October 8th, 2008


it's as simple as simple as 1-2-3

Okay, I'm going to be blunt here: I fucking hate Russian Drama. With very few exceptions, I hate all of the plays we've read. Coincidentally, the few plays I've enjoyed are also the ones that Dr. J hates, and therefore we barely discuss them. I just can't get into the plays. I have trouble visualizing them, and when a playwright deliberately writes his plays to make absolutely no sense (and yes, Chekhov, I'm looking at you), well, that just makes matters worse.

Talking about Chekhov: I fucking hate him. I liked "The Bear" - while a bit obvious, it was humorous. But his big plays ("Uncle Vanya", "The Seagull", "Three Sisters") - they are awful. Awful awful awful. I just don't understand why people enjoy his plays. They aren't particularly unique or well-written, nothing of substance ever happens, and his plots are convoluted to the point of being incomprehensible. This is not art! This is a motherfucking play! Christ.

Of course, I feel like an idiot for not liking Chekhov. I mean, he's THE Russian playwright. Half of you probably read his plays in high school and loved them. But he just isn't clicking for me, and that's just driving me insane. In previous semesters, when I took other Russian lit or film classes, it felt as if every day I was discovering a new favorite book or film. This semester, I'm discovering new reasons to hate plays and acting. That's kind of frustrating.

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