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Happy Birthday JK Rowling and Harry Potter!

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JK Rowling

Now, I know I’m a day late, but I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Birthday to one of my all time favourite authors. She has touched the lives of millions of people across the world with an incredibly magical and moral story and it is hard to believe that Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was published in 1997!

Her own story seems just as magical as she went from living in a tiny flat in London living off Benefits to one of the richest women in Britain in just 3 years.

Harry Potter taught us about loyalty, good and evil, doing what is right in the face of adversity, and courage. We’ve watched the trio grow up besides us and adopted them as fictional friends throughout our childhood in which they gave us a sense of escapism. We’ve dreamt of going to Hogwarts, meeting Dumbledore, and pulling pranks with Fred and George! In short, JK Rowling has inspired a generation to pick up a book and be enthralled in another world children and adults alike.

I thank you JK Rowling, for your perseverance throughout hardships and never giving up on Harry and giving hope to millions of people. Happy Birthday JK Rowling, and our friend, Harry Potter.

Favourite Harry Potter Quotes:

‘It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’

‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.’

‘Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?’

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The Fifty Shades Trilogy – Why The Hype?

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These books are getting on my nerves! Quite frankly, these books are not my cup of tea but I have heard endlessly about them.

I didn’t want to make a judgement based on my friend’s next door neighbours mums cousin, Rita (you get the idea) so I read a few reviews to see what all the fuss is about. Here are reviews I found on books one, two, and three. The general consensus is that the reviews are fairly accurate and a better read than the books!

So, the main characters are Anastasia (Ana) Steele and Christian Grey. Ana is a naive, dim-witted invertebrate who is so insecure for the life of her she is unable to stop questioning herself. Literally.

Christian is a handsome billionaire, and a control freak with a very disturbing childhood. His sexual interests are just as disturbing as he claims Ana reminds him of his dead crack whore mother (oh to be in love!).

The author cannot stop complementing his looks and it seems to be the only reason Ana has any interest in him whatsoever. My mistake, I forgot about his billions of dollars. Ana seems worse for feminism than what’s her face from Twilight and that’s saying something!

So, if it’s not the characters that have millions of people hooked to these books, maybe it is the quality of writing or the plot? WRONG. There is no plot and a child could string better sentences together.

And then there’s the talk of the books hitting the big screen. A FILM. SERIOUSLY?! You want to make a film about a borderline abusive lover which is basically going to be a porno? As long as he’s pretty, right? There is also talk of Emma Watson playing Ana. A lot of us have watched her grow up beside us, whilst watching and reading Harry Potter so the idea of it is cringe worthy. I’m not going to pretend I personally know Emma Watson, but by her image, her attitude towards education  and choice to represent high-end brands such as Lancome, I highly doubt she would consider the degrading role of Ana.

I cannot tell you the reason behind the Fifty Shades hype. I do however, weep for humanity.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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I recently read this book because I saw the trailer of the film and I was curious about it. I’m glad I did because I think it will go down as one of my all time favourite books.

The layout is risky for a typical book as it is basically letters written by the main character, Charlie. I was skeptical about it and I was really hoping it wouldn’t be a soppy ‘Dear Diary’ kind of thing, which it isn’t.

So, without giving too much away (I really recommend you read it!), Charlie is an outsider and he is 15 years old. He doesn’t have any friends and the one friend he did have committed suicide. The only member of his family that he was particularly close to was his Aunt Helen but she too, passed away.

He notices pretty much everything that goes on around him but he doesn’t ‘participate’ he just sits back and watches life pass by. Then one day he met Sam and Patrick. Two people who took a real interest in him.

A few quotes from the book.

‘Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve’

‘And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.’

‘I am very interested and fascinated by how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.’

‘I don’t know how much longer I can keep going without a friend. I used to be able to do it very easily, but that was before I knew what having a friend was like. It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.’

‘But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.’

‘It’s great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn’t need a shoulder? What if they need the arms or something like that? You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things.’

‘So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them’