Basketball · ESPN · Football/Soccer · NBA · Sports

My Thoughts on the Upcoming NBA (2014-15) Season

            The 2014-15 National Basketball Association season will be a very interesting one. Between several scandals and several trades, even former players and sports analyses might not be able to predict who could win the NBA Championship as easily as they had in previous years. Some of the trades I… Continue reading My Thoughts on the Upcoming NBA (2014-15) Season

A Song of Ice and Fire · Book to Media Adaptations · Books · Game of Thrones · Literature · TV

How William Faulkner Influenced George R.R. Martin

(Please Note: Spoilers from A Song of Ice and Fire series are found within this essay.) Remember those boring classics you had to read in your English classes in high school and in college? Well, have you ever considered that some of what you had to read might be hidden within the pages of what… Continue reading How William Faulkner Influenced George R.R. Martin

Gaming · Video Games

Factions in Popular Culture that Made a Difference: Gaming: Super Mario Bros.

            Like many gamers who are of my generation, there was a time when there was a limited choice in which home gaming console a player could get. Telstar and Atari came before my time, but I did play on the Nintendo Entertainment System. My parents bought it because it… Continue reading Factions in Popular Culture that Made a Difference: Gaming: Super Mario Bros.

Book to Media Adaptations · Books · Education · Japan · Literature · Movies · School

It All Started With…Lord of the Flies

           Before The Hunger Games and Battle Royale, many of us got exposure to dystopian fiction, which is a subgenre of science fiction, in high school. To those of us who actually read the book, Lord of the Flies provided many of us with a level of violence more extreme than… Continue reading It All Started With…Lord of the Flies

Anime · Book to Media Adaptations · Japan · Manga · Sailor Moon · TV

Factions in Popular Culture that Made a Difference: Anime: Sailor Moon

            I remember the first imported Japanese cartoon, or anime, I saw and which forever became one of my favorite genres of television. I had just started middle school and there were times I woke up before my alarm clock went off. With an extra half hour to kill, I… Continue reading Factions in Popular Culture that Made a Difference: Anime: Sailor Moon

F.I.F.A. · Football/Soccer · Sports · World Cup

American Soccer versus Global Football

          As of right now, this World Cup has had everything: hyped fans, teams that shocked everyone for good and bad reasons, players who performed bizarre acts, and bribed referees. This World Cup has once again proved that top countries fall and 'low-performance' countries can go far (Spain and Costa Rica);… Continue reading American Soccer versus Global Football

Book to Media Adaptations · Books · TV

Beyond the Books and Expectations of What is Not in Them in Media Adaptations

           Since 2001, the public has seen several book to media adaptations. I am not calling it a trend because between all of the movies based on The New York Times bestsellers, comic books, and award winners, such adaptations have always been around. As with any movie (or television show), some… Continue reading Beyond the Books and Expectations of What is Not in Them in Media Adaptations