Friday, February 16, 2007

A Plug for Alliteration

Today's million dollar question:

Can one of television's hottest shows really kill off it's title character?!?!?!

Shocking. Simply shocking.

If they choose to do so, let me be the first, or at the very least the most passionatie, advocate for a new name: Addison's Anatomy.

Man, she is great.

Almost as great as alliteration.

10 comments:

Jenn Pappa said...

what's the addison obsession? you do realize that she is a complete pushover for any guy that wants to sleep with her... totally manipulatable (is that a word?)

Also, WTF?! they totally cant do that right?

Ben said...

There's no way they can do this. She's the namesake of the show for goodness sake!!!! It makes me feel like a pawn though because right now, I really do believe they can do this.

As for Addison:

I like her because she is one of the few characters who has actually shown genuine repentance.

I like her because I feel pity towards her that she is maybe the only character who has had to deal with the negative consequences of her relational mistakes. The scene where she threw her wedding ring into the sea was heart-breaking.

I like her because I feel pity for her that she is manipulated by those guys (excusing her rampant lack of self-control only because we are playing by Hollywood's rules, ie. that sexual promiscuity is a given).

I like her because she actually seems to care about her patients, unlike everyone else on the show who simply uses them as objects of pride or entertainment. For example, Izzie last night.

I like her because she is often a rock of maturity in a hospital full of youthful flippancy.

I like her because I am drawn to the maternal nature she evidences in her work.

I like her because she seems the most real. . . .

But all of that is garbage and rationalization.

I probably just like her because I think she's gorgeous. Celebrity crushes, after all, are grounded upon superficialities rationalized by noble-sounding excuses.

Wilson said...

wrestling, hunting, fishing, broken bones, football, beer, skoal, spitting, babe watching, football, grunting, camping, motorcycles...sorry just had to toss in a few manly things, there was a little too much estrogen flowing through your blog today.

Bradley said...

FYI Ben...when the repetition is of a vowel rather than a consonant, it's called "assonance," not "alliteration." Just thought I'd throw that out there...



Also, Grey's Anatomy is the stupidest show on television today.

Jenn Pappa said...

i hear ya ben... it's ok

i'm married but i still have a celebrity crush on val kilmer... oh doc holiday you make my life a better place to be

whoops, did i type that outloud?

Ben said...

Gotta defend myself here because literary terms hold a soft spot in my heart:

"al·lit·er·a·tion: 2. the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter, as in apt alliteration's artful aid.

Modern alliteration is predominantly consonantal; certain literary traditions, such as Old English verse, also alliterate using vowel sounds.

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse; 'around the rock the ragged rascal ran'"

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/alliteration

as·so·nance: 1. Resemblance of sound, especially of the vowel sounds in words, as in: "that dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea" (William Butler Yeats).
2. The repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds, especially in stressed syllables, with changes in the intervening consonants, as in the phrase tilting at windmills.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/assonance


All that to evidence that I don't think either one of us is wrong. I work under the assumption that assonance can exclusively exist as similar vowel sounds within a word, not beginning a word. Thus, any and all similar sounds, consonental or vowel, at the outset of a word would qualify as alliteration. I think dictionary.com supports either my or Bradley's interpretation though.

Ahhhhhh, discussing literary terms is so refreshing, don't you think?

Ben said...

Oh, and Jenn, you did type that out loud, and I hear ya loud and clear. Every GUY in my apartment, self included, has a celebrity crush on Doc Holliday. The greatness of "Tombstone" exceeds my ability to describe it.

Megan said...

I'll be there ben... don't let me down.

matt said...

Wilson, I applaud the attempt, but clearly it was a failure. Perhaps we need some more bare-chested, beer-filled, backyard barbeques? I'll go get the grill set up -

right after I finish this episode of Smallville

Oakley said...

I have to agree with Ben on Addison being a hottie although i will say that Callie (sp?) has the best eyes. I'm also going to say that this week's inner flashback or whatever Grey is going through is lame. I feel better watching GA after eating greasy food and riding go-carts in 32degree weather at a bachelor party this past weekend.