There is great debate about which texts deserve to sit in the canon of literature – debates shaped by people far more informed than I. Sure, I’ll talk about canon in Marvel or Doctor Who or Star Wars but F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway? Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle? Et cetera and so on? I’ve opinions but few are fully informed by academic scholarship. Last summer I was reading one of my favorite blogs – I read that in a book – and I came across a post titled, “Personal book canon – a self-portrait in books.” I loved the post and I loved the idea and I immediately began thinking of what would make up my own personal literary canon. In the comment section of the piece, I talked of how I was eager to “steal” the idea and try it myself. This was something I could speak to in an informed way! I thought it a really fun idea, too, to look at the books which have most shaped my life. So today, in my 400th post (!!!!), I’m going to do just that :D.
Black Widow: Forever Red – Some Thoughts on YA
A month or so ago Jeff alerted me to the exciting reality that Barnes & Noble (at least the one by him) had the hardcover editions of BOTH Margaret Stohl’s Black Widow novels – Black Widow: Forever Red and Black Widow: Red Vengeance – in their bargain section. A hurried trip to and quick investigation of my local Barnes & Noble yielded the same prize! I love Margaret Stohl’s work on the Captain Marvel series. I love Black Widow as a character. So, naturally, they both came home with me. Given all the grading that comes with the end of the school year, I didn’t have the chance to read either until now. I finished the first novel, Black Widow: Forever Red, the other day and I enjoyed a great deal of it…but it also highlighted one of the problems I find at times with YA novels in general. And this, I felt, warranted a little reflection. Continue reading
Captain Phasma: A Lesson Learned in The Last Jedi
So this isn’t another essay or reflection on The Last Jedi. I’m not looking deeper at the themes in the film nor am I furthering my analysis on Star Wars’ future as folklore in this post. Rather, this piece is about an unexpected lesson I learned from The Last Jedi, care of everyone’s favorite chrome-plated stormtrooper Captain Phasma, regarding the growing Disney Canon of works in their Star Wars Universe. What lesson, you may ask, did you glean from Phasma’s fifteen seconds of screen time?!? While it’s probably quite the opposite of what Disney would want, I think it will make my Star Wars time far more enjoyable. Continue reading