This blog is dedicated to literature, whether well known or obscure.
"I find them inspiring. And your acting shows people that good can come from suffering, that it can be noble. That’s better than the truth."
“That there’s no point to it. It’s just a thing that sometimes has to be done and even if thirty thousand suffer with you, you suffer alone."
…about different art forms and how they relate to each other. I’ve come to the conclusion that you cannot separate literature from other art forms. The written word has influenced so many creations and in turn is influenced by other mediums. So I would be remiss in not mentioning this cycle on this blog. Which leads me to my announcement that I will begin a series of reviews that link literature with video games, movies, sculpture and every art form in-between.
Art brings us together. I think that should be celebrated.
"When the dogs returned, the Senator gave them treats from his pocket, and Jun Do understood that in communism, you’d threaten a dog into compliance, while in capitalism, obedience is obtained through bribes."
"It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there had never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset."
Yorick and Hamlet having a chat.
I went to see my local theatre’s production of Hamlet yesterday. While technically not a book, I wanted to say a few things about it on this blog. We all know that Shakespeare is best understood when it is performed. I’m not going to review all the performances or anything intense, but they made a few interesting choices that helped convey the themes of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy.
I loved how they put ash on the ghost’s clothes to show how he suffers in flames during the day.
First up is the set. This theatre loves to use minimal sets. I’ve seen quite a few plays here, but Hamlet was the simplest of them all. The main set pieces are mirrors. Not just any mirrors, but fairly translucent funhouse mirrors. The translucency helped with the scenes with the ghost of Hamlet’s father, but the main use was their distortion. Throughout the play, Hamlet is the only one who acknowledges the presence of the mirrors. He will fix his hair or deliver parts of his monologues to his reflections. I loved that the mirrors served to show how the actions of other’s are revealed as distorted wrongs committed against Hamlet. As he spun farther into his madness, the blocking changed to throw even more hideous reflections, with Hamlet and his uncle even appearing to have multiple heads. By the conclusion, your head is spinning with the way the light is thrown around the room and the grotesque shapes that you can only imagine are haunting Hamlet.
Ophelia giving flowers to her brother after his first tantrum.
Second is Ophelia, particularly the way other characters interact with her. In the first act, the male characters in her life physically control her with their hands. Her brother takes her by the face and begs her to stay away from Hamlet. On several occasion, both on and off-stage, Hamlet grabs her by the wrist or the waist. She sinks into the touches and allows her body to be moved around the stage. But in act two, she becomes the one who physically handles other characters. When she loses her mind in the presence of the Queen and King, she drags them around as she sings her crazy song. When her brother enters and tries to hold her arms, she wrenches them out his grasp. This showed a huge character change in Ophelia. With the death of her father, she has become unwilling to blindly obey. She is in control, because the driving force in her life has been taken away.
The final thing I loved about the play was this guy. Quin Mattfeld is amazing (he also played Darcy in the PCPA production of P&P, which in my eyes, once a Darcy, always a Darcy). His Hamlet is hilarious and tragic and angry. He portrayed the mood swings of Hamlet with increasing frenzy.
I love this play, and I am glad they did it justice. With unique set choices, a modern setting and an exceptional cast, it was a great experience.
Photos from pcpa.org and the Santa Maria Sun.
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Tells her family that a boy likes her and their reaction is: HAHAHA NAH HE PLAYIN YOU. WHY WOULD SOMEONE SO COOL EVER LIKE YOU?
Then her man goes crazy and kills her daddy.
"He reads histories and mythologies and fairy tales, wondering why is seems that only girls are ever swept away from their mundane lives on farms by knights or princes or wolves. It strikes him as unfair to not have the same fanciful opportunity himself. And he is not in the position to do any rescuing of his own."
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