Saturday, April 20, 2013

R is for ...

Reading radical and ridiculous amounts of riveting rewards. And by rewards, I mean all of your R posts today. Hope it's a ravishing Saturday for you, and Sunday will be a well deserved break.

Your R villain of the day is ...

                                             (photo credit filmgarmott.blogspot.com)

RICHARD PARKER

Now before you say, wait, PK, how can a beautiful tiger be a villain?? Let me explain. If you've read Life of Pi or seen the film, you'll know what I'm sayin'. For Pi (the main character,) this tiger-- ironically named Richard Parker when a zookeeper's named was mixed up with the tiger name--is his greatest fear.

As a child, Pi witnessed the power and destruction from Richard Parker up close when a live goat was  put near his cage. Ever since then, Pi is terrified of Richard Parker in the worst way. Matter of fact, nothing horrifies him more than being close with this ferocious beast.

Yet, later in the story, Pi is forced to share a life boat with Richard Parker in the middle of the ocean, facing his villain head on, or else drowning. Richard Parker is never once painted as a gorgeous sympathetic beast in this story. He's simply a tiger doing what tigers do. But the symbolism is so delicious and gratifying, we're left thinking about it well after the story is over.

I mean, can you imagine ... being trapped in small confines with your greatest fear?? Pi is the ultimate protagonist because the author takes no pity on him. Yann Martel just keeps doling out the bad stuff, and from this, we see exactly what Pi is made of.

As if seeing your entire family go down with a ship in the middle of the ocean, and then being left to starve on a life boat with nothing isn't enough--how about we add in your worst possible fear to the mix and see what happens. All at once. No mercy. Let's see what you got, boy!

So fantastic!

I tried reading the book many years ago, and admittedly, I put it down. At the time I couldn't invest myself into the first few chapters. So when it came out on film of course I had to see it. Now I want to take the time to invest myself in this story. So I plan on picking it up again soon because it's simply that kind of story.



And R your setting of the day ...

                                              (photo credit amazon.com)

RAVKA

From the YA book, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Ravka is the futuristic, dystopic setting formerly known as Russia. The setting is what makes the story. It was so unique and fresh when it came out, readers were instantly captivated. Now after only a year from its release, it's being made into a film by DreamWorks. Wow.

The setting is so rich, and the many details like majestic robes, horsedrawn sleighs, lush palace interiors, fabled creatures, etc. are so fitting and intriguing, you can't help but love Ravka. It embodies the Russia of fairy tales.

 So tell me, have you read Life of Pi or Shadow and Bone? Seen the film Life of Pi? Any other R villains or settings you'd like to share? Have a royally riveting weekend!

34 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Richard Parker is what keeps him going though. He has to feed him (or be eaten) and that gives Pi's life purpose while he's adrift at sea.
Thought the name was hilarious.

Al Diaz said...

The Life of Pi was an excellent movie that kept me fascinated. You are right. I thought about it for a long time after the movie was over. It was great.

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

I never saw the film but that didn't stop me from enjoying your post.

Enjoy your week-end.

Yvonne.

Brandon Ax said...

I am still so in love with this movie.

Mark Murata said...

On the left side of the map is the Russian two-headed eagle, based on the Roman eagle. Russians for a long time regarded themselves as the true heirs of Rome.

mooderino said...

The CGI tiger was pretty amazing. Getting to the point where you can't tell fake from real.

mood
Mad Max 2 was an 80s classic.

I saw Oblivion. Like a bunch of film I'd seen already, squished into a sort of new one.

mood
Moody Writing

The Desert Rocks said...

Richard Parker is indeed a miserable but attractive beast and Yann Martel's book was an inspiration to me too! I loved the journey and the tension--too bad my book was almost done when I finished reading it.

Andrew Leon said...

I didn't know that's the name of the tiger; that's also the name of Peter Parker's father.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I read Life of Pi a few years ago and it's stuck with me. I love books that stay around in my head. So many disappear after I read The End. Maybe you've hit on one reason this book has that sticking power.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Shadow and Bone is on my to read list, though, never read Life of Pi, but all my kids have. They said it was very good, and the movie so, so.

William Kendall said...

I have not seen the movie, or the book.

Didn't know about Shadow and Bone either.

I'd add the Red Skull as an R villain...

Amy Jarecki said...

I'm reading ravishing reviews about R's as well today. They are really riveting!

Nagzilla said...

I, too, read only part of Pi the first time and just couldn't get into it. Now I think I may have to revisit it.

Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

Trisha F said...

This book was recommended to me by mother years ago, but I still haven't read it. I do own a copy though, so I will get to it. I have seen the movie & loved it.

Suzi said...

I read the book. Loved it. Even if I ended up skimming here and there a few times. Haven't seen the movie yet, but it's one I want to see.

michelle said...

I haven't read the book or seen the movie. And when I saw Richard Parker, I thought of Spider-Man... is it his father? Or something like that...

Writer In Transit

DL Hammons said...

I just saw Pi a couple weeks ago. The cinematography was amazing!

Mark Means said...

Well, you've stumped me today...I haven't heard of either of those, but both sound pretty interesting.

Maria Dunn said...

Hi Pk. I haven't seen "Life of Pi" yet, but it is on my to see list. I think Tigers are ferocious no matter what their name however, so Richard Parker is a good choice. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

M.J. Fifield said...

I haven't seen/read Life of Pi. I do own a copy of Shadow and Bone, but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. One day.

Zoe said...

I dont go to movies much...did read the book. It was great but I have to admit it took me a few times to get going.

Jay Noel said...

I need to read both books. Wish there was more time in the day.

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Heather M. Gardner said...

Now I'm really behind! Stop adding things to my TBR or TBW piles!

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Kelly Polark said...

I agree that the first third of the book was hard to get through, but the last 2/3 were great. And I think it was brilliant that the tiger's name was Richard Parker. My whole family loved the movie. And even my 13 year old son cried a little at the end.

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