Art isn’t all that serious, yo

November 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm (art, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

If I just told you that the National Gallery in DC has some awesome art you could rightly say duh. They’ve got Da’vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Vermeer to name a few famous artists in this gallery. Not that I knew that when I went in.  I guess I thought it was all American art or something.  I don’t know why though. I’m so glad I was wrong. The great art was great, but it was even better, because a lot of it was hilarious. There are things going on in some paintings that aren’t exactly normal, you just have to look at it closely enough.  Which could get you in trouble.  It got me talked to more than once. 

This paintings bigger than the pic I took of it, but seriously the dog is biting the horse in a very bad place.

Look at this painting. Dude looks just like Professor Quirrell, that teacher in Harry Potter that was hiding Voldemort on his head.

Think about what you could do with this? People could give humor tours in museums to point out these hilarious bits and connections to our culture today.  It would definitely attract young people.

Kagehime

PS. Come on VMFA. This could take you to the next level.

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Felt like a wizard

May 20, 2009 at 12:34 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Well graduation is over 🙂 I’m officially a William and Mary Alum.  I felt like a wizard in the gown.  Several other people made that comment too so I know it wasn’t just me.  We were all wearing black, had hoods (That thankfully were not worn on our heads or that would have been too Harry Potterish)  and the sleeves were really long. So long in fact I wondered if like in The Incredibles in which the heroes died from their capes getting caught in everything if wizards die from getting their sleeves caught on things.  I know I got my sleeves caught on a few things.  I would walk and realize one of my arms wasn’t coming with me, then realized one of my sleeves had gotten caught on something.  That happened to a few other people too.  All we needed were wands.

That wasn’t the only time I felt like Harry Potter during my college years.  I had a professor who was seriously Snape.  He was teaching Philosophy instead of potions, but he was still Snape.  He was tall and lanky with oily black hair and would slink around corners.  It was kind of creepy. Then he would always pick on me.  Granted things happened around me in class like a girl’s water bottle was falling off her desk and I caught it…he asked if I had anything to say for that one.  And then he treated my friend like Ron Weasley.  Basically he knew her because she was in association with me.

Not to mention that William and Mary is an old institution with ties to England.  Thank goodness I didn’t have to deal with Voldemort  The one who shall not be named.  😉

Kagehime

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Twilight vs. Harry Potter

August 26, 2008 at 3:22 am (books, rant) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t see why the critics keep comparing Twilight to Harry Potter. Its on the cover of New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. The authors are totally different and their books target different audiences.  Maybe what they’re really trying to compare is popularity.  Harry Potter was a huge huge hit that has gotten and is continuing to get a lot of young people to read in a time when people are afraid children aren’t reading as much as they used to.  It also showed that children are willing to read bigger books than were previously thought.  I read the first Harry Potter book when it came out when I in 5th grade I think.  I’ve now read all seven of the books.

I’ve also read the entire Twilight series. Stephenie Meyer’s books target the people most interested in a love story, teenage girls. It has vampires which are always interesting if written about well. It is about the decisions a girl is then forced to make. While Harry Potter has magic and is about a boy growing up in the shadow of his own name and legends.

I think that Meyer develops the emotions of her characters better (she is writing romance), while Rowling has a really amazing grasp on storytelling, in that she knows myths and legends very well and is able to portray them as she wants.  Also she has a good understanding of what people would do in desperate times.  Both are excellent authors in their own right and have an excellent sense of humor.  I’ve laughed outloud from reading both.  I’ve also gasped outloud too at the terrible things that happen to the characters at times.  I’m glad the authors could lighten things up at times. 

The last book in both series upset fans although they were both good books in my opinion.  The epilogue was terrible for Harry Potter (Why was that even there? It was like she had written that when she was 7.  Everyone stayed together even though I think that would have been highly unlikely and it unfortuately hinted at the small size of the magic community in England which made me think Ewww. I think it would have been perfection without it, but I guess Rowling wanted people to know the afterward. As for Breaking Dawn the book was written a bit different than the other ones and was rather graphic in parts.

A test of skill and popularity is whether they write something popular outside of the series that made them popular. Meyer wrote The Host.  I didn’t get a chance to read that yet and I didn’t hear any reviews about it just that it was hyped up. Rowling has written the fairytales mentioned in the seventh book that sold for millons, but that’s not outside of the HP universe, which may be so big that she may never have to leave.  And money not exactly a good test, because Rowling has gotten over a billion dollars from HP from its wide audience (me included) and the fact that its so transferable to material goods and movies.  Ever tried Bertie Bott bag of jellybeans? Well I guess I ended up comparing the two more than the critics… Maybe American critics want an American author to have such acclaim. 

Kagehime

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