Things I Would Change in Books

Sometimes books are perfect and don’t need changing. Sometimes they’re almost perfect. Sometimes they could’ve been*. Sometimes I think: how could that be changed? So here we go, a few things I would change about certain books**

* *cries because of all that lost potential*
** a.k.a. books that came to mind right now

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Epilogue

I don’t hate the epilogue, but I completely understand why people dislike it. That being said, while I don’t hate it, recently a different idea formed in my head.

19 years later, Harry Potter has returned to Hogwarts to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts, all was well

let’s ignore the fact that 2017 is not well at all hahaha *sobs*

I understand Harry wanting to be an Auror at age 15, but adult Harry? It’s constantly pointed out that Hogwarts is Harry’s home, and after Order of the Phoenix Harry becoming a teacher makes a lot more sense.

I really like the idea of Harry standing in front of a class (Albus*, Scorpius and Rose being in that class), teaching the new generation about the war, talking about the importance of House Unity while fondly looking at his son, his son’s best friend and niece (because Rose would NOT treat Al and Scorp the way she did in The Cursed Child – the girl raised by Hermione Jean Granger would NOT behave that way). The bell rings signalling the end of class, Ginny comes in, having retired from the Holyhead Harpies and now being the flying instructor and Quidditch referee, hugging her son. Harry joins in, embarrassing Albus further. All was well

Of course it would be more detailed, mentioning Ron and Hermione and what they’re up to, but I really like this idea. Again, I’m not saying I hate the epilogue, this is just an idea that formed in my head that I wanted to share

* Though maybe if I’m changing this anyway I’d change his name too

Uprooted – Agnieszka ends up with Kasia

I didn’t like the relationship with Agniezka and her love interest at all – he continuously treats her like trash, is incredibly condescending and it’s just a straight-up abusive relationship. Meanwhile Agniezka’s relationship with her best friend Kasia is at the root of the story, we were again and again shown that they love each other, they risk their lives for each other because they didn’t want to live without the other – it was beautiful and healthy, but of course they’re just gal pals

Crooked Kingdom – Apparently someone died??

People claim that one of the main characters died in Crooked Kingdom?? I don’t know what they’re talking about?? No one died??

Y’all got the wrong edition no one died

And if they did die I just changed that*

* no one dies on this blog**
** Speaking of no one dying…

All books – no one except bad guys die

I wasn’t going to go there, because no one dying when they’re fighting a war is unrealistic. But screw that. My heart doesn’t want realism. My heart wants happy endings. And I’ll give my heart what it wants

What would you change about certain books? Would you change the epilogue of Harry Potter? Do you have some weird edition of Crooked Kingdom in which apparently someone dies?? Let me know in the comments!

Characters I Would Fight You For

Look, I’m not a violent person. I literally can’t hurt a fly. I’ll open a window and wave my arms around the fly towards the window hoping it will fly out the window. But if you talk bad about these characters there’s a chance I’ll fight you. At least mentally

Harry Potter

Maybe you’re thinking: Michelle, who hates Harry frickin’ Potter?? Well lots of people apparently! A while back I was looking for annoying YA characters for a tag (my mind was going blank so I needed inspiration) and I found Harry on pretty much every list?? And of course the reason he was on there was because of his behaviour in Order of the Phoenix.

HE. HAS. PTSD. AND. IS. AN. ABUSE. VICTIM

Yes, he shouldn’t blow up at people and having PTSD isn’t an excuse for it, but it is a reason. He’s 15 years old, having dealt with a lot of traumatic crap already and now he’s finally blowing up. Order of the Phoenix Harry shows us how human Harry is and that watching Cedric die, facing Voldemort once again and this time with his full powers restored, being surrounded by Death Eaters, seeing his dead parents come out of Voldemorts wand… That was all just too much for him and he can’t handle it anymore.

Another complaint is that Harry won’t go to Dumbledore about Umbridge because he doesn’t want to bother him. He grew up in an abusive household, where he wasn’t even allowed to ask questions, let alone ask for help or go to the Dursley’s with his problems. Not to mention he already felt like a bother to Dumbledore since he was avoiding him.

I swear I will fight you for my son Harry Potter

Ron Weasley

I know Ron has flaws, but let’s not forget that he’s incredibly loyal to his friends? And he won’t take any crap from pure-blood supremacists? His wand was broken and he still tried to hex Malfoy, even though he knew it could backfire badly. He stood on a frickin’ broken leg and used himself as a shield to protect Harry from a supposed mass-murderer who was supposed to be an expert at the Dark Arts. Yes, he lets his jealousy get to him sometimes, but he’s only human. He wrote his mom to make sure Harry would get Christmas presents. He broke Harry out and invited him to his home. That boy would do anything for his friends.

Is this Ron protecting Harry from Sirius or me protecting Ron from the haters

Heroes of Olympus characters that aren’t Percy and Annabeth (and Leo before Blood of Olympus came out)

Especially on Tumblr I saw a lot of hatred towards these characters, for the most ridiculous reasons. I’ve already talked about Piper in my Book Aesthetics Tag, so I won’t repeat myself. But why would you hate on the cinnamon rolls that are Hazel and Frank?? That’s an actual question. If you hate/dislike them, could you please tell me why?

People hate on Jason because he’s ‘a boring version of Percy’. I’m pretty sure Riordan meant for Percy and Jason to be pretty similar, except they were each other Greek and Roman versions and thus perfect to take each other’s place and bring the two camps together. Personally I love my dorky son Jason who tried to eat a stapler.

Leo was really loved, until the events of Blood of Olympus. I get why people were angry, but the hatred I saw was a bit too much back then. He was the fandoms golden child before Blood of Olympus though, and the other four took all the heat.

Of course you don’t have to like all these characters! Everyone has different opinions but personally I find hatred a bit much? They’re not Octavian

Agatha Wellbelove 

Okay I know I’ve already talked about her in my Book Aesthetics Tag as well, but like Piper I didn’t want to leave her out. I get not liking her or not being interested in her, but hatred? She isn’t The Mage (yes I’m repeating myself but,,) I mean the girl just wanted to live a quiet life with a cute dog and realised she deserved better than being the hero’s reward at the end of the quest.

If you do hate these characters, that’s fine! I won’t actually fight you (really hope I didn’t scare you lmao) I’ll just start screaming on the inside  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Which characters would you fight someone for? If you do dislike/hate these characters, why? (seriously don’t worry I won’t fight you) Let me know in the comments!

The Discussing Hufflepuff #5: ‘ANOTHER book set in that world?’

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE! Can you believe it’s Christmas already tomorrow? I’ve got a Christmas post coming up tomorrow, but today it’s time for another Discussing Hufflepuff. Today I want to talk about something that has been annoying me for a while now.

Next year Lady Midnight is coming out, another book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Chain of Gold, also a Shadowhunters book, will hopefully be released in 2017. The Hidden Oracle, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series The Trials of Apollo, will also be released in 2016. Now you may think: Michelle, where are you going with this? What do these books have in common?

All these books get comments, mainly on Goodreads, along these lines: ‘ANOTHER Shadowhunter book?’ ‘ANOTHER mythology book?’ ‘Can’t they write something else?’ and the infamous ‘they’re doing it for the money!’.

This really annoys me. You don’t have to read these, you know. A lot of us, including me, are very excited about these new series. Why does it bother you so much? The authors, and the fans, are not ready to let go of these worlds yet. They still have many stories they want to tell, they find them fun to write, and most of us find them fun to read, so what’s the big deal? Yes, they can write something else. And they have. Rick Riordan has written non-mythology books. Cassandra Clare is writing The Magisterium series with Holly Black. But if they hadn’t, what does it matter? They’re doing what they love, I say let them. As someone who loves to write, I’m sure not going to criticise them.

Also, how many people complained about Blood of Olympus? When I finished it, I figured there was going to be another series. I mean, spoiler: Apollo went missing for crying out loud. Uncle Rick couldn’t just leave it at that. I’m not remembering this wrong am I? I didn’t make this up myself, right? There were things left unresolved, and many more things we complained about that I won’t specify here to avoid spoilers, but if you’ve read Blood of Olympus and you’re part of the fandom, you probably know what I’m talking about. It sounds like all our complaints will be resolved in this new series, so why are we complaining? (when I say we, I’m obviously not including myself. I’m not complaining. I’M HELLA EXCITED. Remind me to never use ‘hella’ again please)

But what even irks me more, is that when authors don’t write another series set in the same world, people also complain (okay I’m guilty of this one). We whine and whine that there’s no book series about the Marauders. If J.K. Rowling announced that series today, would anyone say ‘another Harry Potter book’? And if afterwards she announced a series about the Founders, would anyone say it then? No, forget I asked that. Probably someone will. My point is, we often want more series set in these worlds. We’re often not ready to let go. And again, if you are ready, you don’t have to read this new series! No one will point a gun to your head and force you to (I hope).

And ‘they’re doing it for the money’? UM. IT’S THEIR JOB. WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE WE NEED MONEY TO SURVIVE. THEY NEED TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND BUY FOOD. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO WRITE WHEN THEY’RE DEAD BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF FOOD. Guys, I would KILL (okay, maybe not kill) to be able to write for a living. I know a lot of us are. They’re writing something they love, and they’re being paid that way. If a chef makes another pasta, will you go ‘NOT ANOTHER PASTA. CAN’T YOU COOK SOMETHING ELSE FOR A CHANGE?’ Please stop criticising authors for writing several books/series set in the same world. Unless there’s a really good reason to do so! If there is, please let me know.

So what do you think? If you disagree with me, let me know! I’m really curious to find out more about the other side of this ‘debate’. AND WHO’S ALSO EXCITED ABOUT THE HIDDEN ORACLE, LADY MIDNIGHT AND CHAIN OF GOLD?

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Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon Day 7 + CHALLENGE

  Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey guys, it’s the last day of the Read-a-Thon! Can you believe it’s almost over already? With the emphasis on almost, since you still have time to read, read, read! Plus to catch up on challenges or do a new one (like mine *cough cough*).

So how am I doing?

I finished xxxHolic volume 3, so I once again read 150 pages yesterday. I didn’t get to read much yesterday because I had quite a bit of homework to do.

FALLING FOR FASHION CHALLENGE

As you may have guessed from my title, my challenge has to do with fashion! You have to pick out a book cover and create a Fall outfit that matches said book cover.

The rules:

  • Pick a book cover (does not have to be related to Fall)
  • Create a Fall outfit by using Polyvore, pictures you found on Google/Tumblr/Pinterest (do give credit) or put on an outfit yourself and take a picture! (if you’re feeling very creative you can also draw it of course!)
  • Have fun! (yes, it’s a rule to have fun. Do not break this rule ;) )

My outfit:

Book Cover Outfits: The Silkworm

I chose The Silkworm, because it’s a pretty cover and I thought it’d be fun to create a detective outfit. I tried to recreate the colour scheme a bit with the skirt (not the exact same colour I know) and the lipstick. There’s also black on the cover, but black was mostly chosen to stay incognito (lol). The coat is elegant but detective like, Dr. Martens are perfect for running yet cute, sunglasses to again stay incognito, a backpack because it’s easier to run if your bag is on your back (at least in my experience haha) and of course a camera in case you need to take pictures as evidence! Oh and the beret because berets are cute.

I’m actually thinking of turning this into a feature/meme. Let me know what you think!

Anyway, if you’re participating in my challenge, let me know in the comments so I can check out your outfit! I can’t believe this is the last day of the read-a-thon already! I’ll do a wrap up post tomorrow, since I still have the entire Sunday to read. I think I did pretty well though!

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