Friday, 3 February 2017

A small gesture of support for J K Rowling

Whilst in the throngs of arranging my kid’s first Harry Potter Book Night Party, I became aware of the social media storm that has embroiled J K Rowling’s twitter feed. @jk_rowling

Prep for Harry Potter Book Night

I am quite frankly appalled by the aggressive reaction to Rowling’s recent tweets. Surely the author who brought us Harry Potter’s Wizarding World which shone a light on prejudice is perfectly placed to comment about the current state of the world? If not because she (like the rest of us) live on the planet so has a vested interest but also, as her books have had studies proving that reading them makes the reader more empathetic, [press here to still the full article] it seems a logical extension for Rowling to shine a light on global trend which is the stark opposite; spreading ignorance which leads to hate which turns to a very slippery and un-harmonious slope.

The reaction to Rowling’s observations have been swift, numerous and brutal [press here to read more]. The tweets are aggressive, even threatening and promising to burn her books and DVD’s. I’m shocked and saddened that people would react in such a scathing and aggressive manner; why not be tolerant and understanding about other people opinions – oh what’s that called again? – Oh empathy!


A Cornish Pixie caught in The Half Blood Prince

So I’ve decided to show my support for Rowling in a small way - by reading her books.

You see, I have never read a JK ROWLING BOOK. *Cue shocked faces and glares of disdain* Now, don’t judge, let me explain why.
  1. I was too old to be swept up in the phenomena when the first books were published.
  2. The first books were published during my decade long break from recreational reading (secondary school through to graduation from uni).
  3. I LOVED the first film, and so knowing that when I see a film after reading the book I’m always disappointed and wanting to enjoy all the films (see my previous blog post about films books), I vowed not to read them until I’d watched all the movies. Of course I had to wait a good few years for that.
  4. When I first tried to read the books – I couldn’t. whether it was due to small print and me going through a bad spout of dyslexia or that I broke my decade of not reading by reading YA novels (all first person), and I found the change to middle grade jilting, I don’t know. But please don’t get me wrong I LOVE the stories, and my kids (12 & 10) have read the books, I however just couldn’t get off the first page.

So when my husband was at work and the kids were asleep, I sat down, at 9 o clock, with my hot water bottle, a glass of wine and The Philosophers Stone and began to read. And what can I say, other than when my husband (who bearing striking resemblance to certain wizard) eventually got home at 11, I’d read half the books, (without even getting up to refill my glass) and considering that due to my dyslexia making me a very slow reader, it’s a testament to how much I’m loving it. I’m a convert you might say.





And so, to support J K Rowling, and her right to speak or tweet her mind and observations, I pledge to read all her books.

9 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're enjoying them at last! The films were very good but there's so much more in the books. The Prisoner of Azkhaban is my particular favourite and has lots of subtle touches which (understandably but sadly) didn't make it into the film.

    Incidentally, it sounds like JK has been doing a pretty good job of dealing with her critics. Some of her Twitter comebacks are magnificent. :-)

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    1. HI Alice, Thank for dropping by, yes, i'm a bit late to the party but am immensely enjoying the books. And yes, i've seen some JK responses, which are fabulous!

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    2. Prisoner of Azkhaban is my favourite too!

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  2. Well said, Sally! I think you're going to love them.

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    1. Thanks Paula, so far i'm totally loving them!

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  3. I'm guilty of reading only four out of the bunch, and out of order. But I'm planning to rectify that once I've read all the books written by my prolific author friends. Too prolific.

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    1. HI Candy, so glad that i'm no alone in the lack of Rowling reading!

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  4. Wow I can't comprehend the maths...9pm to 11pm? 4 books? How can anyone read that fast?! Even WITHOUT dyslexia? Maybe I've misunderstood. Unputdownable I agree. My children won't touch them though. Heathens.

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    1. OMG no, I didn't read four books in two hours!! I read half of book one! The photo of the book further up belongs to my kids!

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