- Question submitted by Anonymous
"I recently found out that one of my good friends is lesbian, which I've always suspected anyways. Never thought about asking her as I think it's best to let her come out at her own pace. The thing is, she's told a couple of other friends. I wouldn't be so hurt if we haven't known each other for much, MUCH longer. Now it makes me feel like she never really viewed me as a close friend all along. She's trusted me with a lot before so, why not this? Any ideas? I can't wrap my head around it at all"
- Question submitted by Anonymous
This is really interesting because I feel like we hear the other side of this all the time. We talk to people who say “I didn’t tell my BFF first and I think she’s upset, but I just wasn’t ready.” In fact, yours truly (read:…
See, Rowling largely operates Harry’s generation in a clear system of parallels to the previous generation, Marauders and all. Harry is his father—Quidditch star, a little pig-headed sometimes, an excellent leader. Ron is Sirius Black—snarky and fun, loyal to a fault, mired in self-doubts. Hermione is Remus Lupin—book smart and meticulous, always level-headed, unfailingly perceptive. Ginny is Lily Evans—a firecracker, clever and kind, unwilling to take excuses. Draco Malfoy is Severus Snape—a natural foil to Harry, pretentious, possessed of the frailest ego and also deeper sense of right and wrong when it counts. And guess what? Neville Longbottom is Peter Pettigrew.
Neville is a perfect example of how one single ingredient in the recipe can either ruin your casserole (or stew, or treacle tart, whatever you like), or utterly perfect your whole dish. Neville is the tide-turner, the shiny hinge. And all because he happens to be in the same position as Wormtail… but makes all the hard choices that Pettigrew refused the first time around. Other characters are in similar positions, but none of them go so far as Neville. None of them prove that the shaping of destiny is all on the individual the way he does.
What if Charlie Weasley is asexual? Like what if when his brothers were going through puberty and getting crushes on girls and just obsessing over them, Charlie was just like, “Guys. DRAGONS.”
J.K. Rowling confirms it here.
virginiawoolfsmistress asked: all of them too!! i' really really want to know
- What was the last book you read? Holding the Man - Timothy Conigrave (it was like two weeks ago but i read 8 books at once or a book all in one go okay)
- Was it a good one? LIKE YES.
- What made it good? Okay, so it’s an autobio about this fella that grew up in the city i currently live in and it’s got queer representation and doesn’t wank on like a lot of autobios do and it had this great pace and rhythm and it’s really heartwrenching but also shows the inevitable passage of boring time and just YES PLEASE.
- Would you recommend it to other people? I think I just did.
- How often do you read? I try to read about 3 books a week, but lately it’s been ‘read 200 pages a day and then put the book down for three months’
- Do you like to read? It is my favourite. Except for maybe writing. Or making out.
- What was the last bad book you read? Like, finished? Bleak house, cause I had to read it for uni. Started? This book on the decline of men my friend’s ma told me to read.
- What made you dislike it? Dickens. 0/10. The other book was just an unsubstantiated extended editorial about an upper middle class white woman saying ‘i’ve got mine so you don’t need yours, right?’
- Do you wish to be a writer? More than anything.
- Has any book every influenced you greatly? OKAY:
South of the Border, West of the Sun - Murakami
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler - Calvino
Kingdom of Fear - HST
The Collected Letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West (unicorn/10 do it)
Watchmen - Alan Moore
Perks - Chbosky
Atomised - Michel Houllebecq
Lolita - Nabokov
Tropic of Cancer - Miller
Broken - Daniel Clay
Streetcar Named Desire - Tenessee Williams
The Reasons I Won’t be Coming - Elliot Perlman
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
- Do you read fanfiction? Not any more, I did when I was still on dA
- Do you write fanfiction? Nope
- What’s your favorite book? Please see the list of books in Q10 +:
The Tale of Desperaux - DiCamillo
Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
GoF-TDH - JKR
The End of Mr Y - Scarlett Thomas
Junky - Burroughs
Your Voice in my Head - Emma Forrest
- What’s your least favorite book? Something by Ayn Rand or those new super sexist YAF/Porn books that promote really unhealthy relationships and glorify abuse.
- Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)? Physical. ALL OF THE ANNOTATIONS.
- When did you learn to read? I was four.
- What is your favorite book you had to read in school? Primary School: HP (I wrote an essay about GoF!) High School: Broken - Daniel Clay
- What is your favorite book series? EITHER The Tropics - Miller, HP - JKR, or maybe WoT - Jordan
- Who is your favorite author? It’d be a tie between Haruki Murakami, Henry Miller, Italo Calvino and Roberto Bolaño.
(and secretly maybe Raymond Chandler or HST or Joe Abercrombie or Scarlett Thomas or Leonard Cohen or Alan Moore or Elliot Perlman)
- What is your favorite genre? Fiction/Fantasy>Poetry>Plays>AutoBio>
- Who is your favorite character in a book series? Ariel Manto or Skunk Cunningham, or Aviendha, or Egwene Al’Vere, or Elimndera ‘Min’ Farshaw, or Gandalf, or Legolas (such sass) or many more
- Has a book ever transported you somewhere else? Almost always.
- Which book do you wish had a sequel? The End of Mr Y
- Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel? Brisingr.
- How long does it take you to read a book? I will either read a book in one sitting, or over a really long period of time. I read at about 80-100 pages an hour depending on density, though.
- Do you like when books become movies? Yes. I really appreciate the way a new media can reinterpret a story or idea and try hard not to judge a movie by the book it was made from.
- Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation? ehhhhh?
- Which movie has done a book justice? I think ‘doing a book justice’ implies a relationships between books and movies that i don’t like so idk
- Do you read newspapers? Sometimes
- Do you read magazines? Rarely
- Do you prefer newspapers or magazines? Depends who is writing it
- Do you read while in bed? Sometimes
- Do you read while on the toilet? Almost always
- Do you read while in the car? yup.
- Do you read while in the bath? It’s great except then the bath gets cold and i have to put my book down to get warm again
- Are you a fast reader? Fairly?
- Are you a slow reader? No.
- Where is your favorite place to read? Specifically, my best friend’s old house; on the back patio in early spring when it’s just starting to warm up and it’s about 11am and we’re alternating who is making tea and rolling cigarettes. Generally, on a one-seat armchair with my legs draped over the sides next to a window.
- Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read? Not usually.
- Do you need a room to be silent while you read? It doesn’t really matter to me
- Who gave you your love for reading? Books.
- What book is next on your list to read? I’m rereading another Bolaño and then i was gonna reread Lian hearn but also i need to read more of my classics
- When did you start to read chapter books? 6? 7?
- Who is your favorite children’s book author? JKR
- Which author would you most want to interview? STEPHEN FRY
- Which author do you think you’d be friends with? I like to foster the fantasy that i’d get along with Woolf and the Beatniks and what not, but i’ve really no clue.
- What book have you reread the most? PROBABLY: South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami; or The Tale of Desperaux - Kate DiCamillo.
- Which books do you consider “classics”? Penguin classics i suppose but also i refer to the books that shaped my early literary opinions personal classics
- Which books do you think should be taught in every school? QUEER/FEMALE/NON ROMANTIC/POC/POLITICALLY COMPLEX BOOKS WITH SPACE CAUSE SPACE IS AWESOME.
- Which books should be banned from all schools? Books claiming to be ‘non-fiction’ that are unsubstantiated and have nothing to do with the school curriculum.
topicunrelated asked: 7, 18, 19, 38 & 47
7. What was the last bad book you read?
Like, finished? Bleak house, cause I had to read it for uni. Started? This book on the decline of men my friend’s ma told me to read.
18. What is your favourite book series?
EITHER The Tropics - Miller, HP - JKR, or maybe WoT - Jordan
19. Who is your favorite author?
It’d be a tie between Haruki Murakami, Henry Miller, Italo Calvino and Roberto Bolaño.
(and secretly maybe Raymond Chandler or HST or Joe Abercrombie or Scarlett Thomas or Leonard Cohen or Alan Moore)
38. Where is your favorite place to read?
Specifically, my best friend’s old house; on the back patio in early spring when it’s just starting to warm up and it’s about 11am and we’re alternating who is making tea and rolling cigarettes. Generally, on a one-seat armchair with my legs draped over the sides next to a window.
47. What book have you reread the most?
PROBABLY: South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami; or The Tale of Desperaux - Kate DiCamillo.