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March is for #reelread

March 1, 2014
Reel Mosaic by Flickr user Carbon Arc/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0  http://www.flickr.com/photos/41002268@N03/

Reel Mosaic by Flickr user Carbon Arc/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Join the discussion this month about #reelread.  We will be focusing on all things reel related in this discussion.

We have chosen this theme for this month because of the Academy Awards, but that is just the start for thinking about #reelread.  Fishing and sewing are just some of the other reel activities we will be looking at and we hope you can suggest many more.

Reelread brings in many areas.  Films, television and web series are made or inspired from books such as Pride and Prejudice with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Austenland and Bride and prejudice, and games  such as Prince of Persia and Doom.  Games are inspired from films (and television series) and books (Lord of the rings online).  Books are written from games like Halo and World of Warcraft, and films or television such as Fleece lightning.  This gives many different ways to explore an idea.

Do you like to read, watch or play the original format first?  Does it matter?  Do you like watching television series live, or do you prefer online or dvd catch up so you can choose when you watch?  Do you watch with your Closed Captions on and do you listen to the director’s commentary? For material in other languages do you prefer subtitles or dubbing?

What kinds of documentaries do you like the most?  Are there subjects such as Egypt or nature or film makers (like Michael Wood and Maeve O’Mara. Who you will watch regardless of the exact subject matter?

Do you like to read about film and television stars, celebrities, directors and writers?  Do you follow them on twitter, or read about them in the news?  Are you a fan of reality television programs – whether about how people live, cook, renovate, sing or dance?  Do you like the gossip?      Or do you like the how to elements?

After watching films, or television programs do you explore the costuming, find out how they did the special effects, or photography?  Or do you want it to remain a mystery?  Do you want to explore the actual history for series like the Tudors and the Medici?

Do you like animation and anime?  Do you think about reels when reading graphic novels or comics?

 Looking at other kinds of reels such as fishing, the options are vast.  iFishTV, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, River Monsters, Hook, Line, & Sinker, A river runs through it, Salmon fishing in the Yemen, The old man and the sea, and The compleat angler. 

Sewing also involves reels.  Think about quilting, embroidery, or even sewing on a button.  Do you enjoy reading or watching about sewing, or do you take action and sew.  Do heritage quilts interest you or are modern quilts more your style ?

Reels are still used for storing material like optical fibre – so as a stretch anything which you use optical fibre for could be a reelread.  You could even think about farming, as some hay bales look like giant reels.

While you are reading, playing or watching your #reelread, you might like to tweet about it using #reelread #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you about your #reelread.  You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too. You might like to post your photographs to Instagram or Flickr and use #reelread #rwpchat so others can share in your reading, watching and playing.

 There will be a twitter discussion on 25 March starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Summer Time. 9.00pm New Zealand Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 8.00am GMT, 12.00 noon Central European Time. Note: this is a staggered start to the discussion.

Use the tags #reelread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of reelread, so others can join in the conversation too.

 

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