Alice Walker

“I feel the furies, the shrieking voices, wrap their coils around my neck.  But rather than allowing myself to choke, I become a part of the shrieking and rise from around my own neck exactly as if I were wind.  I  blow and blow about the court, building toward explosion.”     -Alice Walker (Possessing The Secret of Joy)

Bo

Okay so I am currently working through a good book on top of some extra college courses. So writing some posts are being put on the back burner. However, in my down time when I have no mental capacity to write or read I have been watching stand up comedy. Now, I love stand up comedy. It always makes me laugh and I find comic’s creativity something to behold. There is one comic in particular that everyone should watch or listen to at least once and his first name is only two letters.

Bo Burnham is a young 20 something year old who has made words his bitch. I mean Burnham’s grammar, literature, and contextual ability blows my mind. He takes stand up to a whole new level.  Not only are his words complex but he is a brutally honest comic who raises so many social/media issues.

Burnham recently released another special called “what.” You can find it on youtube and netflix.  His comedy central special “words, words, words” can still be found on netflix,  I believe. His poetry titled “Egghead” is also available.

So do yourself a flippin favor and check him out if you haven’t.  Love his stuff.  Not to mention his songs will get stuck in your head.

The Frog King, or Iron Henry

In my previous Grimm’s Fairy Tales post I listed some works that were adapted for kids by Disney.  Last night while reading I completely forgot that Disney’s Princess and The Frog was also a Grimm tale, known as The Frog King, or Iron Henry.

When first remembering the story of the Princess and The Frog everyone’s first thought is the kiss.  However, much to my discovery there was no kiss involved.  Any remote contact between the princess and the frog is only by the princess’ hands.  There was no adoration for the frog either.  If anything the princess was a little brat. HAHA!  I mean, I find this hilarious! The princess cons the frog into getting her toy that fell in the well.  The frog only asks that he be treated the same as the princess and be with her.

The climax of the “originally-thought” story was when the frog turned into the prince.  Now, this does happen but it happens not by a kiss but by the princess throwing the frog across the room and into a wall!  How that triggered his rescue I will never know.

The Princess:  The youngest and most beautiful of the king’s daughters.  I found it kind of odd that the princess was a small child.  Most adaptions make the princess older, like “hey-it’s-okay-to-marry-her-she’s-legal.”  It was never clarified through time or saying that the princess was of a wedded age (even in older, older times, like 15).   She hated the frog when he called her out on her promise and continued to hate him as far as the reader knows.  Her father decreed that she marry the frog man and be his companion.

The Frog: A man bewitched as a frog, for apparently no reason, was only able to be released from his curse by the princess.  Once he is transformed he turns back into a prince, la-de-da we know.  And of course he wants to wed the princess the next day.  Then the story takes an interesting turn….

Henry:  Grimm adds another character that raises another theme.  As the story comes to an end and the restored prince and his princess bride ride off into the sunset in his carriage the story skips the romantic happily ever after and focuses on a young faithful servant who was so distraught of his master’s “froggy” anatomy that his heart is encased in iron.  Worried that his heart would fall apart he cages it however, from his joy at his master’s return his heart breaks that cage.  THE END!

I find this interesting from a Literary standpoint.  The princess plays no major role other than breaking the curse.  After that she becomes irrelevant.  Morally the princess raises the awareness of following through with your word.  However, I want to focus more on Henry.  Who is Henry? Where did he come from?  Why is he there?   Every writer adds something in the story for some reason.

I have my theory that it could be loyal love for his master and his happiness.  However, the iron cage which he jails his heart is a very interesting image and to be honest I’m getting a Poe vibe like the Tell Tale Heart.  The image of a caged heart alone is significant.  Reality wise, a human’s heart is in fact in a rib cage.  But I am picturing some medieval type thing.  The bigger picture, I believe is sadness, though as painful as it is, is never stronger than happiness.

So Disney Vs. Grimm.  I have to say that I love the Disney adaption.  It is a cute movie and has the classic animation like Disney’s originals.  However, I also love Grimm’s it is different and steps outside of that romance norm and focuses on another aspect of human life.  And I am sap for nonconformity!

“In old times when wishing still helped one…”

The Grimm’s Fairy Tales

For those of you who do not know, many children’s movies are based on old fairy tales.  Disney has created several films based of the Grimm’s collections.  Some stories include: The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.  Though Disney has made them fun, full of songs, and ending with “happily ever after” the original stories are not so kid friendly.  For example, The Little Mermaid ends with pain and death for the beloved princess.  Specifically, the Prince marries another girl and Ariel must suffer then is turned into sea foam.

What I find more interesting is why these stories were initially changed?  I understand that when making a cartoon it should probably be child appropriate.  However, the stories were originally meant for kids.  Like other tales, all had some moral.  The darkness that Grimm adds brings the story an interesting twist.  Today’s “artist” that is closest to that Grimm feel is Tim Burton.  I don’t know why but I enjoy that Gothic element.

In the future I will cover some of the Grimm’s tales and challenge the dark side.

Apolonia

NEWS!  One of my favorite authors, Jamie McGuire, has been announcing a new upcoming novel of hers. Author of the newest Red Hill, novella Beautiful Wedding, Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster, and Providence Trilogy McGuire will be releasing  a new Sci-Fi romance titled Apolonia (according to amazon debuting June 4th).

McGuire is known for action building, emotions, tension, and deep character relationships that have any reader sucked in. Though McGuire is a young adult romance author. Apolonia will have a little bit more steaminess than her previous works. Like all of her novels I expect nothing less than perfection.  Her writing is very well done, her characters are complex, and her stories always have some heart wrenching action.  Each character forms a place in my heart and THEY WILL NEVER LEAVE!

Jamie McGuire is great and I hope you will take a look!

Apolonia’s descriptions:

“APOLONIA features college sophomore Rory Riorden. She isn’t your typical pretty heroine. She has piercings, wears a lot of black and gray, and pretty much hates everybody. An orphan since high school, she feels it’s dangerous to get close to anyone. Other than her professor Dr. Zorba, and the irritatingly persistent and good-looking Benji Reynolds (if you like the preppy, too happy type with a surprisingly amazing body), Rory has achieved loner status. That is, until Cy walks through the classroom door.

Cy is an international student, fresh from Egypt. His warm skin and golden eyes make Rory forget that she loathes him, even though he’s brilliant and they’re competing for the same research assistant spot. But when Cy finds himself in serious trouble with some very powerful people, Rory’s traumatic past makes her uniquely qualified to save him. A girl who doesn’t need anyone but finds that the entire world will need her to survive.” (found on McGuire’s website:  http://www.jamiemcguire.com/blog/2014/1/11/about-apolonia)

 

Lastly, McGuire is a great author due to her interaction with her readers.  Please check her on twitter @JamieMcGuire  , facebook Author Jamie Mcguire  , and of course her website http://www.jamiemcguire.com/  for all information on her books, signings, and news!  Who knows she might message you back, it’s happened to me 🙂

PS- I will have reviews about McGuire’s previous titles later (trust me I can’t NOT write about her works).

The Edge of Never

“Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?” (Book bio)

The Edge of Never is written by J. A. Redmerski.  It was first self-published in 2012 and re-released in 2013 through Grand Central Publishing.  The story is told through both views of Camryn and Andrew which obviously gives a big perspective. I for one enjoy seeing the males’ side when the story is as emotional as this one.  Along with fun travels, deep conversations, some relatable experiences, and romance this is a book you won’t put down.

Redmerski will have you on an emotional roller coaster. You will laugh and you will cry.  She even gives some attention to music (and one of my favorite bands), the Civil Wars.  The book ends beautifully and I did not expect a sequel.  But I am more than happy to see these characters again.  This is a book that I strongly suggest to be on your reading list.

The Edge of Never overall makes me want to jump in my car and see where the road takes me.  Once you read you too will want to live your life a little differently.   I begin to wonder, am I noticing everything that life is giving me?  Are there opportunities I am neglecting due to my fears?  Life isn’t perfect but sometimes lack can be your gain in other areas.  Remember to look at ALL of the corners of your life.

SO! Better hurry and read now because its sequel The Edge of Always will be making its debut, this month, January 14th.  You can pre-order now on Amazon.