I’ve been rather in the swing of things when it comes to college (and yes, college posts are in the “Drafts” section so keep your eyes peeled for them!). Currently, I’m taking this module Fictions of Love: Film & Literature. I was pretty nervous and a little bit crazy for doing so because I have never taken a Literature subject in school before!
As this course has Film aspects to it, I was pretty interested too, because… how in the world do Film and Literature correlate? So being a newbie in the Literature AND Film world, I took this course with three of my friends (Crystal, Azry and Jueying) and honestly speaking, I’m quite glad I took the plunge.
I have an amazing professor who pulls us through the dry lectures about Romeo & Juliet, and make the most absurd yet comical remarks at the least expected sections. She fangirls over Logan Lerman and Josh Hutcherson too! Oh, oh, you might be wondering what in the world I am talking about – Hunger Games happens to be one of our Literature texts too!
It has been 6 weeks (?) of this module and the skills prove to be really useful in
coming up with crap analysis translating figurative speeches and film production aspects into literal intentions and meanings. It’s pretty cool to read AND watch the film during the lectures. I also have fallen in love with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – the film adaptations are not too bad too. It feels like Jane’s writings connect with me in the weirdest sense – how the wall of pragmatism needs to be broken through, and I need to see beyond it.
One thing that kinda was a turn-off was actually studying Romeo & Juliet. I got really sick of the romance between them and the story really did not make much sense to me. I guess I really have a pragmatic mindset, so it was a bother reading that Literature text. Maybe plays are much more exaggerated? *hides*
If you’re wondering what texts we will be analysing for this module, here they are:
- Romeo and Juliet (trailer analysis assignment only)
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Great Gatsby
- A Scandal in Bohemia
- The Hunger Games
If you’re a student in Nanyang Technological University and you’re into Literature and Film, do take this course! One caution/tip I might provide is to manage your time super wisely because of the hefty amount of readings you have to do! It is, after all, a Literature course so this will warrant you the impending workload. Course code’s HL8021! I believe that this course is offered in both semesters. 🙂
See you around on campus!