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Category Archives: SF
As I was choosing which topic to write my bonus blog on, I thought it would be interesting to watch a movie I’d never seen of a book I’d never read – an unusual combo for someone who can be quite neurotic about the ‘book before movie adaptation’ rule. But the combination of Tom Cruise, […] Continue reading
One would think that a short story with a name as intriguing and powerful as “A Descent into the Maelstrom” would be more than just a literal tale of a sailor who got caught in a hurricane. Disappointingly, the plot of this short story is exactly that, and not much else. For 9 out of […] Continue reading
“Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, vivid and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of a viol […] Continue reading
Despite claiming to be intellectually superior to Dracula, calling his brain a “man-brain” while labelling the Vampire’s brain as a “child-brain,” there are many instances where Van Helsing’s actions lead to harm that could have been easily prevented. Reading Dracula, Van Helsing’s idiocy frustrates me the most, and unnecessarily complicates many conflicts. The first […] Continue reading
I was excited when I read ‘feminist utopia’ in the description of “Sultana’s Dream” (1905) by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain. Ultimately, though, in that regard I was left wanting. Hossain’s short story is many things, but a feminist utopia is not one of them. “Sultana’s Dream” follows an Indian woman who finds herself in a world- […] Continue reading
Spoilers for the plot of Dracula. Duh. Bram Stoker’s Dracula from 1992 is a reasonably faithful adaptation of the original Dracula text, starring Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker, Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder as Mina, and Cary Elwes as Arthur Holmwood. While the star-studded cast certainly does not disappoint, I also wouldn’t call […] Continue reading
First of all, I feel morally obligated to admit that my first glimpse of Bram Stoker’s infamous monster probably took place on the floor of my living room while I stared at the television as a pale purple and fanged Muppet counted. Yes, I am referring to Sesame Street’s “The Count.” Although this parodied version […] Continue reading
Before taking this class, I was not very familiar with the conventions, history and common knowledge between authors of the 19th century, but now I am able to see the influences of 19th century literature everywhere, even in Disney movies! I discovered this pretty easily because I have an 11-year-old sister and ever since she […] Continue reading
Whenever I’m reading a book that transports me to another world, or another version of reality, I always think about what I would do if I were in the main character’s shoes. That’s part of what it’s like to relate to a character – to experience their story alongside them, seeing how they act, and […] Continue reading