Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Watch-a-thon Series Announcement!!

Welcome back to another surprise, dear readers! I guess July is the time for announcements apparently, or rather I have the most time off from work this month. I think an increase in the amount of sleep I get reflects in my willingness to blog. So there you go.

For the longest time, I've been leaving vague hints here or there that I would be resuming my Watch-a-thon blog series. It's always been my favorite series on this blog and it was, in fact, the first one that I created. For those who are new to my blog, the Watch-a-thon series is a collection of blog posts where I pick one of my favorite classic works and review existing film/video adaptions of the story. These reviews talk about the faithfulness of those adaptions or how the new interpretations build on the original work.

In the past, I've done Watch-a-thon series on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Both of those works were a joy to review and write about. While they were time consuming in their own ways, I kind of wanted to up the game a little bit and take the series in a more complex direction.

It took me quite a while to settle on another subject for the series. I needed to find a work that I loved, which also found its place in the cultural lexicon. Basically, there needed to be a wide range of adaptions. I played around with the idea of another Austen novel or even a work by a different Bronte sister, but in the end, I chose something I'm quite sure you haven't guessed yet. Have I built up enough anticipation?

The next Watch-a-thon series will feature Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw!!

Pygmalion is perhaps my favorite play, but the jury is out if you include any of Shakespeare's works. My love affair started the summer when I decided to start watching classic movies and came across the gem that is My Fair Lady. I watched that movie and immediately picked up a copy of Shaw's work. I was surprised to find the source material differed in some significant points. My academic mind preferred this version to the film adaption and I've always wanted to explore the story in depth.

What people really don't seem to realize is Pygmalion has a pretty solid and ingrained place in our culture. It just depends on what version of the story you choose to look at, be it the Greek myth, Shaw's play, Broadway's My Fair Lady, or many many more.

For the purposes of this Watch-a-thon series, most of the focus will be on adaptions/interpretations of Shaw's Pygmalion, but I very well might dabble in versions that ally themselves more with the myth than the play. As a note, I won't be including series, episodes, or films that only briefly feature the Pygmalion story. It needs to be the main narrative focus. That means versions like the Classic Alice series on YouTube or that one Simpsons/Disney Channel Hercules episode will not be included. As much as I would love to be comprehensive and include all adaptions, that just isn't possible.

There will be one change from the last Watch-a-thon series that I've completed so far. Before I delve into discussing the adaptions, I will be releasing an overview post that talks about the Pygmalion myth and the play itself. This gives readers who are a tad unfamiliar with the story some basic information and gives us a solid framework to refer back to when discussing themes, plot, and character construction.
That being said, rather intensely if I do say so myself, I'm looking forward to vegging out on the couch with some snacks and watching some great movies. I hope you'll join me on this literary journey!