Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tim Burton's Katrina vs. Washington Irving's Katrina

Burton's version of Sleepy Hollow was quite different than the story version. Much of the storyline was altered, including an addition of the "evil stepmother" and her plan to wreak havoc on the entire town by summoning the Hessian soldier. I found Katrina to be the most changed because in the short story she did not seem to return Ichabod's affections. She was described to be a "plump" girl and she did not have much to do with the storyline. Ichabod seemed to be more interested in the Van Tassel's wealth and farm rather than Katrina in Irving's story. However, he still had a slight attraction to her.
In the movie, Ichabod and Katrina were very much in love. Katrina also used a little bit of witchcraft to help "protect" Ichabod or her loved ones when they were in trouble. The story did not describe her in length, while the movie focused mostly on her and Ichabod, essentially.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Compromise?

While both Dustin and Hannah raise important points for each side, I find it easiest and most practical to come up with a compromise over the issue. Dustin argues, essentially, that eBooks are in all ways simpler.They are cheaper, easier to transport, more environmentally helpful, and just all around a great invention. Hannah, on the other hand, maintains the position that physical, "real" books have a special magic with them. Physicals books are a sign of cultural preservation...without real books, our society is doomed. She even goes as far as making an allusion to Fahrenheit 451 and the burning of books.
It is extremely pathetic to me to see our culture transition into digital books when a certain spark with physical books will always be present. Reading a newspaper is the same...There is just something real about touching the rough paper. It's so tangible. So realistic.
It just isn't the same reading Catcher in the Rye on a Kindle than in physical form.
But once again, on the other hand Dustin raises important issues. The prices of paperback books ARE going up, and buying an Amazon Kindle is a more viable investment. One Kindle can hold hundreds of books, while one book holds... one book. And let us not forget that we're reading Hannah's pamphlet online right now...
Alas, Dustin's argument is valid, but so is Hannah's.
Ebooks are inevitable, but a preservation of our culture is essential.