Mapping Out a (SUPER) Sad (but) True Love Story

After I first read through the project, I was extremely skeptical as to how this would help me understand a story that (if we’re being perfectly honest here) left me confused 90% of the time. It wasn’t until I started making a time line of areas hit for my excerpt of readings that I saw the value of lining up where Lenny and Eunice’s life took them.

I believe this mapping assignment helped me understand the story in a different light because it helped me look into the text in a different way. One of the last points that I took down was Lenny and Eunice’s time in Staten Island, visiting Lenny’s friends. I think pin pointing where this was happening, and then pairing the text to it, gave the writing a new level of life that I related to screen writing/having a film or play come to life. For me that was helpful. I also found it helpful because it helped me picture each character’s point of view easier, and interpret the events from their eyes.

Working as a group in this capacity was different from other group projects. Looking at the finished product, it’s interesting to see what each other highlighted as an important part of the story, as well as seeing the different creative liberties that were taken. It was also fun to see how each others layers could influence, and help one another push creative boundaries.

If I were to change this assignment, I think I would want to cross it with another novel, and see how each author may interpret the same location. That could be really interesting, and expand ones imagination and the way they think of different books.

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Swiping Left or Right?

How Are Teens Using Social Media In Their Dating Lives?

Super Sad True Love Story is just that. Told from two different people, with two different approaches to love and relationships. Our sparking session will focus on the generational gap, and then tie it into how we look at relationships in present day.

  • How has social media/technology influenced dating culture? (I’m looking at you Tinder!)
  • What do we, as our generation, consider to be old school dating?
  • What do we consider to be norms of dating presently?
  • What do you think divided Lenny and Eunice, to make their story what it was?

It’s Like Brocolli

“I wish I were stronger and more secure in myself so that I could really spend my life with a guy like Lenny. Because he has a different kind of strength than Joshie. He has the strength of his sweet tuna arms. He has the strength of putting his nose in my hair and calling it home… Who will ever open up to me like that again? No one. Because it’s too dangerous. Lenny is a dangerous man. Joshie is more powerful, but Lenny is much more dangerous.”

My friend Chiara has a way of putting life situations into words. When it came to my love life this year, she did it again, while stating, “Just because broccoli is good for you, doesn’t mean you have to date broccoli. Go be with asparagus, or a turnip, or anything else. Don’t let broccoli keep you cornered.”

Reading this section of the story humanized Eunice’s character for me, especially with that quote. Love is confusing and fickle at this age. Everyone is figuring out who they are, and some of us have the pleasure of doing this with another human along for our ride, while on one of their own. The part that I personally relate the most with is the line that says, “Who will ever open up to me like that again? No one. Because it’s too dangerous.” I find a lot of people I’ve met to be very resistant to our current dating world, because of how dangerous it feels to put yourself out there. It doesn’t make it better, it just is what it is. What I have personally experienced is that I’d rather put myself out there and be in danger of being hurt, than feel regretful that I didn’t take the chance. From where Eunice is coming from, it makes sense, but I think it also brings out the actual maturity level of her character that we had not seen present in the earlier part of the book.

140 Characters or It Didn’t Happen

The further I delve into our novel, the more disturbing our current reality becomes to me. “We are now part of this giant machine where every second we have to take out a device and contribute our thoughts and opinions.”

This is something that I’m guilty of, but am making a conscious effort to not have my life plagued by. In a world where everything can be documented by a picture, we still feel the need to extract the moment right then and there, and let others in on where we are in life. The scary part is, how do we learn to mediate this with actually living our lives?

Nowadays, everyone can be a politician, exclaiming about how they disagree with something going on, creating bulletins or petitions. We all have devices meant to contribute and share our thoughts, but we have forgotten that communication is a two way street. Something I noticed within the book is that everyone seems to be talking at one another, rather than listening to what the other is saying. I think this is extremely relevant to the social schema of today, because everyone wants their opinion to be heard, but no one wants to listen to anyone else.

 

Reading is Irrelevant

The title of this post is shocking for an English class. However, just by reading this sentence, you are proving it wrong.

In the book, “Super Sad True Love Story“, we are shown a world that you could not pay me enough money to live in, but is slowly creeping in on our present day reality. The quote we’re asked to reflect upon today goes, “Reading is difficult. People just aren’t meant to read anymore. We’re in a post-literate age. You know, a visual age.” It pains me how relevant this is for some that are growing up today. It is commonplace for children to be playing on phones rather than reading a book while waiting in a doctor’s office. It’s more than just being a visual learner, it’s not longer wanting to read in order to learn.

What worries me most about this quote is how language is portrayed in the book. The use of acronyms instead of full words to complete conversations. I was surprised that chat groups were still a thing, as well as email. However, I was also confused. With all the technological advances, it was clear that language barriers still existed (ex. Eunice and her Mother’s exchanges). If they’re in a post literate age, how is it that something like this can still exist? If this is truly a visual age, wouldn’t they be relying on something like holograms or video chats instead of these messages?