Monday, October 24, 2011

Brom Bones: In the Story and in the Movie

Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" plays a much more significant role than Brom Van Brunt in the film adaptation Sleepy Hollow. In the short story, Brom Bones is villainous and a major threat to Ichabod's relationship with Katrina. In fact, at the end of the story, the reader is left to consider that Brom Bones is the Headless Horseman because of his enmity with Ichabod.Whereas in the film adaptation, Brom Bones is mentioned a few times (and seen in the exposition) but never poses a major threat to Ichabod. Since Burton and the screenwriters decided to change the course of the story, the adaptation eliminates Brom as any type of villain or threat to the protagonist. He is almost taken out of the story in the movie, but plays a significant role in the short story.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Digital vs. Print

After reading both Hannah and Dustin's pamphlets, I have come to the conclusion that e-books are the best option for the world of books. E-books provide a simpler solution for students especially because the ability to keep all your school books in one place not only alleviates your back of many pounds but also protects students from losing any of their books. The eco-friendliness of e-books is possibly the greatest advantage of them because with the pressing issues of global warming and deforestation, the abolition of book production would help tremendously. Though the problem does arise that not everyone's economic situation allows for a tablet or laptop computer, but I believe that government welfare should begin to provide people with tablets or laptops. All in all, I do believe that digital books are more beneficial for our society at this point.