Creative connections: On pomegranates, movies, and books

Pomegranate Fruits. Español: Una granada, frut...

Pomegranate Fruits. Español: Una granada, fruto del granado (Punica granatum). Eesti: Granaatõun. Français : La grenade, fruit du grenadier. Русский: Плод граната. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love a pomegranate, tearing into one and slowly devouring every pip over the course of an hour or so.  Inevitably, I wear as much as eat 🙂  There’s something visceral, exotic, and, frankly, erotic about the fruit.  Juices drip, stain fingers, lips, and clothes in a rich purple.

I can see why some Biblical scholars make the argument that it was the pomegranate and not the apple in the garden of Eden.

There’s also an element of the meditative about the pomegranate though.  To eat one, patiently cracking open and tearing apart the fruit, bursting each pip between the teeth, crunching down on the seeds, it takes time.  It takes focus too.  The act of consumption is totally absorbing.  It opens the mind and clears the palate.  It nourishes more than the body.

My assignment for any of you creative types: eat a pomegranate.  Take your time.  Let the act take on meaning beyond the obvious.  Journal it.  Create something from the experience.  It’s pretty cool 😉

Twilight to date and The Woman in Black

Onto movies now.

The same weekend I had my mind blown by the Cloud Atlas, I also had the opportunity to catch up on the Twilight franchise to date.

I’ve only read the first book, and while I did enjoy it, I can understand some of the criticisms levelled against it.  I do intend to read the rest of the series at some point, but I’m in no particular rush to do so.

I saw the first movie a few years ago when it was first out on demand.  I thought it was cheesy, to be honest.  I thought the effects were poorly done, and the whole visual of the sparkly vampire left me … cold.

It just so happened though, that Space was airing New Moon that Saturday, and the movie

Cover of "New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Bo...

Cover of New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)

channels were playing Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, part 1 on Sunday and Monday respectively.

New Moon was the least enjoyable of the three with all of Bella’s moping.  At least the film makers tried to collapse that into a montage.  I can see how this will be tedious in the reading.  Not looking forward to that.  The continuing story line developed, however, and I enjoyed the depiction of the Volturi.

Eclipse was very much a “middle of the series” movie.  The plot continued to evolve, the characters and their various factions were further defined and solidified in Bella’s world.

Breaking Dawn, part 1, was, in my opinion, the most enjoyable of the three.  It was pretty much non-stop action from the beginning, and yes, I do see the wedding and honeymoon as action pieces, plot-critical events did unfold, if not as dynamically as the “battle for Bella” that makes up the remainder of the movie.

Overall, it wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t have paid to see any of them in the theatre.  Sorry for the heresy.  Just sayin’.

Also watched The Woman in Black that weekend (yes, it was a barn-burner of a weekend for ole Mel) and quite enjoyed it.

I liked the atmospheric gloom and suspense, the mystery, and in particular, the movie’s ending.

*Spoiler alert*

Although the young lawyer manages to figure out the impetus of the ghost’s rage and the reason she abducts and murders children, and although he does what many ghost stories of the past have taught us, that is to right the wrongs of the past, the spirit of vengeance is not appeased.

Instead, she does not forgive, and kills the young lawyer and his son.  Though this turns out to be a kindness, as the family is reunited with the predeceased wife and mother in death, it is clear that the titular character will not end her predations.

I like it when my expectations are turned on their collective ear 🙂

Disappointments that I’m not sure what to do with

I have to get this out.

I’ve read a couple of books recently by authors I’ve met and admire precisely because they’ve accomplished what I have yet to do, and that is publish.  Cover blurbs and positive reviews aside, despite the careers these books have launched, I found myself disappointed.

For that reason, I will not disclose the names of the authors, nor the titles of the books.  And don’t bother parsing my Goodreads account.  You won’t find them or their reviews there.  I don’t put all the books I read on GR.

I think it comes down to poor editing.

When I come across a clear error that was not caught by author or editor, and that repeats several times over the course of the novel, it ticks me off.

When a character’s name changes several times, I’m (I think understandably) peeved.

It pulls me out of the experience of the novel to a degree that robs me of my enjoyment of the book.

Other issues: the plot of the one was not particularly inspired, came across as episodic, and left me wanting more.  In a bad way.  The plot of the other was truly epic, ambitious, and had so much potential that the author failed to realize that I again found my teeth clenching in consternation.  Point of view issues also plagued one of the two books, making me remember why I’ve sworn never to write a novel in a truly omniscient POV.

I read all kinds of books and I try to learn something about either the art or craft of writing from each one.  Sometimes the lessons are more in the way of what not to do.  I’ll take ‘em.

Never stop reading, writing, watching movies, or engaging in the arts in your community (real and virtual).

You never know where the most important gems will be unearthed.

Cover of "The Right to Write: An Invitati...

Cover via Amazon

Coming soon: Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write (yes, Kasie, I’m reading it and will post on GR post hasty); An Interview with Kim Fahner; blogging the Launch of The Narcoleptic Madonna, and more!

This is Writerly Goodness, signing off.

Stay well everyone, and enjoy your “end” (what’s left of your weekend by Sunday).