Way Cooler than a Fairytale Princess

Check out my movie review of Hanna at basementjockeys.com, or just click on the link below:

http://www.basementjockeys.com/?p=462#more-462

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UPDATE: Basement Jockey’s is no longer in existence.  Below is the reproduction of my original review of the movie Hanna.

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The Second Mrs. Saunders

This is a short story/exercise that I wrote, based on a classic fairy-tale.  It runs a little differently than the original fairy-tale, and this is an extremely rough cut.  But, I promised to get this out on Sunday, and here it is.  Enjoy!

Ellie was over rambunctious and needed to learn how to calm down.  That’s why Mrs. Saunders, second wife to the late Mr. Saunders, gave Ellie more arduous chores.  Mrs. Saunders’ own two daughters, Cindy and Brittany, were well-behaved girls; they’d had an attentive mother who taught them early on what it meant to be a lady.  She’d been just as hard on these girls (harder on Brittany, in fact) as she was on Ellie; but people liked to talk.  It was disgraceful, the lack of manners and position these days.  Mrs. Saunders knew she was considered old-fashioned, but she’d ensured that two of her girls would grow up to marry well and saw no reason why Ellie shouldn’t be the third.

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The Pentagram

This is the creative project I did for a Point of View class I took my junior year of college.  This is the same class where I was originally assigned the Genesis exercise.  This project was supposed to utilize everything I’d learned about point of view to tell a story.  This is a rewrite of Hansel and Gretel, using multiple first person narrators (which is really a big no-no, but I wanted to try it out) to retell this fairy tale in a new light. 

I’m posting this exercise now because it will be a nice bridge between the four parts of my “Genesis” post, and the exercise which I’ll post this Sunday.  Both exercises originally came from the same class.  “Genesis” was a retelling of an older, popular story using multiple first-person narrators, as is this project.  The post to come on Sunday shares a different trait with this project, which I hope you all find interesting, if nothing else.


The Pentagram

I tried being nice to them, but they wouldn’t have that.  They were very cruel to me, those kids.  I can’t wonder if my husband might have been made a cuckold by his first wife, because neither Hansel nor Gretel possess his generosity.

We all live together, in a little cabin right by the forest—my husband is a woodcutter.  The woods are so beautiful, just an endless depth of green and shadow.  Sometimes, during sunrise (I’m always the first one up) there’s pollen in the air, and when the sunlight hits it, it reflects light like its own glow.  It’s like watching pixies dance, beckoning you closer.  Those mornings, when I had all the enchantment to myself, were sometimes all I had to look forward to in my life.

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Genesis- Part 4

This exercise was inspired by an assignment from a class I took at Webster the Spring of 2008.  The class was titled “Point of View.”  The assignment was to rewrite Genesis from the point of view of Adam, Eve, God or Satan/the serpent, and to experiment with how the story changed based on who was telling it.

With this post I’ve taken the exercise a little farther.  As well as experimenting with changes in the story of Genesis, I also wanted to experiment with voice, tone, and character expression.  In addition to this, I’ve also re-written the story using the points of view from the four characters mentioned earlier.  Each character will have his or her own separate post.

On a side note, I’m aware that Genesis is a religious story, and I don’t mean for these exercises to express any viewpoints on God, religion, etc.  This is just an experiment with point of view, character, and voice; and should only be viewed as such.

I’ve lost myself.  Something cannot come from nothing, even for God.  Thousands of years in the future, or now, or centuries in the past, physics will be written and discovered and will prove that.

Eve screams as she gives birth for the first time.  She’s afraid she’ll die.  She has no regrets, save for the time she hurt Adam in the Garden.  She wants to bring life into the world.  I envy her.

Adam has died, and I accept him into heaven.  Then he is lonely, in the Garden of Eden, and I split him in two, like before.

Something cannot come from nothing.  Males do not shuttle life into the world.  Females do that.

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Genesis- Part 3

This exercise was inspired by an assignment from a class I took at Webster the Spring of 2008.  The class was titled “Point of View.”  The assignment was to rewrite Genesis from the point of view of Adam, Eve, God or Satan/the serpent, and to experiment with how the story changed based on who was telling it.

With this post I’ve taken the exercise a little farther.  As well as experimenting with changes in the story of Genesis, I also wanted to experiment with voice, tone, and character expression.  In addition to this, I’ve also re-written the story using the points of view from the four characters mentioned earlier.  Each character will have his or her own separate post.

On a side note, I’m aware that Genesis is a religious story, and I don’t mean for these exercises to express any viewpoints on God, religion, etc.  This is just an experiment with point of view, character, and voice; and should only be viewed as such.

You people don’t know how lucky you are, having someone like me keeping an eye on you.  The human species would’ve fallen to oblivion or obscurity long ago, had I not kept them—kept you—afloat.  I love you, all of you.  I know it’s hard to believe, especially with what the critics claim about my nature, but read between the lines.  Think about it.  What could I have for humanity except love?

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Original Genesis Exercise

Recently, I’ve been making weekly posts with different POV’s for the story of Genesis.  These exercises were based on an old class exercise.  I thought I would share the original exercise.

Look for Genesis-Part 3 this Sunday!

Before you go and blame me for the fall of mankind, please consider that because of this fall, we are able to rise.  Perhaps you personally would like to have been born into that spiritual neutrality known as Eden, but believe me when I say that you would not be half the person you are now if that were so.

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Genesis- Part 2

This exercise was inspired by an assignment from a class I took at Webster the Spring of 2008.  The class was titled “Point of View.”  The assignment was to rewrite Genesis from the point of view of Adam, Eve, God or Satan/the serpent, and to experiment with how the story changed based on who was telling it.

With this post I’ve taken the exercise a little farther.  As well as experimenting with changes in the story of Genesis, I also wanted to experiment with voice, tone, and character expression.  In addition to this, I’ve also re-written the story using the points of view from the four characters mentioned earlier.  Each character will have his or her own separate post.  At the end of the post, I’ll clarify who it was talking, but hopefully by then it should be obvious.

On a side note, I’m aware that Genesis is a religious story, and I don’t mean for these exercises to express any viewpoints on God, religion, etc.  This is just an experiment with point of view, character, and voice; and should only be viewed as such.

I learned, or rather, relearned cruelty from the apple, and that’s my most effective tool as a woman.  This isn’t to say I like using it—cruelty is just the most effective.

I learned a lot of other things from the apple, too; like life, because I had a concept of death; pleasure, because of pain; joy, because of sorrow.  They’ll say Eden was a paradise, and they’ll be right in the sense that ignorance will bring bliss.  That’s what Eden was: Ignorance.

Adam blames himself for the Fall, because he slapped me.  While that accelerated things, I think I would’ve been tempted anyway.  Before knowledge, I’d looked forward to being alone.  I was discontented with our union, I just didn’t realize what I was feeling until the apple gave me a word for it.  I still loved Adam, but his being in charge didn’t feel right.  We were different, we are different, but I don’t think his qualities are inherently superior to mine.  Adam’s leadership felt imposed, on both of us.  Considering that, it was only a matter of time before one of us went running to the tree of knowledge.

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