Thursday, October 17, 2013

They say I say

Chapter twelve "What's Motivating This Writer?" In the book They Say I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, both authors explain and show us readers  the conversation means and how we should not just looking for the thesis of a text.  It says how writers use different strategies to engage the views that are motivating them and even gave examples from different novels.   This chapter shows what writers do wrong, but also how well they have the ability to capture out attention with words. Graff and Berkenstein tell us when reading, we should figure out what the authors argument is and what it is responding to.  Rather than have one argument, have two.  The authors argument and your own response, this is the "they say" and "I say".  The chapter shows us how we as readers can become better by analyzing the main points and reading more closely then we normally should and when it is to difficult to figure it out because they use challenging language, we should translate difficult words into our own and break it up into little parts and understand each part before making it a whole, and then we would have a clear reading.  This way, we can detect the conversation in what we read, even when they aren't clear.
          In the reading "The Imagination of Disaster" by Susan Sontag, Sontag writes about how science fiction films and disaster films are alike and gives away the reasons behind the meaning.  She says how  basically science fiction films, well suck, and are very much predictable.  From the 1900's to modern day, sci-fi movies have had very similar outlines, or exactly the same ones, and I must say I agree with her on that one.  But we keep going to the movies and watching these films even though we know the outcome.  Sontag must feel very strongly about this argument she is writing about because she has a lot to say in these 15 pages and even gives a step by step play out of how a science fiction movie would be filmed, that's how predictable they are.  I thought for a while that Sontag has disliked these films but why have so much knowledge and write about something you don't like?  I think like Graff and Berkenstein spoke about writers and how they know just how to capture our attention, Sontag is saying about these films and how they also capture our attention and keep us coming back to the movies. I believe Sontag was motivated to write about this because of how much she actually LIKES science fiction films! She's bored of watching the same thing over and over and she wants something new, something exciting.


  1. Totally agree with you about movies being so predictable! The time and knowledge of it hasn't changed anything. We know that they are all very similar and the producers know that, but still do not change the scripts and let the film have the same scenario over and over.

  2. Stolen title!

    Some good answers here, Amanda. Think about finding quotes in the article to support them for your essay :-)