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From Colorful Plots to Complicated Endings: The Transformation of Children’s Movies

30 Jan

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When did “kid’s” movies become less about the colorful plot and happy endings and more about teaching life lessons and appealing more to the adults of the family rather than the children? I had recently watched Wreck It Ralph 2 – a bit late – with my family and as soon as the movie ended the first thing my little brother says is, “well that was the weirdest movie I’ve ever seen”.

When did Wreck-It Ralph go from funny anecdotes about sugar and candy to learning how to deal with a long-distance friendship and managing your own insecurities?

If my little was able to notice how far off the mark it was, and he’s 12 years old, then clearly something is amiss.

Revamps and interesting adaptations of fairy tales and children’s stories are surfacing from classics such as the recent French cinematic adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. These movies that once were designed to have hidden meanings that could reach adults but mainly entertain children – such as Inside Out and even Frozen or Moana – have thus become explicitly pushing passed the vale of meaning and seem to have become the forefront of the movie.

Now, I’m not saying I’m against it, but so far even my 12-year-old brother agrees that something is up.  Come in and borrow some movies on DVD and Blu-Ray at the library or stream them on Hoopla and Kanopy and see what you think.  

Written by:
Sherissa Hernandez
Adult Programming Assistant

The Religion of Not Believing: The Atheist’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur

17 Jan
atheist's tragedy

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Challenging interpretations is something I not only find amusing but also quite fascinating. Although, religion is not something that I believe should be challenged personally for myself, I find myself drawn and intrigued by this very question: Is the absence of belief a belief in of itself?

Atheism, according to Cyril Tourneur’s The Atheist’s Tragedy, is not the lack of belief but the assertion of belief in something other than God. Being an Atheist, according to The Atheist’s Tragedy, does not imply the absence of religion but rather challenges the definition of religion and an all-powerful God. The idea of an Atheist believing in a higher power is brought into question through the atheist in the play. In The Atheist’s Tragedy; Or the Honest Man’s Revenge, Tourneur suggests through the atheist D’Amville that atheism is in fact a kind of religion and that not believing in a God is a religion in of itself.

The play was highly interesting – some of the ideas seem formidable – but above all it is an educational and entertaining read. The play was first published in 1611 and is considered classic of the Jacobean era.  If you are someone who finds other’s viewpoints interesting and love a good debatable topic then this is a good book for you to read whatever your personal religious views; you can check out a digital copy from Hoopla with your library card. Of course, it’s to be taken in with an open mind.

Written by:
Sherissa Hernandez
Adult Programming Assistant

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