Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (The Original Screenplay) by JK Rowling





Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly spot hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and is meant to showcase the books that a blogger is anticipating in the next couple of months. Today I'm going to be talking about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling.


INFORMATION

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author: JK Rowling
Page Count: 304
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: 18th November 2016

Format Available: Hardcover, Kindle
Original Language: English
Genre: Fantasy screenplay



DESCRIPTION

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone . . .
Inspired by the original Hogwart's textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original screenplay marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. A feat of imagination and featuring a cast of remarkable characters and magical creatures, this is epic adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition for any film lover or reader's bookshelf.
The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will have its theatrical release on 18th November 2016.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT

JK Rowling is just a genius, isn't she?

Plus, with the movie coming out, all of us die-hard fans are going to want the transcript to read along with when it comes out on dvd.

It looks like Potter fans are going to have a whole shelf of new content to indulge in, and that's what we have been hoping for! I can't wait to see it next to my copy of Cursed Child. 

Anyone else going to get this as soon as it is released?

Tell me in the comments!


Thursday, 15 September 2016

MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone!

I am so excited to announce that I am hosting my very first giveaway! I've wanted to give back to you guys for such a long time now and I thought that the start of a new school year is the perfect time to give you some stationery goodies.




So the giveaway is 3 gorgeous rose-gold notebooks (in their packaging for maximum prettiness) and a copy of Louise Gornall's Under Rose Tainted Skies. This is a brilliant book and I thought it would make the perfect little set with the rose gold notebooks I bought. 

I'll even add in a little note to say thank you for supporting me!

The rules for this giveaway are pretty simple:

  1. RT this tweet
  2. Follow me on Twitter
  3. Wait for the winner to be announced!
The giveaway is international, so anyone can enter, and it ends on Tuesday 20th September 2016.

That's it! I look forward to choosing the winner soon! It will be done randomly using a website so there is no bias.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favour!

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Linguistics of a Meme: Harambe and Tragedy



I was not intending to write a post like this, but I asked my friend Abbie if she wanted me to write about anything specific on my blog, and she said "Harambe". A seemingly silly request at first, but then I got thinking... what goes into creating a successful meme? Especially one that has risen out of tragedy, like Harambe has. 

If you didn't know, Harambe was a gorilla that was killed in his enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo after a 3 year old boy climbed into it and the keepers thought he was in danger. But in actual fact, all the evidence pointed towards Harambe actually protecting the little boy using instinct. So, after this terrible injustice, social media got fired up, and Harambe was made into a meme.

Memes are basically anything that goes universally viral, and there is usually some element of humour to it. So, in the face of tragedy, how has this gorilla become an international sensation?

The only way to dissect humour is to look at it seriously, which is quite ironic. We can do this by using simplified linguistics:


1. Harambe Himself


The name Harambe is, for many in the Western world, unusual. It can't really be associated with anything else that people would recognise on a global scale (unless you count the fictional village of Harambee in Disney's Animal Kingdom) and so when you say the name, you instantly make the connection to our furry friend. Not just that, but the very fact that it is an unheard name in the Western world is enough to gather a few laughs, even if it is slightly inappropriate to be making fun of a traditional African word. People can find humour in anything they don't understand. 


2. Human Error is always Mocked


The whole reason why Harambe is dead is not because he was doing anything wrong, but because humanity made a wrong judgement call in killing him. Technically, the world is not mocking Harambe for being dead, but the humans with the gun that killed him. This was seen as the wrong decision, and we all know how human failure is mocked. You only have to take a look at shows such as You've Been Framed or other shows of the same sort, that urge people to send in videos of them falling over or hurting themselves by accident, to know that human find other humans hilarious when they get things wrong. 

So no, like all things, the animal in the spotlight isn't actually the main reason for the meme spiralling, but the mother who let her child climb in the Gorilla enclosure and the person who shot Harambe, who quickly became public enemy number one. 


3. The Human Impulse to Ignore Tragedy


It is a fact that humans can't cope with tragedy very well. So, when something terrible happens, people often look for opportunities to turn a negative into a positive. It is just a way of coping, and this is the case for Harambe. Humans, even if they are meat-eaters, do not like to hear of unjustified animal death, and so turning Harambe into a meme is a modern way of honouring the dead and fighting for a cause they believe in. 

Even if it is the least they can do, humans love to feel like they are making a difference, and uniting together for a cause feels like you're changing the world. Its got a High School Musical "we're all in this together" vibe to it. And Harambe is just another example of this phenomenon. 


Conclusion

Okay, this was just a bit of fun, but if you look deep enough, you can find meaning in anything. Harambe is a meme, and memes will become part of history, so maybe by keeping Harambe's memory alive with humour future generations will learn not to make the same mistake as the guy who shot our poor gorilla. 

In short: LONG LIVE HARAMBE.