Monday, 15 January 2018

Deep thoughts on lit

When reading sth in an academic manner, I first try to place the author, check their bios, other works, times, themes, and a long etc. Sometimes I resarch a bit more on the subject if needed. And then I read. And then I read other people's reviews and opinions, to see if what I understood is what is generally understood.
I might be a bit unsure of my reading comprehension skills.
Then, I read Kizmet's mention of Death of the Author, and resarched (of course!) till I met this opposing view:
 Death of the Author
...is the birth of the reader.
Death of the Author is a concept from mid-20th Century literary criticism; it holds that an author's intentions and biographical facts (the author's politics, religion, etc) should hold no weight in determining an interpretation of their writing. This is usually understood as meaning that a writer's views about their own work are no more or less valid than the interpretations of any given reader. Intentions are one thing. What was actually accomplished might be something very different. The logic behind the concept is fairly simple: Books are meant to be read, not written, so the ways readers interpret them are as important and "real" as the author's intention. On the flip side, a lot of authors are unavailable or unwilling to comment on their intentions, and even when they are, they don't always make choices for reasons that make sense or are easily explainable to others (or sometimes even to themselves).
In the same page, this Eco quote:
A narrator should not supply interpretations of his work; otherwise he would not have written a novel, which is a machine for generating interpretations.
— Umberto Eco, postscript to The Name of the Rose
Further research, (I'm coping from Wikipedia, that is still the easiest source when properly checked) told me that:
"The Death of the Author" (French: La mort de l'auteur) is a 1967 essay by the French literary critic and theorist Roland Barthes (1915–80). Barthes' essay argues against traditional literary criticism's practice of incorporating the intentions and biographical context of an author in an interpretation of a text, and instead argues that writing and creator are unrelated. The title is a pun on Le Morte d'Arthur, a 15th-century compilation of smaller Arthurian legend stories, written by Sir Thomas Malory.
Result: I've downloaded the essay and am about to read it - it's such a departure from my own approach! It bears investigating.

Also: another proof that fanfiction is a worthwile endeavour.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Happy Holidays?

Trying to post regularly and failing, I will keep posting at random like this quote, from the mouth of one of my fave charas, in a ficlet:
“See,” Tony said, “here’s the thing. New Year’s… it’s just a day. Calendars are random human bullshit that don’t have anything to do with the actual passage of time. Time’s not a series of little circles, over and over again, it’s one big piece, stretching out to infinity in either direction, and we’re just tiny, tiny little blips. Hardly significant at all.”
[...]
“If you want to change your life,” Tony said. “You don’t need to wait until New Year’s to do it. Just… decide you want to improve and get to work on it. You don’t have to wait. Seize the day, and all that.”

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Some tips



From tumbl:
Tips For Writing Prompts: #1
  • Write / type your prompt. (The sentence, paragraph, or word.)
  • Create an outline of what you want to happen in the story.
  • Focus on the genre. What kind of story is it? How can you bring forth the overall feeling of the story.
  • Listening to a song that relates to the genre of the story could help.
  • If the story relates to you think about what happened to you, how you felt, and how it affected you.
  • Don’t feel pressured into making your story a specific length. Unless there’s an instructed prompt limit, feel free to make it as long as you’d like. Just make sure you get your point across.
  • Always triple check your writing for grammar, spelling, and any errors in general.
  • Always accept constructive criticism.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Reality bit

Just a little quote from Rejection Is Hard To Take, that made so much sense!

Tony rewrites reality's rules all the time, who better to keep the Reality Stone?

Saturday, 14 October 2017

FUCK YOU (sorry not sorry)

Obvious choice, why didn't I before?


Fuck You - Lily Allen

[Verse 1]
Look inside, look inside your tiny mind
Then look a bit harder
Cause we're so uninspired, so sick and tired
Of all the hatred you harbour
So you say it's not okay to be gay
Well, I think you're just evil
You're just some racist who can't tie my laces
Your point of view is medieval

[Chorus]
Fuck you, fuck you very, very much
Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
Fuck you, fuck you very, very much
Cause your words don't translate
And it's getting quite late
So please don't stay in touch

[Verse 2]
Do you get, do you get a little kick
Out of being small minded?
You want to be like your father
It's approval you're after
Well, that's not how you find it
Do you, do you really enjoy
Living a life that's so hateful?
Cause there's a hole where your soul should be
You're losing control a bit
And it's really distasteful

[Chorus]
Fuck you, fuck you very, very much
Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
Fuck you, fuck you very, very much
Cause your words don't translate
And it's getting quite late
So please don't stay in touch

[Bridge]
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you

[Verse 3]
You say you think we need to go to war
Well, you're already in one
Cause it's people like you that need to get slew
No one wants your opinion

[Chorus]
Fuck you, fuck you very, very much
Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
Fuck you, fuck you very, very much
Cause your words don't translate
And it's getting quite late
So please don't stay in touch

[Outro]
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you...


From Genius.com

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

STRONG

Because Disney is classic, and whoever says it's only for kids lies.


Strong - Sonna Rele

In a perfect storybook the world is brave and good
A hero takes your hand, a sweet love will follow
But life's a different game, the sorrow and the pain
Only you can change your world tomorrow

Let your smile light up the sky
Keep your spirit soaring high

Trust in your heart and your soul shines forever and ever
Hold fast to kindness, your light shines forever and ever
I believe in you and in me
We are strong

When once upon a time in stories and in rhyme
A moment you can shine and wear your own crown
Be the one that rescues you
Through the clouds you'll see the blue

Trust in your heart and your soul shines forever and ever
Hold fast to kindness, your light shines forever and ever
I believe in you and in me
We are strong

A bird all alone on the wind can still be strong and sing
Sing

Trust in your heart and your soul shines forever and ever
Hold fast to kindness, your light shines forever and ever
I believe in you and in me
We are strong


Again, shamesly taken from AZLyrics.com