In the ninth grade my English teacher assigned us The Hobbit over Christmas break. Fair enough. It was an Honors English class, we should have done work over vacation. The problem was, she gave us an 80-page packet to fill out with dozens of mundane, detail-oriented questions for each chapter. "What color was the hat on the fourth elf?" and that kind of thing. Seriously. The implication of the assignment was that we couldn't be trusted to do the reading on our own, and I always resented that.
So for the next week this comment thread is here and it is open-ended. I'm democratizing this blog (more like oligarchizing it - there are a few of you I expect to rule the place). I'm not going to ask a bunch of questions; I trust you guys. Discuss whatever you'd like to discuss, whatever we've neglected the past few weeks. Here are some suggestions.
- If you've seen Welcome To The Rileys or Butter or Skateland, now is the time to give us your capsule reviews. (Looking at you, Dear.)
- If Ashley Greene breaks another heart or Taylor Lautner sues another local business or Robert Pattinson grows another beard, report it here. (Emily has already graciously offered to monitor and interpret AG's tweets while I'm gone. Thanks Emily.)
- If you have previously written about Twilight or a related matter somewhere, now is the time to link us to it. I know a lot of you are on tumblr. Who else is out there? Say hello.
- LATE EDIT: Fan Fiction is always a good idea, either in the comments or linked to from here.
I've also attached some under-discussed sections of Eclipse and New Moon if you are feeling retrospective. It's bizarre to look back at some of the really old posts. There was once a time when I did not know Ashley Greene's name!
I want to see some comments on here when I get back. When a dictator turns his back, he is always secretly disappointed when the people don't rise up and take over. Well, maybe he isn't, but this metaphor was tenuous to begin with. Talk to you all soon.