My favorite thing in a post is when people add their personal stories on the tags/comment.
Right now around 95% are people freaking out that it’s been seven years already / feeling old / was extremely young, plus the random comments about those kids in the last picture getting several copies - WHY?
But there are some incredibly nostalgic stories sprinkled in between and I loved reading those. I spent some time reading the tags and finding out that people vividly remember details like:
how old they were when it came out
exactly where they were
who they’re with
lining up for hours before its release
wearing costumes while in line
dragging their parents to the bookstore for the midnight release because they were too young then
dragging their families to bookstores while on vacation to buy the book
travelling hours to the nearest bookstore / going through several bookstores to find a copy
the number of hours it took for them to read it
not sleeping until they finished it
pretending to be sick so that they can stay at home and finish reading it
the deaths they cried for
parents surprising their kids with copies when they get home
the emotions they had while reading the book
kids who had to wait for a translated copy because English wasn’t their first language and couldn’t understand it back then
and many more
(If you have time and xkit, read the tags. They’re absolutely wonderful)
Yes, Harry Potter is not the best story out there. It has it’s own flaws. But the influence it had cannot be denied. I don’t know if there will be another book that will have this much impact on a generation. I sure hope so because this was a great thing to experience. I feel lucky to have grown up with the series and experience this first hand.
Also, it seems like the whole Sunday / early Monday was crazy because so many notes from the Epic Reads post, then that HP post just went insane (I totally did not expect that), and the Beauty and the Beast ask too. I am bewildered.
Now I’m just 16 followers away from 20k and no thanks to my giveaway it seems. LOL. That’s a first.
“Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?”—The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore by Tennessee Williams (via splitterherzen)
I’m feeling a little down and stressed out right now, so I wanted to send a shout out to a couple bloggers who I love talking to and just seeing their icon on my dash brings smiles to my face and I know that this list isn’t long enough, but I absolutely love this child and this child. I’ve been talking to them a lot (ish) over the last week and they just made me feel happy and yea… goodbye now.
Awww, ily too Sammi! And sorry to hear you’re not feeling too great - I hope you feel better soon ^^
Aww Sammi, you know where to find me. Just send me a message on any blog and I’ll be there. I hope you’re okay :)
Ooh, this is going to be harder than Unwind since I’ve read this at least 10 years ago. Hmmmm let’s see what I can remember… Someone correct me because I know I would get parts wrong.
It’s about a girl named Lyra who lives Oxford, England. The series has several parallel dimensions, and some can travel between worlds but you can’t stay long in the world other than your own for long because it shortens your life span). In Lyra’s original world (which is exactly like ours), everyone has daemons, or animal manifestations of their soul or conscience (they can talk) which can change appearance until the child comes of age and then they settle into a permanent animal form.
The series has strong religious themes. There’s the Magisterium which is like the powerful Church and controls everyone. The concept of dust, which is represents sin or something. The series revolves on finding out how dust affects everyone, the daemons and why they settle into their permanent form, and the parallel worlds.
It’s hard to give a gist of the plot because it gets very complicated and confusing if you’re not familiar with the foundation of the story so I’ll leave it at that.
For me, this particular series is one of those you loved it or you hate it books. It just depends on the reader.
“You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.”—Paulo Coelho (via hannahsofia)
1.Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied.
2.Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time.
3.Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read.
4.Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also”—
Coleridge’s allegory on the type of readers reflects his beliefs about the purpose of literature, which should provide its readers with examples of the “good & pure,” but can only do so if they are willing to read with an active mind and a waking judgement. -Lucy Newlyn.