I'm guessing that the main point (if there is such a thing) of this idea is to increase the general appreciation and awareness of English literature. Having the whole college immerse itself in one book would seem like a good idea, especially with the multimedia aspect as it would cater to everyone with a varying learning styles. And instead of vainly trying to understand a handful of novels, this would be an attempt at the impossible...understanding everything possible about one book. Most likely the book chosen for such a task will be a "classic" of English literature. This will be a book most of us have either read in high school, knew someone who read it in high school, or have seen it in piles at the bookstore. What originality. But of course, I can't be certain...it's all just guessing. After all, the original message doesn't mention the word "novel". It just says "book". This means that potentially any printed work could be considered. How absurd would it seem if you, your friends in drama history, and that cute person you sit next to in statistics were all reading "The Creative Life" by S. Radhakrishnan (a philosophical non-fiction book) or even "The Return of the Plant That Ate Dirty Socks" by Nancy McArthur (adolescent fiction)? Variety is the spice of life; different strokes for different folks...both of these well-known sayings are applicable to this situation. All these extra events, such as the parties, museum exhibits, films, etc would be a waste. The chosen book will turn into a hammer, pounding your skull in and there will be no way to get out unless you ignore the book and all the accompanying information and turn to something else. There's too much literature out there to focus soley on one piece. One reason I enjoyed my high school senior English class was because I learnt about the literature of the middle-ages as well as 19th century romanticism. I didn't get bogged down on the particulars of Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" (incidentally, a novel I am reading again for English 252) or what Austen's parents thought when she wrote that novel, what kind of dreams she had during the writing of that piece, etc. If this proposition actually passed, then I would suggest a book that no one would ever seriously read. To say this simply, it's all rubbish.
actually, i didn't send this at all. instead, i wrote this:
This seems like a better idea for a class rather than the whole school. But even then, it would seem like a pretty drab class. It's rubbish.