Posters, Nerds, and Tattoos

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What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?

Currently, nothing and I’m sure that’s bad. After living from tiny apartment to tiny apartment, I feel like posters and pictures make the space seem even smaller if that’s possible. I don’t have any children to put pictures of up and I’m not plastering the walls with pictures of me and my boyfriend. Yuck.

I did have a wonderful poster I got for Christmas from said-boyfriend. He bought it from dftba.com and it’s a quote from John Green:

“…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”

I’m going to be honest here and say that I did copy and paste this in from Goodreads where it’s in normal black font and size. I guess you’re getting what the poster looks like! YAY?

Anyway, it was an awesome poster with John Green (whom I aspire to be) talking about how awesome nerds are. What else would I want? Unfortunately, my dog ate it two days later when he left it on the floor. Sad.

Let’s talk about what I would like for my writing room because that’s where I would most likely put up wall decorations. I would love to have a post-it note collage where I could write down my random ideas and snatches of conversation. I want my John Green poster up as well to remind me why I write. A Harry Potter one would be lovely to remember where my inspiration comes from. A big piece of my own calligraphy in Tengwar (elvish script) would also be cool.

That last one I have a small version of, I guess, but it’s cross-fandom. In Tengwar, I wrote Daenerys’s full name with all the titles. You know: “Daenerys Stormborn from the House Targaryan, mother of dragons…” and on and on and on. It was fun. I have odd hobbies and intense love for my fandoms.

I’m moving into a whole new topic but it links to a love for fandoms, so I guess it’s not new-new.

I do not have any tattoos mostly because I’m terrified of getting bored. I get bored with everything. If a book takes me more than two weeks to read, it’s discarded. I have no patience. My boyfriend has been working on the fifth Game of Thrones book for three months. I know the ending. It is painful.

And yet, I want some fandom tattoos. My body would become a showcase for all things I love. A Harry Potter quote on my ribs, a Tengwar LoTR quote wrapped around my ankle, a Buffy tribute (somewhere), a mockingjay on my shoulder blade, and maybe something to tribute Dany from Game of Thrones as well.

It’s a crazy time. I’m always looking for ideas and I’m always afraid I’ll change my mind. I used to really like Twilight and now I hate it. What if that happens with something like the Hunger Games? I really like the books and I found it inspiring, but it’s not to the point of the other books and shows I have watched.

This is my life.

Any tattoos any of you have to represent your fandom alliance? Don’t worry, I won’t steal.

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J.K. Rowling’s Story

Fireside Chat

What person whom you don’t know very well in real life — it could be a blogger whose writing you enjoy, a friend you just recently made, etc. — would you like to have over for a long chat in which they tell you their life story?

I’m branching off from this a little bit because I honestly don’t know. I read a few blogs, but I’m so awkward when it comes to talking to new people, I wouldn’t want to meet them. It’s a bit scary.

I’m going to include anyone on this and will pick J.K. Rowling.

Okay, okay. I know it’s cliche. Almost everyone who likes Harry Potter would love to meet her, but it isn’t to ask her about Harry Potter (though I’d like that too). I’m interested in hearing her story from her directed to me. I’ve listened to interviews about her difficult start, what it means to actually be poor, and somehow keeping her spirit alive to write a tale that’s so magical, it captures the heart of every reader. You can’t be dead inside and write something as magical as Harry Potter.

I want to hear her tale of how she dealt with the pain and the loneliness. Where she found inspiration and how she made herself continue writing when she had so many other things to be preoccupied about.

J.K. Rowling is a hero of mine and not just because of her writing. If she had been rich while writing Harry Potter, I’d still love her, but her tale of struggle is inspiring. Through her writing she shaped my life and continues to change it every  time I read Harry Potter. I don’t know how many times I’ve read the series, but I know every time I do, I find something new. When I got older and started reading her interviews, I learned how wonderful she is as a person. She herself, continues to change my life and inspires me to keep writing and living every single day.

I’m at the point where I don’t sob, but just tear up when I read this. Progress.

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Harry Potter Part 2

What I’m about to write about is one of my favorite subjects to talk about in any fantasy. I believe that a fantasy work isn’t complete without the topic of redemption in it. I didn’t become interested in the idea of redemption until I took a Tolkien class. If you’ve read The Lord of the Rings and especially The Silmarillion, redemption is one of the most important themes. Tolkien was one to put a form of redemption in his text and make a reader question if the character managed to redeem himself (Borimir, Galadriel, and Gollum are the ones that stick out the most). J.K. Rowling also uses this sense of redemption as well.

This is one of those posts that are going to be mostly set in the books since the movies took out a lot of information about this. (Too sad) There are three characters that stick out to me the most, but I’m sure there are more if I think about it.

Dudley is a minor character, but that chapter was one I remember reading so perfectly. I believe I even cried. Then again, it might have been because I  had just started Deadly Hallows.

This was a scene in the movie, but it was cut. I wish it hadn’t been since we did see a bit of Dudley traumatizing Harry. For those of you who only watch the movie and haven’t seen the cut scene, this is basically what happens. The Dursley’s are ready to set out after being told that Voldemort will try to use them to get to Harry. There’s a great line where they both are thinking silently to themselves if Harry would even come to rescue them. The answer isn’t there, but it’s one that I’ve always wondered as well and adds more character to Harry even though it’s not a big point. Anyway, when they’re about to leave, Dudley doesn’t move. He asks why Harry isn’t going with them. He doesn’t understand that they’re about to separate. Another character chastises the Dudley’s for not understanding where Harry’s going. Harry tells her that he’s only been a waste of space to them. Then Dudley says this: “I don’t think you’re a waste of space.” The surprise and shock I felt at that moment was right with Harry’s. He tells the witch that it’s like an I love you from Dudley. They shake and Dudley leaves. End of scene.

It’s such a small moment for Dudley, but did he redeem himself? He had teased and beat up Harry all through his seventeen years. Many were angry with him, but do you blame a child for acting on something when he’s known no difference? He had been taught that Harry was abnormal and an awful boy. He was something that Dudley couldn’t understand and only learned at the hip of his parents. You could stretch this to the idea of homophobic children because that’s what they know. They don’t understand why a person likes somebody of the same gender, so it’s weird and can even be a reason to tease somebody or fear it. Dudley is terrified of Harry’s magic. He doesn’t understand it.

When he has to face Harry leaving, it’s like a whole new world for Dudley. He’s always had Harry. He’s the little brother he was taught to hate though he might not have known why. Dudley wasn’t a bright kid and I don’t think he learned how to think for himself until then. Yes, I’m still angry at what happened to him, but he was nothing but a child. He didn’t know what Harry was. He’s still a bully to other children and still awful, but I think he manages to have a moment of redemption when he realizes his brother of sorts may die in a battle that Dudley can’t even begin to comprehend.

Also, Rowling apparently debated on having Harry see Dudley in the epilogue putting his magical child onto the train. I get goosebumps every time I think of this possibility. It would be amazing and emotional. She decided not to because Petunia killed any possible magic from her side of the family, but still. *Shivers*

So, I just learned that people really hate Wormtail like they hate Umbridge. I was taken by surprise. I know he’s an awful cowering creature, but just like Dudley, he doesn’t know how to think for himself. Before I go further I would just to let you in my head. I don’t believe that there is any reason for somebody to kill another person or make somebody’s life a living hell no matter what that person has been through. We create our own future. The only reason why I could forgive Dudley is because he was still a child and he was changing even if we didn’t get to see what he ended up being. Peter Pettigrew is different because he’s an adult and his point of redemption is one where people really have to ask if he redeemed himself.

Now this is another important scene that was taken from the movie. It’s a scene that still bothers me. I thought it was one of the most important themes in Harry Potter and they took it out. I was disappointed, but I realized I didn’t notice it until I had a conversation about redemption. What happens in said scene is that Wormtail catches Harry and his friends escaping from the prison in the basement of Malfoy Manor. He has his wand pointing at Harry and then Harry says “You’re going to kill me? After I saved your life? You owe me Wormtail!” Wormtail hesitates and in this hesitation the silver hand that Voldemort created, turns on him and strangles him. Dumbledore, later on, said that Harry knew that Pettigrew felt regret. The hand that Voldemort created was evil and didn’t understand those feelings.

Some people wish that he had been killed because it’s what he deserved. Harry couldn’t have killed him because, well, that’s not Harry. I think that it turning on him was the best possible situation. Now did he redeem himself?

He committed one act by letting Harry go. He didn’t even entirely do that, but he felt a bit of regret and that was enough. Since he couldn’t control himself, I don’t think he necessarily redeemed himself. Still, it was close. This is one of those situations where it’s up to the reader. This is what it usually is no matter the situation. It’s all going to be up to the reader to tell if he redeemed himself and still we can’t be sure. I’m on the fence about Peter. Without him having that small act of guilt, it would have ended completely different.

If anyone can look at that image without almost breaking down (or completely), I give you props. Let me tell you, I’m at work right now and am trying to ignore what I just posted because tears will come. They’re guaranteed to. I remember getting to the end of this chapter and just being completely shocked. “How could you do this to me, Rowling? How?!” Of course, I was happy because I like seeing characters turn out good after being really, really bad (I’m watching Buffy  and Angel right now and let me tell ya, I have a lot of hope for Connor, Spike, Wesley, Angel, Faith, Willow, and everybody in that show.) But anyway, I think Snape is one of the most well written characters I’ve come across.

Still, we can talk about redemption with him. Many people say that Snape is their favorite character because they actually like him. I can’t say that. Yes, he went through all of that bad stuff when he was a child and then he lost the only one he’s ever loved, but that doesn’t make him a good person. He was brave. He could hold love, He was still horrible to both Harry and Neville. Harry obviously had forgiven him, but I’m not too sure about Neville. Snape put both of them through so much, I’m not sure how that could be something I could get over.

To the redeeming. He’s such an odd character and I definitely think he redeemed himself, but he’s like all the rest of the characters. People are not good or bad, they walk on the line in between the two and will tend to stumble in either direction. Snape acted for himself through all of the times, something that Dumbledore tried to get him to stop doing. Snape was selfish, though he did save Harry and protected him It was out of love for Lily and I think that if Harry was James’s son and not Lily’s at all, even if he was going to end up saving the Wizarding World, Snape would have stayed with Voldemort.

It was out of love that Snape bothered staying good, something that Tom Riddle couldn’t comprehend as Harry explains at the end. Redemption for him is one that has to be left up to your opinion. Mine is that I think all three characters managed it, in the end.

Finally, a Harry Potter Post!

Oh my goodness.

I am so excited right now.

Why?

Because…

I FINALLY…

get to talk about the greatest thing ever…

the most wonderful series of books I could ever find…

It’s wonderful, isn’t it?

HARRY POTTER!!!!!

*squealing*

So, yeah. My love for Harry Potter is one that has lasted a long time. There have been times when it wasn’t so obvious in my life such as my Senior year of High school. (Why didn’t I pick a Harry Potter quote for the yearbok, WHY?) But it always comes back and I fall deeply in love. Since High school, I have fallen in love with Harry Potter all over again. I love the movies and the books. The books are obviously better, but I can’t say no to the movies. Especially with all the lovely gifs it has blessed me with. Anyway, I’m going to do this in list form, so I can use favorite pictures and tell you why and what I love about Harry Potter. I’m also going to break it up because some are longer than others. There will be more posts later on! I hope you’re as excited as I am! (That’s not possible)

This was originally written last week during Banned Books Week, but I didn’t get to finish it. I’ll try and post parts as much as possible. I’m pretty excited about it!

Now to start with the first two:

1) I grew up with it. This will always be reason #1. Of course, those who read it later on in life can love it just as much, but the feeling of reading it for the first time when you’re just seven years old and growing up with the Potter kids is amazing.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of me reading Harry Potter. My parents were not picture fans nor did they think the Harry Potter craze was going to last. My mother actually didn’t want me to read Harry Potter. She thought it would be too difficult for me to get through and I had to beg to read it. I don’t remember why I wanted to read it so much, but I was set on it. I was so excited when I finished the first one and came out to my parents, set the book down on the couch, and said triumphantly, “I’m done!”. They sat there and barely looked up, “that’s nice.” Thanks parents for all your support. (They weren’t bad parents, but it was true that I didn’t understand a lot of what I read. I had a habit of skimming as a child) Either way, I still fell in love with the series.

 

2) Hermione

Don’t worry, you’ll get him back.

That even made ME feel better.

I agree.

In my search for a gif of Hermione in OOTP, I found this.

The feels….

And we’re back….

There was so much giggling during the scene. Not so fun fact, this is the only movie I didn’t see in theaters.

And even more laughter.

This is the most used one ever, but I really can’t think of any others.

 

She’s the girl, and eventually the woman, I’ve always looked up to. I read an article saying that Hermione is the anti-feminist because of all her tears and screams. Can you imagine if we didn’t have a Hermione who had emotions? I believe that the strongest characteristic of a woman is the ability to hold so many emotions and the love we can have for others. People brought her down because she cried when Ron left. He was her best friend and she knew she may possibly die on the trip. He could die too. Yes, Harry was upset, but he didn’t know what else to do. She did leave with Harry and also left the possibility of ever seeing Ron again.

Also, she’s the brains of the group. Not only that, but she’s the one who brings logic in despite her emotions. Can you imagine the trio without Hermione? It wouldn’t exist. She had flaws and strengths just like a normal person. She could be an insufferable know-it-all, but she could also care about her friends and help them find their way.

I don’t know what I would have done without her.

 

 

 

 

The Art of Reading

I strongly believe there is no need for drugs or alcohol if you have a good book. The feeling of finishing a book book is beyond any feeling you can get from a drug (as well as much better for your body). This feeling is not always a good feeling, I can say that. I don’t think there was a happy feeling when I finished Catching Fire, it was more of a conflicting feeling between suffering and happiness. When I finished 13 Reasons Why, I cried and hated Hannah, but there was a peace that settled around me just as it did to Clay. The end of Harry Potter was an even more confusing feeling. I was still bawling from happiness, sadness, and the end of my childhood. I was on a high at two in the morning and felt connected to everyone around me. It was a crazy feeling.

I need a good camera, so we can explore my actual reading situation. I am more of the sprawling out type.

So, what book put me into this mood? Well, I just finished Divergent. There are a number of book-to-movie premieres happening in the next two years and I want to be able to read the books before watching the movie. I read Beautiful Creatures right before Divergent and wasn’t confident n the way I felt about it, earning it three stars on Goodreads.

Meryl Streep

There’s a such thing as showing and not telling, Garcia.

I know Divergent is another Young Adult dystopian novel like so many that have been coming out, but I’m a sucker for those type of books. They pull me in and there’s usually some type of romance that helps lighten the spirit up and makes me giggle way too much. Unfortunately, it didn’t last because Divergent has one of the saddest endings for a book that’s a first of a series. There were so many deaths and it makes me worry about what’s to come. Two emotions I can easily feel if it’s being explained to me or am around people feeling the same: happiness and sadness. Happiness is easier for me to get from books and sadness is easier for me to pick up on when it comes to reality. Both are strong, much stronger than anger, bravery, and fear. When I read, I get sucked in. There’s nothing like it. I can remember reading the book for the first time and remember what I related it to. There’s always something that pops up that looks like my life and that’s how I know an author has achieved. 

So far, I haven’t gone on about my favorite books. I read predominately YA, but I also like to explore Children’s fantasy and have a few favorite adult authors. Harry Potter is my favorite and will always be. Always. I do like Sarah Dessen, John Green, and I’m a sucker for Dystopian. Sherrilyn Kenyon’s new book, Styx came out a few days ago and I’m off to pick up my copy tomorrow! (Yays all around) I took a Tolkien class and fell in love with The Lord of the Rings. I’ve always loved the movies, but the books captivated me as well. I love Judy Blume from her kids books to her adult books (though not all of them). The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the rest of the series sends me into a craze when I read them where I decide I’m going to get a tattoo, become a lawyer, and explore my sexuality. I did end up looking into Women’s Studies because of this book. I will admit it. 

 

Reading is a love I will never destroy. I stopped reading in my Freshmen year due to stress over being at college and handling classes. I was bordering on depression where I sat around and watched movies most of the time. One weekend, I picked up a book I knew I would love and it all came back to me. Back in high school, I went through a bad break-up where I overreacted to everything. During Winter Break, I consoled myself by listening to my iPod at full blast and reading and rereading books like a maniac. It made everything better even if it annoyed my mom.

Except not really because my mom would have killed me.

I’m not sure if all of you like to read or if you claim you don’t have time for it. Reading is one of those things you can make time for. Stop watching tv, put down your game controller, decide to take a day inside, and for goodness sakes doesn’t the Internet ever get boring?! (I know, it’s easy to escape, but consider your options.)

I learn things from reading, pick up on new interests, and meet a ton of people just by having common reading tastes. I met a new friend over the summer just because we’re huge Potterheads. I’m not sure what this post was going to be about. I was just going to talk about my love for Divergent, but as they usually do, it went off on a tangent. I will post about my love for Harry Potter. It’s necessary. 

I figured out how to put gifs in posts! Yay! Trust me guys, this won’t get annoying.