Alright, so this is a blog post, but it’s not really a blog post because I’m not going to discuss a specific topic so much as propose a couple of potential topics for future blog posts.
As I wrote last week, sticking to a regular update schedule can be a little demanding, especially with the ever-looming specter of “I’m out of ideas.” On the other hand, writing about things for an audience on demand does help stoke one very important impulse: to be able to talk about interesting things. That’s a good impulse.
Following this realization, I picked up Paradise Lost and began re-reading it. Keep in mind that this is not your run of the mill poem, but a twelve-book-long epic (granted, they’re very thin books). It might be, objectively, the best thing, especially as I was looking over the editor’s note for the edition that I have where the editor said quite explicitly, “Paradise Lost is meant to be read aloud.” Heck yeah! I feel like I’ve only developed an appreciation for good poetry as I’ve gotten a little older (couldn’t stand the stuff when I was in undergrad), but now it’s just so delightful to read some fine lines of verse.
So maybe I’ll blog through Paradise Lost. That may be an incredibly overambitious project to undertake, but it should be interesting (at the very least I promise I’ll write a post about Milton’s weird obsession with explaining how pre-Fall digestion worked for Adam and Eve).
The other idea I had is kind of a spin off from the mild popularity of my recent post about Disney’s Frozen. I’m still not entirely sure why the internet’s in love with the whole movie when it’s really just those couple of songs that were so spectacular, but it’s gotten me thinking about the deep well of old Disney movies that I’ve seen (and all the ones that I haven’t seen which are just sitting around on Netflix waiting to be watched). I like writing about movies, and I think people like reading about other peoples’ opinions on movies, so this is a good fit. There’s also the wonderful angle of adaptations in Disney movies (I honestly can’t recall a single Disney film that isn’t an adaptation of other works of fiction). People complain a lot about the Disneyfication of these stories, so it could be really interesting to examine that a little more closely and consider what gets lost and what gets found in the process of making things family friendly.
I think I’ll start with my favorite Disney movie, and then just move on from there. If you have an opinion on a movie you’d like me to consider, let me know. Otherwise I’m just going to go all willy-nilly and probably end up just watching Pixar movies instead, because they’re, objectively, better.