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What I miss most about college

I’ve recently been discussing books with my officemate, and we had a discussion about the film adaptations of the Chronicles of Narnia. She’d only seen the movies, so I began breaking down the books and why they’re better. She let me rant for awhile, but it was obvious that she couldn’t keep up and that she wasn’t really interested. And then I realized, what I miss most about college is talking to educated and engaged minds about the books that I’m passionate about. I miss the structured setting where people have a common group of books to base discussion off of and then people bring further insight and reading material into the conversation as necessary. It’s so difficult to talk to just anyone about books because you might have nothing in common. Of you can’t fully illustrate a brilliant point because your audience hasn’t read one or more of the books that you’re comparing.

What I miss most are my peers. I miss watching “Interview with the Vampire” in Dan’s living room at one in the morning to further prepare for our Screening Fiction class the next day, stopping after every other scene to break down the motifs and compare it to the other clips that we’ve watched in class. I miss writing papers next to classmates T-minus 12 hours before it’s due and being able to engage them in conversation to help ease you through writer’s block. I miss theorizing about our professor’s lives with Rachel up on her roof on sunny spring days.

I miss being challenged to see deeper than the page. And I miss having someone adequate to challenge me.

Are there any other young adult literature enthusiasts that would like to engage in discourse about favorite books? I’m most familiar with the Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials, the Abhorsen trilogy, and The Hunger Games trilogy.  I’ve read much less scholarly YA books as well that I could discuss at length, but I haven’t done much outside research on them. I guess Harry Potter counts too, but I’ve only read them for pleasure, not for analyzation. *sigh* I guess that The Twilight Saga has to count too, but I’m warning you right now that while I admit to reading them several times for pleasure, I WILL rip them to shreds on a literary level. Of course, I’m always up for reading new books to talk about. I’ve heard that Ursela LeGuin’s “Earthsea” series is a must read for someone of my interests.

Pullman > Rowling

Did I get your attention yet? Good. Did I piss off all the Harry Potter fans? Eeeeeeeeh, not so good since there’s a LOT of you. While I absolutely LOVE Rowling and Potter, I do believe in the statement that is the title of this blog post, and I mainly made it just to get your attention. I know. I play dirty.

I did an intensive independent study on C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. At the end of the study, I wrote a paper focusing on the theme of maturity in the His Dark Materials trilogy. Then I modified this paper for my senior thesis.

The point of this post is that I love Pullman and what he did for young adult/children’s literature. And while this series is hated and misunderstood in the United States (what else is new?), I believe it’s one of the best epics in print. And for the last time, IT’S NOT ABOUT KILLING THE CHRISTIAN GOD. YEEEESH people; read it and try to understand it before you burn it. *sigh*

But, the other point of this post was to tell you that I’ve made two new pages where you can read my independent study paper and the shorter bastardized version that they made me do for my senior thesis. So go click on them in my pages to read them!!!

Yeah, you are pretty much fucked...

Oh, and the movie SUCKED. EFF you Chris Weitz. You turned something that I love and cherish and (although you made it very VERY pretty) turned it into SHIT. You should be ASHAMED of yourself and your “screenplay.”