Laura Bowman

Laura Bowman

Publishing student, aspiring freelance writer, cat mom, coffee addict.

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    Spy (2015) versus James Bond series

    Analyze the relationship between Spy (2015) featuring Melissa McCarthy and the James Bond film series. In what ways has the comedy evolved? How has the woman’s role changed? How has the man’s role changed? Is Spy a parody of James Bond, or does it simply share motifs? Do you enjoy one more than the other? Why?

    • I think most of the humor in Spy comes from parodying the tropes of James Bond movies and other action films. Jason Statham's character in Spy is a parody of the characters he plays in most of his other films. I would also be interesting to look at Knight and Day, which seems to linger on the border of serious action movie and parody. – JLaurenceCohen 9 years ago
    • Would you consider the character played by Melissa McCarthy a new type of the feminist heroine? True to say, her portrayal of the heroine in Spy is somewhat satirical, but it does give the whole picture a breath of fresh air. – Helga101 8 years ago

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    Laura Bowman

    Thank you for that recommendation. I’ve written down Griffin’s name and the book and it is at the top of my list to look into! I’ve read Sedgwick and Butler before and really admire their work and way of thinking, so I am sure I will enjoy Griffin’s work!

    Is the World Ready for an LGBTQ Disney Princess (or Prince)?
    Laura Bowman

    I really like your topic and agree with your points. South Park is one of my favourites shows. I liked them in their earlier days but I also love how they evolved. I love how now in season 19 they are more continuously having running jokes from one episode to another. It feels more rewarding as a loyal viewer to stumble on an episode that continues a joke from two or three episodes from before without re-explaining it. It is an exclusive technique, but I don’t think Matt and Trey will suffer because they already do have a huge, loyal following.

    As I was reading through I noticed a few typos and potentially missed words. I will list them below if you’d like to double check what I noticed and make any necessary edits.
    paragraph 2: missing parenthesis
    paragraph 3: transpositional typo in criticism
    “South Park was There for You” paragraph 3: missing verb, “the public’s reaction _____” (I am assuming you meant to put “was” in that spot).
    “Chef Gets Brainwashed” paragraph 6: incorrect verb, “the Return of Chef DOESN’T” when I think you may have wanted “isn’t”.
    “Chef Gets Brainwashed” paragraph 7: missing word, “recounts the tale of _____ the SAC…” (I thought you might have meant to put “how” in that spot).

    South Park: Respect Their Commentarah
    Laura Bowman

    I agree with your argument about the evolution of the novel and like your ideas. Writers and artists are constantly following and breaking rules, and over time we see patterns and great shifts in trends within all forms of literature. You’ve mentioned a few titles I haven’t read and have written them down to look into!

    However, I am curious to know where you have heard or read people stating that the novel is dead. You state that “Yet, in the context of history, there have been numerous sub-genres of the novel, and this an important concept to recognize when making such a strong assertion such as a fear the ‘death of the novel.'” Apart from the small grammatical hiccup, this quote is not cited and so I’m left wondering about its credibility.

    As referenced earlier in the comments, “Print is dead has been said and quoted from the movie Ghostbusters. Without some follow-up on your first assertion that this is a topic of discussion around the novel I am a little confused and feel like you have two different theses running at the same time in this piece. Without any reference, I feel as though the focus of this article should be on the evolution of the novel, and maybe a brief reference to a quote of ‘the novel is dead’ being part of your evidence for the former.

    Is the Novel Dead?
    Laura Bowman

    I am particularly keen the visit The Eagle and the Child, and Les Deux Magots! I am definitely one of those people who gets excited by visiting the homes of my idols. This is a great list. Might I mention though, under Les Deux Magots, her proper last name is Simone de Beauvoir (not just Beauvoir).

    Literature Places You Should Visit
    Laura Bowman

    I really enjoyed reading this article. As I read through I kept wondering to myself if you had seen Inside Out yet (I’m glad you have, and that you credited How to Train Your Dragon 2, as well). I hope we are about to see a return to some of these more emotionally deep family films. A lot of the ones you mentioned as having darker themes are ones I can account for as being some of my or my friends favourite childhood movies: Pinnochio, Bambi, The Rescuers, Fox and the Hound, An American Tale, Once Upon a Forest, and The Brave Little Toaster. Same with the books I enjoyed when I was young, (The Velveteen Rabbit, The Phantom Tollbooth, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne of Green Gables, The Diary of Anne Frank, Slaughterhouse-Five) the things that stuck with me into adulthood contained mature themes that paralleled the reality I understood. Other things are forgettable.

    Should Children's Films be Dark or Light?