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Memoirs of a Geisha: Did the movie supersede the book philosophically?

(Talking movies, differently #6)
(Contains spoilers)

So, I spent about a week submerging in the world of Geisha culture in the book, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chiyo’s personal narrative certainly hosted individuality until the last two chapters of the book made the Chairman, ‘the hero’ of her story. While I’m not against fairytales and happy ending romances in fiction, I’m also very easily bummed when a primarily Bildunsgroman genre submits itself to the story of another individual, in this case a kind hearted, gentle, man of position, power and influence- the Chairman. As much as I appreciated Chiyo’s character in the book as a person having hope midst the atrocities of life and making the Chairman and her affections for him the constant of her life, I resented the portrayal of the Chairman as a messiah of her story in a way that the entire narrative of her struggles, hard work, and success as a Geisha was overshadowed by his mercy and kindness.

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Harry Potter at 22!

Oh no, this is not me the ‘all-so-grown-up’ version trying to look at the kid who read Harry Potter. I think it should have been that way and could have been had the kid version of me had not seen the huge hard bound copies of Harry Potter in her cousin’s bed room that she became so scared of these books that until today she had this enormous image of the series in her mind where she thought it was beyond her, the patience, time and investment of self. Phew! All these years and strange thing, I grew up but that incident, that enormity froze in my mind until I decided to pursue my Masters in English Literature. All was going fine, with my Journalism background all wrapped up around me, a lot of texts during my Masters were unfamiliar to me but the guiltiest I’d ever been for not knowing a particular text (that almost everybody was familiar with at one point in time or the other) was the Harry Potter series. I happen to be one of those compulsive readers who WOULD NOT watch a movie if she knew there existed a book from which the movie was adapted.

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Persuasion and beyond

Some books are not just books, they become their readers. Of course this is not an everyday thing and it takes immense love, learning and maybe even serendipity to find a book so special, so endearing that it becomes a part of you.

So this is how it happened one day. It was a rainy afternoon in Bombay and we had our Regional Journalism class to attend. Bombay is a very flexible city and it certainly isn’t a hassle for it, the rain I mean. But it was a lazy afternoon I suppose and nobody turned up for the class but our teacher did and so did I. What seemed to me like a disappointment for being the only one to turn up for the lecture, actually led me to Persuasion.

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