For my Contemporary Masculinities course, I was required to read the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and watch its film adaptation. Because I mostly grew up on Dr. Suess and Walt Disney, this book was never part of my childhood, and my first time reading it was two days ago. I was actually surprised by how short it was, since all I’ve heard about it prior to my reading was that it won a Caldecott Medal. What surprised me even more was how it was stretched into a 101-minute film.
The storyline of the book was basically about how a mischievous boy named Max upsets his mother, gets sent to his room, finds his way into an imaginary world of monsters, and returns home upon realizing how much he missed and appreciated home and family. The film adaptation went much further than the book in terms of plot and character development and touches upon issues like divorce, growing up, and coping with change. The first few scenes actually resonated with me, and got me a little teary-eyed. >.<;
To be honest, I was expected a whole lot more from the film. Everyone was raving about it last year, after all. I just feel like there was too much sadness overall. The “wild things” that Max encounters are too fickle of creatures, and sometimes have awkward exchanges in dialogue. Furthermore, the ending didn’t give me enough closure. We have yet to discuss the film in class and how it ties with masculinity, but I’m really looking forward to it.
For this same class, I submitted a brief two-page essay last week on the Disney film The Lion King. It was supposed to be a critical response on how it relied on the structure of patriarchy and male dominance in order to sustain its narrative. To be honest, I didn’t give my 100% on this essay. In fact, the copy that I handed in was only my outline/draft because I was swamped with other kinds of work the night before it was due. It was a pleasant surprise when I got it back today and was given an A. :D Those Women’s Studies majors have to step up their game! For those of you who are interested, here are the scans, red pen marks and all. Click them to enlarge!
On a final note, I particularly liked my outfit the other day. Both the blue leopard-print dress and motorcycle hoodie are from H&M. I was wearing a pair of heeled ankle boots, too, but I had to crop my legs out because my calves looked too beefy. :X And, as I promised in a previous post, here’s what the #023 crisscross eBay lashes look like when I wore them yesterday. I cut one in half and only applied to my outer lids – it gives me the natural thickness I want. My eyeshadow and eyeliner turned out pretty decent that morning, too. XD
Until next time! :D