MAS Story Writers Blog

Themes and things that have them

Posted in Uncategorized by MajerleKJ on November 12, 2009

There’s nothing more exciting than reading a book all the way through. For me, it’s an accomplishment and I just want to tell everyone about it. Aaaaand now I will.

Recently (like, summer, before I came here and had no time to read), I read a novel called “A Fraction of the Whole” by an Aussie named Steve Toltz (that is not a mangled Arrested Development reference, that is his name). Novel’s about this guy and his crazy-ass dad, who pulled him out of school to live in a hand-made labyrinth in the brush, tried to give every Australian a million dollars through some harebrained public scheme, and generally had warped views about government and life that he passed on to his son. Basically the son has to find a way out of his dad’s shadow, and figure out if he can be his own man. That’s the theme right there – individuality, self-actualization – but the novel kind of double-backs on its own theme because it becomes readily apparent that the son, who is the narrator, is becoming just like his father despite his best efforts. So, I guess fate would be another theme. Also this book is quite funny despite what I have described.

As far as films, let’s talk about one of my all-time favorites and a cinematic classic – Happy Gilmore. For those who haven’t seen it, in short: a terrible hockey player discovers that his terrible hockey form actually works great in golf, so he plays even though he hates it (sorta like Andre Agassi) so he can make money to save his grandmother’s house. He gets the girl too. The themes at play here are the strong bond of family and the roundabout ways we sometimes discover our greatest talents, then how we use them. Also this movie is quite funny despite what I have described.

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