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Why Reading Is Great for Your Amazing Brain

  • exercises many parts of the brain and strengthens neural linkages
  • develops/deepens capacity to empathize
  • helps with healing of mental and emotional disorders as well as brain injuries
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Books and Movies

A few books that have become movies:

Peter Pan

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Chronicles of Narnia

Pinocchio

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Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat come to life

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Snow White and the Huntsman, Part 1

O.K., so this is a bit of a stretch, but given that “Snow White” has been in book form, I allowed myself to share my views on this movie. Plus, I just wanted to see the special effects and Charlize Theron looking gorgeous and eeeevil.

In a few words, the movie is: action packed, mythical, saviour-oriented* and, of course, has fantastic special effects. And, I’ve just seen it, so I haven’t had time to digest it. But, here are a few first impressions.

Seems like Hollywood just keeps getting bigger and louder. And, it always amazes me, the force with which it perpetuates myths and lacks originality ( in terms of story lines, not special effects).

Sure, the  movie is spectacular in terms of visuals (if you add great images they will come), but it’s a string of myths, old and not so old.

Snow White and the Huntsman is the ultimate cat-fight where the lines between good and evil are clearly drawn (maybe that’s why the fairy tale is making such a comeback)….there’s even a good freaky forest and a bad freaky forest….but, once again, I digress. For example, age and experience is bad, innocence and “purity” is good. Not sure whom it’s good for or how it magically defeats  experience. Either way, in the end, youth rides against age and defeats it.

Why are fairy tale stepmothers always evil? Do real-life stepmothers not have enough do deal with?

There are also glimpses of Joan of Arc (when the virginal Snow White somehow raises an army after a speech and rides against the castle).

There’s Snow White as Jesus (Snow White is “The One”, she rises from the dead and “she died for us” as her childhood buddy William says).

There’s even a glimpse of the myth that sexual assault is somehow flattering (when the huntsman suddenly cuts off the bottom of Snow’s long skirt, so that she can walk more easily, she startles, to which he says: “don’t flatter yourself”).

There’s a dash of multiculturalism, when Snow stays in a camp among a varied group of women, whose men are off fighting the evil Queen. And there’s a blood theme running through the movie, as a representation of life and how it must stick together. Also, seems that the only blond people are evil….hmmm, truly, I must ponder this further. Or just appreciate the stunning visuals of the film and call it a day.

June 4: If you’ve seen the movie, please, feel free to share your views…it would be nice to get a discussion going. 😀

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* By which I mean that it’s another one of those stories, where someone is destined to rise and save everyone (why do people keep wanting someone to save them?)

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

This is soooo exciiiiiiiiting! I’ve been looking for this movie forever and now it’s here AND with English subtitles….therefore, I can share it! (O.K. I must calm myself…breeeeathe) I have LOVED Hans Christian Andersen since my Mom bought me a book of his stories in grade 2. (I will gush about that excessively in a future post.) I have loved this movie even longer. It is one of my all time favourite fairy tales.

I am SO happy that I can share this! Seriously. (I see that the earlier effort to calm down hasn’t worked, nevertheless, let’s proceed.)

Here it is: The Little Mermaid, in the original Czech with English subtitles.

(If you have any interest in this, please, see it as soon as possible…who knows how long it will be up there.)

P.S. I have cried buckets at the point where…alright, maybe, not everyone knows the story, so I will only give away the ending partially…towards the end, since I was 5 years old. Tell me that you didn’t do the same…(I think you will :))

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Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie

Look at what I found in the laundry room:

It’s a 1969 edition of Peter Pan. I just love the look of it. It looks old  and beautiful and comforting, which is why I’m putting it up here. New books just don’t have this look (or very rarely, if at all).

Haven’t read it yet. (Since childhood, I knew that a boy not interested in growing up spelled trouble.) But, we could watch Disney’s version of the story, here.

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