Judging Genres- giving a chance vs knowing

Well, tragedy and horror are two genres that are difficult into. Yes, there was a time when I didn’t give tragedies a chance. At the same time, I already know I will not like horror, but is that the same as not giving a genre a chance? In my opinion, there is a HUGE difference between not giving something a chance and already knowing you will not like a genre?

Tragedy

This will refer only to high school, as in before Les Mis entered my life. Back in high school, I had to read a lot of tragedies- it wasn’t just limited to Shakespeare. It also belonged to novels as well. Whenever I knew something was a tragedy, I “assumed” that story was pure sad. I didn’t realize I had misinterpreted the genre- the main part of the genre I wasn’t fully understanding was catharsis. At least I eventually learned my lesson.

What were some of the tragedies from high school- including summer reading? Of Mice and Men, The Giver, Lord of the Flies, The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, The Crucible, Frankenstein, and Macbeth. Some of them I don’t want to give a 2nd chance- due to what I remember- some are either too sad or seem too scary or creepy.

Horror

Now, it may be true I have not watched or read horror, but I already know I will dislike the genre. But isn’t that the same as not giving a genre a chance? Well, there is actually a difference- it is possible to know you will not like a particular genre. For any genre, you have a limit (at any level- as in how scary or creepy, or too heartbreaking as in feeling pure sad or uncomfortable, etc……).

Based on some movies I already watched, I already know what my scary limit and creepy limit is. I dislike Hunger Games because I can’t stand the premise of the games. I dislike Peculiar Children because it is too creepy. My scary limit is found in series such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Doesn’t horror take things a bit further? Based on previews, I already am freaked out by them- too paranormal, too creepy, and too scary. Not the same as judging a book by its cover. True, I may learned to like tragedies, but there are some tragedies that also belong in the horror category- those I will never give a chance.

Favorite Fictional Animals

There are many characters I love in stories. Those characters come from operas, musicals, and books. Today, I decided to write a list of some of my favorite animal characters- it will look at various types of storytelling. Even fantasy animals can count- such as dragons. This will only include some of my favorite animals.

The Animals

  1. Fenestra
  2. Ozzie
  3. Mufasa
  4. Simba
  5. Zazu
  6. Rafiki
  7. Nala
  8. Pumba
  9. Timon
  10. Abu
  11. Pan
  12. Festus
  13. Grizabella
  14. Sven

The BFG Review

My most recent read belonged to a childhood favorite of mine. The BFG was actually one of my favorite Roald Dahl books as a child.

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumply. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleslumpeater, the Bonecrucher, or any of the other giants- rather than the BFG, she soon would have become giants.

Soon, the BFG and Sophie decide once and for all the bone-crunching giants must stop eating other humans.

It still has the same charm as it always had. With the creative language, the lovable characters, and the world make this book as amazing as it is. The BFG is the only giant who is nice—-as in the only one who doesn’t eat humans—instead he collects dreams and gives them to kids. When he captures Sophie, he makes sure she is safe from the terrifying giants.

Dahl really knows how to capture the imagination in his books- through made-up words. You have snozzcumbers and frobscottle in The BFG. Even wrong spellings of English words. Still such a delight to read- that is how the BFG says things- it is actually pretty fun. I loved seeing how Sophie and the BFG figured out their plan to stop the terrible giants. I loved both Dream Country and Giant Country.

Ella Enchanted Review

This was my 35th read of the year. While the book and movie are different, they both are amazing in their own ways.

Ella of Frell was cursed at birth by receiving the gift of “obedience”, meaning she must obey every command. She goes on a quest to try to break the curse and encounters ogres, giants, and evil family members during her journey.

I first encountered this fairy tale by the movie. Here is one tip of advice before reading the novel= don’t think of the movie before reading. True, there are similarities, but there are more differences between movie and book. As a baby, Ella was given the gift of obedience, which causes her to do things she doesn’t want to do.

Ella is an amazing protagonist. In the book, we see her constantly trying to break the curse on her own. But disobeying a command is more difficult than it seems- due to some side effects. She is really skilled at learning various languages- loved that knack. Despite dealing with evil stepsisters (especially Hattie), she still stays strong. She has to figure out creative ways to keep Char safe from harm, and it is her love for him that helps break the curse.

Ogres, fairies, giants, and centaurs are part of this world. Love this Cinderella retellings- yes, it has glass slippers, a pumpkin carriage, and balls (yes, there were three balls Ella went to).

Tragedies I Love- Books

There are multiple genres in the literature world. One of them is tragedy, a genre with pathos (emotion), hubris (tragic flaw), comic relief and catharsis. Without catharsis, tragedies would be just heartbreaking and would be too depressing.

Tragedy is a genre I didn’t exactly give a chance in high school, but learned to love in my first year of college through the musical, Les Mis. However, unknowingly I did fall in love with a tragedy in high school. Now, what are some of my favorite tragic books- it will even include a tragicomedy?

The Books

  1. Les Misérables
  2. Hunchback of Notre Dame
  3. Mayor of Casterbridge
  4. Don Quixote
  5. The Iliad
  6. Song of Achilles
  7. Circe

Conclusion

This was much harder than I thought. There is a chance there are other tragedies I love when it comes to books, but don’t know which ones those are. Well, I may have learned to love The Iliad in high school, but it wasn’t until years later when I decided to read the entire work that I realized that the story was a tragedy.