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by Esme echo
Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: Great Conversations
Topic: Romance in Literature and on the Screen
Replies: 20
Views: 16801

Re: Romance in Literature and on the Screen

I think another dimension of relationships that is often overlooked is the effect of the involved people's personalities. We tend to treat others the way we like to be treated -- which is not necessarily the way to make our partners feel loved! Perhaps Harry was a more driven, practical, "Red" perso...
by Esme echo
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Great Conversations
Topic: The Portrayal of Women in the Media
Replies: 56
Views: 40866

Re: The Portrayal of Women in the Media

. . . which is why I think it is so important for mothers to be wise and to keep it real for their daughters. Unfortunately, a lot of mothers are deceived by media messages as well! I think the only real defense against false media messages are personal values. The Cheshire Cat told Alice: "If you d...
by Esme echo
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: Great Conversations
Topic: Romance in Literature and on the Screen
Replies: 20
Views: 16801

Re: Romance in Literature and on the Screen

I think the biggest problem with explicit sexual scenes in books -- no matter what the author intends, or whether he/she thinks the sexuality has adequate emotional justification -- is that such detail can become addicting, leading vulnerable readers to preoccupation with sexuality, and even to the ...
by Esme echo
Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Sparkling in the Sun
Topic: Charlie Swan
Replies: 117
Views: 41916

Re: Charlie Swan

I just cannot imagine the Chief of Police not driving up to the Culllens and demanding to see his daughter. And once Jacob arranges for him to see her, his attitude of, please don't give me too much information is a bit puzzling. This reminds me of Edward telling Bella something like, "Charlie's ha...
by Esme echo
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Great Conversations
Topic: The Bella Effect
Replies: 28
Views: 21064

Re: The Bella Effect

This thread has a lot in common with the How Women Are Portrayed in the Media thread. As was pointed out in the media thread, I'm something of a cynic -- at least with respect to modern media messages. In my opinion, Bella is alarming to "feminists" because she is a strong non-conformist. I believe ...
by Esme echo
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Great Conversations
Topic: Romance in Literature and on the Screen
Replies: 20
Views: 16801

Re: Romance in Literature and on the Screen

This may be a "DUH" comment, but male writers typically write love scenes with a different emphasis than female writers -- because men and women are different! I wouldn't say one style is better than another, but I tend to identify more closely with the female perspective (no big surprise there). It...
by Esme echo
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Great Conversations
Topic: The Portrayal of Women in the Media
Replies: 56
Views: 40866

Re: The Portrayal of Women in the Media

Hear, hear, Chernaudi ! There are no size, shape or weight requirements for a magnetic personality. One thing I appreciate about Kristen Stewart is that she has the self-confidence to remain herself in front of cameras, in social situations, and during interviews. She doesn't feel the need to preten...
by Esme echo
Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Great Conversations
Topic: The Portrayal of Women in the Media
Replies: 56
Views: 40866

Re: The Portrayal of Women in the Media

Women should be boosting eachother up, not tearing each other apart to shreds. its scarry to me what this world is coming to This reminds me of something Shari Dew wrote. She called them the three C's (I call them the three evil C's!) Criticizing -- Comparing -- Competing If women could avoid these...
by Esme echo
Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Great Conversations
Topic: The Portrayal of Women in the Media
Replies: 56
Views: 40866

Re: The Portrayal of Women in the Media

I'm sure you're aware, Susie , that NPR has its own agenda as well! ;) What we hear and see on television and in magazines doesn't really matter, as long as our values and standards are set -- and we are careful to keep it real for youngsters who are less experienced and/or more emotionally vulnerab...
by Esme echo
Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Sparkling in the Sun
Topic: Alistair
Replies: 56
Views: 35591

Re: Alistair

I'm sort of on board with pyrosis on this one . . . I suspect Alistair tangled with the law or with local officials in his human years by breaking laws, witnessing arbitrary, unjust officials in action, or both. I imagine I'd also be misanthropic and prone to isolation if I were born in 12th to 16th...