Thursday, June 16, 2005

The New Semester

The new semester has just started in Ateneo. I met my new students on Tuesday. (This sem I only have TTh EN12 classes.) It's too early to decide whether I love them or hate them. Haha. I miss my old students, particularly my students from last semester. I really love them. Well, I will probably end up loving my new students. (I hope so.) It just takes time to get to know each other and to bond as a class.

(For my summer MA paper I wrote about the Newbery Medal award and two specific Newbery Medal winners: Bridge to Terabithia and The Giver. They are both good books, especially The Giver [mind blowing]. I really enjoyed working on the topic of the Newbery Medal.) I've started collecting and reading other Newbery Medal books. I love them! I love children's literature and the Newbery books are the best of American children's literature. =) I've been buying them in Booksale stores for only 50 pesos each. =) The latest Newbery book I read was the 1984 winner Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. Dear Mr. Henshaw is about the pain children feel. (Yes, children feel pain too.) Children have problems too. Their problems may be less complicated, but they are still problems. The whole story was told through letters, which was probably rare in 1984.

Saturday was the start of my MA class for this semester: English 212 with Prof. Ancheta. The class is on English drama (excluding Shakespeare). One of Prof. Ancheta's areas of expertise is comic theory, so we will be focusing on comedies for our class. Coolness. =) I can tell I'm going to have another great class under Prof. Ancheta. =) She never ceases to amaze me.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Good News

Oh, joy! =) Eldest, Book Two of the Inheritance Trilogy, by Christopher Paolini is coming out this August. =) I saw a picture of the cover of Eldest. The cover has a VERY evil-looking red dragon on it. That means one of the other dragon eggs hatches for a bad guy. =( =( =( (I hope the third dragon, which will be green, will hatch for a good guy.) In a newsletter to his fans, Christopher Paolini says he really pushed himself when writing Eldest when it came to technique. That's good because the weakness of The Inheritance Trilogy so far is literary technique. The writing technique of Paolini in Eragon is unsophisticated. In other words, it was a bit obvious, but only language-wise/in the prose, that Eragon was written by a teenager. Eragon the movie will be out June 2006. =)

This is a good year for fantasy literature. =) Book Four of the Artemis Fowl series came out this year. Book Six of the Harry Potter series will come out July. Book Two of the Inheritance Trilogy comes out August. The first Narnia movie comes out December. And next June Eragon the movie comes out. =)

P.S. Every week I answer a new "random question" for my profile. So every week you guys can get to know me better by seeing how I answer silly questions. =)