Heather Lambert

A girl with a passion for contemporary literature, film, and pop culture. My interests especially lie in the bizarre and taboo: horror, religion, and the supernatural.

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The Power of Storytelling as Presented in Life of Pi

Stories are what shape our reality–both on a personal and a widespread cultural scale. They directly affect how we understand everything, from everyday occurrences to the larger questions in life. Stories also play a large role in the world religions through both oral and written types of scripture, including myths, historical accounts, poetry, letters, etc. The novel Life of Pi reflects on the impact of stories in relation to religion and history. Examine questions of "truth" and "scientific fact" in contrast to "myth" and "spirituality" and how these themes are presented in both the novel and the movie. Also analyze the apparent human need for fantastical stories as presented in the movie–does this imply that religion is simply a way for humans to cope with the difficult events of life? Or does it have a larger implication, such as that "truth" or "fact" in life is not always tangible, and does not always have the importance we place upon it? There are many philosophical questions that can be explored regarding stories and reality in Life of Pi, and this topic is certainly open to suggestions!

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    An interesting suggestion. I will challenge that there are multiple forms of feminism(s) that propose different interpretations of this theme; there is not just one true answer that can be applied to everyone. Also, the question of what exactly are “feminine values” and how are they determined is of importance in this debate. There is a gender binary at work here that I think characters like the undead zombie can help us complicate.

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Is Jane Austen Rolling in Her Grave?

    A really great question! I love how adaptations can enact a deconstruction of the sometimes strict genre categories. Would you place this in the historical fiction section, the horror section, the comedy section, or somewhere else entirely??

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Is Jane Austen Rolling in Her Grave?

    I hope so as well! I would love to see references to other Jane Austen novels in a sequel; I think it would be a really fun world-making/melding exercise. Fingers crossed!

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Is Jane Austen Rolling in Her Grave?

    Certainly, zombies aren’t for everybody. I’m glad you’re still open-minded to their contribution to the genre; that’s part of the reason I felt this was important to address! Who knows, maybe one day we’ll have Jane Austen in space?

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Is Jane Austen Rolling in Her Grave?

    Yes, very much agreed! The breaking of the binary between life and death is a signature characteristic of the zombie, so your joke has critical importance, as well as being an awesome pun 🙂

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Is Jane Austen Rolling in Her Grave?

    There’s a Bollywood version?? Oh, I have to see that.

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Is Jane Austen Rolling in Her Grave?

    Sex scenes that fit the plot and are realistic can contribute immensely to the art of a film. I will always get aggravated when characters are needlessly sexualized for the sake of viewership (especially women, who are often the victims of this), which is unfortunately still the norm. But changing the question from “Why should it be there?” to “Why should it be excluded?” could lead to some interesting discussion.

    Sex in Cinema: Poetry vs. Pornography (Explicit Content)

    There seems to be a pattern emerging in cinema where the lines between moral and immoral are becoming more blurred, especially in Batman vs. Superman and Captain America: Civil War. This is possibly reflective of the growth in Postmodernism, where people are becoming more intrigued by pushing the boundaries established during the prevalence of Modernism. It will be interesting to see where this progression leads us!

    Superhero Villains and their Struggle with Morality