Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In Character

Darth Vader: Vader was one of the most sinister villains to go on the big screen, and is still known by most people for his deep, raspy voice through the known mask. Vader was so fascinating at that time period because it was something that no one had experienced in a movie theater. He was one of the most important parts of the series and to the fans who obsess over Star Wars.

Eric Cartman: Cartman is a well known character throughout the world for his explicit outbreaks and crude acts on the show South Park. With characters like him, the creators seen to use him for telling their feelings on different subjects or celebrities. I seem to think why Eric is such known attribute to the show is because he is such an antagonist in each episode. Some people love the fact that this character is speaking about real politics and real events, which lets the viewer relate to the show and to Cartman himself.

Peter Griffin, from the show Family Guy, is one of my personal favorite characters on TV because of his sheer stupidity and sense of humor. He is an important asset to the young culture by performing immature acts and profane gestures that bring attentions to how the real world is. An example would be one episode where Peter and Brian (his dog) go back in time and changes the real life. Along with politics and television shows. When they begin talking, they realize that Gore had became president rather then Bush. How Gore cured cancer and crime rates have dramatically plummeted since Bush's resignation. Peter is important to our culture because he expresses what the creator is thinking, and is completely correct.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Characteristics of a well-told story

1. why?: Stories are so important to childhood mostly because they give the child something to think about and something that can keep them occupied. It also helps them explore their thoughts of the story and put things together. People read stories to kids so they will shut up or to get them to relax and settle down. They learn the message that is being said through the story.

2. Why? Later in life...: People who are done with school most likely read stories for the entertainment and just for something to do in their downtime. The readers will get either some lesson or a piece of knowledge out of it, or just a sense of content. Older readers learn about younger times and just general knowledge of the topic of the book or story.

3. Why? In our nation: Stories are important to our nation because they are a form of speech and individuality. When people write on a serious topic, it grabs peoples attention and brings up further discussion. The stories allow the reader and the writer to express their feelings behind a specific event or side of a story.

3. Your Stories: I remember from when I was younger these little books that had probably ten to twelve pages in them. But still i would ask my mom to read them to me over and over again. Mainly because of the pictures i think, but it might have had to do with the story line a little bit. These stories stand out mostly because i still have them at home in this box with all of my other childhood belongings.

4. Characteristics of a well-told story:

1. A main topic or idea that is trying to be passed on.
2. Characters that the reader can understand clearly and relate to.
3. Some relationship to the real-world or to real events.
4. A plot, every story has to have a main idea.
5. Humor is also a good factor to a well told story.
6. Good verisimilitude.
7. It has to be funny...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How Unpoetic

Obviously the topic that I chose to write about was my 1994 white Honda Civic EX. It's my baby, if I could I would keep it for a very long time. But one thing that is on my mind about my car is the new tires that I have to buy for it before next week. I only need to buy two BF Goodrich Potenza Pole Positions 205/40-17's which should set me back a pretty penny. My car has been in storage throughout the whole winter and honestly the only thing that I want to do ever is go drive my civic. With its lowered stance and adjustable camber kit, it just sticks to the road. Another reason why I want my fun car back is because I miss being able to roll up to someones house with a crew of sick Honda's. Me and my buddy Alek each have a '94 coupe, mine is white and his is black, my friend Zach with his '94 Del Sol with a B16, and Ben with his black Integra GS-R. For some reason I find it to be so cool when we all roll up with our exhausts purring, all of us lowered. It may be a bit nerdy to obsess over a car, but it's what I really have a passion for. I will always be a Honda enthusiast mainly because of VTEC. One of the most amazing sounds, of the whole car is when VTEC hits at 6,000 RPM. From 6 to 8200RPM it just sings to me. If you haven't experienced it, it is one to do before you die.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Poetry Critique

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

1. Done
2. I selected this poem mainly because it was the first poet i recognized and remembered this poem from a long time ago. I still have the book with all of his classic children's poems.
3. The title of this piece fits very well with the poem, possibly because it's a main line within the poem. It is a deep title, "where the sidewalk ends", because if you think about it metaphorically it can lead to many different topics.
4. One of Shel's poetic devices that he used was imagery, where he compares the color of the grass and the brightness of the sun. They influence the poems ability to show detail what is happening and the things around it.
5. The tone of this poem is very relaxed and well paced. It isn't very detailed but at the same time gives just enough detail to give the reader a sense of enjoyment.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Writing Territories

I prefer to read short stories over poems mainly because short stories to me seem to have more a plot. I don't mind poetry, it's just not one of my favorite type of writing. Writing short stories to me is a lot easier to write and compose ideas rather then having something rhyme or have a specific amount of syllables. I really don't like writing scripts, its too time consuming. When I'm not at school or told to write on something, I don't normally write that much.

The topic that I chose to write about is things that bug me. One of them being chewing with your mouth open. I honestly can't stand it when you're sitting at a dinner table or anywhere in public and all you can hear is someone loudly. Another thing that annoys me is when people drag their feet. I don't know exactly why but it gets obnoxious really fast.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Toward the Future/From the Past

1. Some things that I found frustrating were that everything had to be written in dialogue. This was my very first time ever writing all dialogue, I wasn’t used to it what so ever. Some of my strengths were that once I started writing, it just all came pretty easy. I was just writing the conversation that was going on as I thought it would onto paper. On a personal basis, I would not even think of pursuing drama writing or doing screenplays. Mainly because it was too hard for me to sit there and think of what characters should and shouldn’t say, also because I don’t like plays at all.

2. If I were to give a 10 year old kid a piece of advice, I would for sure have to tell them to do what they want to do later in life. To not be stuck doing things you don’t like, and not enjoying your time spent. Also that they should actually try hard in school, based on personal experiences mainly because in school, there is nothing worse then having your parents yelling over grades. I would strongly encourage the kid to do what he wants, not what his friends or kids around him say. Another huge piece of advice that I would give, would be to get you license as soon as he turned 16. I still have friends that are done with high school and don’t even have their permits. Also because when you are 16 and you get your license, there is so much more freedom from school, parents, and friends.

3. I think that what lets great literature continue across the ages is the fact that there are so many people who actually care and pay attention to what is being said enough to pass it on to future times to continue its beauty. A reason why this happens may be from documents of people who reference classics in their writing which bring other to seeing it. I could never see myself having my things that I have wrote lasting more then the length of the notebook that I wrote it in.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Luigi Pirandello, playwright: "A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!"

1. A theme in a play is a pretty important part of the piece itself. I personally don’t think that a play necessarily needs to express an idea. Most of the pieces of literature that i have read usually have an obvious theme or main idea to it. People should be able to get something out of the piece that they are reading and should get a message or idea from it. Without a theme or plot, it turns into just a bunch of writing without a destination or ending. I can also see where a writer would not see it necessary to have a theme because of their style of writing or what the piece is about. It may just not go well with the writer’s style.

2. A theme that I came up with was some sort of journey, where the main character of the play would have some destination or objective to complete by the ending. I didn’t really use that idea in my play but it seemed like a good idea at the time. If I could rewrite my play i would have it be more of a political issue, more in depth with how schools are based upon rank and placement to get into a good school. It isn’t really as important to me because I don’t care about my rank or placement, but I do know a lot of other kids who are obsessed with it and how they do on their ACT.

3. The one conflict that I wrote about in my play was the main character was on a date and was keeping his true occupation under the table and from his date. Some other ideas that I came up with for conflicts were as a said before, issues dealing with schools and colleges. Another idea that I had was a character that had to find some way to get to work. I don’t know why that, it just seemed an easy conflict to write about.