Comparing Books and Films: The Outsiders

In our most recent unit: “Prejudice and Perspective” we’ve been questioning the legitimacy of some types narrators, in which I think we learned a variety of aspects on perspectives. After this we began reading The Outsiders and eventually watched the film.

In my opinion the film made a great effort in the adaptation of the book to movie even with the limited budget and time limit. However there are many things to be improved, but I will only focus on the character development. Now I do not wish to censure the film I am only pointing out the very noticeable ‘mistakes’ in the film.

With the exception of Ponyboy the film generally fails to represent most of the book’s characters; Darry and Sodapop are somewhat minor characters, the movie only gives a glimpse into their lives and thoughts. This is likewise for the rest of the gang. Even Dally!  Dally’s death loses so much impact because the viewers really aren’t able to get to know him well enough. Only the reader had the knowledge that Dally’s gun isn’t loaded, and without that the symbolic death of Dally is gone.

Johnny’s also weaker in the movie than in the book. Viewers don’t see how his character grows, because they don’t know Johnny enough. Johnny’s appreciation for life at the end of his, is almost not noted but it has great impact on Pony in the novel.

In the end it is the character portrayal that has been a large problem throughout the film and made the atmosphere of the movie slightly different. If they were to film a remake of this movie it should be longer with more dialogue and thoughts from the characters.

English – Found Poem

Magnanimous I am, waiving the past,
swigging once more from my parasol flask.
fifty percent, sixty. It makes no difference,
Riley is to be a slave at my pleasure,
I will put him to work, pulling rats from hats.

This here is my found poem. The words I extracted are from Eoin Colfer’s “The Hangman’s Revolution” the second book in his “W.A.R.P” series. This book is the ongoing story of agent Sovano and Riley, however now they have changed the past resulting in monumental consequences to history, and one way or another they are going to fix it.

This whole story’s theme 80 pages into the book is about scrapping all you can to survive. In the poem I wrote from the villain’s perspective, the author actually included a rhyme which I somehow missed and so by analysing a few pages for this found poem I managed to find this rhyming technique. The bottom line here is that I used one technique from the book in the poem itself. The way this may effect the audience is through such a simple rhyme symbolising how this character is actually quite the opposite.

Changing Minds: Changing Worlds – Language for emotional effect and change

In this unit we focused on pathos and how it is used in poetry and advertisement. We explored many literary devices and created a screencast analysing the difference between an ad and a poem. As for our last assignment we created a persuasive poem or ad, and we then created a rationale explaining the pathos techniques we incorporated.

In this unit I learned that tone and mood can be very different as the author can have a certain tone which in turn gives off a different mood. I also learned how to use some more literary devices such as anagrams, and portmanteau, with these I can more effectively express pathos in my audience.

In conclusion through this unit I have encountered a new form of persuading an audience and I will keep it in my mind for future reference. This unit has been more unique than the others and I look forward to having some more intriguing units in English class.

Responding to “Warp, The Reluctant Assassin” by Eoin Colfer

The story is about a “wanna be FBI agent” Chevie who watched over a time pod in the center of london. Unfortunately something occured and the time pod sprang into life bringing two people; one alive and one dead. But with these people, a grave threat also sparked in the past.

A central theme of this story is: escaping death. The main symbol for this is that there is a mad murdering magician who is on Chevie’s tail, and he manages to catch up to her, even through time. This is like escaping death, as death no matter what will catch up to you, like this psychopathic magician. Another symbol is basically time travel, for similar reasons to the other symbol, even through time travel you can’t change yourself and so you will die no matter what.

Although I have only read halfway through the book, it is very interesting already and has quite an amount of tense. The author really brought me into the story by making the setting quite awry; Part of the book is set in Victorian London, and the other is set in present London. But the way he describes the slums is quite, vivid.

“Unpretentious Librarian: Using ThingLink With W.A.R.P. : The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer.” Unpretentious Librarian: Using ThingLink With W.A.R.P. : The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2014. <http://unpretentiouslibrarian.blogspot.jp/2013/11/using-thinglink-with-warp-reluctant.html>.