Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by Washington Irving differs from the movie The Legend of Sleepy Hollow made by Tim Burton very much.  Firstly, Ichabod and Katrina's relationship is different.  In the movie, Ichabod and Katrina were complete strangers until they met each other at a party which Katrina's dad was hosting.  But in the short story, Katrina was Ichabod's student.  Secondly, the ending was very differernt.  In the movie, Ichabod and Katrina manage to escape from Sleepy Hollow and live together in Ichabod's home country.  But in the short story, Ichabod himself is slain by the headless horseman.  And lastly, the wirepuller of the horseman was different.  In the short story there was no wirepuller, but in the movie it was Katrina's step-mother.

I liked the short story better, because it shows more details than the movie and I also like the fact that it explains briefly about Ichabod's past.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Digital books vs printed books

After reading the 2 pamphlets on this subject, I am in support of printed books.  Like the author of the pamphlet, I always get excited when I enter a bookstore and see all the printed books lined up on the shelves.  It is true the same sight can be seen on some of the digital books, but its very different from the feelings one can get in a printed bookstore.  First, one cannot smell the scent of the paper.  It may sound wierd, but personally, the smell of paper is a comforting scent for me since I grew up with printed books.  It is almost impossible to do that with digital books.  Secondly, the data may be lost in a digital book, while printed books can exist for a long time.  And lastly (which goes with my previous point), orinted books are easier to hand down to later generations.  It is said that the later generation will be more hi-teched and will be able to do almost anything.  But as I said earlier, it is hard to put back a lost data.  On the other hand, printed books allows us to give the later generations what we have cherished in our lives.  I myself have a younger sister and she enjoys all the books I enjoyed as a child.  I would never have been able to have this experience with a digital book.