Thursday, March 4, 2010

2010 Olympics

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After 18 days of Olympic games, I have decided that this year's Olympics are like books: you shouldn't judge it by its cover.

"Regina, you are on drugs."

I have a valid reason! See, the opening and closing ceremonies are like the cover, and I think we can all agree that they weren't the greatest. Just like if you were to go to a bookstore to get a book, you would be put off by something that had a cover that looked like this:

However, you'd be more likely to read something that looked like this (not considering the fact that these are in fact two great novels, content-wise):


Having said that, you'd also be more likely to read something by an author you like, or on a subject you like. And that's where the comparison comes in. The Olympics have an incredibly long history and is usually applauded throughout the world. It bring out a great energy in people; it brings out the best in the athletes; it is a way of connecting entire countries, and it's also entertaining to watch! I think that this is the first time that I've been interested in the winter olympics, and I thought the games themselves were great.

However, the opening and closing ceremonies bothered me. I won't get into the details, but I will mention that the closing ceremonies involved plastic blown-up moose prancing in the sky and bands like Nickelback and Simple Plan.

In all, I don't think the "covers" of the olympics were a good representation of the games themselves. All things considered, this olympics will still be very memorable to all Canadians... as well as the Americans in particular. We're sorry we won!


9 comments so far.

  1. Kaylee on March 4, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Stargirl has one of the best covers I've ever seen.

    I think the only part I really liked of the ceremonies is when each country's team walks in, and that's at every Olympic opening ceremony, so... :P

  2. Marbles on March 4, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    HEY I loved the giant inflatable animals, they're fun!

    And let's be honest they should get a different cover for that first book cause it looks inappropriate.

    word verification: consless
    (as in the 2010 winter olympic games had no cons)

  3. Dayna on March 4, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    I got to admit the first book looks very 1980's. Anyway, seems like the opening and closing ceremonies wasn't that impressive. I've read a few post recently regarding their disappointment. Floating plastic moose sounds cute? But it's kind of odd for an Olympics ceremony imo. I guess kids will like it! :P

  4. Justin on March 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Lmao the closing ceremonies scared me with all the giant beavers and moose. And as for that first book, am I weird for being intrigued by that cover?? haha

  5. Manda on March 6, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    I LOVE the cover for Stargirl. Great book!

    The closing ceremonies left me petrified to ever again venture to Canada in case I get mauled by a giant beaver :P

  6. Amanda on March 8, 2010 at 5:40 AM

    Wow, that's such a nice analogy of the Olympics, in terms of the ceremonies as being like covers... I was really gutted to have missed out on watching most of it on tv as I was on a month-long holiday, and only caught the last few days after I got home. But I agree - i was appalled that Nickelback and Simpleplan played in the closing ceremony... i mean... yeah no explanation required, really.

  7. Enzo on March 8, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    I didn't really watch the Olympics this year, since it's the winter Olympics and well, we don't have winter from where I come from.

    Congrats to Canada though. Clem and Ling have been raving all about it. LOL

  8. gemarina on March 13, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Hehe, my roommate was watching the opening ceremonies the other day (online, because she's always two weeks behind the times) and she was complaining about them. We came to the conclusion that they fell short because they're Canadian. And then we giggled. (We don't really think anything of Canada, it's just too easy of a thing to say.)

  9. May R. on April 23, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    I thought that the illustration for Stargirl was ridiculous, it looks like a 5 year old did it. Which is probably why I put off reading that book until I heard a lot of good reviews from my friends. After reading it, I wish I had done it sooner and hadn't acted like such a cow. I would have gone for the first book though, the cover's funny enough to be intriguing.

    The Olympics are like big expensive charity dinners to me; flashy yet a way for big wigs to show that they care about the little people. (Please note that I was happy about Canada's performance, I just happen to feel that events such as these have lost their true meaning and have been turned into political devices used by governments in a world wide popularity contest. )

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