We Never Go Out of Style

As my books for this school year have been coming in, I’ve been increasingly excited and thankful for them. I get to read works by Tolkien, Hemingway, and Faulkner to name a few. This has reminded me of something I wrote a while ago, a topic that I’ve visited frequently throughout high school:

As a homeschooled student, I’ve read classic literature all throughout my education, but this isn’t the case for everyone. Many schools now are abandoning classic books, such as the works of Homer and Dickens, for trendy teen fiction like The Hunger Games, The Book Thief, and the Percy Jackson series.

They argue that these new books are more relevant, they include the same themes and messages found in the Classics, and their meanings are not so impossible for students to decipher. Continue reading “We Never Go Out of Style”

The Ancestry of Lancelot

I haven’t been able to help but notice that in many of the traditional Arthurian tales, Sir Lancelot can trace his family line all the way back to King David. I figured that surely this stray detail has meaning. But what exactly is the significance of this Biblical connection? When looking at these two men together, I found that Lancelot’s life in many ways mirrors that of his ancestor.

Perhaps the most obvious similarity between the two is their greatness. Continue reading “The Ancestry of Lancelot”

I am Rory Gilmore

I got out of the habit of writing. I forgot why I love it and started questioning myself. Is this actually something I want to pursue? Why do I still have a blog? Will I ever write down all the ideas floating around inside my head?

rory readingIn the midst of these questions, I remembered Rory Gilmore. Continue reading “I am Rory Gilmore”

Communism, Easter, and Ravens

I just recently read Animal Farm, which is an allegory of the Russian Revolution, each animal and situation on the farm correlating to real people and historical events. It’s easy to understand why Orwell portrayed some of them as he did. For example, he used a pig to represent Stalin. However, some of his metaphors are trickier to understand.

In chapter 2, we meet a raven named Moses. Immediately, you think of religion and the biblical Moses, just as Orwell wanted you too. Moses represents the church in Russia.

But perhaps you also think of death and evil, as you also should. Continue reading “Communism, Easter, and Ravens”

What Are We Bourne For?

Throughout the gripping intrigue and wild car chases of the Bourne Trilogy, a question kept nagging in the back of my head. It seemed there was a plot hole, an unrealistic inconsistency. I kept wondering:

What is driving Jason Bourne?

What could his purpose in life possibly be? Continue reading “What Are We Bourne For?”

The Force

During my Holiday Blog Hiatus, I, like every other good American, saw the new Star Wars movie (Don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers). I come from a family of avid Star Wars fans, who could not stand the thought of only watching the seventh movie of their favorite series. We had to watch the first six Star Wars movies- over 13 hours of space ships and lightsaber battles- before seeing The Force Awakens.

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After having seen and, shockingly, enjoyed 15+ hours of Star Wars, I heard that some Christians are hesitant to watch this new movie because it is about “false gods.” This is an issue that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about as I’ve developed my love for fantasy and science fiction stories. Continue reading “The Force”