Sci-Fi influences that came from Frankenstein

The novel Frankenstein is considered to be the predecessor for all sci-fi and sci-fi horror media today. Yet how much of an influence did it shape? To get a basic idea, one can simply see how similarities in media today have to Frankenstein.
One common theme that people have copied from the novel Frankenstein is the idea of man made monsters. Monsters such as the robots from the Terminator series, the movie IRobot, and Frankenstein movies are all examples of media taking ideas from Frankenstein.
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For Terminator, the robotic monstrosities are first by Skynet, made as a way to improve life and make unbelievable discoveries in the field of science. Hmmm…what does that sound like to you? That’s right! IT’S VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN! Victor was also trying to test the limits of his abilities with science, via creating life. Skynet tried to do well for the people and to make improvements to their field as well! Only for Skynet it was robotics instead of just science. In addition, the robots because bloody and killed many people just like Frankenstein’s creature. The only difference is the monster tried to be good, while Terminators tried to kill regardless (unless you count the second and third movie of course). Now that I think about it, if Frankenstein had programmed or took care of the monster, would it have become like T-100 in the second and third movie, taking care of the people instead of killing them?
Now the fact that it stared Arnold was just the topping 😀 As for IRobot, the basic storyline is similar. Helper robots become monsters and attack the people and try to take over our lives…ok so it isn’t really that similar, but Terminator sure was!

Books for the Box: PROGRESS

Last time I wrote on my blog about my APEL project it was still just the planning out and letting you guys know it will be coming soon. The progress on completing the boxes are close to done, though I still need to finish coloring them. While it seems that much hasn’t been done, I do have good news! I have made some progress on obtain some books! Ironically I got books before I even put the boxes out there in public…kind of sad in fact…
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Anyways! I was able to obtain some donations from a few of my friends and relatives early and have some from my own shelf. There are some chapter books, but I was able to obtain some of those Ripley’s Believe it or Not style books too (that contain interesting facts and kids love). For the most part I can do the first donation soon and afterwards set out the book donation boxes at our school library and hopefully class. Keep an eye out people!

Frankenstein! The Monster

We have just started a new novel in my APEL (AP English Literature) class, and its Frankenstein! I am so excited for this novel, due to this book being one of the first mix between science fiction and horror. Now, since the creation of Frankenstein the novel readers and critics always reference it as an amazing book. Due to its popularity, people have even made scary urban legends about Frankenstein’s Creature. They even made facts just in case you meet Frankenstein’s creature, since it won’t die of old age and last time it was seen was when it left. Here is what most say:
Frankenstein’s Monster
Unbelievably Tall
Impervious to gunshot damage
As long as you don’t try to hurt it, it will leave you alone
Wound with fire
Last scene leaving Frankenstein’s Castle

The total amount of influence one book from the 1800s gave birth to an urban legend. It shows how much the influence of books and our minds can lead to new thrills and monsters. I can’t wait to actually read the novel and see how the actual monster stacks up to its legend.

The “Killer” End of Hamlet

FINALLY~! My APEL class has finally finished the Shakespearian novel Hamlet. I have to say, the end of the novel was quite interesting for me, with the main cast all dying (besides Horatio). My take on the end? It gave us a solid end to the story of revenge and betrayal, no disappointment that Prince Hamlet never got to marry Ophelia, no question on how the Queen would react with the death of her new husband and her son, and no ongoing continuation with the appearance of Fortenbras. In a sense, the ending scene gave us a fitting how all humans end up…dead.

I have to say though, the end of the story reminded me of many of Shakespeare’s other plays such as Othello and Romeo and Juliet. It almost seems to me he has a habit of killing off his main characters. This itself makes the novels he wrote different from today’s novels. Most of the time, it is always a happy end, or at least a ending with the protagonists surviving. Shakespeare’s novel represent TO ME of a era where death is a common thing at a young age, and shows how different our society (and our standards in writing) are different today.

Prince Hamlet, New favorite Shakespeare character

My English class has just recently gone further into the Shakespeare novel, “Hamlet”. I had always thought those “classic” novels tend to be boring and tend to have confusing characters, so when we started reading “Hamlet” in class I already predicted how I would feel…I was proven wrong today. True it was a bit boring at first, but now that we have gotten to the meat of the novel I must say I was surprised with how Prince Hamlet was…for the better of course.

First off, I love how Prince Hamlet isn’t portrayed as one of those “always be good” type of characters. This is shown by how he acts towards Ophelia after she breaks up with him, like a jerk. But in a way, Shakespeare makes Prince Hamlet easier to relate to and humanizes him. Add the fact Prince Hamlet is willing to get revenge and make the King suffer for killing his father makes him seem much more realistic and dark. For those reasons, Prince Hamlet will be one of my most favorite characters in Shakespeare’s novels.

Gulliver’s Travels and the World

As you all know, I am taking an AP English class this year and thus must read appropriate books. A name caught my interest as I skimmed through the books that would be considered “AP”. The book was called: Gulliver’s Travels. As I read the book, I was marveled by the amazing creatures and species that Gulliver came across by accident, like the small species of people who tied him up…but also fed him whenever he wanted…strange beings. And that got me to remember, there is a movie on Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black!

I have yet to watch the movie yet, but since I am enjoying the beginning of the book (even thought it is in the old language) I’m pretty sure I will love the modern twist on the novel. However, I can see there will be some differences between the movie and the novel. The novel focused on Gulliver traveling to many different places, and not just his discovery of the smaller race. If you look at the movie cover, you can see Gulliver standing over a town and nothing else. It can be deduced that the movie will revolve around his encounter with the smaller race and town, making it different from the novel (which Gulliver has travels, finding many species and different people).

In the end, I am sure the novel will hold many more surprises for me to enjoy since I am still just in the beginning. I am also going to watch the movie itself, and hopefully with Jack Black playing Gulliver, I can enjoy it as much as I am enjoying the novel.

Books Books Books!

Now for those who don’t know, my class has begun a project on creating innovation or at least doing something that people haven’t done before (or haven’t done often). Not everyone is that creative in thinking of innovation sadly…luckily we can team up! SO I have been thinking over if I should do my idea myself, or work with my friend Cong on doing his innovation idea. Then I realized what I can work with, I loved books as a child!

The idea that I thought up for my project was doing a book donation service to children hospitals or elementary schools. Not random books though, I would only be collecting children’s books (obviously…I’m not crazy enough to give children full-fledged novels). Set up donation boxes in my school library and office ^__^ best idea ever! Alright guys be sure to look out for those boxes in a few weeks. Got to start making it first.

Anosognosia: You don’t know…you don’t know

Now, for those who don’t know what anosognosia is, it is the idea of people being unaware of the existence of their own disability or being too ignorant to know that they are ignorant. For those who understood the idea congratulations, you got it quicker than I did.

For people who don’t know it, it is the idea that a person is so ignorant, that they did not know what they did or will do is not possible. Or another example is a person who was coming up with solutions to problems, did not think of one solution due to not knowing about a problem. Get it? Good.

Why did I decide to throw this word out there and explain it? The reason is, people (especially students) have this mental illness…well not exactly this. I just wanted to warn students that they are doing an imitation, due to students not willing to think before they do…or don’t do. Students, with their carefree nature and their idea of “no homework during the weekend, that is a time to relax” prevents them from thinking that they should check to see if there is homework or quizzes coming up right after the weekend. In the end it is just poor insight. This can become a habit and thus affect your future. So basically shape up guys, think before you act…or in this case always think out everything to insure you don’t get bit on the butt later on.

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Othello #2: Life Lesson in the form of Iago

*WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE STORY Othello! STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT IT SPOILED!*

In the story Othello, Iago was thought to be a kind and loyal companion who tells only the truth and what he thinks, especially to Othello…in the characters’ points of views. However as the reader, we all he is anything but. Iago from the start openly admits he is an enemy of Othello and will help Roderigo take Desdemona from her new husband. Yet, the second he is around Othello or Desdemona he makes himself seem like their buddy and such. Further in the story, Iago makes Cassio (Othello’s new lieutent) lose his position and gains it himself, makes it seem as if Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio, has Othello go into a jealous rage, has Roderigo try to kill Cassio (after making Roderigo lose all his money), and in the end Iago’s meddling causes the death of Desdemona at the hands of her husband…and all with no reason besides not getting the lieutent position at first.

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Why am I talking about a book from Shakespeare when this blog is suppose to be about mythes, mayhem, and memes? Well I thought this book touches upon the darker half of life. Like in life, we would always believe in our best friends, that they would never betray us, that they are totally kind and friendly, you don’t ever doubt them a second…but then the harsh truth comes out, many do. Sometimes we do end up misplacing our trust onto friends that don’t really care for us, even if we were so sure of the person. Sad to say, those are also the type of person that will use our trust against us to do harm. To me the story of Othello is trying to teach us a life lesson. To always be careful of those we trust and don’t take everything at face value. This idea that came from Othello would help us in life, to be more prepared for the worst in our friends so it won’t be as bad…or it is trying to say not to trust anyone. You know, it just depends if you want to trust them.

Othello: 1st post~

In our current AP English class, our teacher decided to read about Othello. Now we got pretty far in the story and should finish it any day now. So, might as well tell what the story seems to convey or/and compare it to events (occurrences) and society norms in real life.
*WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS, EXIT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THEM*

In many ways, Othello points out some of societies (and human) flaws that still are present today. The idea of evil being anywhere in your life. Othello represents the monster of jealousy and suspicion we humans can become. In the story Othello, Desdemona remained faithful ever since they married around a week before. Othello believed that he loved Desdemona, yet a single “thought” from Iago changed Othello from a kind and caring husband and friend into a raging jealous beast that doubts his own wife without cause. In the end, he does not kill the supposed reason his wife was “unfaithful” but rather killed Desdemona without hearing her side of the story, only because of suspicion.
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Yet this story does have a sad truth to it. From jealousy, humans can do unbelievably dark thinks. While in the story Othello tries to smother his wife to death (which is quite dark), today husbands do much worse. On the news, a Mexican husband records himself cutting off his wife’s head for cheating on him. Now, judging how Mr.Theriault reacted so amazing last time I showed a gruesome picture on one of my posts (which I removed by the ways)…I decided to you tell you how to find it on google. Just look up “Man kills wife for cheating”. Amazing what the internet has now doesn’t it?