Ray of Sun

Just a little something I've written.

Dedicated to Dr.Rai:

Like a little long lost child in search of a way out,
We huddle together and work as a team,
In search of an inspiration beyond our thoughts,
That comes together so perfectly under your guide.

Like the ray of the sun, you shone us with direction,
And for that we are grateful, from the bottom of our heart.

By, Jane.

If I Were A Boy

If I were a boy. [You can check the If I were a Girl at the original post comments. TQ]

If I were a boy,
I'll ask for your hand,
To dance through the night,
Until the dawn breaks.

If I were a boy,
I'll caress your hair,
Leaving it down,
Beautifully flown.

If I were a boy,
I'll take you with me,
To my secret haven,
A place where the sun rise.

If I were a boy,
I'll keep you safe in my arms,
Wiping your tears,
Away from your eyes.

If I were a boy,
I'll tickle you laugh,
Making you smile,
Every second that counts.

If I were a boy,
I'll take you as you are,
Treasure you like a pearl.
Love you with everything I have.

With Love♥Jane

Susan Calloway - Chasin The Sun

Korek from youtube. Enjoy.

Russell Peters - Beating Your Kids

A famous comedian. Crude and Direct jokes. Racist, yellow definitely, haha.

Damien Rice - Cheers Darlin'

(Still repeatedly listen to this song eventhough the the lyrics is quite sad.)
cheers darlin'
here's to you and your lover boy
cheers darlin'
i got years to wait around for you
cheers darlin'
i've got your wedding bells in my ear
cheers darlin'
you give me three cigarettes to smoke my tears away
and i die when you mention his name
and i lie i should have kissed you
when we were running in the rain
what am i darlin'?
a whisper in your ear?
a piece of your cake?
what am i darlin?
the boy you can fear?
or your biggest mistake?
cheers darlin'
here's to you and your lover man
cheers darlin'
i'll just hang around and eat from a can
cheers darlin'
i got a ribbon of green on my guitar
cheers darlin'
i got a beauty queen
to sit not very far from me
i die when he comes around to take you home
i'm too shy i should have kissed you
when we were alone
what am i darlin'?
a whisper in your ear?
a piece of your cake?
what am i darlin?
the boy you can fear?
or your biggest mistake?
what am i?
here's to you and your lover
what am i darlin'?
i got years to wait around for you

monkeys, humans, and knowledge

hello and hai. kimblee is back...
a few days ago, i saw a monkey and it was very fascinating. How they sat and starred with curiosity and determination. how the approached and retrieve 'the food' that is on the round table. how they play around with 'the food'. those small and tainted hands peeling 'the food'. how the bite and chew 'the food', how they spit 'the food' and run away like a refugee on a run. Lastly what a mess they have made..curious and irony isn't it?


  • noun:   conformity to one's own sense of right conduct
    Example: "A person of unflagging conscience"
  • noun:   a feeling of shame when you do something immoral
    Example: "He has no conscience about his cruelty"
  • noun:   motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions 

The reason I want to talk about this is because most people seem to care too much about people's respond than acting according to their own conscience.

I'll give you a few examples here.
Let's just begin with small gestures.
Even thou I'm one who is still practicing to do so in everyday life.

1st off is Greeting. 
Greeting can be in the form of a Smile, a Good Day, a Hello. It doesn't matter.
Back in my school days, a Teacher told me, that when you see a Teacher, Greet them. 
Regardless or not, they acknowledge you. 
You must understand that not all Teachers greet their Students. 
But it is Crucial that we students practice the Habit of Greeting them.
After all, we should always show Respect to someone wiser than us.

Just yesterday, I was buying some things at a place, but the salesgirl is like "malas to layan u" with the expression of a poker face.
I said Thank You to her and my cousin ask me, why do I need to Thank this kind of people?
I simply answer her back, it's not what kind of people I'm telling Thanks to that matters.
It's what kind of people that I am when I said so.
I'm simply acting according to my own conscience.

There's another time when some Indian guy come asking for donation to build temple.
So I gave him a couple of notes,
And my mum was saying.
These Indian people "entah ya bukan", always come collect money to built temples.
Ask me next time just say I don't have money, whatsoever.
Then I told her.
Well, if he has the Intention to Con me, he's the one at Wrong, he shall pay for his Sins. Not me.
If he really did Con me, he'll pay for what he Con for eventually. Not me.
I, on the other hand, gave him the money with the Intention to Help. Nothing more.
Even if it's not counted as a Deed. I did not commit a Sin by doing so.
As I said, I believe in KARMA.
So whatever it is. I only did what I thought I should do.
I simply act according to my Conscience.
And that's Suffice to know.

So my point here is that. Live your life and do whatever it is according to your Conscience. Don't worry about what other people think. Don't worry if you end up looking like a fool by helping someone else. Know that you're not one of the bystanders that do nothing when someone needed help then you're doing something right. So please. Be who you think you want to be. Not how others want you to be. =)


This is how I feel right now

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An Inspirational Video

An Inspiration Animation by Adcom [HQ]

CREATIVITY starts from a BELIEF,
SUCCESS comes from an ACTION.

The video couldn't be embed here. But I think it's really meaningful that everyone should watch it. It's true in the sense that as we grew older. We start to doubt ourselves even more than we did before. As a child, we believe in everything we're told. It is crucial that we save a part of what we were like as a child growing up. As that, as long as we believe. Nothing is Impossible.



This is Hachiko.

hachi means 'eight'; a number referring to the dog's birth order and meaning prince or duke. Hachikō was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate. Hachikō is a royal companion since older generation.

and this is a true story.

i watched a movie called Hachi: A Dog Story last week. its not a Korean or Japanese movie but it is in English. It was directed in 2009 by Lasse Hallstrom, starring Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Sarah Roemer. 

the story is about a loyal dog that loves its master so much. Its master ,  name Parker, is a married guy that has a stable job, happy marriage and beloved daughter. his life was perfect but he feels the loneliness after the death of his son. one day, when he found the dog, his life changed. he becomes more happy and energetic. 

Every single day, the dog will send him to the train station in the morning, and wait for him at 5 in the evening. Hachi will wait at the same spot until he arrives at the station. Parker never teaches Hachi to do so.
everybody at the station knows Hachi and his loyalness. 

the story reached the climax when Parker died of happiness. *u have to see the movie to know why* Hachi waited for him at the station but he didnt turns up. her daughter took Hachi away to  live with her after Parker died but every 5 oclock in the evening, Hachi will come and wait and the same spot at the station. Hachi soon stayed in the station and keeps waiting for Parker everyday, every falls, every winter ; for 9 years.

Hachi died there at the station, on winter,  at the exact spot; waiting for Parker.

Today, a bronze statue of Hachiko sits in his waiting spot outside the Shibuya railroad station.

from my view, 
firstly, its a sad story. a really sad one. i cried like crazy. i never thought i will be so touched watching a dog story. i think basically its about a broken hearted dog that loves his master so much. at the first time Parker found the dog, i felt the chemistry in them. i felt like its not Parker who found the dog, Hachi found him. he escaped some how and just stand there in front of Parker. Hachi had loved him ever since. Hachi is not an ordinary dog. it doesnt play fetch. However, i think Hachi willingly fetch for him because Hachi wants to impress him. because he knows, Parker will be happy and loves him. the waiting part is just to show the loyalness of Hachi. he never been asked to do that. Hachi just want to show how much he cares for Parker. after Parker died, Hachi is broken hearted. he doesnt care to find food, he doesnt care for the weather, he just sit there wait for him.the part that Hachi died is very sad because before he died, he dreamed Parker arrives at the station and hug him.  :(

please please go and watch the movie. 
i would love to hear your thoughts.
p/s: another recommended movie is Marley and Me.


My confession~~~

‘Ok! I’ll write... Oh my...Stop talking to me could you????!!’ This is me talking with the voice in my head. Every single day since Dr. Rai said; “guys, you all need to write in a blog,” the voice keep telling me to just go and write. (At first I was panic because I don’t even know how to open a blog!) But then the voice said, ‘Never mind, there’s always a first time for everything.’

My confession~~~

For so long I’ve wanted to do this (write, I want to become a writer) but I don’t know how to express my feelings, thoughts and ideas into interesting words. There seems so much going on in my mind, that when I started pouring one out, it does not stop until I got mental block (could that be possible??? Is it happening only to me or is there someone else out there suffers from this??? Or am I just simply not talented enough???) See! I’m rambling. Ok stop!

Last time we talk about fear. If you guys still remember the video in our lecture with Dr. Rai from www.awomansworld.com. Women nowadays are strong. We does not sit and cry in the corner if anything unfortunate ever to happen to us but instead we held our head up high and find our way through it. But then, is it fear and weakness if women cared so much, she become worried for everything that’s happening around her? Is it weakness if she is scared of gaining weight, of getting old (not all women but majority), and so much more. Is it only because she wants to get herself worried or are there any other pushing factors? So here we came to think of an issue. Credit to Dr. Rai because I admit, it never crosses my mind to think of an issue, a bigger picture behind all stories and behaviors.

Back to the topic ‘My confession~~~

I AM SCARED OF WRITING! From before I have tried to write about a dozen times. They all ended halfway. Why? This is because my real life stories had had a sad ending and had been a rollercoaster ride. You don’t understand the link to why I’m scared of writing? Ok let me explain. Before this, all of my stories are related to my real life (I have yet to improve my imagination skills to make a ‘not related to dead or alive person story’ ), at some moment before I begin writing, my life was like in heaven (simile), but short after I try to describe it in my story, abruptly something bad will happen. I’m not being illogic or superstitious, but on the other hand, it does not take only one story for me to made up this conclusion. It’s a chained event and happens continuously. So, that is the root to my fear (hyperbole, proud to say, i did my figurative language presentation last week!!!). I’m braving myself to take this course (Elit) because of my undying love (personification, again, i did my figurative language presentation last week!!!) in writing and if only there is someone out there that could help me overcome my fear, I’m sending my S.O.S here…HELP!!!

Your coursemate,


Currently Munching: A Case Of Exploding Mangoes (By Onion)

Notes About the Author
This is Mohammed Hanif's 1st book. He was born in Okara,Pakistan, and he graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy as a Pilot Officer.Eventually,he left his career by pursuing journalism.He is currently the BBC's Urdu special correspondent in Karachi.

Public Opinions About This Book
"Unputdownable and darkly hilarious.Mohammed Hanif is a brave,gifted writer"
Mohsin Hamid,author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist

"Exuberant and satirical"

"Zesty, highly inventive...Hanif is a gifted writer...His explosive finale is brilliantly constructed"
Daily Mail

"Grimly, intelligently comic, as if written by an Asian Joseph Heller."
Daily Telegraphy

"Funny, subversive, erotic and sad...Anyone thinking of applying for the job of unhinged, religious dictator should read this first."
Mark Haddon

Personal Opinions About This Book
   1st glance at the title. What is the 1st thought that comes into your mind? I can see a crow in the midst of unpeeling the mango skin, a few jetplanes flying in the background...What is the message hidden in the bookcover? No way a crow, a ripe mango(as you can see it is yellow) can be connected to jetplanes! Let's flip open the book then. It's a tale spiraling around the death of the Pakistan dictator General Zia and several top generals in a plane crash.(he IS the president of Pakistan from 1978 to 1988)The author started the storytelling by visualizing a public view of the plane crash and revealing the role of the storyteller.

Air Force Junior Under Officer Ali Shigri was convinced that General Zia is responsible for the death of his father eventhough the military claimed that it's a suicide. The story unrolls as the disappearance of his close friend,Obaid who's suspected in ending General Zia's life by hijacking Ali Shigri's plane in order to destroy the general's residence. The attempt failed,Obaid goes AWOL,and Ali Shigri was jailed and interrogated.

“There are shocking scenes in Hanif’s novel, and the shock they deliver is greater because they occur as interludes to the comedy......Zainab, a blind woman who is to be stoned to death for adultery, even though this alleged offense occurred while she was being gang-raped......Shigri himself is arrested and incarcerated in a torture center in Lahore Fort. From his cell, he listens to the screams of other prisoners being branded with Philips irons, and communicates through a hole in the wall with a man who has been in solitary confinement for nine years.”

The author unpack the synopsis cleverly by manipulating between third-person view and self-told story.The tale leaps from character to character:

1.General Zia,"fattened, chubby-cheeked and marinating in his own paranoia." and broke into violent sobs easily at morning prayer where "The other worshipers continued with their prayers; they were used to General Zia crying during his prayers. They were never sure if it was due to the intensity of his devotion, the matters of state that occupied his mind or another tongue-lashing from the first lady." Organiser of a party of mango festival in the plane.

2.Arnold Raphel, the US Ambassador of Pakistan, host of a party in Islamabad where the western guests dress up in flowing turbans, tribal gowns and shalwar kameez suits, by way of ridiculous homage to the Afghan fighters" Among the invited guests young bearded Saudi known as "OBL",who's the employee of "Laden and Co. Construction". And the hilarious part is that the local CIA chief approached him and said" Nice meeting you,OBL.Good work, keep it up."

3.Khalid Obaid.or rather, Baby"O"Obaid. Ali Shigri best friend and in certain situation, lover. Love watching "The Gun Of Navarone" with his Poison Perfume on.

4.General Akhtar Rehman,the ambitious head of Inter-Services Intelligence,is happy to enhance the general's already heavy security.

5.Air Force Junior Under Officer Ali Shigri.Son of Col. Quli Shigri(who's the man in charge of converting the fort Ali Shigri was bailed in into a torture centre) Plan to kill General Zia with his sword dipped with snake's venom by unintentionally scarring the general during the Drill inspection.

6.The crow.

At the end of the story, eventhough Hanif concludes it with a rational explanation of Obaid disappearance and the mystery behind Zia's plane crash, he spent more time on describing the stupidity, brutality and hypocrisy of the Pakistan rulers. As dull politic as it might be, readers may find darkly-steered and yet comical sense of humor in this political satire.

Onion's rating:7.5/10.0


Sorry 4 everything....

Hi, and good morning.. Firstly, I would like 2 apologise 2 Dr. Raihanah, also 2 my beloved friends 4 the speakers that didn't properly work last tuesday.. I knew that it was all my fault, and I'm really2 sorry 4 that.. Hope that u will 4give me,Dr...coz I don't think that I can carry the burden of feeling guilty 4 the whole semester...and 2 all of my friends,please 4give me.. 2 be honest, me too are not feeling good when I did something wrong and did not ask 4 4giveness.. As I am still new here; also in blogging, I would like 2 apologise if I said or write something that can break ur hearts and hurt ur feelings..as a human being, sometimes we can't escape or prevent ourselves from doing something wrong without realizing that it is wrong..though 'sorry' seems to be the hardest word, I just wanna say that "I AM REALLY,REALLY SORRY"...

What I got to do to make you love me?
What I got to do to make you care?
What do I do when lightning strikes me?
And I wake to find that you’re not there?

What I got to go to make you want me?
What I got to do to be heard?
What do I say when it’s all over?
Sorry seems to be the hardest word.

It’s sad, so sad
It’s a sad, sad situation.
And it’s getting more and more absurd.
It’s sad, so sad
Why can’t we talk it over?
Oh it seems to me
That sorry seems to be the hardest word.
[ Blue : Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word]

Yeah. Sorry Dr., Sorry guys...

From The Sniper {03:53am,Thursday}

Simile: a figure of speech comparing two unlike things

Phew~ I’ve been trying to login to this account since week 3. This is my first post, of course. I’ve got some free time today, so I’ve change our blog’s template. But if anyone find this template quite childish, feel free to change it.
Being a ‘super senior’ I was quite nervous as I thought I won’t get along with this year [2010] 1st year students [because of our age-gap. LOL] but thanks goodness you guys were very warm and welcoming. So I guess I can relax and enjoy my critical classes with you guys. 1st year Elit is like hot chocolate, sweet and warm [simile, ^^]
Our beloved Dr.Raihanah, it has been quite sometimes when you taught us Malaysia in narration and West in narration. I remember back then, you’re in my ‘I-am-so-afraid-of-you’ list [no offend please]. But now it seems that you’re one of the warmest lecturers in PPBL. Dr. Raihanah is like a heater in a cold cold night [again, simile ^^].
Until then, 작별 [I’m a true Korean maniac!] 

cheers;  Miss-you-know-who


Hai i am Kimblee. Nice to meet you. well to be honest i am new in this blog, hope can become good friends..
I have created a few stanzas of poems hope can share it with everyone...Enjoy and opinion.:) we use and see but we did not realize it....
The word Repeat,
   will always repeat,
Denies or attempts,
   It will always REPEAT.

wondrous colours and shapes you may appear,
   beggars becoming kings,
nobles slaughtered because of you,
   as you are in everyone's wallet.

Words, used by many,
   dreadful as you can be,
joy as you can become,
   perhaps, that is what you are...WORDS.
                                                                                   by: Kimblee

KITTY'S story

Hi. It is nice to join in this blog. I am kind of new in blogging,so sorry for any mistakes. As a first year student studying critical appreciation it has been a wonderful experience. Although it has been just a couple of weeks studying this subject, but i am already in love with it, as well as for all the subject i am taking this semester. Life in university is wonderful as i got to meet many friends from all over Malaysia and some foreign students. My course mate is the best as i got to learn a lot from them. They are all so sweet and is always there to lend a helping hand whenever i am in problem. My lecturers is the best team of lecturers that i can ask for. Always there to guide us. I will like to thank all the lecturers for being so wonderful. Thank you from bottom of my heart to everyone. See you all soon. Take care and bye for now.

love: Kitty

Mr Lunatic and His Share Of Onions by Onion

-Hi mate, glad to see you here. It may sounds like I am a bit crooked in mind,but then I always ask questions about every individual as well as the society. Take human instinct for example. Human beings are different from the animals as this species can think (or procrastinate, you might said)of past and future. They can be worry about every little issues in daily life till the major decisions to choose a path. Walk with 2 legs, study, get good results, interact with other homo sapiens, get engaged to another individual, marriage, print money notes and burn them to satisfy their basic living needs(some with higher production speed may burn as fierce as they like), cover or uncover their bodies to suit the situation, produce offsprings, aged, harden, crumple, disappear.

-Gone with the wind.

-I do wonder what are we capable to think of if the word "death" is no longer exist in the dictionary of mankind? We will never have a single thought on meaning of life and toss away all the thick bulky philosophies of Plato,Socrates and every dead living beings?

-Affected by formation of the full moon, I was addressed by my surrounding as "LUNAtic". It's only a paper moon, by the way. The way we interpret our ecosystem, our breeding ground.

-Want some fried onions? They are still hot.

-The world is nothing but a fugly fishbowl and we as the goldfishes choked till death of our own digestion products.We bang our head against the fishbowl and lead our life with Kafkaseque lifestyle,relying on food shelter mate and so on. We broadcast our biography as if a movie film unrolled. We as the puppets jolt our limbs according to the script and jolt and jolt and jolt until the colours fades and the knots untie.

-I can be both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, who will give a damn about it really? Coexistence of both qualities enable the tug war between the angels and devils to continue. Hence we have fictional facts to cling on. We create human education and complicate it by throwing in prejudices and assumptions.

-A-P-P-L-E is an apple. To describe an apple, you must string the letters together in the correct order.

-I am not so bright.People said I am mentally retarded and I think it's true since more that 3 human beings addressed me like that.

-I am afraid the fact that we can do whatever we love to do is not easily understand by others. Live according to the judgments or expectations of your same-species is exhausting.

-Ok, Let's call it a day. Guess I will spread my newspaper here and sleep off the night. Thank you for listening to me, paper moon. If you need another serving of fried onions, just show your face in the sky. I will get them from the Domino Pizzas'rubbish bin.(The rich people burn them, too.)

Funeral by Yasmin Ahmad

An Ad that means so much more. A Story told in such short time. Think about it.


Things We Forget

A Blog that is inspiring and worth a sec of your time to look through. =)


Reading and the Reader

This is a blog post i read today which i think is relevant for us. What do we set out to discover when we read a book (or poem or play or short story, or for that matter watch a film and listen to a song)?

As Nathan Bransford, the literary agent suggests, reading engages us with the ability to know more about our self. As he says, "It's not about the book. It's about you and whether the book spoke to you."

What do you think? Do you agree?

Check out the full post and decide if he 'spoke' to you.

Words and Critical Appreciation by Onion

Hi it's me again.

Sometimes I do wonder the significance of manipulating words in order to implant ideas or concepts into readers' brain.

Squishy as they might be, readers can simply shut off their interpretation part of mind and stare blankly at the screen as if some malfunctioning laser scanner who refused to scan the details of an item, hoho.

It may sounds like the writer had reached a stage where readers are and will struggle to climb up and reach that particular jar of concepts.

Hence assumptions come in.

A assumed so-and-so press this button in order to get the machine to run.

B thought by kicking so-and-so part of the machine it will heigh ha and galloped.

C preferred "Shower Me With Your Love" kinda teaching and the machine will kneel down and repent "Sorry it's my mistake for not working!"

A machine is a machine, afterall.

Same occurred in words.

They have no heartbeats, no hunger, no thirst, no pain, no anything.

Yet they conquer EVERYTHING.

Sometimes I do wonder we as the manipulator or words.

Words said: Heigh Ha!!

Cocacola And Critical Apprieciation By Onion

I empty the Cocacola can with 3 slurps. Burp. Of course, insert advertisements in the blog post is not my intention to write on this particular blog.(Cocacola IS nice, by the way) Allow me to spread my fingers and count how many days had passed. 1,2,3....ugh,I am bad in Mathematics. Anyway, MANY MANY days had passed and I am supposed to grow up (or any direction)after the lecturer's fertilisation (don't get the wrong idea, please)and massive plantation (IF those plants are not uprooted YET)on my plain brain. Come to think about it, am I honoured to pour meaningless words which indicates nothing but my personal opinions on this blog? Well(shrug), younger generation nowadays are generally infected with the fast-food-sickness. Everything counts on efficiency and not surprisingly for us to have we-need-the-effect-NOW! kinda thinking. So, if i've to continue my writing it's going to be a waste of time as the word "productivity" is missing. "What are you trying to talk about?!" readers might ask. Hence, it's better to end it this way:

Cocacola is nice.

New beginnigs and such

With the beginning of a new log
and a new group of students
here's hoping the revival of this blog
would not cost the lost of accents.


i was hoping to find maybe a post from one of my literature peers but unfortunately its me posting the next post
honestly if this keeps up i may as well change the blog name to Arththi's Critical Appreciation!!! lol
anyways melodramatics aside let's take a trip to the past to find out what happened in


this lecture was all about HISTORY, well to be more precise HISTORICAL FICTION
what are the key elements in historical fiction?
  1. its a type of realistic fiction
  2. the plot reflects problems or events of the period
  3. sometimes the story is based on actual historical events and people of that period
  4. details about clothing, tools, food MUST be authentic to that period
there are 4 types of historical fiction
  1. real historical figures in the context of the challenges they faced
  2. real historical figures in imagined situations
  3. fictional characters in documented historical situations
  4. fictional characters in fictional situations, but in context of the historical period
* historical fiction= artistic mix of fiction and historical facts
* there should be a harmony between characters and setting
* historical fiction is about CHARACTERS not the event

historian= focuses on events
historical fiction writer= focuses on characters of those events

3 permutations of historical fiction
  1. timeshift stories - modern/historical character transported out of their time zones
  2. alternate history- "what if" situations in history eg, Nazi victory in WWII
  3. historical fantasy- characters in historical period depicted alongside elements of fantasy, dragons, wizards, mermaids
well that is pretty much it
i apologize if this post seems not in depth enough
and also for the lack of inspiration due to personal reasons that would put your to sleep
till the next post (hopefully from SOMEONE ELSE)

Arththi Sathananthar


oh my god indeed i can't believe I'm posting another entry right after the last one consecutively
well enough idle chatter for we need to focus on what went down during


this class was all about dragons, princesses, elves, wizards, talking animals, castles not because we magically got transported into a magical land but because we learned about the FANTASY genre

fantasy is broken to
  1. fables
  2. fairy tales
  3. myths
  4. tall tales
fantasy = not real, imagination, can be modern or ancient

  1. there's always a lesson/morale at the end of the story
  2. not real/ imaginative/ fantasy
  3. a very short story
  4. characters usually talking animals and minimal
fable dissection chart
  1. Exposition - characters and setting
  2. Rising Action- events leading to conflict
  3. Conflict- struggle in the story
  4. Falling Action- events resulting from conflict
  5. Moral - lesson learnt
  1. distant past, Once upon a time...
  2. a seemingly impossible problem is presented but always solved
  3. battle between good vs evil
  4. has a happy ending where good triumphs over evil, And they lived happily ever after....
  5. set in castles, forested countrysides, villages
  6. characters are royalty, mermaids, unicorns, giants, elves, witches, dragons, beasts.....
  1. usually about a hero that's larger than life
  2. situations/ problems solved in humorous way
  3. exaggerated details
  4. based on actual people or a composite of them
  1. stories past from generation to generation
  2. imaginative plots and characters to explain human behaviouristic patterns
  3. set in nature, ancient times
  4. stories told that belong to a culture
  1. about a hero
  2. may be based on facts and real history but becomes distorted through re-tellings
  1. originally told orally
  2. 3rd person point of view
  3. past from generation to generation
  4. ancient times
  5. animals talking, inanimate objects, some human beings, magical creatures
  6. good and intelligence always prevail over evil and foolishness
  7. authors usually unknown
well that rounds up all 3 classes in 2 entries
many apologies if this last post was rather dull and lifeless
i suppose that's what happens if you sit in front of your laptop for hours on end and spent the past one and a half hours blogging
its clears my creative juices have all dried up

but till next class there will be new creative beverages to be served.
so for now do be kind and leave a comment or two for comments are as rare as leprechauns' gold and if i had any i would be over the moon

Arththi Sathananthar 8/1/10


just when you thought this blog had gone into an enchanted slumber
I've given it the "true Love's kiss" and its back and here to stay (well for another semester at least)
so then this semester me and my fellow course mates are taking INTRODUCTION TO GENRES
taught by the lovely, witty Dr. Arezou
now its been 3 weeks into class so I'm gonna be posting all 3 weeks worth of reports lol in this post
FYI this time around I've got to start typing properly enough with the annoying short forms
its time to get serious right?


an important question posed was WHAT IS LITERATURE FOR???
i came up with a few answers
  1. to understand other cultures, ways of living
  2. to inspire you creatively, kick start your imagination
  3. to emphatize with other people's life experiences, situations gone through
  4. to make you realise and see mundane things in a different perspective
  5. serves as a form of escapism from the real world
However according to HORACE( greek poet) literature is for ~
  1. enjoyment
  2. understanding
GENRE is broken into~
  1. poetry
  2. drama
  3. prose ( novels, short stories)
*novels and short stories are formats NOT genres
* in literature many answers are accepted so long as there's evidence

and thats round 1
moving on to the next round


this time we focused of the non-fiction genre

5 types of fiction genres ( these aren't all the genres)
  1. mystery
  2. fantasy
  3. science fiction/speculative fiction
  4. realistic fiction
  5. historical fiction

2 types of non- fiction genres
  1. biography
  2. autobiography
autobiography= biography of yourself written by you
biography= biography of yourself written by another

elements in autobiographies and biographies~
  1. may be a lifespan, or an important part in that person' s life
  2. almost always told in CHRONOLOGICAL order
  3. important details about the person's life, how he/she thinks or feels
  1. narrative - telling a story ( fiction), but can be used in non-fiction if an autobiography in done in a narrative style or in history too
  2. expository - facts, reality ( non-fiction) used in history, science, politics, philosophy etc.
memoirs= anecdote, a part of your life, focuses more on feelings and has higher emotional level, not neccessarily chronological, narrative structure

diary/journal= discrete entries arranged by date reporting daily events, not meant to be published

autobiography= more time centered, dates and facts, intention of publishing

now i hope you lot found that a thorough analysis because i sure did and my brain is still oozing with more juices for the next post

Arththi Sathananthar


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