Friday, March 28, 2014

The Sumptuous Symposium

I'd never attended the BYU English Symposium before, and it was a real treat to go! I went to the panels titled "Creative Writing Contest Winners" and "A Whole New World: Disney, Adaptation, and the Americanization of Fairy Tales." I was hoping that these subjects would help strike me with inspiration.

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In the Creative Writing session, one essay caught my attention. Laura Marostica gave an essay on pizza. (Yes, pizza. The food.) But it was such a poetic essay, with an almost playful tone which made it really fun to listen to. I could tell that she had thoroughly enjoyed writing that pizza essay. (It make me hungry, actually.) I thought to myself: "Self, when you write your essay, make sure you enjoy it! Choose a thesis that interests YOU! It will make the paper so much easier to write!"

For a while now I've been seriously reconsidering my thesis -- At first I wanted to analyze the Hero's Journey in The Phantom Tollboth, but even though it would be interesting to do that, I keep hitting a wall. I decided to steer my thesis in a direction which I loved and which plays a huge part in the book: LANGUAGE. Specifically, words, wordplay, and the perspective that comes with the use of language. (And I'll probably end up sticking the Hero's Journey in there somewhere.)

I still don't know for sure what my thesis will be, but as I am rereading the book I'm finding loads of material that I'm itching to use. I feel ready to write up 4 to 5 pages of my paper, though they won't be the first 4 to 5 pages. It's weird, but I'm ready to write the middle even though I don't have the beginning or end figured out yet. But I think that's okay, because now I'm finally going to enjoy my paper.

...maybe I should read more about pizza when I'm down.


  1. Hey, we have related paper topics now! Sort of. I actually did write an essay specifically about wordplay in Alice in Wonderland for an earlier assignment, though, if you wanted to read it :)

    1. Sure! Could you give me links/copies of any sort of language-oriented assignments you've done in this class? That would be awesome.

  2. I'm happy you've found a new, more interesting center to your paper (though it doesn't exclude the thinking and writing you've already done). You could always see if Laura Marostica would be interested in looking at your developing essay (or perhaps just having a conversation about the power of language). That goes for you, too, Kimberlee! (Adam, you should consider reading over Kimberlee's posts about language, or other students with this focus).