Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I wasn't completely sure as to what literary response I should redo/develop until I saw that I wrote, "to be continued" after my "Interview With A Vampire" response... that made it the choice pretty secular.
The characters in this book are so complex- so humanistic that they don't seem dead, or reborn. I'm not even sure what the correct classification of a vampire is as for if they are living or dead. hah. The main vampires in this book have heightened emotions because they never got to live out every aspect of being human. Claudia in particular seems to be the most affected by time and aging because she would forever be a child... (Although she does die in the end of the novel and movie) besides that point she never got to develop into womanhood. As much as she was constricted by her outward appearance she was even more so by her "fathers", Louis, her protector and maker and Lestat, Louis' maker. Claudia was like a pet for Lestat. Perhaps he thought that he could create a better vampire than Louis turned out to be- since Louis is always questioning his authority and still remains so human in his actions. This of course makes Louis, Claudia's nurturer and partner. As Claudia becomes older she mistakes their strong partnership for a relationship. It is emotionally devastating when she realizes that her body will never match her maturity and to be frank, sexual desires. I believe that Claudia truly wants to be intimate with Louis. Lestat’s meals- healthy, beautiful women who have felt every grown-up emotion and don’t just know of them, often remind her of her imperfection. This unfair prospect angers Claudia because she never had the choice or chance to become anything more than she is, a child. She eventually learns to use her perplex persona as a mechanism to get whatever she wants. By playing innocent and pure she gets the kill, all while relying on her fault, being a child.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
what I do
After graduation from Ringling College of Art and Design I spent about three years taking odd jobs here or there. These jobs were freelance, small advertisements that would never get seen. I did some spot illustrations for my old family dentist- it seems like I never leave the dentist once I get there! I had to ink little descriptions on how to brush properly for kids that ate far too much sugar and would have dentures by the time they were 30. It was quite fulfilling. As the years went on it became harder and harder to get a job- even one that didn’t pertain to my major, Illustration. By 2029, eighteen years after I graduated traditional art was obsolete, almost a joke. They didn’t even teach art as we know it in schools anymore. Around the year 2020 I went back to school to become an educator. I never had a passion for children and low and behold I ended up teaching them. The arts department at my school no longer used cheap markers but instead each child, each dirty, sticky handed child had a wacom tablet. I am making less than a year of Ringling now and living with three dogs. Three large dogs in my little apartment. I am not married and because of that I resent most of my friends who traded their individuality to be with a man.. or woman. For all that want to know I actually enjoy living alone in my 3-bedroom house in Ocoee, Fl. It’s right by Disney… the happiest place on earth.
In the year 2050 I’m about 60 years old, pleasantly plump and know exactly what to order from my local Chinese restaurant. I retired about three years ago but it seems like I’ll have to start working sometime in the future because money’s getting short. I’ve gone through about two more sets of doggy triplets. All having names that start with the letter B, my favorite little girl being Bambi- a 120 pound hound dog. This is my life. Occasionally I take out my wi fit and attempt to hula hoop. That’s as much ativity as I get now a days. I used to always be cold but now I always seem to be hot- just like my mother. Oh boy! I keep the house at a nice 65 degrees with my plumpness keeping me warm.
Well, well it’s 2100 and I still have my real teeth. All the food now is in nasty gel formulas with the right amount of vitamins and nutrients to keep us going. I had a major jaw surgery when I was 20 where they removed my diskal joints and had to wait years and years to eat actual solid food. Now there isn’t any. The weather is disgustingly hot out and I can’t be bothered to have a garden or even tend to my lawn. That’s all okay because hardly anyone has a yard let alone anything green. I live in a concrete wonderland. I do however have a fabulous chia pet garden in the spare bathroom bathtub. I can’t believe I’m still alive- I should just get a big mac and get it over with. My local YMCA has a new senior program called “silver sneakers” and they pick me up twice a week to make sure I walk enough so I don’t get a blood clot. How nice of them. And wouldn’t you know it I have a senior activity on Thursdays that includes finger painting- with a synthetic vitamin gel that will supposedly keep me young.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This story is very much apart of the fantasy genre. I first read J. R. R. Tolkein's "The Hobbit" when I was about ten years old or so and I absolutely fell in love with it... Harry Potter has nothing on Bilbo! I actually inherited a first edition copy of it (from 1937) with all of the original illustrations and green cloth cover.. so this particular book is very dear to me. Tolkein's descriptive imagery is really quite outstanding especially considering the use of song and rhyme that make up Bilbo's world.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Last week I thought that I should investigate the genre of horror a little more with watching the recommended movie, "No Such Thing". I was so distracted by the hopefully low budget acting and special effects that it took me awhile to appreciate the story. Honestly the monster seemed to look like the Beast from "Beauty and The Beast" and it was hard to keep from laughing... especially with his Disney heroine wardrobe. I can see the connection between Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and "No Such Thing" in the Gothic sense. There was a romance that was of course unconventional and possibly destructive to others (the possibility of endangering others and the actual significant other deems this movie Gothic) and the subject of life and death was quite prevalent in the film. "Frankenstein" focused on creation and the unknown responsibilities that go with creating life, while this movie's direct focus is ending the life of the monster and the danger of it's existence being known.