I’ve decided to dedicate this post to one of my favorite quotes that describes me as a person.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. -George Bernard Shaw
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m actually a fun, happy person, but I do tend to put too much consideration into the worst possible scenario. Or, if you will, I tend to look at the glass as half empty. My brain must be crosswired or molded in some strange way because I definitely think differently than the general population.
A first great example would be a past blog that I wrote. I decided to examine Romeo and Juliet and state why I believe it is a tragedy not a romance. If you are interested you can read it here.
Second, I am huge Julia Roberts fan and yes, I own a copy of My Best Friend’s Wedding. I am the weird person that likes this movie because it is a romantic comedy that does not end happily ever after. Julieanne does everything to sabotage her friend Michael’s wedding and still does not end up with the guy. And I enjoy this for some reason. Talk about a hopeless romantic huh?
Third, let’s talk about Phantom of the Opera. In a rare instance when I was optimistic and believed Christine really loved the Phantom, she runs off with Raul. I believe if she had really thought about it she would have stayed down in the Catacombs at the Opera House. And because I have to find some way to tie Les Miserables into every blog post, I was always secretly upset that Marius chose Cossette over Eponine. Anybody else?
Fourth, while I am a lover of Disney and their movies, especially Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, and Aladdin, I don’t completely like the fact that these stories get watered down and changed. I know Disney does this to make kid appropriate movies and I fully support that. However, my personal preference is for the darker tales of the Brothers Grimm, where the step sisters in Cinderella get their eyes poked out by birds and the Evil Queen in Snow White is forced to wear burning hot iron shoes and dance until she drops. I don’t know why but I even like the original version of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christen Anderson. The mermaid basically sacrifices herself to save her Prince and turns into sea foam at the end.
Fifth, have any of you read The Giver by Lowis Lowry? Of course you have. I am interested in hearing how you interpreted the ending. I believe that Jonas and Gabriel die at the end. I’m not sure why but that’s where my mind went the first time I read it. If anybody can persuade me otherwise I am all ears. Concrete facts and reason can always sway my opinion. For example when I first watched the movie Inception, I hated the ending because I started to come to the conclusion that Cobb was not really back in America and that he was stuck in his dream with crazy Mol forever. Luckily some evidence was brought to my attention that changed my whole view and proved that Cobb was awake at the end and that he was able to see his kids again. (hint; it’s the wedding ring.)
Does anybody else think like I do? I would love to hear about it.