Saturday, January 29, 2011

Internet doesn't think much of either sex. . .

Well I was working away (as you do) but decided a bit of googling was in order so I began to enter some questions related to my work such as:

"why do women lead?"

"Why do women become leaders?"

And Google had some 'interesting' suggestions of what I might have meant.

Take comfort though, I did make sure to ask same questions about men.



Silver lining: The Internet doesn't seem to have a high opinion of either sex. Not exactly gender equality one is looking for though lol.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Empire of the Sun

One of my favourite films is 'Empire of the Sun' so when I entered the FITG challenge, I made sure to include the book on my list. Based on J.G. Ballard's own childhood, this novel tells the story of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A story of war, starvation and survival.

I found it hard to rate this book and even harder to review it. I found this book an uncomfortable read, not in a 'it made me want to blind myself' but more in a 'got under your skin and stays with you' sort of way. So I suppose I could call it 'profound'. There is no doubt that this book is a mesmorising read, and once I hit my stride, I read the book in a night. It's a strange mixture of autobiography and fiction, which makes you wonder where Jim starts and Ballard begins (thankfully my edition had an essay by Ballard summing up his experience which gives you further insight).

Because of my love for the film, it's hard for me not to compare and contrast. The book is definitely much darker and deeper than the film. Through the language, Ballard portrays subtle nuances about situations and hidden depths to characters (minor oneces especially) which could never translate to screen. We're more connected to the world and to Jim with the book. Jim's hunger, hallucinations and desperation to survive in the cruel world of Shanghai and the camps resonate more, with the language of the book reflecting his state of being.

Yet, although in some aspects I felt closer to the world of Jim via the book, I found the book didn't resonate or have the impact that I felt the film had for me. Perhaps Jim's numbness translated more via the text, but I felt no emotionally connection to the people in Jim's world like I did with the film. In the book, there is just a sort of desperation which in the end isn't as nicely or touchingly resolved/relieved like in the film. There is no happy reunion with his parents only this: "Jim had wanted to explain to his parents everything that he and the doctor had done together, but his mother and father had been through their own war. For all their affection for him, they seemed older and far away".

Ballard is an exceptional writer and the book in itself is excellent, if only for the impact it has on you as a reader. It won't touch the heart like the film does, but certainly this book will resonate with you. So I'm giving it four moons!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It was mentioned by some readers (the lovely WhiteRabbit) that they would like to see some of my writing. Although I'm wary about posting stuff on the internet (i've had stuff plagarised before), I thought I'd start posting some shorts and poems and see how it goes.

Below is a poem I've written a good while ago, and one I actually love (which is rare for me), sadly no one else (editors) seemed to share my lurv lol. So here you go: Emo away :)

Quite a masterpiece I know. lol.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year and some resolutions

Belated Happy New Year!!

Apologies for the quiet, it's been a busy December and looks to be a busy January too.

As some of you know I have a list of things to do (203 things to do before I kick it).

One of which is to keep a new year resolution.

So I thought I should list my resolutions for this year:

1. Lose Weight/get healthier
2. End my singleness (i.e. be in a relationship for longer than 10 secs)
3. Complete 15 203 things to do before I kick it
4. Complete 15 FITG Books
5. Progress with PhD (study 1 complete and study 2 possibly)
6. Complete DarkShines
7. Complete Stephen Fry's Poetry Exercises
8. Start Collection of poems
9. Start collection of short stories

Quite a few I know, probably would be more realistic to have one or two. Aw well, maybe I'll luck out and at least complete one.

So more importantly amazing readers,

What are your resolutions for the new year??

P.S. If anyone has time, could they send positive thoughts/prayers my way 11th January? I have an interview for a wonderful scholarship (which could change my life and place of residence for a year)!?! Thank you Kindly!

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