Want your Child to Love Books? Go See a Movie!

Reading a book from which a movie is made is almost always a richer experience than simply watching the movie. The experience of savoring the words on the page and allowing yourself to be taken on a journey inspired by the author is sublime. As the author paints a picture with words, your imagination fills in the blanks until the voices of the characters and the images of the settings resonate in your mind.

After reading and thoroughly enjoying a well-written book, watching the movie adaptation can be a interesting experience. The voices and images from your imagination are juxtaposed by those created by the actors, the director, and the cinematographer. It’s not that the experience of watching a movie adaptation is necessarily bad – it’s simply different. It presents a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to your children the difference between words on a page and images on a screen – and to have a great family experience in the process.

Almost without fail, your children will agree that while they enjoyed the movie, the experience created by their own imagination is better. Demonstrating to your child that their imagination is more powerful than a hollywood blockbuster is a very liberating and supportive exercise. Believe it or not, going through this process of reading a great book and seeing the movie actually reinforces your child’s love of reading and the use of their imagination!

Between now and the end of the year, there are two opportunities to read a great book and then to see the movie adaptation. The movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13), was released in theaters on November 18, while the movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (PG) as released on December 9.

As a family, take the opportunity to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire before watching the movie. Discuss which scenes you think will make it into the movie and which they may have to cut. Have family members choose favorite characters, and act out some scenes from the book. These types of activities build excitement and set the stage for seeing the movie together as a family. If you want to go all out, dress in costume to see the
movie. Afterwards, discuss how the movie differed from the book, and, more importantly, how it differed from the scenes created in family members’ imaginations.

You can follow the same process by reading The Chronicles of Narnia prior to seeing the movie. Younger children may enjoy hearing the classic tale of Chicken Little prior to seeing the Disney movie of the same name. Discuss the moral of the story, and, after watching the movie, talk about how the storyline in the movie demonstrated the principles of the classic.

Blu-Ray – The Ultimate HD Movie Watching Experience

Blu-Ray is the latest technology for optical discs, and will probably replace the previous extensively used technologies such as DVD, DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD-RW. It was collectively produced by major consumer electronics and media suppliers (including Dell, Apple, HP, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Samsung etc) and the Blu-Ray Disc Association. The main purpose was to record, rewrite and playback HD movies, while also boosting storage capacity.

Blu-rays apply a different type of technology than preceding disc formats. DVDs and the like use red-laser technology to read and write data, while this new format relies on blue-violet laser – hence the name of Blu-Ray, often misspelled as Blue-Ray. The key advantage that this blue-violet laser offers is that the laser spot is more focused. This allows for tighter packaging of data, thus growing the amount of data that can be stored.

The main competitors of Blu-Rays are HD DVDs. However, these last ones can only hold 15 GB of data, while Blu-Ray disc can store up to 25 GB. With the development of 3D movies, Blu-Rays will most likely become more popular. You can write a whole 3D movie at full 1080p resolution on a single Blu-Ray disc. A good player can then pump the data to your TV screen without any problems.

Other things that Blu-Ray can provide include improved inter-connectivity, thus allowing for more complex games or educational materials, as well as more sophisticated video options. For instance, you can have picture-in-picture viewing for behind-the-scenes or comments while watching movies. You also have access to the menu while watching the film. Also, many Blu-rays have an archived version of the movie that you can watch on your iPod or other portable device. Another new feature is BD-Live. If you link your Blu-Ray player to the Internet, you can use this feature to access movie talks, forums and other interactive content. Disney has announced plans to include BD-Live on most upcoming titles.

Blu-Rays were launched in 2006, and thus far they have attained a penetration rate of about 10%. In the near future, Blu-Ray will most likely become the common technology for high-definition televisions and home theater. Because of their enhanced storage capacity, movies stored on Blu-Ray discs have better picture and sound quality. Though they are still more expensive than HD DVDs, this is likely to change in the future, making them the most convenient choice for home entertainment.

Blu-Ray is the next step in home entertainment. A few of this year’s famous movies available in Blu-Ray include Avatar, Lost – complete series, Sherlock Holmes, Africa’s Lost Eden, Alice in Wonderland, Zombieland and The Princess and the Frog. Most of the upcoming titles on Blu-Ray are family and kid’s movies. So get yourself some 3D glasses and spend some fun family time watching the newest and best movies on Blu-Ray!

Things to Talk About With a Girl! You Will Never Be at a Loss For Words After This Point

Now that you have got the chance to talk to a girl you are shaking in your boots worrying about what to say to her. After all, it is emphasized everywhere how important a good conversation is. Talking about sports is definitely not going to work especially if she is not into it and talking about fashion or clothes too much does make you sound a little gay. So, here are a few things that you can talk about with the girl that you like.

Interests and hobbies
It’s always good to try and find out what her interests are. If she has any particular hobbies find out about those and talk about it. Even if you don’t know anything about a hobby of hers which might be gardening, then you can always ask her to elaborate and educate you.

Work
Find out about her job profile and her work like. Talking about work can be good as there is a lot to say. You can discuss work roles, job assignments, people at work, whom she likes and whom she does etc. Similarly you can tell her what you do, what your career goals are and funny anecdotes from your work place.

Preferences, likes and dislikes
Try and find out what her preferences, likes and dislikes are. It could range from her favorite restaurant or an issue she feels passionately about. This conversation range is immense as you can talk about current affairs, politics, social issues and causes, animals, colors etc. You have to learn to agree with what she has to say, well mostly. If some of your beliefs are diametrically opposite don’t use this chance to straighten things out and try to change her point of view though.

Movies
Movies are a good topic as conversation starters. You can ask her about the type of movies she likes to watch, her favorite movie and movie star or movies that have genuinely touched her. You can go on and on with this topic as almost everyone loves to watch movies. You could even fix up a movie date by talking on this topic.

Crazy things ever done
Find out about the craziest things that she has ever done and tell her about some of your crazy stories. This can garner a few good laughs and warm her up to you.

Television
Find out about the television shows that she enjoys. See if you have something in common that you can talk about here or tell her to tell you about what she likes about any show.

Travelling
If you have been travelling or if she likes to travel you could talk about different places that you have visited or would like to visit.