…A lot. Just not here.
(Tl;dr: Most stuff on this site is old now an slightly embarrassing.)
Managing a website, even a Tumblr, was once a simpler task and a higher priority for me.
A year ago, I became a humble English teacher, so the reading, writing, drawing, speaking, creating, and learning that I once tossed into the maelstrom of the internet instead gets tossed into a classroom (also a maelstrom, at times).
Also in the past year, I’ve made a lot of beer, moved into a house, learned the art of making ice cream, started a Tumblr dedicated to ice cream and beer, read a ton of books, re-wrote a book, started writing a different book, designed a board game, started designing a different board game, and completed (or failed to complete) some other various creative endeavors.
Personally, I’ve had a few brief limelight moments in various niches, and those are the reason I keep this site running, so I can look back with gladness. However, what I’ve learned in the ebb and flow of my participation in social networks is that the satisfaction I get from a successful post pales in comparison to sharing things with actual people.
Most everything on this site, therefore, is dated. It’s incredible how you can look back on who you were, what you did, what you said, and what you created only a year ago and roll your eyes.
I’ll be keeping this site, just not keeping up with it very well.
I wonder if reading—particularly in “young adults”—would be encouraged by not adapting books into movies.
I recently caught The Perks of Being Wallflower: The Movie. It was about as straightforward of an adaptation of a book as I’ve ever seen. I enjoyed it and I have many peers that cherished the book in their teenhood (myself excluded) that also enjoyed it, so I guess Chbosky & Co. did their job well.
I’m glad they left out all the smoking.
I, among millions of others, enjoy the plethora of excellent young adult fiction and am pained to see the film adaptations fall so short time after time. Perks: The Movie, in my opinion, effectively captured the emotional weight of the book, particularly in the last act.
Harry Potter tries, at least.
Anyone who has experienced both the Potter books and films will quickly remind you that the magic (figurative) of the story is far more affecting in the novels. The films are wine coolers and the books are port.
I just want everyone to try the port.
Catcher in the Rye has never been filmed, per Salinger’s request and other reasons. It’s a book you still have to earn. You can’t get it in an hour and a half. Because of this, Catcher still maintains its luster, its magic, its importance.
A recent great YA novel, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, is one I would never wish to be a movie. I want kids to earn it. I’ve heard stories from English teachers that claim it as the new gateway drug of literacy in their high school students. A film adaptation wouldn’t completely wreck that, but it wouldn’t help much.
In summary: Please, Hollywood, keep making adaptations of the sub-par YA fiction like Twilight and the Hunger Games. Leave the good stuff alone. Kids still need motivation to be literate and cheapening the magic doesn’t help.
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