As I haven’t posted for a while, there’s a few things I wanted to do posts on but never got round to doing so this post is basically just going to be a mash up of a few of those things because it has been too long for me to want to do a separate post for each of these.
First up was the film ‘In Time’ which was pretty cool, I loved the acting and how action packed it was and then of course the universe as a whole because the idea behind that was just amazing. Essentially, the world operates on a system of using time as currency, so if you want to buy something, you have to spend time meaning your life will be shorter. the plot then follows a guy who is poor, living his life day to day until he meets a man who has an insane amount of time and feeling that he has lived too long, transfers all his time over to Will (the main character) who then makes it his cause to destroy the system. It’s a few years old now I think but it was a good film and I’d say you should watch it is you are into any sort of action films or dystopian films as it’s not necessarily as corrupt as lots of dystopians but still pretty cool to see and the main character are great together and are played by Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.
The next one I wanted to talk about was a film called ‘Trishna’ which I first heard about from a comment on this post; https://emlinian.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/tess-of-the-durbervilles-thomas-hardy/ as the film is an adaption of ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy. I loved the book but this film adaption was totally not for me which was disappointing as I thought it looked good but I felt they changed too much and so because of that it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. Trishna, the film’s version of Tess (as the film is an Indian adaption) was nothing like the original character of Tess and so in that I felt like a lot of the main points of the story just weren’t there. I admit that not all of the film was bad, there were good parts in there, but I didn’t feel like Trisha fit the story and that the settings and other characters didn’t really work. Alec and Angel were one character rather than two separate ones and although they are pretty similar in some ways, the differences there are important too as this adaption made it seem like Trishna loved him whereas Tess never loves Alec, only Angel and that is why it is important that she can’t get away from him. I might have missed some message within it, I don’t know, but that for me didn’t work, I did still hate Jay (Alec/Angel) though so at least that was still there.
In terms of books, I’ve read ‘The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass’ which was good. It’s the story of a slave called Frederick Douglass, written by himself after his escape and is seriously interesting. I loved his style as it just flowed easily in most parts which lots of older books don’t and that really annoys me and so is really impressive for a man who pretty much taught himself to write. You know from the start that he escapes as he is obviously writing the book and it says a bit about the life he is living after his escape in the introduction. There’s not really much else that I can think to say about it, it’s a book written by a slave about his time in slavery, you know just from that what it will be like. It’s not as harsh as it sounds though, despite the horrible things that happen in the book, his narrative is soft in a way which is really nice. I’d recommend this one to anyone who is interested in America in general just as it tells you a lot about the history and culture. But more than that I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a book that will make you feel. I don’t think I cried at it but the story does make you feel a lot of things. Basically I just thought it was great.
Next up I read ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’ which is a very old text, I mean old as in it was written before the bible so I found it very hard to get into and I can’t say it was easy to understand all the stuff about the Gods as I have never known much about mythology. It was kind of interesting as it followed a king named Gilgamesh who was said to be part God and he does a load of heroic acts which aren’t really that heroic but still impressive. I thought it was okay but wouldn’t say you should read it unless you are really into history, the bible (it talks about the flood and Noah only in slightly different terms), or mythology.
I think I will put the other things either in a second wrap up post or do separate posts for each of them, but, in either way, I’ll see you soon!