Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Unforgettable Villains

Recently, Masterpiece Theater aired a version of Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I generally like Dickens because of his fantastic characters and dark Gothic themes. I wasn't familiar with Drood, but I was pleasantly surprised by the villain of the tale. He's not an entirely unsympathetic character. He seems to feel genuine remorse for his evil actions. The viewer eventually learns his motivations, and, not to spoil the story, I'll just say they're believable. Good book characters usually aren't born bad, but if they're written well, they become unforgettable villains because something in their lives has helped to corrupt them.

Some of my favorite literary villains have some redeeming quality or remorse for their wicked ways. Here are just a few of my picks: Ebenezer Scrooge, Frankenstein's monster, Othello, Dorian Gray, Professor Snape,  Richard III, and Grendel's mother--hey, as a mom, I can empathize. Who else is unforgettable?


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Teen Talk Tuesday: Prom

Our school's prom was a couple of weeks ago. I usually attend as chaperone--yeah, I love to buy  dresses!--but I skipped this time. I asked a couple of students for a breakdown of what it was like this year.

Me: There's usually a rumor that someone's going to spike the punch, but not this year?
Maurice 17: There were teachers standing around the table. I don't think anyone could.

Me: What were the memorable dances?
Maurice: Cha-Cha Slide and Cupid Shuffle

Me: What about the music? What else did the DJ play?
Shelly 17: Not as good as last year. Some hip hop, some country. They only played two slow songs, so I didn't dance much.

(Note from the chaperone's perspective: The DJ is usually asked to only play two slow songs because of the PDA. )

My students said that after 10:30, the atmosphere started getting dull, and people started leaving in droves. The after-prom destination for most was IHOP. (Yeah, we're just cool like that!!)

Except for the music, the dances, or the fashions...prom hasn't changed all that much over the years.