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Harry Potter and the War of Research Topics


All right, I am going to have many questions for you today, so buckle yourselves in.

1) I can’t decide between two topics for my Harry Potter-based paper. Literature vs. Fiction or HP’s Affect on Society? Please leave a comment!

2) I have a few survey questions for you to answer, if you would be oh-so-kind. 🙂 They are 7 simple questions, plus one extended response. They will help me decide, along with a comment responding to the first question in this post, as to which prompt I should pick for my topic.

Thank you so much!

Krista

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Harry Potter Research Paper


Dear readers,

I was so incredibly excited about this moment that I just had to get on my blog during my Lit bell and tell you the good news. I am either doing my English research paper on how Harry Potter has affected society or whether Harry Potter is literature vs. fiction. To do this, I will be setting up polls or questionnaires for my class, teachers, peers, and those on the internet. I need to get my list of questions together first, but if anyone would be interested in helping me get more feedback on my questions later on, I’d be thrilled to have your help!!

Regards,

Krista

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Hello Once Again


So, I’m back. Yes, I know – you missed me. I totally understand. I missed you too. Actually, I really missed writing in my blog. However, I didn’t immediately post on the 22nd after my two-week hiatus was because I was so insanely busy. In fact, I’m busy all this week – which is why I’m writing this at 9 PM. This might be the only chance I get this week. Unless I’m lucky. Cross your fingers.

Anyway, I want to give everyone a quick look at all the things that I’ll be posting as soon as I get a chance. They’re all on my list and a little backed up – but I promise to post them.

  1. Second part of the Common App guide
  2. Kenyon Overnight review
  3. Review on A Very Potter Sequel

For now, however, I’m going to talk about what it was like on hiatus for two weeks.

Liberating. Absolutely liberating. I’m going to be overly honest and say that I had a major addiction to the internet (for about 2-3 years) if only because of my vast amount of internet friends that made me feel less alone and depressed. Turning on the internet and talking to these friends, as I look back on it, was like my drug. I ended up being so disconnected that I started to get mild depression and major anxiety issues.

But slowly the group of friends grew smaller as everyone moved on with their lives. Eventually, I was one of the last few. I decided to give up both Harry Potter and the internet to see how I would respond to life without it. Turns out, I couldn’t really give up Harry Potter. It’s such a huge part of me in the way I think about life that I just couldn’t block it from my mind. On the other hand, the internet was fairly easy to give up (barring school/college related things) after the first two or three days. My main problem was actually very hilarious and typical.

I needed to update my Facebook status.

Don’t worry. I didn’t give in to temptation, but it was crazy how badly I wanted to tell the people in my life that I was completely finished with all ACT Prep classes. It was such a happy thing for me because they were such a pain in the butt. The fact that I couldn’t share it was torture. Looking back it makes me realize how completely self-obsessed humans of this time can be – especially with the influence of Facebook. Honestly, who is really going to care that I had finished my ACT Prep classes? That’s right – no one.

I think that giving up the internet for those two weeks really taught me to listen more and talk less. By the end of the two weeks, I had completely forgotten I had even given up the internet and could to have it back. My old self would have jumped around and told everyone about how I was going to get back on the internet after a two-week hiatus. The new me – the happier, calmer, more active me – seems to do more activities and asking questions. I mean, I still talk a lot about myself – I am a teenager – but I ask more questions about others lives too. I’m beginning to work on a balance, and I really like it.

The best part: I feel more grounded without the internet. I don’t have to feel anxious to get home to the internet for my safety anymore. I would rather stay at school from dawn until dusk now. I love participating in school activities and hanging out with people – something I honestly thought I’d never say.

The worst part: I still love my internet friends. I want to keep in contact with them for as many years as I can, but it seems like it’s extremely hard to do when you’re an internet junkie just off rehab. I don’t want to go back to being obsessed with the internet again, but it seems like I need it to keep in contact with my friends.

So, how do I stay in contact with my internet friends while also leading my new life with less internet?

Tell me what you think I should do in the comments below! I’m open to any suggestion. 🙂

Regards,

Krista

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Safety Zones


So, this is extremely depressing for two reasons:

1. I just really got into a piece of Harry Potter fanfiction that I started about 9 months ago. I had let it sit for a very long time, but I recently started writing like mad for it.

2. I also feel like this blog is starting to do really well. I have a lot of great ideas for it, and I had recently been planning on writing a blog post a day (as soon as I ran out of ideas).

Neither of these will be continued. At least for two weeks.

I’ve decided to give up my safety zones. No more Harry Potter or internet for the next two weeks – just to see how I fare on my own. This is partly for my own sanity/health, but also for my own interest. I’m really into psychology, and this will be so interesting to play around with. More when I return on the 22nd. 😉

Wish me luck!

Regards,

Krista

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Literature vs. Fiction


In my AP English class a few days ago, we were talking about what the difference between literature and fiction is – how to distinguish them.

Literature, we decided, was novels that were more written for the author and contained rhetorical terms, themes, and symbolism. Also, that literature often challenges beliefs and society.

Fiction is written more for the readers, and doesn’t usually contain any of the extra thought that is put into books of literature quality. I’d actually put a lot of YA novels under here, which are usually dramatic or about love and sex.

At one point in our discussion, though, we reached something that definitely caught my interest: is Harry Potter fiction or literature?

And of course, we all know what I said: LITERATUREOKAY?

But in an AP class that type of answer doesn’t go too well, nor did we really decide to discuss that more thoroughly. However, I really wanted to talk about it. So, I went to my forum and brought it up to my friends, and listed a few reasons why I thought that it was considered literature. The topic didn’t get discussed very much, but only because no one tried to prove me wrong.

So, blog post? Yes, exactly. This is my attempt to find someone who will go into a throw-down with me and try to prove Harry Potter is fiction.

Here are my main points as to why Harry Potter is literature:

  • Harry Potter may be a children’s book, and it may look like it is only a fad of our generation, but it is also deeply read by adults. Also, is Chronicles of Narnia not considered literature?
  • Going off this, I have recently learned of one college and one high school that has a class devoted completely to studying Harry Potter. There is no doubt in my mind that this number will increase. If this was just a fad or only a piece of fiction, would there be any need to study it at all?
  • There are thousands of people who have created communities around this book. There are three different things that I have found to be the most important parts of Harry Potter culture –
  1. Wizard Rock, or WRock, music. The topics of these bands’ songs can range from popular  to minor characters, or important moments in the books.
  2. Harry Potter conventions. Even after the series has long ended, there are still Harry Potter conventions. I plan to go to one next summer, LeakyCon.
  3. Harry Potter fanfiction. There are a few hundred of devoted Harry Potter fanfiction-fiends who write to study the themes and (popular or minor) characters of Harry Potter.
  • Going back to the study of Harry Potter. Many say that there are no themes or points to the books, merely that it is only about good vs. evil and is a standard children’s book. However, there are themes that are very carefully interwoven throughout them.
  1. Prejudice – The idea that whether you were born into a magical or non-magical family affects how worthy you are of magic. This caused war and death, showing readers the gravity of what prejudice can really do.
  2. Basis of family – Harry grew up without a proper family, but managed to find one when he went to Hogwarts. Goes to show that you can always find someone to love you.
  3. Sorting/judging – When characters first attended Hogwarts, they got Sorted. While many believe that they didn’t pick their House, Harry had the choice between Slytherin and Gryffindor. He chose a different path from Voldemort, making him good and not evil. He was not marked to be good, but chose it.
  • Finally, the characters. Draco – along with Snape, Voldemort, and Dumbledore – are some of the many complex characters within the novel that address how history and life can affect actions and beliefs.

Tell me what you think. Literature or fiction? Why? Feel free to leave long responses – I am not afraid!

Regards,

Krista

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Nerd Things


So, I was just at Youtuber Kristina Horner’s blog and she was talking about fandoms. It got me thinking – about all the fandoms I’ve been into, and how each one has changed me just a little; how they’ve affected me.

It blows my mind. That something so simple as a TV show, book, or movie can become so important to someone just because…. Well, who really knows why?

And then, I started thinking about how many Nerd Things I’ve loved – still love.

  1. Sailor Moon
  2. Harry Potter
  3. Pokemon
  4. Naruto
  5. Fruits Basket
  6. Full Metal Alchemist
  7. Disney
  8. Doctor Who
  9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  10. Youtube
  11. Blogging

These define at least a piece of my life, which is surprising even to me. I’ve never thought about it, but without these fandoms I would not be myself. They’ve all contributed to who I am, and I really happen to like that.

And…it’s just so amazing that my interests have changed, yet stayed the same. I still love these things, even if I’ve moved on from many of them. I still love Pokemon, although I barely play the video games anymore. I still love Fruits Basket even though the series has finished. I still love Full Metal Alchemist, even if I’m done with the show and fanfiction.

Interesting fact, Full Metal Alchemist was the first time I ever completed a Work-In-Progress piece of fanfiction. It was horrible, but every spring I remember that time when all I thought about was writing my next chapter, was looking out the window after writing a long paragraph. Even the scent of some of my lotion still reminds me of that time.

Now, however, I’m really into Harry Potter, Youtube, and Blogging.

I constantly read Harry Potter and/or listen to the audio-books. That last one? I can honestly tell you that it’s gotten so bad that every second I’m in my room, I have a cassette playing. As of yesterday, the cassette player even started making a screeching noise – I think it’s going to break soon.

Youtube…I’ve got a channel that I share with my friends and we’re slowly learning just how awesome posting there can be. Vlogs are fantastic, and I can’t wait until I become better at editing videos, better at talking about interesting things.

And blogging? Well, here I am. Enough said. 🙂

Regards,

Krista

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ULTIMATE EDITION


So, I’m watching Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix on ABC Family, and despite how insanely in love I am with Harry Potter and his universe (I still listen to my Jim Dale audiotapes every night), I will be honest and say that I do not usually watch the movies or the Harry Potter Weekends. What makes today different is that I have to read a book for school, which starts in 4 days, and I’m a procrastinator.

Anyway, since I don’t watch these HP Weekends very often, I am discovering all these scenes that I have never seen before, and I so-very-much wish I owned these versions.

Google search: Harry Potter Extended edition on DVD.

I have found out that last year both Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets got ultimate edition copies which include the theatrical version of the HP movies, but also an extended edition, and extra stuff like interviews and commentaries.

Merlin, ultimate editions! Inside, I have died. Obviously not enough to keep me from searching for the rest of the ULTIMATE EDITION!Harry Potter movies, but died nonetheless. (I have a few Horcruxes out there, if you were wondering.)

Unfortunately, it seems that either both the third and fourth movies don’t have extended editions, or just the fourth doesn’t have it. This has killed another one of my Horcruxes.

All I really have to say in response is this:

Dear Warner Brothers,

If you get proper ultimate editions (with the extra scenes!) for all seven of the Harry Potter movies, I will freaking let Cedric Diggory bite me. Okay?

Regards,

Krista

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