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Posts from the ‘Queries’ Category

I Am Your Density.

Whenever I think of destiny, I always hear that line in my head from Back To The Future. And really, mulling over the ideas of destiny and fate and free will can  make me feel a little heavy-headed and dense.

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Which came first: the Book or the Movie?

It can be hard to tell nowadays. There are movies adapted from books and graphic novels, books “of the movie” (which I don’t really get), and whole series of books developed from a movie.  Then there is fan fiction.  Then there is fan fiction that the fans reject and so it turns into its own crazy phenomenon of mainstream soft porn and will probably eventually become a movie.

Anyhoo…

Clay Morgan posted about a movie supposedly adapted from a really great zombie apocalypse novel called World War Z. I say supposedly because judging by the trailers, it looks like the only thing they brought over from the book was the name.  It wouldn’t be the first time that book rights were purchased simply for the strength of its name recognition. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.

But it got me thinking about movies adapted from books. I started pondering which were my favorites, which were pure disappointments and all the reasons why. I figured that would make a good Query, so I started asking other people: “What’s your favorite movie that was based on a book?”

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A rose by any other name would not be a rose.

Sure, it would smell as sweet, but would it still retain it’s significance? 

Could the rose have blossomed into the token of love that it is, had it been named something less attractive?  What if the lovely rose had been called a kelminet?  Would the same flower with a different name have been as celebrated?  Of course it’s hard to say, but I wonder.

In some cases, a name helps build the brand.  Sometimes the name almost is the brand: Lincoln, Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs, Mother Teresa.  In other cases, the name is completely arbitrary.  Apollo 13 conjures up immediate images, even thought the name itself is just one of a series.  The same can be said of 9/11.  There had been and will continue to be September 11’s, but refer to that date in context and no further explanation is necessary to clarify which 9/11 you mean.

What about your name?  Does it say anything about who you are, or is it not important to you at all?

(I was able to ask Jon Acuff this Query, and his answer is included on the next page.  How cool am I is that?  And yes, I’m totally name dropping right now.)

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Jealous Much?

When I looked up the word “Jealous”, I wasn’t surprised by all of the other troublesome emotions associated with it:

suspicion, fear, resentment, anxiety, hostility, bitterness

Jealousy is an interesting and complex emotion, born of our insecurities and an intense desire to hold on to something we have. Or think we have. Or think we should have.

The tragedy is that the things we do out of jealousy work so hard against us.  All of those jealous words and actions only destroy or push away what it is we’re so afraid of losing.

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