Derby #98: Famous Quotations Illustrated
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Big Brother Is Watching You

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tgentry


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The goods. This is a really top notch illustration that works great on a shirt. You're on a major roll, don't stop now! GMV.

jasneko


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Amazing design.

Vote!



Icemank91


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Wow. I would totally buy this in a heartbeat. Gmv and my $10.

skirochester


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beautiful colors and illustration. you're becoming the one to chase each week!

theinfinityloop


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Thanks for the early votes and comments!

I struggled yesterday to come up with something for this Derby. There were so many great quotes I wanted to use, but I just couldn't come up with a way to execute them. Finally this came to mind in the nick of time. It's not Robert Frost or Dante Alighieri, but Orwell's 1984 is one of my favorite books, so I'm still pleased.

*Edit

Here's a large image if you'd like to see.



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theinfinityloop wrote:Thanks for the early votes and comments!

I struggled yesterday to come up with something for this Derby. There were so many great quotes I wanted to use, but I just couldn't come up with a way to execute them. Finally this came to mind in the nick of time. It's not Robert Frost or Dante Alighieri, but Orwell's 1984 is one of my favorite books, so I'm still pleased.


The derby is 15 minutes old, and you already have more votes than I will get all week. Good job on the design!


Mitohapa


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This is lovely, dude. What a clever idea and excellent illustration! Really spectacular, can't wait to watch this fly this week.

lkackman


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Loop this is amazing. Great idea for a classic quote. Can we see a high res of this? I want to use it for my background.

sailormoontsu


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Another winner! Love it.

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briannyc128


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Awesome entry. Knew from the second I saw it in the main derby thread last night that it was going to hold down the fog for the week. Great stuff.

krisrobinson


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What pantone blue is the sky? I love it.

HeartlineTwist


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briannyc128 wrote:Awesome entry. Knew from the second I saw it in the main derby thread last night that it was going to hold down the fog for the week. Great stuff.


Not saying it won't, but 63 minutes after Derby start is a little early to say it will. Especially given the last couple of derbies.

jvarao


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Love the color choice of the shirt, integrating in directly into the design is just too awesome. Great design. Kudos once again.

briannyc128


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HeartlineTwist wrote:Not saying it won't, but 63 minutes after Derby start is a little early to say it will. Especially given the last couple of derbies.


Fair enough. What I was trying to get at was that I think its currently the shirt to beat. I may have been adding a bit of my own wishful thinking into my assessment.

Travis is mysteriously missing at this point so I'm always expecting one of his weekly bombs to drop any minute.

acecartoons


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Great quote, great design, great colors, great everything. GMV in a heartbeat. Very well done.

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theinfinityloop


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lkackman wrote:Loop this is amazing. Great idea for a classic quote. Can we see a high res of this? I want to use it for my background.

Thanks! Sure! I edited my earlier post to include a large image.


AyCee


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I absolutely love this! You have my vote, this is spectacular

rphinney


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For some reason, these iguanas remind me of the iguana Simba was playing with in The Lion King right before the wildebeest stampede. Also, the overall theme of the shirt makes me thing of Lion King (aged iguana in the sky keeping watch over baby iguana). Therefore, I like this shirt. =]

Don't know if anyone else sees that, but that's what I thought of immediately, for some reason.

Outstanding design!

SailorButterfly


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You draw animals so well! & I just love that blue color! <3

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Stormink


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Another awesome illustration! Good job as usual +1

peppersabaddog


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rphinney wrote:For some reason, these iguanas remind me of the iguana Simba was playing with in The Lion King right before the wildebeest stampede. Also, the overall theme of the shirt makes me thing of Lion King (aged iguana in the sky keeping watch over baby iguana). Therefore, I like this shirt. =]

Don't know if anyone else sees that, but that's what I thought of immediately, for some reason.

Outstanding design!





you meant to say chameleon right? TELL me you meant to say chameleon.

artulo


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Wow!! Just outstanding. One of the few derby shirts I'd actually buy three of. Voted!

DeadFrog


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This is really good stuff. I love the expressions on the chameleons! Great Job!

buriedwreckage


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Stunning.. and I love the choice of colours.

RaefWolfe


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rphinney wrote:For some reason, these iguanas remind me of the iguana Simba was playing with in The Lion King right before the wildebeest stampede. Also, the overall theme of the shirt makes me thing of Lion King (aged iguana in the sky keeping watch over baby iguana). Therefore, I like this shirt. =]


Chameleons, actually, like someone already mentioned. Veiled chameleons. The smaller one appears to be a juvenile, given the proportions (compare here to here), compared to the one on top, adding to the 'big brother is watching' effect.

/herp nut.

JadenKale


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Love it Loopy!

Great use of color and detail. Very well done.

imsochady


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Looks like another definite winner!

lucky1988


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This looks like a winner to me! Love the way you handled the transparency effect.

yodal


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this is really clever, it rocks!

HeartlineTwist


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Why is it only picking up the sky color and not the tree color?

theinfinityloop


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Thanks so much for the votes!

@krisrobinson Glad you like the color. I haven't had a chance to look at my pantone book yet. That's probably bad, isn't it? lol. I have a love/hate relationship with my pantone book and I'm too tired to look at it right now. I'll post it when I find it though.

HeartlineTwist wrote:Why is it only picking up the sky color and not the tree color?

I tried to have it's legs blend with the branch, but then there was a big horizontal brown line through the middle of the composition. It made it distracting.


JadenKale


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HeartlineTwist wrote:Why is it only picking up the sky color and not the tree color?


I said this in the design thread, but I'll say it here as well:

Aren't you somewhat aware when and where Big Brother is watching? ;)

Besides, she'd lose definition in the legs if it blended in. The sky is more than adequate and the lines work. You see where he is (and where he shouldn't be.)

epii


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Great idea, and very well done!

byrbwr


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nah, doesn't really work with the erm 'quote' you chose. it's two lizards and one is camouflaged as they do.

try again?

Jae87


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Great idea

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jewelwing


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I love the way you take the same old colored shirts and use these big blocks of ink to almost make a new shirt color.

dogfaceminer


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Great work. I love the way you interpreted the theme and the design itself is very cool.

homeschoolwinner


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I love 1984. This is a great way to interpret it too. Good job loopy


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cobolisdead


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byrbwr wrote:nah, doesn't really work with the erm 'quote' you chose. it's two lizards and one is camouflaged as they do.

try again?


Your post doesn't make sense.

Try again?

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supergecko


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Lizards are awesome

Nd4Spdr


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I wouldn't necessarily call this a quote...

It's from a movie so wouldn't it violate the rules as stated below?

"No song lyrics or dialogue from movies, TV shows, or video games"

lunartan


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Nd4Spdr wrote:I wouldn't necessarily call this a quote...

It's from a movie so wouldn't it violate the rules as stated below?

"No song lyrics or dialogue from movies, TV shows, or video games"

Ummm, 1984 was a book first... it's very much on theme, well executed and quite aesthetically pleasing.

JadenKale wrote:Aren't you somewhat aware when and where Big Brother is watching? ;)

If you mean in every possibly conceivable manner and even those less blatantly suspect, yes.

Drakxxx


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You really are hitting them out of the park Infinite! This is an awesome concept, and amazing execution.


4Se7ens


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Looooooooooooopp!

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Nd4Spdr


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I love the shirt, I just don't see how "big brother is watching you" is a famous quote. You can't attach an author to it or an anonymous to it.

I'm sure there is a book with a sentence in it that says "the giant run-down factory" but that doesn't seem like a famous quote.

This would be an awesome shirt for a "Famous Lines From A Book" derby.

Nd4Spdr


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I could say "Call me Ishmael" is a famous quote, but it doesn't really make any sense unless you read the entire book. For someone who hasn't read 1984 they would be like, "I don't have an older brother"

I think the meaning of a famous quote is a one or two liner that makes sense on it's own, and not necessarily from a book.

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
George Orwell (1903 - 1950), Polemic, May 1946, "Second Thoughts on James Burnham"

I would consider that a quote.

theinfinityloop


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For those that don't believe this is a quote: This book was published in 1949.









suse


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Nd4Spdr wrote:I wouldn't necessarily call this a quote...

It's from a movie so wouldn't it violate the rules as stated below?

"No song lyrics or dialogue from movies, TV shows, or video games"


This makes me sad. Movie?!

HeartlineTwist


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byrbwr wrote:nah, doesn't really work with the erm 'quote' you chose. it's two lizards and one is camouflaged as they do.

try again?


Why?

omnitarian


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Good stuff as always Loop, great use of negative space for the tree... commendable illustration all around.

cobolisdead


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omnitarian wrote:great use of negative space for the tree...


I noticed that a lot of folks have been trying that out lately.

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yumac29


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Again I ask, why is he so good at changing his color to match the sky perfectly but he cant match the trees? He isn't just one color.. He matches the clouds as well. But he cant match the trees? It bothers me a little.

Nothing like a good shirt.woot argument. Gets me through a whole class.

akeenersense


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I just want to say I have DEFINITELY heard this quote before, even without reading the book*. I would say it's more commonly heard than some of the other quotes floating around in these subs... and with particularly awesome execution, I might add. gmv! Amazing job.

*-It's been on my to-read list for a long time. It's an epic book. You should plan to read it, too.

omnitarian


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cobolisdead wrote:I noticed that a lot of folks have been trying that out lately.


Yeah, I hope that doesn't become too cliche, because it's a fairly nifty technique.

cobolisdead


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omnitarian wrote:Yeah, I hope that doesn't become too cliche, because it's a fairly nifty technique.


I'm sure that it will be run into the ground soon enough.

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paulkremer


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This is amazing! Love it!

RaefWolfe


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So apparently no one has EVER heard of the show 'Big Brother', which is based around this quote.

That fact alone oughtta make this famous.

"Big Brother is Watching You" is right up there with "Soylent Green is people" as far as quotes that I've heard thrown around but never watched or read the original context of.

airs0ft3r


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Would buy in a heartbeat. Got my vote.

tehub


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I'd buy. Very nicely done.

tiar


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Really nice design, I like the use of negative space, and the color is just stunning. GMV and in for one if it prints.

kushmedia


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This is a fantastic shirt, im in for one.

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Awesome book, awesome shirt.

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sekiyuko


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Very nice. High quality. Mahafinaritra.

erei


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hoho! Very clever, I love the colors (teal + brown = love )
I'm really drawn to the negative space too...

cobolisdead


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sekiyuko wrote:Mahafinaritra.



What does that mean? I've checked every major language that I can think of and can't find it.

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theinfinityloop


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I'm so happy to see that this is continuing to get votes and comments. Thanks guys!

@Moosiewallis - Love the enthusiasm!

@erei - Thanks! Teal is a funny blue. I usually don't like it, but I agree with you that it works with brown.


skirochester


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I'm out. So time to vote for the deserving shirts. +1

eHalcyon


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Nd4Spdr wrote:I could say "Call me Ishmael" is a famous quote, but it doesn't really make any sense unless you read the entire book. For someone who hasn't read 1984 they would be like, "I don't have an older brother"

I think the meaning of a famous quote is a one or two liner that makes sense on it's own, and not necessarily from a book.

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
George Orwell (1903 - 1950), Polemic, May 1946, "Second Thoughts on James Burnham"

I would consider that a quote.


Never heard that line before. "Call me Ishmael" and "Big Brother is Watching You" are far more famous. The latter is especially a significant quotation and MOST people know.

Wikipedia:

"Since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four, the phrase 'Big Brother' has entered general usage, to describe any overly-inquisitive or overly-controlling authority figure or attempts by government to increase surveillance."

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akeenersense wrote:
*-It's been on my to-read list for a long time. It's an epic book. You should plan to read it, too.

It's funny how I guess some books are considered epic, but I have this "ugh" feeling when I recall them. But I have a skewed perspective of some books, because I think I read them too young. The reading level was there, but the maturity wasn't, something... I read this in middle school I believe, and was really disturbed and depressed by it.

But as I said above, think the design is fantastic.

Vote!



theinfinityloop


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jasneko wrote:It's funny how I guess some books are considered epic, but I have this "ugh" feeling when I recall them. But I have a skewed perspective of some books, because I think I read them too young. The reading level was there, but the maturity wasn't, something... I read this in middle school I believe, and was really disturbed and depressed by it.

But as I said above, think the design is fantastic.

Yeah I don't think I would have liked it in middle school either, lol. I read it in my early twenties. At the time I was into writing fiction. I wanted to write a story that took place in a dystopia, so I read this on my own to get inspired.

Sorry for the geeky trivia about myself, lol.


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theinfinityloop wrote:Yeah I don't think I would have liked it in middle school either, lol. I read it in my early twenties. At the time I was into writing fiction. I wanted to write a story that took place in a dystopia, so I read this on my own to get inspired.

Sorry for the geeky trivia about myself, lol.


One of the next screenplays I'm writing is a dystopian story.

Sorry for the geeky tangent I spun off.

This is running away with the derby, I believe.

jasneko


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theinfinityloop wrote:Yeah I don't think I would have liked it in middle school either, lol. I read it in my early twenties. At the time I was into writing fiction. I wanted to write a story that took place in a dystopia, so I read this on my own to get inspired.

Sorry for the geeky trivia about myself, lol.

Yeah definitely was not the right thing to read in middle school for me. Nor Jane Eyre:p And Brave New World in 9th grade didn't work so well for me either...I was still too immature I think. So my emotional impressions of all those books are still with the perspective of my then self and it's... ugh.
But for you in your twenties, sounded about right! Did you write the dystopia story?

Vote!



SailorButterfly


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jasneko wrote:Yeah definitely was not the right thing to read in middle school for me. Nor Jane Eyre:p And Brave New World in 9th grade didn't work so well for me either...I was still too immature I think. So my emotional impressions of all those books are still with the perspective of my then self and it's... ugh.
But for you in your twenties, sounded about right! Did you write the dystopia stody?


I can relate. I read the Count of Monte Cristo in 10th grade, and I HATED it, mainly because I couldn't keep up with it. There were so many characters and the writing style was blah. I don't remember when I read 1984, but I know I have...and I remember enjoying it. I might have read it in college...

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SailorButterfly wrote:I can relate. I read the Count of Monte Cristo in 10th grade, and I HATED it, mainly because I couldn't keep up with it. There were so many characters and the writing style was blah. I don't remember when I read 1984, but I know I have...and I remember enjoying it. I might have read it in college...


The Count of Monte Cristo is spectacular.

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theinfinityloop wrote:Yeah I don't think I would have liked it in middle school either, lol. I read it in my early twenties. At the time I was into writing fiction. I wanted to write a story that took place in a dystopia, so I read this on my own to get inspired.

Sorry for the geeky trivia about myself, lol.


Lucky you! I read 1984 when I was 25. I think it's better. I don't think it would have made a bigger impact if I had read it earlier.

theinfinityloop


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jasneko wrote:Yeah definitely was not the right thing to read in middle school for me. Nor Jane Eyre:p And Brave New World in 9th grade didn't work so well for me either...I was still too immature I think. So my emotional impressions of all those books are still with the perspective of my then self and it's... ugh.
But for you in your twenties, sounded about right! Did you write the dystopia story?

I only read comic books when I was in the 9th grade, lol!

I read Jane Eyre when I was 22. Adored it. I'd like to read it again.

As far as the dystopia, I managed to finish an excerpt that could stand alone as a short story, but I never finished the novel as I planned.


HeartlineTwist


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A few of the books in the last few posts were high school reading for me. I felt it was an appropriate time.

Now, I don't know if ANYTHING would make me appreciate Great Expectations, but I sure as hell didn't like it coming into 9th grade.

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cobolisdead wrote:What does that mean? I've checked every major language that I can think of and can't find it.


Mahafinaritra - 'Wonderful' in Malagasy. Madagascar is the home of half the worlds chameleon species. I was trying to be cool...

cobolisdead


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sekiyuko wrote:Mahafinaritra - 'Wonderful' in Malagasy. Madagascar is the home of half the worlds chameleon species. I was trying to be cool...


Cool.

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HeartlineTwist wrote:
Now, I don't know if ANYTHING would make me appreciate Great Expectations, but I sure as hell didn't like it coming into 9th grade.


0mg, you gotta read that again! It's friggin' awesome!

sakleehop


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eHalcyon wrote:Never heard that line before. "Call me Ishmael" and "Big Brother is Watching You" are far more famous. The latter is especially a significant quotation and MOST people know.

Wikipedia:

"Since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four, the phrase 'Big Brother' has entered general usage, to describe any overly-inquisitive or overly-controlling authority figure or attempts by government to increase surveillance."


Sorry eHalcyon, I disagree with the first part of your assertion. The fact that you have never heard of the line" Call me Ishmael" does not change the fact that it is one of the most well-known lines in American literature. It is from "Moby [D]ick" written by Herman Melville. It is considered one of the finest novels ever written and a classic epic that shares company with Homer's "The Odyssey," Dante's "Divine Comedy" and Milton's "Paradise Lost."

Wikipedia:

"The first line of Chapter One—"Call me Ishmael."—is one of the most famous opening lines in American literature. Although the book initially received mixed reviews, Moby-[D]ick is now considered one of the greatest novels in the English language and has secured Melville's place among America's greatest writers."

I don't doubt that many, if not most, people have heard the phrase "big brother" - if for no other reason than being familiar with the popular reality show of the same name. But I wonder how many of those people would be able to identify the source material and original reference/meaning? I would bet that those who know where "big brother" originated and its meaning would also know the line "Call me Ishmael."

By the way, both novels are works of genius and everyone should read them at least once in their life. Enjoy the day.

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eHalcyon wrote:Never heard that line before. "Call me Ishmael" and "Big Brother is Watching You" are far more famous. The latter is especially a significant quotation and MOST people know.

Wikipedia:

"Since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four, the phrase 'Big Brother' has entered general usage, to describe any overly-inquisitive or overly-controlling authority figure or attempts by government to increase surveillance."


Wow - I am sorry eHalcyon - I totally misread your reply! It's late and clearly my reading skills need work - I didn't realize that you were referring to a different quote by Nd4Spdr and not "Call me Ishmael." Obviously you know the significance of the Melville quote. I apologize again; please ignore my reply. Next time, I shall pay attention to the little things, like punctuation, a bit more carefully before I post a comment or reply.

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sakleehop wrote:Wow - I am sorry eHalcyon - I totally misread your reply! It's late and clearly my reading skills need work - I didn't realize that you were referring to a different quote by Nd4Spdr and not "Call me Ishmael." Obviously you know the significance of the Melville quote. I apologize again; please ignore my reply. Next time, I shall pay attention to the little things, like punctuation, a bit more carefully before I post a comment or reply.


No worries!

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SailorButterfly wrote:I can relate. I read the Count of Monte Cristo in 10th grade, and I HATED it, mainly because I couldn't keep up with it. There were so many characters and the writing style was blah. I don't remember when I read 1984, but I know I have...and I remember enjoying it. I might have read it in college...


Yeah... reading things before you can keep up can be hard. For me it wasn't keeping up with the writing styles I think, it more I was reading books with adult concepts that I wasn't ready to grasp or handle;) Loved the Count of Monte Cristo! I read that one pretty young too, but that one I think was more graspable for me than the others I was referring to. Give that one another try!: )

theinfinityloop wrote:I only read comic books when I was in the 9th grade, lol!

I read Jane Eyre when I was 22. Adored it. I'd like to read it again.

As far as the dystopia, I managed to finish an excerpt that could stand alone as a short story, but I never finished the novel as I planned.

Ha.... reading Brave New World in 9th grade was part of being in the "gifted" class. But I don't think being gifted necessarily comes with the maturity for BNW!
Before that, I was an advanced reader for my classes so I found books around my house (that's how I read 1984) and the librarian started recommending books, including Jane Eyre when I was in 7th grade. I totally did not get it and thought the book was dark and slow and kind of boring - my memory says "about some unhappy, brooding live-in lady who liked her male employer?" lol, which I'm sure is all wrong. Seems like a lot of people say they loved it though, yourself included...maybe I should try it now;)

Well, At least you finished the short story. My problem with writing is never finishing them as a complete piece, short or long.

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jasneko wrote:Well, At least you finished the short story. My problem with writing is never finishing them as a complete piece, short or long.


You guys should try NaNoWriMo with me in November. I managed to reach 50k in 2006 and 2007, though I didn't even break 500 in 2008...

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jasneko wrote:I totally did not get it and thought the book was dark and slow and kind of boring - my memory says "about some unhappy, brooding live-in lady who liked her male employer?" lol, which I'm sure is all wrong. Seems like a lot of people say they loved it though, yourself included...maybe I should try it now;)


LOLOL at summary! But see, her male employer is ranked up there with Sydney Carton in my list of favorite literary characters. XD


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theinfinityloop wrote:LOLOL at summary! But see, her male employer is ranked up there with Sydney Carton in my list of favorite literary characters. XD


Have you read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys? It presents a back story for and an alternate take on Mr. Rochester's character.

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imsochady wrote:0mg, you gotta read that again! It's friggin' awesome!


I can still promise you I'd hate it.

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I've always thought that Chameleons looked paranoid. This is a great concept and a great quote. I will have to buy this one!

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eHalcyon wrote:Have you read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys? It presents a back story for and an alternate take on Mr. Rochester's character.

No, I haven't. I might feel weird about the fact that Charlotte Bronte didn't write it. I'm funny about wanting characters to be pure and portrayed exactly how their writers intended them to be.

This thread has certainly become interesting, lol. It seems it's bringing all of us lit geeks out of the wood work.

Also, I'm very excited that the chameleons are still doing well!


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theinfinityloop wrote:No, I haven't. I might feel weird about the fact that Charlotte Bronte didn't write it. I'm funny about wanting characters to be pure and portrayed exactly how their writers intended them to be.

This thread has certainly become interesting, lol. It seems it's bringing all of us lit geeks out of the wood work.

Also, I'm very excited that the chameleons are still doing well!


I highly recommend it. And not to spoil anything, but it also fleshes out a very flat and undeveloped character from Jane Eyre, which is why I liked it so much.

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eHalcyon wrote:I highly recommend it. And not to spoil anything, but it also fleshes out a very flat and undeveloped character from Jane Eyre, which is why I liked it so much.



I'd also recommend The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde.


And I absolutely love this, voted for it days ago!

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eHalcyon wrote:I highly recommend it. And not to spoil anything, but it also fleshes out a very flat and undeveloped character from Jane Eyre, which is why I liked it so much.


Just popping in to say that I had to read both Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea for a literature class... Wide Sargasso Sea is an absolute pain to read... but afterward there's a certain pride in digesting its hazy, dreamlike prose. And its reinterpretation of the characters is very fascinating. Not to give anything away, but the anti-colonial metaphor it develops is very fascinating.

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omnitarian wrote:Just popping in to say that I had to read both Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea for a literature class... Wide Sargasso Sea is an absolute pain to read... but afterward there's a certain pride in digesting its hazy, dreamlike prose. And its reinterpretation of the characters is very fascinating. Not to give anything away, but the anti-colonial metaphor it develops is very fascinating.


I found WSS a much easier read than Jane Eyre, but that may have had more to do with sheer length of text amidst IB exams and such.

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i haven't looked in all week, and WOW! This is the bomb!


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Great shirt, it get's my vote!!!

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krisrobinson wrote:What pantone blue is the sky? I love it.


Finally got that pantone. I'm going with 639 C.


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Here's hoping this prints! Good luck!

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How do I vote? I want this!

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knoxn wrote:How do I vote? I want this!


Voting ends at noon Central on Thursdays.
Looks like there's a good chance this will be printed on Saturday, though, so check the site then!

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Hope this is tomorrow or saturday's shirt. Looks awesome.

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Bought this for a Chameleon Crazy Kid!

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