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Romantic Movie Series – Final Notes

In February, I published a series of blog posts about my favorite romantic movies. I tried to pick some which I could really “get behind” in terms of script and characters whose decisions don’t all make me facepalm. Of course, I enjoy other romantic movies than the ones listed, but some are really for pure entertainment when I want a no brainer. The eight movies I wrote about in this series are some that I can rewatch, and some on a (semi) regular basis.

I realized that certain patterns emerge when I put these (unlikely) titles together. I like when the romance isn’t the sole narrative element of the movie, i.e. when it deals with family, career, blends different movie genres. I love good banter between the main couple of course, and solid chemistry, but I don’t see the need for graphic sex scenes. I enjoy when the chemistry is obvious and making the tension huge and sometimes almost unbearable while showing nothing graphic is a more solid accomplishment in my view from a direction standpoint.

I also find it important that the characters evolve but not just because of each other. It is important that they want a change and can take matters in their own hands and not just look for a crutch into the other person. Mutual respect and building the relationship over several months/years if possible is something I find important.

It seems that I’m showing that I’m entering my thirties at the end of the year, because I don’t really care anymore for teenage couple stories. I prefer watching movies about grown ups, even if “young” grown up. I don’t mind characters making mistakes: I think it is important they do, but I prefer characters who are able to learn from them, realize they made some, and not just be stupid hot heads the whole movie, or whining beings.

So, I hope that you enjoyed the blog series, and in February 2015, I already have another romance oriented blog series in mind, but not for actual romantic movies! Until then, here is the recap of all the lists from the 2014 romance series:

  1. The Cutting Edge
  2. The Bodyguard
  3. Serendipity
  4. Baby Boom
  5. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  6. Kissing Jessica Stein
  7. Speechless
  8. Playing by Heart

Romantic Movie Series #5 – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was directed by Karan Johar and released in 2001. This Bollywood movie stars famous actors and focuses on the Raichand family, notably the three following couples: Yashvardhan “Yash” (Amitabh Bachchan) and Nandini (Jaya Bachchan), Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali (Kajol), Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) and Pooja (Kareena Kapoor).

I love Bollywood movies, especially the mid 90’s-mid 2000’s. It has a lot to do with the actors, because the ones before and the one since then don’t have styles that speak to me as much. I like how feelings and emotions can be so well described and at the core of the characters’ experiences in these movies, including this one. I normally don’t like musicals, save for very few exceptions. Yet, I like this aspect of Bollywood movies and I find them a visually and musically appealing way to go through sentimental expression as well.

Without getting into too much detail about this three hour long movie, I love how it pans over about a dozen year, and show character development for everyone, even those like the father, who is set in his own extremely traditional ways. I like how all the characters have to navigate through ethics, familial values, free will and finding their ways in between cultures. Beyond the three different romances – only one shown during its early stages and not beyond marriage, family is at the core of the movie, and adds to all the dynamics at play.

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Continuing The Star Wars Expanded Universe Conversation

Following up my last post about assorted thoughts on the Star Wars EU, I have been working on going through all published novels (youth and adult) in it. I color coded my master list with read/kept, read/need to buy, to read/on the shelf, to read/to buy. Of course, I read more  than the books actually listed on the document, but my upcoming post will be about what I have read and enjoyed or what I want to read. I am even planning to take some pictures of my Star Wars book shelves for this post.

Since I don’t read many Star Wars comics – or comics generally speaking, I might make a combined post for Star Wars comic books and also the reference and essay books later on this year. The reference and essay books will take a while to write down given how many I own!

I also found this post: To By or Not to Buy by Eleven-ThirtyEight of relevance given the on-going discussion. I used to buy every book I could get my hands on when I grew up, regarding the Star Wars EU, but now I am more picky, especially after the post New Jedi Order debacle. There is still way more than enough material that I want to get my hands on besides what I already own! As much as I love Star Wars, there are items that are of no interest to me and some I flat out refuse to have on my shelves, as expressed in my previous post.

On a different note, I received the copy of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal issue in which my article ‘Revisiting Indian Traditionalism in Shabd‘ is featured! It is always a great feeling to be able to see the final product of a publication! Speaking of publications, I am looking forward to know between February and April, whether the three projects I submitted for consideration will be accepted or not. Two are completed papers and one is a proposal.

In the meantime, I still have to finish my current book. I am planning to start writing the final chapter (before tackling general introduction and afterword) either this weekend or next week. It depends how the vidding muse regarding the February blog post series behaves in the upcoming days.

Revisiting Indian Traditionalism in Shabd

‘Revisiting Indian Traditionalism in Shabd‘, my first publication for 2014, became available on Amazon a few days ago. It is included in Pennsylvania Literary Journal Volume V, Issue 3, Fall 2013, published by Anaphora Press. I am glad that my paper was accepted for this volume, not only because this isn’t my regular field of research, but also because of all the great contributors to this publication, starting by the editor Anna Faktorovich, Ph.D.

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Below is the  abstract for ‘Revisiting Indian Traditionalism in Shabd‘:

Bollywood movies are largely influenced by the foundational mythical stories from Indian culture, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the importance of dance and singing intrinsically part of this civilization. They also present aesthetics that could be qualified as ‘spectacular narratives’, a term originally used by Geoff King to discuss postmodern Hollywood cinema, but that he traces down to much earlier forms of entertainment. The traditionalism that runs deep in Bollywood movies thus remains visible even in more contemporary feature films, even more daring ones, such as Shabd, directed by Leena Yadav. Numerous foundational elements of Indian traditionalism are present in that recent Bollywood production, although it actually revisits some of those patterns typical to such cinema. First of all, the concept of Sita, meaning a wife’s God is her husband, is extremely developed in the relationship between Shaukat and Antara. Secondly, both sensuality and seduction are inherent aspects of the movie, between Antara and the two men in her life, and mostly rely on dancing and singing scenes. Thirdly, the aesthetics of dream, allowing going past certain limits imposed in the movie’s ‘reality’ is crucial. Dreams are almost edited as a ‘parallel’ narrative in Shabd.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Wishing you all a wonderful 2014 filled with joy, good health and success!

Before jumping back into book writing as from tomorrow if all goes according to plan, I decided to finish on my recap posts, as I recently did with books and videos. This time, I want to look at what I achieved in terms of publications in 2013 and what I have to look forward to for 2014 and even 2015.

In 2013, I had three new publications: 1 eBook, 1 article and 1 eBook chapter. The two first were in the USA and the second one in the UK:

I am very excited about the 8 other publications I have upcoming for either 2014 or 2015. Most of them are chapters or articles, but one is my contracted book Women in Science Fiction Television, which is the one upcoming publication I am still in the stage of writing – until I get eventual edits to make in for the other ones, in case editors and publishers request as such. Those upcoming publications will be in the USA, the UK and Canada.

  • 2015: Women in Science Fiction Television, Scarecrow Press (USA).
  • TBA: “John Winchester – the orchestrated fall from grace”, edited collection, Edwin Mellen Press (USA).
  • TBA: “Mara Jade: Pillar of the Star Wars Expanded Universe”, Macro/MicroCosm, Vraeyda Media (Canada).
  • TBA: “Revisiting Indian Traditionalism in Shabd“, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Anaphora Literary Press (USA).
  • TBA: “Sam Worthington: Negotiating Humanity”, Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture 7 and 8 (hard copy volume), Inter-Disciplinary Press (UK)
  • TBA: “Talyn, the heroic journey” in an edited collection on Farscape (USA).
  • TBA: Stories in Post-Human Cultures, co-edited with A. Brackin, Ph.D., Inter-Disciplinary Press (UK).
  • TBA: Transmedia Practices: A Collective Approach, co-edited with A. Brackin, Ph.D. and JT Velikovsky, Inter-Disciplinary Press (UK)

Besides those accepted publications, I am also currently waiting for answers regarding 5 more possible ones. I think that 4 are in the USA and 1 in Taiwan.

  • 2 full fledged articles (Star Wars: Jedi Knight, Brotherhood of the Wolf)
  • 2 article proposals (Lost Girl/Once Upon A Time, Vidding)
  • 1 guest blog post proposal (David Nolande)

Once I am done with completing my book for Scarecrow Press, I am planning to start working more on another book project I would like to tackle next, should I find a publisher. Right now I have 3 or 4 book projects, but this one I’m planning to focus on next is one about Dana Scully from the X-Files.

Always More Writing

I am still planning to finish my V focused book chapter this upcoming week, but this weekend I was able to nevertheless do quite some writing and publication related tasks. I was a busy bee in between setting Christmas decorations up (at last) and baking!

I wrote two paper proposals, one about the French supernatural show David Nolande, for a guest blog post, and one about vidding for a research journal. That means that by now I am patiently awaiting publishers’ decisions for five papers, two of them being completed articles instead of proposals. I am very hopeful for those and cross fingers that they will be accepted.

Browsing calls for papers is something I always enjoy doing and am very grateful for related online resources! I saw one two days ago, and thought that it might be a good place where to submit my article about the Bollywood movie Shabd. So I submitted it, and had the great surprise to find it accepted the morning after! So, now this paper, “Revisiting Indian Traditionalism in Shabd” will be published in the Pennsylvania Literary Journal.