Composition instructor, avid reader, Doctor Who fanatic, and owner (or maybe captive) of a 25 pound British Bombay cat
Stereotypical Characters in the Zombie Apocolypse
What are common types of characters that reoccur in zombie media? What might drive these characters actions? Which are most likely to survive and why? An example might be the driven father figure such as in The Walking Dead and World War Z.
Disney and Fairy Tales
Disney has turned some of the most well-known fairy tales into films. What are some lesser known tales that might make successful films? How might some of the more "grim" of the tales be adapted for young audiences?
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Which books written in the last 50 years will hold up as classics for generations to come? We have those authors and books that we mark with each decade, so which authors and novel will mark our generation? Stephen King and J. K. Rowling are two that jump to mind.
Underrated Actors to Appreciate
Who are some of the most underrated actors in film? These are actors who do not get a lot of publicity or many accolades but are great actors. This is a subjective topic, but who are a few that have really stood out in certain films that viewers should know by name? Stanley Tucci, Sam Rockwell, Gary Oldman, Laura Linney, Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer, to name a few.
Food and Film
What are some of the best films that center around food? Ratatouille, Julie and Julia, Chocolat, and Fried Green Tomatoes to name a few. How does the cooking/food influence the themes of the film and the actions of the characters?
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Religious Books for Every Reader
What are some religious books that would appeal to readers in general? For example, lots of people read stories and proverbs of the Bible, Pilgram’s Progress, etc. in school to look at the historical or analytical context. What are religious writings that would appeal to someone not wanting to become part of the faith, but just read for context.
Best Foreign Films 2000 to 2015
What are some of the best, not to be missed, foreign films of the last fifteen years? It would be best to see a variety of countries and not just the usual Britain, France, Mexico, etc.
The Walking Dead and PTSD
Explore the parallels between the characters in The Walking Dead and those suffering from PTSD. Especially Season 5 has explored this with integrating its wandering characters back into a structured society within a gated community.
This is one of my favorite topics to teach. It is nicely outlined here. Archetypes of any kind are, surprisingly, usually a new subject for college freshman.
I always felt the threat of zombies was the sudden take over. Like with ‘World War Z’ – A family starts their typically day, drives to work and school, and, boom, zombie outbreak with no warning. People panic and chaos ensues. I do agree, though, that once the threat was accessed, we would have the resources to easily do away with them.
I finally finished reading all three novels. The linking trait I also saw with the female leads are that they are women that you don’t particular like, and never want to be like. They are such different characters from other novels where we want to see good and bad and still like them. I strongly disliked all of Flynn’s protagonists from the first few chapters, but the uniqueness of this and her storytelling kept me reading all night.
I like watching Doctor Who mostly because it suspends reality, and I do not even care. It somehow submerges you into this ridiculous world where reality is not longer important. It I ever stop to examine it or even try to explain the show to someone, it sounds outrageous. Just watch it and enjoy.
Nice to see! There are always Christmas moments in non-Christmas films, so it’s great to see there are some Halloween ones as well.
Yes, I have played through them all. Tomb Raider (2003) is definitely the best. It more realistic and raw than previous titles, and Lara is young and inexperienced. She also looks more “real” than previous versions.
That would be a great topic to write about! The cheesy appeal of bad sci-fi films.
Interesting article. It is not often that we analyze video games and their underlying themes. With so many well written games today, this should be done more often. I have not played Chrono Trigger, but, growing up, I identified with any games that had female leads, since they were few and far between in the 80s and 90s. Lara Croft still stands as my favorite, even though she is often over-sexualized.