Favorites from the Internet: 1/29 – 2/2

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I feel that recently there’s been a lot of bad news. Well, the past year has been filled with bad news and it’s been really tough. You want to keep in mind your self care, but when the president is doing funny things or someone scares another group of people it’s difficult to keep focused.

People feel worse from bad news and that kind of feeling can leak into other parts of your world. I know that I’m very guilty of this and have had stress and anxiety from being too connected to the bad stuff happening in the world. My husband is even convinced that his stress about winter has made me stressed about winter.

So I’ve decided to dedicate my Friday posts to sharing some good news. This will include some bookish-related news, but mostly fun stuff I find and read on the Internet. I figured that the world can do with a bit of good news so might as well include them here.

For this Friday, there just happened to be a lot of stuff going on. First there was the State of the Union address, which I won’t get into. It caused a ton of controversy, so I spent the rest of the week reminded myself that there are worse things in the world and way better news to share.

I’m obsessed with War and Peace

My big obsession this week has been Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale called War and Peace. However, unlike most people in the bookish world, I’m watching the BBC 8-part series. I spent my evenings this week laughing at Pierre for being such a turd and seeing all these women either losing their husbands to war or other women or just to themselves. A lot of women waiting around for their beaus to return from whatever they’re doing. It’s kind of fun and really dramatic.

Also, I can’t help but to watch this show and think about how Russia used to be before the French took over and then communism. I wonder if Russia will ever experience a glory like they did when they were just a monarchy.

 

Super Blue Blood Moon

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Photo used by NASA

“I see a blood moon rising…”

I’ve been living in blood moon world while playing Zelda: The Breath of Wild on Nintendo. Every time the blood moon rises in the game, the folks I already killed miraculously come back to life. This isn’t that terrible of a fate especially when you don’t keep track of your kills.

But when I heard there was going to be a blood moon FOR REAL I had to check it out. While I missed the real thing in the city, I saw the telescopic images from NASA and you have to admit that this thing is pretty cool. I’m not a big science person and my husband loves it more than I do, but I think that a giant red moon is something that you got to see. Also, the craters from meteors look pretty spectacular on the lunar surface.

Dumbledore is Gay and No One is Doing Anything About It

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Photo used from BoingBoing

If you weren’t aware, many years ago JK Rowling made a statement that Dumbledore is gay. Back then, people were outraged with knowing that Dumbledore is gay and how that goes against some of the more Christian sensibilities in the world.

Now, as the new Crimes of Grindelwald movie news comes out, it sounds like Dumbledore won’t be exploring his new sexual freedom with his bestie and possible former lover, Grindelwald.

I didn’t know much about the controversy, so I did some research and I can see why people are so upset. When the world is crying for some representation on all marginalized voices, you’d think this would be a good chance for JK Rowling to show that Dumbledore is more than just the kooky professor and wizard. However, it sounds like Rowling won’t be making any attempts to explore this part of the famous wizard’s life.

I wish that they would really approach this theme. Having one of the most famous wizards of all time be openly gay means a lot to the LGBTQ community as well as any marginalized fans of Harry Potter. After the display of minorities in the books and films, you’d think that JK Rowling would grow up a little and bring the films into 2018.

I just think it would have been a great opportunity to explore this and it was just missed. We can have a movie with a bunch of monsters and mythical creatures, but we can’t have a gay Dumbledore? Probably the saddest news I heard all week.

The Cover Reveal of A Court of Frost and Starlight

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This is the last piece of news for the week, but I’m so excited to share it! The Internet was abuzz this week when Bloomsbury released the latest cover for Sarah J. Maas’s latest book, A Court of Frost and Starlight. This book in the epic series will be a novella that bridges the last book (A Court of Wings and Ruin) to some spinoff series Maas will be writing. I think I will pretty much read anything Sarah J Maas writes because her work is incredibly detailed. Also, she announced that she’s pregnant and probably will be busy with the baby soon, so this might be it for a little while…

If you’re not an avid follower of this series, this is a good high fantasy you’ll have trouble putting down. I mean, it took me a day to finish one of the books, which was 800-pages long! These books are so good with romance, action and adventure, politics, and a lot of kick ass girl power.

This cover is so so beautiful and if you’re a follower of the series, then you know about the tattoos down her right arm. Even if you’re not a fan or haven’t read it yet, you have to admit that this pic really gets you psyched for the new one!

2 thoughts on “Favorites from the Internet: 1/29 – 2/2

  1. I have been wondering if I should watch that series or not for a long time but it seems it’s not a bad one? So, maybe I will give that one a chance. About the Super Blue Blood moon, well, I saw it and it was an experience, I must say. And good god, the thing with Dumbledore really pisses me off but I am trying to control my anger online. J. K. R. is responsible for the screenplays and frankly, if she had outed Dumbledore as gay then shouldn’t she even hint at it in movies where he’s young and the love of his life is also present? Ugh, I am not going to start talking about it here but I am really disappointed with the way this issue is handled by JKR and the others. And all this talk about Sarah J. Maas is making me want to read the books. For some reason, I haven’t really done that, I am not even sure why I am reluctant to be honest.

    Oh, well. I really enjoyed the post though so thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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    1. Thanks so much for the comments! I think you’re totally right. Saying randomly “Dumbledore is gay” will always come with some explanation, some recognition of it in the films or books, and some representation! I’m really hoping that maybe it was an oversight for this film and he’ll be more open in the next movies. Fingers crossed.

      And omg yes, read A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s SO GOOD!

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