I’m off this weekend so that statement makes this even more meaningful.
Take A Walk with Me Around Blogland or Links of Interest
Maili aka Jaili is doing film reviews at Dear Author on Fridays. She’s not done one of my favorites yet. What is that you ask? Well, Bridget Jones Diary (hint, hint) but then the review she did today is a favorite film of mine, too, Ladyhawke. I remember it well. Good movie.
Bloggers MIA or Where Are They Now?
Bloggers missing in action. You know, it is rather difficult to come up with new topics everyday. I really feel bad for picking on these guys (no I don’t) but would it hurt to do a quick post to say: I am still alive or something? Hope you all are doing OK and that your muse is just on strike. Now that I think about it, some of these peeps might not be online anymore? Or gasp! Have a social life.
Academic Assertions on Popular Fiction or The Analyzing of Popular Fiction
Jessica over at Racy Romance Reviews is in NOLA for the “Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting (for posterity: April 2009).” I am really enjoying reading her commentary over there but anyway, she’s been posting about the academic take on some of the popular novels today. Most notably, Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse series. Took note of this post on “Academics Take a Bite out of Sookie Stackhouse” where Jessica gives readers the important points of the papers presented at the conference. I took note of this statement on the Sookie series:
The TV series is an improvement on the novels because (a) the tone switches in the novels from humor to horror and this is better achieved with visual media, and (b) because the novels portray a white de-racialized, de-ethnicized rural South, which the show features complex African American characters
I’ve not watched the entire series to agree or disagree with that assertion. Interesting point though because there are more African Americans on the TV series versus the books (or what I’ve read thus far). I’ve asked on Twitter if the HBO show was a success or a failure? Most of my respondents had never read the books and enjoyed the show. I’m a reader who read the books (or most of them) and found the HBO series lacking. I’ve watched all of one episode and just don’t get it. Anyway, check out her website. There’s a lot over there to sift through and ponder over (Twilight anyone?)
That’s it for today’s blog hopping. Yeah. It was short and sweet. I have a book I’m trying to finish and another one I need to start. So, I hope you all have a good weekend. The forecasts promises rain. Good. Nothing better to set the mood right while reading a really good book (and I’m reading one).