one cares.

Today I want to discuss a very important subject: manipulative writing. Literature is a vehicle that allows readers to explore other worlds and acts almost as an independent universe. In this manner, the author of a novel is the ultimate creator; a god-like figure if you will. We’re all familiar with authors who kill off characters left and right (George R. R. Martin) or ones who are happiest when their characters are drowning in misery (Thomas Hardy anyone?), but we recognize that authors have creative license and can do whatever they choose with their worlds. However, there’s a difference between making decisive, plot driven choices and being a douchenozzle. Which writers are douchenozzles, you may ask? You might be surprised.  Continue reading Don’t be a Manipulative Author!