Between The Gold Coast and He, She, and It, I notice these stories resonating with me a little differently than some of the previous stories that we’ve read. At this point, I believe that can be attributed to the relation to contemporary society that both of the books carry within their themes versus the first few books we had read. In the previous works that we had studied, the criticism, themes, and setting seemed to be a little more detached from current settings. While the themes for The Female Man and Trouble on Triton were firmly present, and emerged often without much overexertion from the reader, the themes and criticism in The Gold Coast and He, She, and It are much more evident and woven into the setting of the respective stories. In The Gold Coast, the use of actual locations such as Orange County, and the theme of militarization are two story traits that resonated with me more, because it more reflects reality that I see in society today. The same goes for He, She, and It, as that story also uses actual locations in the United States and speaks on issues that we currently face, i.e. the environmental issues in the story and in reality. This is not to say that the themes of the previous stories weren’t worthwhile, but it is rather to say that, for me, personally, the more I can connect it to reality that I can experience and relate to, the more it will resonate with me.
My example that I can use to better describe what I mean has to do with the death of ESPN personality Stuart Scott. He was an idol of mine since a very young age, as I have always been a sports nut for as long as I can remember. Honestly, I wanted to be him at the age of 10. A couple of years ago, he lost a battle with cancer. I never knew him personally, never met him, yet it still stuck with me a bit. I was sad and what not, but there was still a clear distance between the death and myself that made it something that was passing and gave me a somewhat indifferent reaction. It didn’t linger with me. But not too long after his death, I was surfing YouTube and found a video where an old colleague of his, Rich Eisen, finds out during live television that his friend and former co-anchor has passed away. What ensues is a tough couple of minutes in which he honors his friend on-air. Before stumbling upon this video, the death of Stuart Scott stayed in my mind, yet as an oft-forgotten happening. Now, it is remembered in my memory as inspiring and resonating, due to the extra element of relatability that this video provided me, as I have lost friends as well. The element of relatability leading to an entity having a higher resonation for me applies to both the books we’ve read and this situation I described.