A Series of Posts Investigating the Effects of Life VS Text

Browsing Archive: March, 2011

Black Swan and Ballet

Posted by Camille Dalais on Monday, March 28, 2011,

 

I try to capture the sweet things in life and experience as many of the arts as possible.

Ballet however is not to my taste. I know that its reputation is said to be a beautiful, picturesque moment liberated through dance. I also respect the dance very much and know that ballerinas are said to be fitter than most athletes, including the likes of Beckham and Ronaldo. I also know that the great Van Dame has pirouetted a fair few times before turning into the action man we all know him as t...


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Genre Analysis: The Shining (Film Stanley Kubrick)

Posted by Camille Dalais on Friday, March 25, 2011,


The 1970’s movie The Shining is a great example of a classic horror film using typical conventions that have been repeated time and time again.

I first came across this text at a very young age, when it was on television late at night. The scene with the decomposed naked old lady in the bath is a picture that has stayed with me for a very long time. I recently watched the movie again and it is still an outstanding triumph; the reason I am critiquing this particular text.

My initial sel...


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George Orwell Collected Essays

Posted by Camille Dalais on Friday, March 25, 2011,

‘George Orwell Collected Essays’ discusses the idea that writers have elements of narcissism, are self indulgent and egotistical is true I believe, especially when writing fact not fiction. To indulge in for example a personal memoir, is therapeutic for the writer but also says ‘Look at me’!

However talking of therapy, it is an ideal way, as the text says for a person who feels isolated or undervalued, to have a creative outlet to share and heal.

But is this a vain and self centred ...


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Eating dogs - Korean culture?

Posted by Camille Dalais on Friday, March 25, 2011,

My Analysis of Blog by Yoon Kerr (see link below)

http://animalrightskorea.org/dog-meat-issue/eating-dogs-korean-culture-by-yoon-kerr.html

I like food a lot and will try anything, well almost anything. I once watched a program where a journalist travelled the world trying their local cuisine. However stumbling upon Korea, he found himself faced with a steaming bowl of stew, dog stew. The journalist refused to eat it in the end, but the program explored the dog eating culture in Korea. I am ...


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The problems with the use of anonymous sources in the UK media’, Heather Brooke on Newswipe

Posted by Camille Dalais on Friday, March 25, 2011,
The piece is a scary but true insight into the power of the media and its many controlling facets. It continues to discuss the influential words of the ‘anonymous’ and where these unknown quips can lead. It is the opinion of the journalist in the film, but is made somewhat factual through the ‘news reporter’ style of the video and the use of ‘facts’ and familiar stories.

It was persuasive and telling, keeping me listening and on the edge of my seat until the end.

What a trag...


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J.K. Rowling, ‘The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination’

Posted by Camille Dalais on Friday, March 25, 2011,

I believe the purpose of Rowling’s speech was to inspire and give light to Harvard graduates. For them to accept failure at times and to try to be imaginative and innovative, in life no matter how low you go. It was almost autobiographic in that she dipped into the story of her life. This for me made it more interesting and persuasive as I felt a connection on an emotional level with her (pathos)

Her ability to deliver in such a sincere but punchy way in both her writing and presenting wa...


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Narrative Structure and Lists

Posted by Camille Dalais on Friday, March 25, 2011,
Sherman Alexie’s: Captivity

 A rehashed memory all in one flood of a text. This piece reads like snapshots from a past present and future all in one.

It’s rewarding in the way that the reader is experiencing somebody’s experiences, but by its very non-linear nature, it is undoubtedly a confusing read. It is however, thought provoking and pushes you outside your comfort zone where, usually A meets B and B meets C.

The section (13) which lists items or events is an interesting one, ...


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Style Teachers: Sophie Kinsella

Posted by Camille Dalais on Friday, March 25, 2011,

Chic-lit author Sophie Kinsella is one that certainly ‘holds up’ (see Kincaid’s quote) in the writing stakes. Through the eyes of her characters I have laughed out loud many times. Her writing has savvy and the way in which it always creates a familiar comfort is a great style that any writer might like to adopt.

A former journalist, Kinsella has a way of getting information across that does not waffle or overly linger. Not feeling lost and getting distracted half way through, althou...


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BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN: The Journey of The Hero

Posted by Camille Dalais on Friday, March 25, 2011,


I watched the film Brokeback Mountain before reading the book sometime ago.  For me it was not a story of pure love, but one of true love which can be discreet, passionate and deceitful. That was my reading from the film. However, in writing, it has proven to be a more raw experience of rugged masculine aggression shown through two bodies becoming one, mentally and physically. The way in which the two texts (paper to screen) differ obviously, is in the way the appearance of the two charact...


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