Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Effects of Literature on Behavior

Don Quioxte and Les Trois Mousquetaires
You are what you read. This is especially true if you are Don Quioxte! He read so much about knights that he came to believe that he was one. Most of us don't go mad because of the things we read, but they certainly affect us. I am currently reading Les Trois Mousquetaires by Alexandre Dumas (yes, in French!) and I must tell you that it is affecting me. The last two days I've had a hankering to fight someone with our larp swords. Yesterday, I was trying to think of witty insults (but not anymore) and I even -jokingly- challenged a table to a duel after it hurt my foot. Ok, ok, so the table wasn't exactly walking around, I hit my foot on it. But in Les Trois Mousquetaires, it seems thus far that every provocation warrants a duel. Athos scheduled a duel with D'Artagnan after the latter smacked into his injured shoulder causing him increased pain. I thought my situation was fairly parallel, provided that you pretend, along with me, that it was the table who hurt me, not me hurting myself on the table.  
Ironically, one of my friends just told me that she put on a trench coat after reading some spy books.    
So, maybe not everyone relives the drama of our favorite stories, but if you engage in a little self-analysis, you may find that the books you have been reading are affecting your behavior in certain situations, how you view yourself, or giving you ideas of what kind of person you want to be.
 Elrond sleeping on the dictionary
By the way, I'd love comments! Please share any stories of your own, or your thoughts about this topic!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Kelpies are malevolent shape-shifting creatures that usually appear as horses (often black). When an unsuspecting person sees and mounts a kelpie, the creature will plunge into a body of water, drowning the victim before eating them. Kelpies are also referred to as water horses and they always bear some token of the lake or sea such as water dripping from their coats or seaweed in their manes. 
They are not to be confused with the Loch Ness Monster as depicted in, "The Water Horse, Legend of the Deep." This film calls the Loch Ness Monster beast a "water-horse" which works in the film since the animal has a horse like-gait while skimming over the lake surface.  However, he is simply not a kelpie and the film seems to blend kelpies and Loch Ness Monsters by allowing them to share a name and by the tale the handy-man relates about a "water horse" which sounds like a story about a kelpie.
Perhaps the Loch Ness Monster is one form the shape-shifting kelpie may take, thus explaining why no one can find her?! But this theory holds little water, for if the monster were truly a kelpie, why did he only appear as the Loch Ness Monster? And why did he not drown any one? Therefore, the creature from the film is not a kelpie and caution should be used with the title "water horse."  The ideas set forth in the film just do not fit with lore, instead they form their own theories about the Loch Ness Monster by borrowing from kelpie lore.

The film is well-made with a nice story. My only caveat is, don't treat it as an authority on water horses! If you would like to watch it, here is a link to information on the film: