Reading Response for 10/23

Reading: Mark Mason, “Adaptations, Limitations, and Imitations” p. 338


40 thoughts on “Reading Response for 10/23

  1. Why would those who read graphic novels be considered “illiterate morons with attention spans as low as their intelligence level”?
    Why does Mark, in the first paragraph of his third draft, include comic books if it was not mentioned elsewhere in the paper?
    I liked how Mark kept adding more details in his descriptions, made the text easier to read, and more fluid progressively through the second and third drafts.

  2. In the final draft of Mason’s paper, the first sentence of the first paragraph, shouldn’t that sentence be quoted instead of italicized? He said that statement could have potentially come put of this mouth so wouldn’t that be spoken, hence quotation marks?

    This might sound very naive of me, but what does “sex out of wedlock” mean?

    In my own papers and drafts, I normally do not see a big difference between them, but Masons revisions were noticeable and made his paper better and I strive to accomplish that as well.

  3. Why was he embarrassed to be entertained by the comics in newspapers?

    Where did Mason come up with the idea that people who like comic books are morons?

    Mason used a good strategy for writing this paper by using each draft to make the paper more interesting.

  4. Why was he embarrassed by what he enjoyed when he was little?

    Why didn’t he include quote in his first draft?

    I like how he showed the comparison between three totally different medians of literature. It shows that the same meaning can come in many different forms.

  5. Why was he bashing people that like graphic novels, only to say that some graphic novels are great?

    Why does he so bluntly say that comic books suck when he actually use to like them, do you think he is embarassed of his past?

    I thought it was interesting and helpful to see how he revised his drafts and how he made them better and how the paper evolved.

  6. I know this isn’t 100% related to the essay at hand, but why is George Orwell obsessed with writing about totalitarian government?

    Why was the author so against different takes on classic novels at the beginning of his life?

    I like that he is truthful and admits to his mistake of “judging a book by its cover” (or in this case, genre) when, in fact, he comes to realize that graphic novels and movies that are based on a classic novel aren’t so bad after all.

  7. Andrew Miller

    Why is the author so subjective in his statements?

    Why does he care what people thought about him and his interests as a youth?

    I think it is a lot more helpful to see examples of edited papers than someone just telling you in text how you messed up.

  8. Do you believe Mason’s revision in the first paragraph led to a more interesting and better flowing paper?

    How does the title fit this essay?

    As Mason moved from draft to draft, it is clear that his understanding of why the producers adapted the books into movies the way they did grew.

  9. Why was he embarrassed on what he liked to do?
    Are all graphic novels like he said- extremely limited?
    I like how he shows us his drafts so we can compare them.

    Michelle Wu

  10. Why would Mason have such a negative opinion on books/stories with graphics and pictures (graphic novels, comic strips, etc), when it follows the famous rule “show, don’t tell,” religiously? (Shows what characters look like instead of describing, shows their emotions rather than telling us the look on their faces, etc.)
    If Mason thought that Orwell’s “1984” was not meant to be a movie, then why did he seek out possible movies that depicted the story?
    I liked that in the final draft, he explained his reasoning for why he thought visual stories were terrible and that books would always be “superior,” even though they all do the same thing – they entertain us, tell us a story, teach us lessons.

  11. Why do you think the author insults himself by saying most of his opinions are terribly naive?

    How did the author link V for Vendetta to his liking of graphic novels?

    In the beginning of reading this, I didn’t understand why the Mark Mason was providing us with all of his drafts. But in the end, I feel like they were all useful in overall proving his argument that things that don’t have much in common can have the same type of theme and create something beautiful.

  12. How closely related are Brazil and V for Vendetta to the original 1964?

    What exactly is a totalitarian government?

    It doesn’t surprise me that the movies are not as accurate as the book is. With all the movies that are derived from books today it seems like most of them are just a loose reference as these two seemed to be to 1984.

  13. Why did the author wait until the last draft to include his research?

    What made him want to begin the final draft differently than the first two?

    I read 1984 and I also enjoyed it. I watched several different movie interpretations in my english class.

  14. What was so terrible about his first draft? I thought it was better than his second draft!

    What other movies have the same theme as 1984 besides Brazil?

    I found it hard to relate to what he was talking about because I have not read 1984 or V for Vendetta or seen Brazil.

  15. Why is there a land where “independent thought is against the law?”

    Why is the first sentence in the final draft so different from the first sentence in the other two?

    I enjoyed the final draft the most.

    Louis Copley

  16. Why did the author have such negative feelings towards graphic novels?

    Did anyone else think the author sounded a little pretentious in the first draft?

    Oddly enough, I found more mistakes and grammatical errors in the second draft. The final draft flowed much better and had better detail and descriptions

  17. Why did the author think so lowly of graphic novels?
    How did V for Vendetta change his perspective on these novels?
    I like how he wasn’t stubborn and didn’t just keep the same mind set, but tried to understand these types of books.
    Lauren Anthony

  18. Why does the author not like graphic novels?
    Where’s the quote in the first draft?
    I definitely liked the final draft the most out of all of them.

  19. What was the author’s strategy or process from one draft to the next?

    Are there any other interpretations of 1984 that the author could have read/watched?

    I like how the author was open to reading the graphic novel and his view actually changed.

  20. Whats so embarrising about liking comics as a kid? I can understand if you are in your mid 20s and still on your mom’s couch, but why as a kid?
    Why did he add an entire new introduction to his final draft?
    I have never read 1984. My English class read Animal Farm when I was in high school.
    ~Kaitlyn Klingberg

  21. In your first draft is it better to have a definite focus into you paper or is it better to get all your ideas down?
    Can graphic novels and movies carry as much meaning as books?
    I think graphic novels and movies are more entertaining than novels.
    Timmy Corrigan

  22. -why is Mason so embarrassed for laughing at the newspaper comics when he was little?
    – if Mason liked “V for Vendetta” would that make him an “illiterate moron” for liking the graphic novel?
    – i like how he criticizes himself for what he likes and still is open minded about books he thinks he might not like.

  23. In what ways, was Brazil different from 1984?

    why was his opinion of graphic novels so negative?

    I like how from draft to draft it was the little things that changed, but overall his ideas seemed better put together (More organized).

  24. Why is the writing divided weird?

    What is the authors reasoning for changing up the final draft when the first two were the same?

    I always change stuff in the final draft that I didn’t even do in the first couple drafts

  25. Which do you think is more effective, reading or watching something pertaining to similar if not the same topics?
    Do you think humor can take away from a serious matter, or is it just a way to make light of it and easier to comprehend?
    I almost feel bad that the author was embarassed about finding humor in certain comics when he was younger. I love looking back at old shows, or books that I read and loved as a child, it’s almost soothing and comforting.

  26. Where did the author start with a new paragraph in the final draft?

    Why was the required reading so interesting to him?

    This was more helpful practice for revising papers. I liked how you can look at all the drafts and compare them.

  27. Why did the author cut what he did from each draft?

    Did the humor in brazil take away from the original style that was intended for the story?

    I liked how we got to read each draft so we could see how the author improved his writing each time.

  28. Is Mason a moron because he only enjoyed books before he found graphic novels?

    Would the movie Brazil have worked better if it was a more faithful adaption.

    I enjoy reading both graphic novels and comics and was offended at the remarks Mason made.

  29. Why wouldn’t he be proud of what he does?
    Are the movies for graphic novels as meaningful?
    I like how the author was open minded even about things he didn’t like.

  30. The author tracked his errors and actually improved his writing by saving each draft he did .

    Why did the author break down his writing the way he did ?

    Does the author really like graphic novels ?

  31. Is it a bad to still enjoy the things you once enjoyed as a child?

    Was the original film better then the revised one?

    I still enjoy graphic novels and stuff like that.


  32. Did Mason use bashing what he used to love to come off as relatable to his reading audience?
    Do you think 1984 is a realistic boom about a totalitarian government? Remember, Big brother is watching.
    Overall, I enjoyed watching his paper evolve. It gave me some ideas about my paper.

  33. Why does the author change his opening sentence so drastically in the third draft?

    Why is there a lot of direct quotes from the text in the first two drafts?

    I liked being able to see all the changes he made from each draft to the next.

    Christie Gleason

  34. Why does he talk down about people who read graphic novels? We have had to read some for school.
    Why do you feel the author got rid of some parts of his earlier drafts?
    I enjoyed seeing the writing process take place with his essay.

  35. What made Mason think so poorly of graphic novels?
    Why did Mason think that graphic novels could be limited to comics?
    I liked his final essay and it is easy to read

    Zachary Anders

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