IRL!: Outside the Blog, In School Recently...
I'm almost halfway through my university journey and it's been a bizarre journey of various ups-and-downs. I've quite enjoyed my subjects this term though, specifically Jacobean Drama and Children's Literature. Especially so because of great professors that obviously love what they teach because they ooze with passion when they talk about the subject.
With the recent release of the "popular" 50 Shades of Grey, it has become an easily accessible and understandable common topic between lecturers and students, even without the need to read or watch the books or film. It's pretty amusing to see my professor receiving blank stares when he brings up the movie, The Lakehouse, as a reference for love but nobody gets it. However, when he mentions 50SOG as a comparison for lust, everyone has some form of reaction (smirk, sneer, grunt, snort, wisely nod, grin).
In my Child's Lit class, it's probably the only class so far that touches on YA but even so, the focus is generally towards younger children so there are more illustrated books than other heavier texts. I like how The Hunger Games and And Tango Makes Three kept coming up in the last seminar I attended. It still amazes me how there are people who don't know about THG (subsequently also reminding me how vast the world is).
It's interesting to know that they are making the first book of The Hunger Games as a required reading for high schools here, despite the mixed responses towards the other books due to the violence involved. While I'm definitely supportive of the motion because I'm sure there are mostly sensible people out there who understands the message behind the book (or like me, reading for the fun of it), I think I can see where the opposition are coming from too. (Though it also brings up the question, then what about all the shooting games these days???)
Maybe it's because I've been watching too much (ha, what is too much) Criminal Minds lately but perhaps parents are worried because something might trigger the kids? But then again And Tango Makes Three is about same-sex marriage families so that's definitely debatable. I never understood people who try to stamp out something that another person is born with. It does more harm than good, to be honest. I feel that when you ruin something that's still pure and innocent, you are in fact turning it into something else. Like an infection that'll eventually cause death when left untreated. At least that's what I think, and how I interpret Hemingway's quote.
Why's my first IRL topic so heavy... well, I'll fix that next time!