For those of you savvy readers who were following us last year, you may remember Bookmarks, a weekly feature where we rounded up the top five bookish articles, photos and links from the inter-webs each week. This week, there was SO MUCH to talk about that we decided to bring Bookmarks back, and trust me–it’s better than ever. See below for what’s new and exciting in the literary world!
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1. NEW HARRY POTTER!
It’s no surprise that the quick glimpse into the lives of our favourite wizards earns the first spot in our Bookmarks post. This week, J.K. Rowling published a short story on the Pottermore website, in which Harry Potter attends the Quidditch World Cup with his family. The piece is written from the perspective of the gossip columnist that all HP Fans love to hate, Rita Skeeter of the Daily Prophet, and even gives some insight into some of our other favourite characters from Hogwarts.
2. Erika Johansen wants female protagonists of all shapes and sizes.
Erika Johansen, author of The Queen of the Tearling (one of my favourite new books this summer) wrote a fantastic article on Buzzfeed Books about “Why We Need ‘Ugly’ Heroines”. In it, she stresses the importance of realistic female protagonists in literature. TLDR? Here are some important takeaways:
Real women, even if they aren’t queens, have real problems: jobs to do; bills to pay; families to raise; domestic and sexual violence to worry about; sexism to combat; and sometimes racism, homophobia, and other forms of bigotry as well. When the average adult heroine pushes these real problems aside in favor of worrying about how to live happily ever after with her prince, I don’t find her admirable, nor do I find her a good role model.
There are all kinds of women out there; many of us contribute to society, and many of us go unnoticed in a crowd. But we are still worth writing about, still worth publishing…and still waiting to see ourselves on the cover of that fantasy novel.
Read the full article here.
3. What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading
Zadie Smith wrote another great post this week, this time about “What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading”. It’s a short piece, and I think that a lot of Savvy Readers can relate to her words:
For me, being a reader, in summer or at any other time, isn’t a “lifestyle choice.” Rather, I made the choice—if that’s what it was—so long ago, it has taken on an inescapable character in my mind.
I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives.
I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated.
Books are my version of “experiences.” I’m made of them.
4. Trailers, trailers, trailers!
This was also a busy week for fans of book-to-film adaptations (and a little inconvenient for those of us who ahem, drop everything at work when a trailer for an upcoming book adaptation is released). See the three exciting new trailers below.
And last, but certainly not least,
5. Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall in Love With
Of course, we always like to end Bookmarks with something fun, so here’s an article from Elite Daily that explains why “Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall in Love With” (but we didn’t need science to tell you that!) Read it here.