Odds and ends

Piotrek: As Ola recently realized, Re-E have just reached 100 subscribers! It’s even 103 now πŸ™‚ Thank you all very much, it’s such a pleaser to see the audience widening… We’ve already had an anniversary post this year, but this is a nice occasion to give our thanks to all the people who, from time to time, spare us a few moments.

Ola: Yes! Thank you all!!! πŸ™‚ We’ve also been recently nominated to The Versatile Blogger Award – thank you, Briennai/Alex! However, since it involves talking about ourselves, we’ll stick to our regular fare and keep reviewing books πŸ™‚ Or else you all might just run away or fall asleep from boredom πŸ˜‰

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Piotrek: It is a very interesting year, in which we post less often than we used to – life happens, big and small off-line events demand their share of attention, but we try to keep “a post a week” schedule and we mostly succeed. At the same time, the interest does not wane, and the comment section becomes more and more important for the blog – that is thanks to you, our readers πŸ™‚ It is, I’m sure, partly because we went out of our shells a bit and started to read and comment on many very interesting blogs. It is, after all, a community, and one very welcoming and attentive. And how it expands my horizons, and as a result, my TBR πŸ˜‰

Ola: Oh, yes, life happens in abundance this year πŸ™‚ We’re trying to keep the weekly schedule and are pretty much unable to write more often, because we decided to keep writing long posts, despite the difficulties it poses (time!). We believe this modus operandi to better convey our offline habits and preferences. Less is more! πŸ˜›

Piotrek: To important thing is to regularly post new content and to keep having fun, it’s not a job πŸ™‚

Not to tire you with yet another photo of my bookshelves, I’ll illustrate our post with some AI-made interpretations of the title of our blog πŸ™‚ Thanks to Calmgrove, I’ve learned about an excellent app that translates sentences into quite interesting modern art…

And one final thing… we’ve recently thought of an idea to start a series of nostalgic posts where we discuss some of our first genre experiences, slightly forgotten cartoons, tv-series and movies of our childhoods. Some of them we’ve tried to revisit, with various results. It’s perhaps better to leave some of them to our memories, and not destroy the time-beautified visions we have of them πŸ˜‰ But other stood the test of time, and it is a pleasure to watch something you loved with a new generation of fans…

Ola: And here’s our question to you. Do you have your favorite childhood shows, movies, books, which you like to discuss/revisit/push at your younger relatives/keep seeing remakes of? πŸ˜€ It’s to a significant extent a generational thing, growing up in eighties or nineties is bound to be a different experience than growing up in fifties or seventies – but the feeling of nostalgia is, we believe, very much the same.

Piotrek: Also – The Witch Week is coming, remember πŸ™‚ This is one of the results of our recent activity we’re especially proud of!

20 thoughts on “Odds and ends

  1. Congratulations, you two! Every milestone is to be savoured and celebrated, so here’s to the next one, and to many more loyal followers!

    I’m not sure I’d want to push many of my personally enjoyed tv shows or films from childhood at my grandkids, though thanks to the wonder of YouTube I could probably revisit the odd few. I remember when I lived in Hong Kong in the fifties mostly watching US imports: shows like The Lone Ranger, and Jungle Jim which starred Johnny Weissmuller — he was one of the early film Tarzan actors, you may remember, but when he got older and put on weight he become Jungle Jim, diving into water from great heights while still battling model crocodiles.

    My favourite film Tarzan was Gordon Scott, followed by Jock Mahoney (https://wp.me/s2oNj1-apeman). I also remember with some fondness some Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin comedy films, though I think by today’s standards they do seem dreadfully slow. Of the ‘shorts’ we were treated to at Saturday screenings Tom and Jerry were the best, along with Popeye, but I got a bit fed up with Mighty Mouse. The Three Stooges I found too scary.

    Books? We just had the classic 19th- and 20th-century children’s books to read, but I was also treated to the comics Classics Illustrated, a sort of Reader’s Digest / graphic novel mash-up of the standard novels kids were fed with, and I remember their version of, I think it must have been, King Solomon’s Mines.

    Would I want to foist my nostalgia on a younger generation? I doubt it, but perhaps with excerpts online of many of those visual medium works they might come to be curious about them for their own interest.

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    • Thank you, Chris! πŸ˜€

      I think it happens anyway, the nostalgia foisting, albeit by different media πŸ˜‰ So many new Tarzan movies happened, but each and every one of them is somehow at least partly a response to their predecessors… Not to mention the recent Lone Ranger remake ;).

      We’ve been thinking about nostalgia lately, because it seems that people from our generation play more and more important roles in pop-culture, bringing back the fond childhood memories in all their different shapes and moods, paying homage to the entertainment of old – from Stranger Things to Ready Player One, to Lego Movie, many original works are heavily indebted to the old ones, and quite open about it πŸ™‚

      We’ll see how it pans out eventually, our new plan for a series of posts on old stuff πŸ˜‰ Maybe it’ll fizzle out after one post, maybe it’ll hold our interest for longer. But I noticed that some themes pop up in the most innocent conversations, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or BBC’s Robin of Sherwood, or the old Batman cartoon πŸ˜‰

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  2. Congratulations on the milestone!!! I think one of the defining books for me as a child was Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, and it stands up to this day despite being written over 60 years ago, so that is definitely one I think should be shared with another young generation. I honestly feel like there is a lot of literature, television, and film that should be passed down, but it is all so overwhelming to divulge right now! Perhaps a future post idea πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks! Charlotte’s Web is not so popular hear, so I’ve only heard about it recently, but it does look great, and there is a beautiful Folio edition…

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  3. Congratulations on the milestone and thank you two too for being a part of this community and being so supportive as well! I thoroughly appreciate every single interaction with you two and always look forward to them. πŸ˜€

    I like the idea of a nostalgia series for all of us to revisit with you, or even to discover new things. Even if I’m close to my mid-twenties, there are so many nostalgic things out there from my days in the 90s that are so much fun to revisit today. Among other things, animated shows/movies regarding my good ol’ DC heroes is one of them, like Batman: The Animated Series! ❀ There are also soooo many movies being rebooted, and sometimes blasphemously nowadays that merit a reminder of how much greater the original one was. I look forward to seeing what you two plan on sharing on this new feature. πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you very much, and ditto! πŸ™‚
      Batman The Animated Series is definitely on the roster πŸ˜‰ The one problem with nostalgia that we’ve noticed recently is that not everything we loved when we were young stood the test of time (yes, Robin of Sherwood, I’m looking at you!) πŸ˜‰ It’s fun to come back to it regardless, as it formed to an extent our frames of reference – and the reboots you mentioned are another proof of that!

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