Friday, September 13, 2013

Dear Hannibal, Do Cannibals Exist?

In Why We Crave Horror Movies, Stephen King argues that we all have animalistic cravings to indulge in our darkest side. By watching these movies we are able to experience this buried devious aspect of our psyche. We can let go of the conditioning of our childhood, everything that was learned about morals and ethics. For the two hours or so we succumb to the rush, escape our realities and allow the hideous part of imagination to shock us. This shock we experience keeps our view of the world in tact, we get to walk out back into the light and leave the insanity in the theatre. For Stephen King it's a natural healthy outlet that allows him to continue his everyday life with a blissful Beatles perspective.

The animal in us craves violence and wants to be pushed to the limit, it is what has driven wars and drunken bar fights. I’m not a fan of the classic scary movies with a lot of gore and blood. I enjoy the psychosomatic ones that make you rethink what humanity means. It’s not exactly an easy thing to admit because it says something about my sanity or lack thereof. But not only does Stephen King suck you in with his details he also creates a venue of acceptance in admitting these truths. After we recognize and reflect on  how our emotions and impulses affect us, they become easier to control and can lead to positive growth. However with the explosive sales on S&M products after 50 Shades of Grey was popularized, shouldn’t we question when acceptance becomes exploitation?

BTW. I'm technologically illiterate and completely lost when it comes to blogging. Help/advice anyone? (How many posts were we supposed to have up by now?)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Why We Crave Dracula

So I was chilling online last night, waiting for your Practice Blogs on "Why We Crave Horror Movies" to come in, when I stumbled across this:

And it still makes me laugh, haha!

But then I realized, what a perfect example of what Steven King is writing about! Really, I should be concerned that this poor young woman just fell through a glass coffee table onto candles that lit her yoga pants on fire. But no. I'm sitting here, cracking up at her misfortune.

Now that we've discussed this in class, let's take it and apply it to the first six chapters of Dracula (your reading for the long weekend). After summarizing the chapters, begin to analyze the novel from King's perspective. Does his explanation for why we crave horror movies apply to novels? If so, how, specifically, with Dracula? If not, what could be some other reasons for the novel's enduring popularity. Regardless, cite some examples from the novel and/or the article to make your argument.

Also, remember that you need to post before midnight on Sunday, and comment before class on Monday!

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

Monday, September 9, 2013

I Don't Always Assign Homework on the First Day of Class...

Okay, so it's not actually 20 pages. Read the article "Why We Crave Horror Movies" by Steven King, and e-mail me your response (following the directions for blog posts on your syllabus) by midnight tonight!

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?