Books, Movies, Graphic Novels, & Presentations – OH MY!

As I previously mentioned, I will be studying The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel over the span of the next couple of weeks. I’m intrigued that this story has been retold in several mediums, from book (2004) to film (2008) to graphic novel (2012), and for this week’s post, I thought I would give you a taste of the movie:

What do you think? Did anyone else find it odd that the creative team behind the movie dropped the “The” from The City of Ember? Any opinions on why they did that?

I also discovered I’m a little behind on all things Ember… in case you weren’t aware, The City of Ember is actually a part of DuPrau’s “Books of Ember” series. To my knowledge, it was a trilogy, but I discovered there’s actually a fourth book called The Diamond of Darkhold. Turns out, it was released in 2010! The things you find out when you get to researching, huh?

http://busyteacher.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/retro-reads-the-books-of-ember-by-jeanne-duprau/

Jeanne DuPrau’s Books of Ember

On another note, we’ve been experimenting with different types of visual presentations (from PowerPoint to Prezi to Projeqt) over the span of the last two weeks in class. Now, I’ll be honest. I’m not typically the kind of person who likes change, so I’ve always been a straightforward PowerPoint-girl. I had attempted to work Prezi in the past, but being someone who’s prone to motion sickness, it didn’t sit well with me. Today was our Introduction-to-Projeqt day, and while it gained rave reviews from my classmates, I’m not really sure I felt the same way. In fact, after testing out Projeqt, I’ve found that my opinion of Prezi has been slightly raised! I’m finally starting to grasp just how much Prezi can accomplish, and I think if I keep the “jumping around” feature to a minimum, I could create some pretty stellar presentations!

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The City of Ember

For our upcoming “Graphic Novels” unit, I plan to study The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel, originally a Young Adult novel by Jeanne DuPrau, adapted by Dallas Middaugh and illustrated by Niklas Asker. I have always had a passion for Young Adult novels. Growing up, DuPrau’s The City of Ember (2003) was one of my favorites. The book was eventually made into a movie in 2008, and the saying “the books are always better than the movies” held true in my opinion. Much to my surprise, I discovered it was made into a graphic novel in 2012. I’m curious to see if I find this rendition to be any better than the movie. It’s always interesting studying something in several mediums (book, film, graphic novel), and I want to see how the storyline might be perceived differently when told in this unique format.

http://www.amazon.com/The-City-Ember-Graphic-Novel/dp/0375867937

The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel

Check out the graphic novel here.