In a diverse, forward-thinking age, the wonderfully woke generation of so-called millennials are starting to look more closely at the entertainment of the past. Look at the backlash of Friends‘ arrival on Netflix earlier this year. We still love it, but we can no longer ignore the lack of multicultural characters, the ‘token’ lesbian couple or Joey’s constant creepiness. We notice things more, and we won’t stand for the things we’re noticing.
I think it’s great that we’re taking issue with shows like Friends. It shows how much more accepting we are just 20 years later. The world is a scary, discriminatory place, but I genuinely believe my generation is the most tolerant yet and I have high hopes for what it can achieve.
It’s OK to like problematic things. Friends still makes me laugh and cry. We just need to be aware of what’s wrong with it too. With that in mind, I turned my attention to the Harry Potter series.
J. K. Rowling has had some controversial opinions lately, but whatever I think of her keyboard-warrier habit, I do think that the Harry Potter books are not, as a rule, very problematic. However, there are some messed-up moments that I have picked up on as I grow more observant of these attitudes. Here are 7 problematic moments in the Harry Potter franchise.
One of my most anticipated bookish releases for 2017 is the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the next in the series from Jim Kay.
Today, the new cover was revealed and this is what it looks like:
I read a lot of books this month, but still haven’t found any new favourites. But anyway, here are the books I read in August!
1. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
Before you read this, I’d like to reiterate that you absolutely must not read this or any other spoiler-y reviews before you see the play! If you’d like to read my thoughts, here is my spoiler-free review of the onstage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I was lucky enough to go and see last weekend. (Seriously, I cannot believe my luck. I feel like a member of the A-list.)
If you’ve seen the show and are interested in my general thoughts on acting and staging, I talk about these in the spoiler-free version as well. Below follows an in-depth discussion on the parts of the play that are not common knowledge, like how particular things are staged or certain characters that not everyone knows appear in the story. I’m also writing this under the assumption that people who are reading it know what happens, so I will talk about specific plotpoints. So finally, please please PLEASE do not read on if you haven’t read the script or seen the show! #KeepTheSecrets!!!
Guys, guys. I know how you feel.
I’m lucky enough to have tickets for the show, but even though I’m a massive theatre geek, I wish JKR had written a novel instead.
A lot of people fell in love with reading through Potter. A lot of us already loved to read, but had never found a book as game- and life-changing as when we read Philosopher’s Stone for the first time. It seems like a bit of a slap in the face, therefore, that the 8th story has been reserved for such a select group of people.
Oh my god, guys, this has to be the best readathon ever – The Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon created by Aentee at Read at Midnight.
The idea of the readathon is to treat each book you read between 14th Aug and 4th Sept as a gym that you have to battle. You win CP points by doing certain activities, such as beating a gym (i.e. finishing a book), evolving your pokemon or by reading a certain number of pages (1CP every 10 pages, i.e. 10CP every 100 pages).
For a full list of how you can earn extra CP during the ReadThemAllThon, go take a look at Aentee’s post here where she outlines how to excel at this brilliantly imaginative challenge.
But first, I need to choose my Pokemon!
GUYS GUYS GUYS THERE’S A POKEMON GO BOOK TAG. LOOK HERE IT IS.
If you’ve read my last few posts, you might have noticed I’m a little obsessed with Pokemon at the moment. I mean, I’ve always been obsessed with Pokemon – it was all-encompassing in my childhood, even more so than Harry Potter – but right now, with Pokemon Go taking over the world, my obsession has come back with a vengeance.
I haven’t been tagged for this but when I saw it on Nazahet’s blog, Read Diverse Books, I obviously had to do it! It was originally created by Aentee at Read at Midnight (she also created the awesome graphics for this tag!).