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  1. The Final Exam was a really neat adaptation. If I wouldn't of read the author's note, I would've had no idea you were referencing The Odyssey. I feel like that is a pretty hefty task to take on and your spin on it is truly so unique (and relatable!!!) I also noticed little phrases throughout your story that referred back to the original. The old English phrases and details didn't go unnoticed!! I always feel like my stories seem chaotic, but like you said that's part of the process. What a relieving feeling it is walking out of your last final for the semester. It is such a distinct feeling and you illustrated the emotional rollercoaster of finals week + dead week perfectly. One suggestion I thought of is, is there anyway to add details about the classes and exams they are taking that may relate back to the original story? One student could be studying for Mythology, another studying for Geography(because cave)? I'm not sure how that could work out but it could be a moment for a little laugh!

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  2. Z, this is a very unorthodox rendition of the Odyssey; I've never read anything similar to this before! The one aspect that I enjoyed the most from your story was how it was very relatable during that time. However, something that I think you can add is more of a narrative on Cody, which I assume was the main character of the story. The reason why I think he deserves more context is that he was only introduced in the second to last paragraph of the story! However, I enjoyed the story overall. In terms of the portfolio website itself, I like the simplicity of and the color design of it. Nothing is too bright or contrastive to the surrounding elements, which is very nice! I would suggest thought that you add more pictures and/or descriptions that will make your portfolio look more crowded and exciting.

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  3. Z, your rendition of the Odessey is so cool. I can tell you put a lot of time into reading, and understanding the story before you wrote "The Final Exam." It is great that you used your creativity to turn this story into your own, and really made it unique. A lot of the stories I have read this year have clues or big details that give me a hint of what the story is based on, but this one had me stumped, which I loved! Great job on that story. The layout of your project is great, I think it looks really clean and I like how the comment wall is easily accessible on the very first page. The colors go together very well, and the title and images bring everything together and round it out. Really awesome job on all of this, I am looking forward to hopefully reading more of your stories during the second half of the semester!

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  4. Hey Z! Your retelling of the Odyssey is very unique! Students taking their finals are definitely a huge trial to overcome. I definitely see how it can be compared to a journey. They both take lots of preparation, and you just have to hope that you are ready for whatever comes your way. I think adding some people who failed and had to redo the year would add some tragic drama to the story. Your second story is also pretty cool. I like the analogy of a turtle coming out of their shell as the man gets more comfortable. I wonder how it would have gone if he had stayed humble though. I think maybe showing some more about how he became corrupted and greedy could really add to the story. Like maybe arguments between him and his friends, or how he came to leaving the other ice cream shop.

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