• We started off class Tuesday talking about the introduction of “Good in Bed”. One of the first things that was discussed was how similar Cannie is to Jennifer Wiener, the author of the novel. We discussed if […]

  • ddinno wrote a new post, South Park, on the site Guilty Pleasures 3 years, 7 months ago

    By this age, society expects you to be maturing in the things you watch, listen to and say. In my case, that is not happening at all. Since about the age of 14, I look forward to Wednesday nights at 10pm for the […]

  • If I was in Cannie’s place, I would be furious at the fact that someone that I had a relationship with before wrote an article that was so humiliating. Bruce Guberman’s article “Loving a Larger Woman” reflects on […]

  • “The first year of George Talboys’ widowhood passed away; the deep band of crape about his hat grew brown and rusty, and as the last burning day of another August faded out, he sat smoking cigars in the quiet chambers in Fig-tree court, much as he had done the year before, when the horror of his grief was new to him, and every object in life, however trifling or however important, seemed saturated with his one great sorrow.” (47)

    In this passage, we enter the life of George Tallboys one year after his wife passed away. That first year after she died was extremely rough for George mentally, physically and emotionally. No matter what happened that year, “every object in life, however trifling or however important, seemed saturated with his one great sorrow” and that “sorrow” was the love of his life passing away. The choice of words used by Braddon in this passage relate extremely well to how it’s depressing and sad. The whole passage is also one sentence broken up by many commas and that structure shows us the different aspects of George’s life and how he’s dealt with his sadness by “smoking cigars in the quiet chambers in Fig-tree court.” Again, that brings us back to the fact that George is lonely and straying away from society. Even “the deep band of crape about his hat grew brown and rusty” presents to the reader how his life has turned so gloomy since the death of his wife. This passage allows the reader to feel exactly how George has felt for the previous year.

  • The word “melodrama” immediately made me think of a book or movie that has a vast variety of emotions based on certain aspects of the book that happen. A phrase that I would think went along with a melodrama is something that would keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole story and words that pop into my mind when I think of melodrama are sexy, spectacular and definitely very emotional.

    The definition of melodrama in the Merriam-Webster dictionary online states that it is a “drama in which many exciting events happen and the characters have very strong or exaggerated emotions; a situation or series of events in which people have very strong or exaggerated emotions.” My pre-conceived notions of the term melodrama were pretty accurate to the actual definition of it except for the fact that I never knew how “exaggerated” the emotions of characters in a melodrama are.

    The most melodramatic aspect of Lady Audley’s Secret based on the online definition is that each character constantly faced different emotions, both “strong” and “exaggerated” based on the different “exciting events” that continue to draw us into the story more and more. The slow start of the book may have made us perceive this book differently and in a bad way, but the pace has picked up and we’re all waiting for this mystery to be solved and secret to come out. The more emotions shown in this book also make the book much more interesting and we are becoming more engrossed in this melodrama.

    A modern-day melodrama that I really enjoyed was Marley and Me. This movie had an insane amount of thrilling events leading to “strong emotions” that really drew the audience to the movie. I had never seen so many people in my life go from extremely happy to balling their eyes out, both men and woman, while watching this movie at the theatre.




  • Yeah Nate I agree with you. When it first came out, only girls at my school were using it with each and the guys only texted. Now, I probably use it more then most girls do.

  • In the first page of “Lady Audley’s Secret” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, we are immediately given the description of Audley Court in outstanding detail, allowing readers to imagine the court with ease, but also […]

  • In Cat Yampbell’s article “Judging a book by its Cover: Publishing Trends in Young Adult Literature,” one of the authors main points is how young adult novels have to have eye-catching covers because in society today “the cover is the key-the cover sells the book” (369). Yampbell makes it clear that if a teen isn’t attracted to the cover of the book, most of the time, they won’t even take it off the shelf and “will disappear among the hundreds that will annually go out of print” (347). I’m sure that most young adults will tell you that if they see a book with a very unappealing cover, they will automatically stay away from it because thats the way we are now. Nowadays, authors tend to include “holograms, digital art, and metallic jackets” (347) in their covers to make them more “abstract, sensational, unusual and eye-catching” (347), all to attract the teen audience to their novels. One of the things that made the novel “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green so successful was its very unique cover. The cover of the book has a blue background with two clouds (one black and one white), each filled in with writing in chalk. It was  a very eye-catching cover and that is part of the reason why most of our class was attracted to and engaged with the book. Personally, the first book we read never really drew me in, especially from the start, and part of that reason was the cover never appealed to me. The cover of TFIOS was so much more appealing to the young adult audience and even though the book was meant to be sad and depressing at times, it was a much more enjoyable read.

    Yampbell, Cat. “Judging a Book by Its Cover: Publishing Trends in Young Adult Literature.” Muse.jhu.edu. John Hopkins University Press, 2005. Web. 22 Sept. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/lion_and_the_unicorn/v029/29.3yampbell.html&gt;.

  • I was also kind of surprised that she went and got the sequel of “The Prince of Dawn”. I thought that she was just reading Augustus’ book to be nice to him because he said that he would read her favorite book, but […]

  • Thats a good question. Honestly, I think that Hazel needed someone like Augustus in her life to keep her company and I also feel like he gives her some sense of hope through the relationship. I think she needed […]

  • Hazel’s life is filled with issues (in her case, thyroid cancer) that people in this world constantly face every day, but all these issues seem to be answered by the appearance of one boy whom she falls in love […]

  • I immediately felt engaged in the performances of both Celine Dion and Elliot Smith from the moment I began watching them. Although the two performances differed in appearance, they both had the same effect on the […]