My theme for the A to Z April Challenge for 2018 is “Me and My Blog”
U T O P I A
There are many movies I can watch over and over again but one of my favourites is Ever After. I don’t know why I enjoy it so much, I just do. To be honest I enjoy most things that are based on a Fairy Tales. Ever After is based on Cinderella. Ever After unlike most Fairy Tales tries to convince you it actually happened by creating a fairly accurate historical setting, then adding people and things that really existed roughly round about that time. One example is Leonardo Da Vinci and the second is the book, Utopia.
Utopia is the last book Danielle receives from her father before his untimely death. Due to it being the last link with her father Danielle re-reads the book over and over. While the story of Danielle might be a Fairy Tale, Utopia is an actual book that was written by Thomas More and published in the 16th Century.
Thomas More’s book depicts a society, far removed from the ideals Christianity, yet the people live in harmony and crime is practically eradicated. It is because of More’s book that we use the term “Utopia” in the way we do today, to describe an ideal yet, unattainable human state. In Greek Utopia translates roughly to “no place” or “nowhere land” (which puzzled me ever so slightly for while). Now the direct opposite to Utopia is Dystopia, now Dys in Greek means bad. Dystopia literally means “bad place”. Weird isn’t it?
Well, technically we are using the wrong word for Utopia. We should be spelling Utopia – Eutopia because Eu in Greek means good (or well) , Eutopia then means “good place”. What a difference one letter makes, from being No Where to being in a Good Place.
Utopia means different things to different people. For Danielle in Ever After her Utopia would have been her life before her father died, an ideal state that is unobtainable to her. In one of the scenes Henry asks her to chose a book. Danielle’s response is “that she could no sooner chose a favourite star in the heavens”. This is due to the fact that being around books reminds her of being with her father.
I chose the word Utopia because of the connection to Ever After, if you have not seen this film and you enjoy a nice, easy going movie staring Drew Barrymore then you really should see it.
I hope you join me tomorrow for the letter V…