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Dear Editor… 9 May 2010

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Essays, Film, Student Drawer, Student Programme.
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Do you remember the essay Dear Editor about teen alternate worlds? You might want to go back and reread it before you read the following letters commenting on some points mentioned in it. The letters have been written by high school first form students practising their letter writing skills.


Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your article about Teen Alternate Worlds which was published on your website. I agree with all things you mentioned.

First of all, you say that one of the reasons why teenagers like fantastic stories with supernatural heroes is the feeling of being different. I totally agree. A lot of teenagers try to find themselves in the novels and the films.

Next, you say that themes like vampires, werewolves are popular because of the necessity to live with a secret. In my opinion, this is a very good point. We all have some secrets we do not want to share with others.

Finally, you say that there is the need of excitement that we will fulfill while reading or watching the sci-fi stories. I agree, there is nothing better than a good sci-fi novel.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,
Martyna K

Dear Mr. Oślizło,

I am writing about your article “Teen Alternate Worlds” which I have recently read. In my opinion this article is very interesting but I am afraid I cannot agree with all your arguments.

To begin with, I totally disagree with the first argument “the familiar feeling of being different “, because I think teenagers are trying to be popular , and they would like to be like others.

Secondly , the article suggests that young people would like to be mysterious . I agree with this because I think teenagers would not converse about their problems.

Finally , you are writing in this article about “the need of excitement … while reading or watching the sci-fi stories “, and I think you are absolutely right, sci-fi stories are kicky.

I hope that in the future you will write more articles like this because it really can help understand teenagers.

Yours sincerely,
Natalia K

Dear Editor,

I am writing in connection with your article: „Teen Alternate Worlds”, which was published on the “Think English” page. Unfortunately, I must say, that I disagree with your opinion about science fiction.

Firstly, you wrote, that there are some superpowers and we believe we could be some other fantastic people but I think, that everyone has their own personalities and we cannot change it.

Secondly, I disagree with what you wrote about the necessity to live with a secret about who we are. I think that we should get to know ourselves, but not in this way.

Next, if you ask me, everyone needs some excitement, but we can find it not only in science fiction stories, for example – on the rollercoaster!

Finally, some days ago I was in the cinema and I saw a science fiction film and it was the worst film that I have ever seen. So, in my opinion the fantastic is not good for us.

Yours faithfully,

Dear Editor,

I am writing in connection with Ryszard Oślizło article “Teen Alternate Worlds” which appeared in your newspaper last Monday. I must say I agree with many things that were mentioned by the author.

First of all, Mr Oślizło believes that one of the obvious reasons that teenagers have ‘their own world’ may be the familiar feeling of being different. I must say I agree. A lot of teen humans feel alone and not understood because at present the most important in the world is money so their parents work hard and they have less time to talk to each other. They feel alone and different because they have not got anyone at home to talk about their problems so they are looking for ‘the better world’ where they will be understood.

Next, he says about the necessity to live with a secret. In my opinion that’s a very good point. Teen humans think they are strange and different from other teenagers so they pretend to be someone else. Watching or reading sci-fi stories brings relief because somewhere there can be someone who feels the same.

Finally, Mr Oślizło suggests that teenagers need excitement. I totally agree. A lot of teen humans want to discover and experience something unknown. It is very fascinating when you know that somewhere there can live an unknown species or person.

I wonder what other readers think about this issue.

Yours faithfully,
ola p

Your Turn!

1) Write if you agree with the opinions presented in the letters. Don’t forget to explain why or why not!

2) State your own opinion about the article – write a letter and paste it as a comment or send it to thinkenglish@op.pl


A Self-Interview on Prison Break 20 January 2010

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Film, Interview, Student Drawer.
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A Self-Interview on the Prison Break TV series
Krzysztof Grzelak (Ia LO)

Question: Which character from “Prison Break” is my favourite?

Answer: Michael Scofield, because he was a very noble figure. He would do anything for his family, and particularly for his brother. He held up a bank and he landed in prison.

Q: Why did this film attract many viewers?

A: Because it showed everyday reality in prison and also everyday situations from human life even of the bad guys.

Q: What is my opinion about T-Bag played by Robert Knepper in the series Prison Break?

A: In my opinion this villain sets a bad example for the audience. He would do anything for money, he even sold his own family. He was harmed by his father in his youth and it influenced his private life.

Q: And what about the rest of characters? For example, Lincoln Burrows?

A: Burrows was the brother who was still getting involved in trouble. The worst happened when he was sent to prison. Lincoln was often in trouble, but Michael always helped him.

Q: How do I assess the actresses who played in the film?

A: I think that all the actresses in seasons 1-4 played with charm and beauty. They won many fans.

Q: Which season was the best?

A: I think that the first one, though the second was also nice. It showed the prisoners’ grey reality. And also lots of action.

Q: What was the best in the series?

A: The best thing was that the series played important role not only in Americans’ life, but in Europeans’ life as well. The action developed at a deadly pace. I wasn’t able to understand some plots alone.

Q: In the 4th season, did something break down?

A: Yes, it did. There were 13 episodes, and not 22 as always. The main director of the Prison Break series went away.

Q: Does this mean that the 4th season was weak?

A: No, but they exaggerated a little. For example, someone who surely was not alive was suddenly resurrected and we saw him on the screen. For me, the season lacks a strong finale.

Q: Don’t I miss the series? Maybe the 5th season would be a good idea?

A: I miss a bit – this waiting every week for fascinating episodes… But the 5th season would be a real defeat for the series. I wish Prison Break came back but fortunately I’m watching “House MD” now.

Your Turn!

You may take a quiz to check which Prison Break character you are (CLICK).
And after you do, remember to paste the outcome (HTML code) as a comment RIGHT HERE!

If you’re not into Prison Break, try Desperate Housewives instead and see which character you are:
Quiz for Desperate Men (CLICK)
Quiz for Desperate Women (CLICK)

And then say if you agree!

Teen Alternate Worlds 3 December 2009

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Essays, Film.
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Lots of good and not-so-good books, films and TV series have been written or produced where perfectly normal and usually average teen humans get into contact with something (or should I say someone) supernatural. Twilight These stories set in alternate worlds – where “the normal” and “the adult” seem more alien than E.T. – have always been very popular with teenagers all over the world. And why is that?

One of the obvious reasons may be the familiar feeling of being different and not understood, which is common in such stories: no matter if you are a vampire, an alien, a superhero or a human teenager, you will feel equally strange in the ordinary world of so called normal and adult humans. And there are the tempting superpowers that you could use…

The theme’s success might also result from the necessity to live with a secret about who you really are or feel you are. It brings relief if you know that there are others with their secrets – however strange – because you know that you’re no longer alone.

And, of course, there is always the need of excitement that you will fulfill while reading or watching the sci-fi stories. After all, isn’t it thrilling to explore the unknown, whether it is the unknown world, the unknown species or the unknown person?

Regardless of the reasons why the theme of teen alternate worlds is so popular, these stories are usually good fun and a way to forget about the everyday reality, so don’t think twice, just plunge into the alternate world of feeling different, secrets, excitement and… the English language, if only you read or watch the original versions!

Your Turn!

for your favourite teen sci-fi book/film/TV series.

Keep in mind that the following poll is about teen alternate worlds, so sorry guys, no Star Trek, Heroes or True Blood this time…

You can choose among:
(if unsure, check the trailers below!)

1. Roswell (aliens)
2. Kyle XY (superpowers)
3. The Twilight Saga (vampires)
4. Smallville (superhero)
5. Hex (witches, angels, demons)
6. The Vampire Diaries (vampires)

…or add a different one

for your favourite teen sci-fi book/film/TV series.

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