January 02, 2012

#03-001: Little Red Riding Hood

a blond girl in a red cape is hurrying through a snowy wood with a frightened look
Amanda Seyfried as Red Riding Hood

Note: Mark, an American student, and his Indian friend Sunil talk in their dorm about a new movie adaptation of an old fairy tale.

Get Ready: Have you seen the film Red Riding Hood, or read the original fairy tale? What do you think of either one?

Mark, an American student, is sitting in the Common Room of the dorm when his Indian friend Sunil comes in.

Mark: Hi, Sunny. Where ya been?

Sunil: Oh, I just saw a movie.

Mark: Which one?

Sunil: Red Riding Hood.

Mark: Oh, with that hottie from Mamma Mia in the title role?

Sunil: Yeah, Amanda Seyfried. And her dad in the film is Billy Burke. He played Bella's dad in Twilight.

Mark: Never saw it. Chick flick.

Sunil: Whatever. Anyway, Red Riding Hood was pretty good, but it was a far cry from the original story.

Mark: Yeah, but that wouldn't make much of a movie, would it?

Sunil: Right. So how did the original go, exactly?

Mark: There are different versions. But the earliest ones written down and printed, by Perrault and Grimm, are essentially the same.

Sunil: So, the girl is walking in the woods...

Mark: And a wolf wants to eat her. He gets to Grandma's house and eats her, then dresses as Grandma and waits for the girl.

Sunil: Right. So the girl sees her, and says "What big hands you have" and so on...

Mark: Yeah, and then when she gets to "What big teeth," the wolf eats her, too.

Sunil: Is that the end?

Mark: Not quite. A hunter comes, cuts open the wolf, and the girl and her grandmother are still alive inside.

Sunil: Yuck!

Mark: I know. He ate them whole.

Sunil: Well, the movie's a very loose adaptation of that.

Mark: What's it about?

Sunil: Don't be such a tightwad! Spend a few bucks and see it for yourself.

Mark: Will do.

NOTE: "Perrault and Grimm" were famous collectors of fairy tales. Charles Perrault (1628-1703) was French; the Grimm brothers (Jacob 1785-1863, and Wilhelm 1786-1859) were German.


Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Riding_Hood_(2011_film)

Practice: Match the term to its definition below:

  1. a chick flick
  2. essentially
  3. a far cry from
  4. a few bucks
  5. a hottie
  6. a loose adaptation
  7. Mamma Mia
  8. a tightwad
  9. the title role
  10. Whatever
  11. whole
  12. Will do
  13. Yuck!

  1. I will do that.
  2. a movie made for women; not polite
  3. very different from
  4. a little bit of money
  5. a sound of disgust
  6. an attractive woman or man
  7. a retelling with only a few similarities to the original
  8. a word used to dismiss what has just been said; not polite.
  9. the character in a film after whom the film was named. For example, the character Shrek in the film "Shrek."
  10. basically
  11. a musical movie with Meryl Streep
  12. someone who is stingy with money
  13. without biting or chewing it

Answers are in the first comment below.

Submitted to the Shenzhen Daily for January 2, 2012

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1 comment:

  1. Answers to the Practice: 1. b; 2. j; 3. c; 4. d; 5. f; 6. g; 7. k; 8. l; 9. i; 10. h; 11. m; 12. a; 13. e