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'U' to declare Michigan
'State of the Book'

SONY PICTURES ANIMATION
"Dad, you never Belieb in me."
Sy1 adorable
'Transyvania'
By NOAH COHEN best cliche frat boy ever fit into a
Daily Arts Writer cartoon chassis: Lovably dense,

Celebrating
literature with local
writers, publishers
By ANNA SADOVSKAYA
Assistant Arts Editor
Known for its mitten shape,
automobile industry and Cere-
al City, USA,
Michigan is State of
rarely thought the Book
of as a cul-
tural hotspot. Saturday at
Rather than 10 a.m.
mention ackham
noteworthy
authors, artists Free
or musicians,
people point to their palms
when referring to their home
state.
In an effort to raise aware-
ness for Michigan's wide array
of creative contributions, Fic-
tion Writers Review and the
University's MFA Program in
Creative Writing will co-host a
literature convention commem-
orating the long-standing liter-
ary accomplishments of native
writers by naming Michigan the
"State of the Book."

The idea behind the sym-
posium began with Jeremiah
Chamberlin, Fiction Writers
Review publisher and associate
director of the University's Eng-
lish department's writing pro-
gram. Chamberlin's desire for
Michigan's creative recognition
stemmed from a desire to influ-
ence young minds and help them
uncover the writers within.
"I hope that there's a moment
where someone hears one of
these 30 authors speak and
thinks, as I did as a teenager,
'that's what I want to do with my
life,' " Chamberlin said. "I hope
it's inspiring."
The event will kick off with
an introduction from Pulit-
zer Prize finalist Dave Eggers,
author of best-selling memoir
"A Heartbreaking Work of Stag-
gering Genius," and co-founder
of 826 Valencia, a project devel-
oped to help kids and young
adults increase their writing
skills.
Throughout the day, visitors
will be able to walk through the
book fair in the lobby of Rack-
ham, a congregation of writers,
publishers and editors promot-
ing literature, their works and
programs in support of literary

acceleration.
"It's so rare to have 15 of the
most important literary presses,
literary journals, editors and
publishing houses all in one
room together in the book fair,"
Chamberlin said. "And that's
really where people can wander
around, and get a feel for what
we're trying to accomplish."
At 3:30 p.m., a panel of jour-
nalists including GQ Features
Editor and Knight-Wallace Fel-
low at the University, Donovan
Hohn, will discuss the future
of journalism and what it will
mean when everything "goes
digital."
"They want to talk about not
just the practical side of what's
going to happen when all this
goes digital: is there room for
both print and pixel, but also,
what'sthe hook, the spark that
sends a journalist across the
world (in search of a story),"
Chamberlin explained.
The day-long celebration will
culminate in an hour-long key-
note conversation with Charles
Baxter, award-winning author
and former director of the Cre-
ative Writing MFA program,
and Pullitzer Prize-winning
author and Detroit native,

Philip Levine. The two, with
their combined background and
interest in Michigan, will hold
a conversation in front of 1,200
individuals, discussing their
personal and professional lives.
"Both Charlie and Phil have
come out of huge generosity,"
Chamberlin said. "The evening
will be a conversation, not a
Q&A. We really want to give
the audience a rare experience
of overhearing a conversation
between friends, about writing,
about life, about politics, about
the state of their careers and the
roots of their careers."
Throughout the day, special
events will be held, such as the
revealing of books and antholo-
gies, author readings and book
signings. The symposium looks
to entice individuals into the
creative world while encourag-
ing and recognizing those that
already run in the circle.
"You can't get more authors,
editors and publishers in one
space at one time and have that
kind of access," Chamberlin
said. "Between the practical side
of who you can encounter, what
you can learn coupled with the
abstract-inspiring element, this
should be very interesting."

Hotel Transylvania is stupid,
lame and, most of all, adorable. It
accomplishes its objective of vali-
dating cartoon
romance, and ***
does so with
pizzaz. And Hotel
though intend-
ed for children,
the eminently AtQuality16
likable charac- and Rave
ters will put a
smile on a per- Sony Pictures
son of any age. Animation
The anima-
tion easily hits the marks of cute
and light. Selena Gomez ("Wiz-
ards of Waverly Place," also of
Bieber ruboff fame), the voice of
Mavy, puts on an astonishingly
good vocal performance for an
actress out of the Disney Starlet
Factory. Critics may enter the
theater very ready to hate her
character's guts, but her voice
has the shine to win them over.
There is little in this movie that
is not over-the-top, but if ter-
ribad cartoon love stories are
your thing, you'll appreciate its
excess.
The entire plot is short enough
to fit in the trailer: Dracula's
(Adam Sandler, "Just Go With
It") wife was killed long ago by
a mob of xenophobic humans,
so he built Hotel Transylvania
as a sanctuary for his daughter
and all monsterkind. Mavy, pre-
dictably, does not want to live
in safety forever - she wants to
interact with humans. Her dad
does everything in his power to
keep her away from civilization.
These efforts explode in his face
on Mavy's 118th birthday, when a
human named Jonathan crashes
her party.
Johnny (Andy Samberg,
"Celeste and Jesse Forever") is a
stereotyped character, there's no
getting around that. But he's the

adventurous and warmhearted,
he is exactly the kind of idiot that
a smart girl with a helicopter
family yearns for. He is an escape,
but more than that, he doesn't
suffocate. He and Mavy immedi-
ately "zing," which is Hotel Tran-
sylvania's form for "fall in love at
first sight." Again: stupid, lame,
adorable.
Invite
'Transylvania'
into your life.
The discrete jokes are honestly
bad, and the emotional transi-
tion of Dracula from paranoid to
accepting is obvious and method-
ical. This movie is a bildungsro-
man for the father figure, not the
daughter: Mavy's father learns,
kicking and screaming, that his'
daughter needs to live on her
own terms, and that the world
might be worthy of her presence
in it. His role as Count Dracula
is an afterthought to his role as a
father.
The supporting cast, an array
of comically animated monsters,
is uniformly corny, and their pur-
pose as a sort of Gaze, or Greek
chorus, is overdone. But their self-
referential charm provides a way
to forgive them, and this movie,
for beingso facepalmingly dumb.
Without a readiness to engage,
and participate in, whatyou know
as idiocy, this movie would have
held no appeal. Be this movie's
friend, and it will be your friend.
Take somneone you're comfortable
with and bond via mutual stupid-
ity. Genndy Tartakovsky's "Hotel
Transylvania" has enough sub-
stance to be worth your time, if
you let it be.

First Independent Korean
Film Festival to de but at 'U'

By ALICIA ADAMCZYK
Daily Arts Writer
"Gangnam Style," with its
catchy beats and infectious
dance moves,
has thrust Ann Arbor
Korean pOp Korean
culture into
mainstream Independent
global society. Friday at12
But for those
weary of the p.m. and7
electro K-pop p.m., and
hit who may Saturday and
be interested Sunday at2
in discovering p.m., 5p.m.
the obscure and8p.m.
side of Korean Natural Science
entertainment, Auditorium
the University Free
is hosting the
first ever Inde-
pendent Korean Film Festival in
the United States.
The Nam Center and the
University's Screen Arts and
Cultures Department, in asso-
ciation with the Museum of
Modern Art and The Korea
Society, will run the festival Fri-
day through Sunday, Oct. 7 in
the Natural Science Building's
Kraus Auditorium. The event is
free and open to the public.
Sangjoon Lee, a postdoctoral
research fellow in Screen Arts

and Cultures, said the Center
for Korean Studies is supportive
of any kind of cultural event that
showcases the Korean lifestyle.
"I decided to go with indepen-
dent film because independent
film has not been considered
important, not even in South
Korea," Lee said. "I just want
to show the diversity of Korean
cinema."
Lee explained that an inde-
pendent Korean film is produced
outside of the three main pro-
duction studios in South Korea
- CJ Entertainment, Showbox
and Lotte Entertainment, which
are comparable to Paramount,
20th Century Fox and Univer-
sal Studios in the US. Lee said
about 90 percent of South Kore-
an films are produced through
these three studios.
"Many people ... are produc-
ing their own films with (an)
extremely low budget," he said.
"But the ideas and scope and
the styles and their creativity
are many times better than the
mainstream film product."
According to Lee, similar to the
United States, independent films
in South Korea are shown almost
exclusively at film festivals. That's
why he decided to organize this
festival for students at the Uni-
versity who may have never been

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d to the genre. dents to attend "Talking Archi-
festival features nine tect" at 12 p.m. on Friday, where
all released between a professor of Architecture
nd 2011. Lee said though from the University will briefly
wed between 20 and 25 discuss Korean modern archi-
y films in the past year, tecture before the screening.
ected the festival's films There will also be a question and
e they displayed the best answer segment after the view-
ity and creativity, as well ing and a free lunch.
ng and directing skills. Jiyoung Lee, the center
administrator for the Nam Cen-
ter, said she is excited that the
d percent of Korean Center is able to offer
students such a rare glimpse
orean films into Korean culture.
"Korean films are becom-
ing more and more popular
and being recognized in vari-
studios. ous international film festi-
vals - this type of film event is
very timely," she said. "We are
extremely lucky to be able to
said he hopes to continue host this type of film event in
tival in the coming years collaboration with MoMA and
year's is a success. the Korea Society."
're really trying to bring Lee also pointed out the festi-
t one or two Korean inde- val's uniqueness - it is the first
nt film directors to the and only independent Korean
s," he said. "(And) have film festival to occur in the Unit-
hops, or masterclasses or ed States.
sions with film lovers at "This film festival is indeed
iversity of Michigan." ground breaking in that we are
students who don't have bringing a number of Korean
view all nine of the films, independent films to the Ann
iggests attending the last Arbor community for the first
King of Pigs," at 8 p.m. on time," she said. "From New York
y. He also encourages stu- to Ann Arbor!"

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