I binge watched Season 6 of Game Of Thrones this weekend, and while doing so I was reminded of those quizzes that flood Facebook where they ask you what GOT character you would be. And countless people take these quizzes or else they wouldn’t appear on your Facebook and countless people come to the same conclusion. They like to believe that they would be a Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, or Jon Snow when in reality, if they were plucked from our world into theirs, they would be nameless farmer #347763, destined to be slaughtered by rogue Wildlings, roving gangs, or one of the many conqueror families that are bound to happen upon their little hamlet. I’m not saying this to be insulting, because it would be the same for me and just about everyone else.
Today’s post is a mix of several things; I recently got into consistently watching movies, I just finished 11.22.63(both the Stephen King book and Hulu miniseries) and I just started The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway. Maybe it’s Hemingway’s trademark of leaving things out, A Theory of Omission, as suggested by a Hemingway scholar I scoffed at when I was young and edgy, or maybe I expect better from my visual media, because I’ll notice dialogue tropes that infuriate me. I’m only going to list a couple, but if anyone has other gripes be sure to comment them.
I saw a tweet the other day. I can’t recall the exact verbiage of the post but it went along the lines of “Barnes & Noble has Infinite Jest out on their stands because someone wants to prove they actually read it.” I guess by writing this I feel like I’m trying to prove something. I have read it. I thought it was excellent and probably one of the most unique books I have read. It’s clunky at first but it either smooths itself out or you become used to it by page 250, give or take. I want to read it with a group or a least another person, so I’m trying to convince my girlfriend to read it with me this summer.
In three days, The Force Awakens comes out, and every entry-level nerd that lives within 1000 miles of a movie theatre or hasn’t received a cease-and-desist for pirating will clatter like a box of wind-up, chattering teeth. Here are some rumors to throw around during the premiere.
WARNING: ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO YEARN TO BE SPOILER FREE
What else would I possibly be writing about this week? I have been hyped for Jurassic World since the first trailer was released back in November. I preordered my tickets weeks in advance. I called off work the day of the midnight release so I wouldn’t have to rush from work right to the movies. I’ve been waiting for a sequel since the goddamn Spinosaurus massacred the T-Rex back in 2001. However, in recent months, I became worried. The trailers were showing too much and the dialogue seemed too campy. So, in preparation for the movie, I casted my nostalgia aside to see how I really felt about the new installment of the JP franchise.