Books

Classic Alice: A Must.

Really this is about the thing that is taking over my life (no really!)

Classic Alice's pic for World book day; tumblr.

Classic Alice’s pic for World book day; tumblr.

Classic Alice” is an amazing webseries/transmedia production (which just means the story takes place across different media areas/distributors) about a college girl studying to become a writer who gets a “bad” mark on a paper which included the a harsh critique that she doesn’t identify/empathize with characters and that her writing lacks a sense of creativity. In response, Alice decides to become more in tune with what characters go through in their stories by basing her life choices on those made by the protagonists in classic literature.

Did you get all that?

Basically, Alice is living her life through books; taking every ‘oh no…’ moment you’ve every had while reading a great book and dealing with the consequences—which, for the audience, means many moments spent (just like when reading said books) yelling for the characters to get there acts together (and there are definitely characters who are yelling about it with you!).

Anyway, why is this taking over my life?

  1. The series is really just that good.

I’ll be honest, I’ve watched a lot of transmedia series and for good reason. More and more they are gaining quality that is easily comparable to TV; videos are free (YouTube!) and short enough that you can binge watch most in one day; you have a lot of access to the actors as well as the characters they play so you can talk to both, ask questions and just really get involved; and the list goes on and on…

But back to “Classic Alice.”

If you like books, reading, school, or compelling stories, this series has it all and it will hook you. Even if you’ve never read a single book Alice talks about, the characters and their struggles and triumphs come to life in a way that makes you forget that these aren’t just some girl’s vlogs about her life. You find yourself rooting for Alice as if she were a real person—a friend—who you want to see succeed.

  1. As someone interested in Women working and studying creative industries, “Classic Alice” is a must!

This show is basically a power house for women creators and if it can keep going, it’s a great example of where these industries can go in way of empowered young women. But don’t just take my word for it, look here for more.

SPOILERS (Just for this bit, jump to 3 to avoid)!!

But besides the women behind this masterpiece, in the second season a major sticking point has been that stories don’t end just because there is a happily ever after. Even if the girl gets the guy, that’s not where her story ends…

  1. It has actually become the focus of my dissertation….

Yep, I told you this show has taken over.

After getting hooked on this show, my dissertation topic transformed from analyzing access and self-publishing to transnarrative storytelling and book marketing….

Basically, my paper gives me an excuse to watch these wonderful people over and over again (not that not having an excuse ever stopped me…)

  1. They are about to finish their Crowdfunding campaign at midnight tonight (March 6, pacific time).

I don’t know many times a day I’ve checked this page, but it’s the first thing I do when I wake up and last thing I do before dropping off. Again, I chalk this up to dissertation interest, but really it’s that I feel just as excited every time the number goes up as all those who are actually involved in the project.

Over the last two months, I’ve picked up three perks and actually won an extra prize (a personalized signed copy of Lev Grossman’s “The Magician’s Land” –YAY BOOKS)!

And finally,

  1. The true proof: this post was meant to be about internship/job interviews….

Oops? Yea, that had been the plan but with the end of the funding taking place and my dissertation proposal all coming together this week, there was nothing for it.

So next week we’ll go for all that interview stuff (including my thought on my own…), but for now—if you haven’t—go check out “Classic Alice” and if there is still time go and give what you can (every dollar counts!).

–Taylor Gallgher

Ps, I’m all about these series so if you have a suggestion of another for me to check out or want a suggestion of what else to watch, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

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