things that are okay
- queer hogwarts students
- muggleborns at hogwarts headcanons
- in-depth analyses of the hogwarts’ houses
- neato graphics
- new in-text/in-movie connections
things that are not okay
- sad stories of george living in a world without fred
I can vouch that the History of Canada is entirely 100% accurate.
australia; spot on.
WHY DOES NO ONE EVER KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT NEW ZEALAND?
This pressure on bi women that, as soon as they come out to someone, they must provide a detailed dating history with the exact same number of women and men or otherwise they’re “not really bi” and “picked a side” must stop immediately.
"I was on the cover of Time magazine in June, and that same month, four trans women of color were murdered in the United States. So just because I got an Emmy nomination doesn’t mean the lives of trans people aren’t in peril every day.” - Laverne Cox
do you ever think about how weird reading is
our eyes are able to scan these different symbols and construct the scenarios and concepts they describe in our mind
and these concepts have the power to twist our emotions and make us cry and laugh and wow reading is weird
i think it’s one of the most beautiful things in the world
Here are three elements we often see in town names:
If a town ends in “-by”, it was originally a farmstead or a small village where some of the Viking invaders settled. The first part of the name sometimes referred to the person who owned the farm - Grimsby was “Grim’s village”. Derby was “a village where deer were found”. The word “by” still means “town” in Danish.
If a town ends in “-ing”, it tells us about the people who lived there. Reading means “The people of Reada”, in other words “Reada’s family or tribe”. We don’t know who Reada was, but his name means “red one”, so he probably had red hair.
If a town ends in “-caster” or “-chester”, it was originally a Roman fort or town. The word comes from a Latin words “castra”, meaning a camp or fortification. The first part of the name is usually the name of the locality where the fort was built. So Lancaster, for example, is “the Roman fort on the River Lune”."
A Little Book of Language by David Crystal, page 173. (via linguaphilioist)
Anonymous said: I'm almost 23, and I constantly get told that I should "grow up" and read "real fiction" as opposed to teen/young adult fiction. But... I generally like the stories better in these books, and I feel like they almost speak to me. Am I weird? :\
It makes me really sad to hear things like this. I apologise for the rant that’s about to follow but this whole subject is something I’m really passionate about.
You’re not weird, anon. No mater what anyone says, you should read the books that you enjoy. You are entitled to read and like whatever you want, no matter how old you are - whether that’s YA, classics, sci-fi, biographies or a bit of everything. It doesn’t matter to anyone else but you what you’re reading. If people don’t like it, it’s their problem and not yours.
The great thing about reading is there’s so many different types of books out there and not one reader is the same. We can read different things and have different approaches to books. This whole book snobbery, particularly towards YA, is something that really bothers me. I understand that not everyone likes or reads YA. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and while I’ll always argue that YA cannot be defined by one book or genre when it encompasses so many, I get why people might prefer other kinds of books. I just don’t agree with putting people down for reading a lot of it or claiming it’s not worthy. I’ll never understand why some people need to make others, like yourself, feel bad about what they’re reading. Why does it matter so much to other people anyway? Not everyone wants to read literary masterpieces or general adult fiction. Those kind of books don’t resonate with everyone and that’s okay.
Personally, I love YA and I read a lot of it. A lot of my favourite books are written for teenagers, including classics. My mum - who is in her 40s - has read and loved books written for young adults too. A lot of adults do and it’s great. It annoys me how terms like ‘teen fiction’ and ‘books for young adults’ have turned into almost insults in a way. No one is any less of a reader - or person - for reading a book aimed at a younger audience. Likewise, no one who solely reads literature can act like they’re the most intelligent and wonderful person in the universe and, as a consequence, YA fiction is beneath them. Give me a break.
In my eyes, a book is a book. I wish there wasn’t such a negative focus on age labels. The only thing that matters is that you enjoy what you’re reading and it sounds like you do.