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Hello peoples! (I hope you love the picture I used as my featured image, I just had to it’s hilarious). So this tag is not a book tag (and doesn’t really have anything to do with books at all) but I decided that I’d do it anyway. Why, may you ask? Well because this tag is about me as a person and I kind of feel like you guys know my interests in books by now and all of that, but I still feel like you don’t know me much as a person. I saw this tag done on Life and Other Disasters, so make sure to check out Kat’s post as well. I wasn’t tagged, but I thought you guys might like to learn a bit more about me, so here we go! (But before I start this, you may want to get a beverage or a snack because this post ended up being way longer than I intended it to be). Read More
Okay so this will be the last tag/post that I’ll be converting from my Weebly blog. Also, there are loads of TV/Movie reviews and book reviews on the way! So look out for those! Now, let’s get to the tag!
I saw this tag and I immediately decided I wanted to do it, so here I am. I’m not sure who created it, but thank you to the person who did, because you’re a genius. I’m going to do all parts of the tag, even if I’m not part of the fandom. The fandoms that I am a part of will have a beautiful gif to go beside it:) I will also only be using books that I have either read or books that I own. Without further ado, Allons-y! Check out these wonderful bloggers where I first saw the tag: Lifeandotherdisasters, Mytinyobsessions, Randomreads, and last but not least 52lettersinthealphabet!
Doctor Who– A book with a mostly-blue cover
Sherlock– A book featuring a psychopath/sociopath
Alyssa’s mom isn’t technically crazy, but she is in an asylum, and acts like a psychopath. Read my review of the book here.
Once Upon a Time– A book inspired by fairy-tales
Harry Potter– A book featuring magic
Supernatural– A book where the main character dies and then comes back to life
I am trying so hard not to use a lot of Harry Potter in this tag, but it’s really difficult. There’s a dragon on the cover so…
Game of Thrones– A book featuring dragons
I am trying so hard not to use a lot of Harry Potter in this tag, but it’s really difficult. There’s a dragon on the cover so…
Marvel- A book with a mostly-red cover
Percy Jackson– A book based on ancient Greek myths
Before you say ‘those are for kids!’ listen to me. They’re good depictions of Greek Mythology, okay? Let me be.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D– A book revolving around an agency or secret government organization
I’m referring to WICKED on this. Not exactly a secret, but it is a government organization of sorts.
Grimm– A book that features monsters
There are vampires, werewolves, and demons. I don’t know what other monsters you need.
The Walking Dead– A book about zombies
So this isn’t about zombies, but the white walkers are zombies. They’re just cold. Y’know cause winter is coming.
The Vampire Diaries– A book featuring vampires
I’m going classic on this one.
Heroes– A book featuring humans with powers
Even though I don’t like this book very much (at all), I’m still going with it. There are other books out there where humans have powers, this one reminds me the most of Heroes.
The Hunger Games– A book in which kids/teenagers are murdered or die
Two of my favorite characters die in this series. Both teenagers. How’s that?
Frozen– A book that takes place in winter or a cold climate
That gif over there is way too cheery for this book. I haven’t read it but know it’s narrated by death.
Lord of the Rings– A book featuring elves
I had to look this one up
Lost– A book that takes place on an island, deserted or otherwise
Not all of it takes place on an island, but part of it does. Read my review of the book here.
The Maze Runner– A book featuring an incurable disease
Zombies, people. Zombies.
Fandoms I’m not a part of:
The Simpsons– A book with a mostly-yellow cover
Breaking Bad– A book revolving around drugs
It doesn’t revolve around drugs, but there is drug use.
Charmed– A book about sisters
Star Trek– A book featuring aliens or takes place in space
A book about aliens invading Earth in waves.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer– A book featuring a tough heroine
There is no tougher heroine out there than Katniss. She may not be my favorite female character ever (that is reserved for Hermione), but she is tough and can kick some serious butt.
Pretty Little Liars– A book in which people get blackmailed
There isn’t blackmail in this book, but I there is bullying. I have never read a book with blackmail in it, so I altered the topic a bit so that I wouldn’t be forced to skip it.
Orphan Black– A book about clones/cloning
The Lunars in this novel can make themselves look like people. It’s not cloning, but it’s the closest thing I’ve got to it. Check out my review of the book here.
Futurama– A book featuring robots
I think this is the only book I’ve ever read that has robots or androids or cyborgs of some sort in it.
Merlin– A book or series that you wish had gone on longer
Although I loved this book, I thought the ending was a bit disappointing and I wanted it to go on forever. You can read my review of the book here.
Firefly– A book that not many people know about, but you love
This book is beautifully crafted, but I haven’t really heard anything about it from other people.
The Fault in Our Stars– A book about a cancer patient
I don’t own a book, nor have I read a book with a cancer patient in it except for The Fault in Our Stars and that is the topic’s fandom, so I’m not going to mention that.
My Own Addition:
DC- A book where the protagonist’s parent(s) are dead
Well Harry Potter is the boy who lived. It’s not very complicated.
So that’s it! That’s the Fandom Book Tag. If you enjoyed this post, please like and leave a comment. I tag everybody who would like to do this tag. If you end up doing it, please leave a link to your post in the comments so I can check it out!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II
By: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS NOT STRUCTURED LIKE MY OTHER REVIEWS. I HAVE TOO MANY THOUGHTS TO ORGANIZE INTO THEIR SUBJECTED CATEGORIES, BUT I WILL ADD A SPOILER SECTION APART FROM THE NON-SPOILER SECTION. I AM NOT TRYING TO BASH ANYBODY IN THIS REVIEW, I AM JUST SAYING MY HONEST OPINIONS. READ ON.
When I first heard about this book I was freaking out, but then I became wary once I heard that it was going to be a play. Once I got my hands on the book, I was over-the-moon excited and started it almost immediately. Harry Potter is my favorite book series of all time, after all. I started the book and I enjoyed it at first – and I started shipping Albus and Scorpius almost immediately – but then it went a bit downhill. The characters all talked strangely and I knew Rowling didn’t write this book, or it would’ve been a masterpiece from the get-go. But it wasn’t, and that’s when I read the cover a bit more closely, uncovering the truth: THIS IS NOT WRITTEN BY ROWLING. I was shocked and disappointed to say the very least. And now I know why everybody is saying you should read it as a fanfiction. But let me say something: I’ve honestly read fanfictions better than this book. It pains me to say it, but I have. I am being completely honest here and it pains me to even criticize this book, but I started this blog to write my honest opinions on the books I read, so that’s what I’m doing.
Jack Thorne is one lucky duck. He gets to write a story within the world of Harry Potter, with a story already developed by Rowling herself, and then he gets his play in London that must’ve sold out in seconds, and then the most pre-ordered book in the history of pre-ordered books. But the only problem is, The Cursed Child made me feel like it was written by a rubber duck, causing me to ask the question that Arthur Weasley so brilliantly asked in The Chamber of Secrets – what exactly is the function of a rubber duck? I know, this probably doesn’t make any sense to you, but I will try and explain my insanity to you guys for easier comprehension. The world that Jack Thorne developed in this book-play thingy was not the real Wizarding World that we have all grown to love and think of as our second home. His version of Rowling’s brilliance is a fake version created to look like the real version, but I am able to see through it clearly like glass. The world and characters in The Cursed Child are not the ones we have grown to love or hate, they’re just replicas, knock-offs, if I may say, of the real thing. They’re the rubber ducks, and so I ask the question again, hoping you’ll be able to understand the metaphor I am trying to convey: What exactly is the function of a rubber duck? They don’t live and breath like the original, and they are not even close to their real counterparts, but they try to be, floating above the water like nothing is different between them.
I thought this book was a bit rushed at times, but at other times it seemed a bit slow. It was all over the place, really, but the plot was good and the characters seemed to have a good-enough motive. But let’s face it, Albus is one stupid child. Cursed with stupidity, you may say. But also, Harry was not a good father to him by any means. I think Draco might’ve actually been a better father to Scorpius than Harry was to Albus. On the topic of Scorpius, he is my new favorite character in the Harry Potter world (or at least my favorite character that isn’t deceased). He is just a little smart, cute cinnamon roll that needs to be protected at all costs. And Albus would be a good friend for him, if he wasn’t so arrogant towards him (I honestly think he gets that from his father). This is something I hated about the book: the way Jack Thorne wrote the characters. I don’t have anything against his writing, at times it was quite good and had me laughing and almost in tears, but when it was bad, I was cringing.
Harry Potter is not my favorite character in the series by any means, but that doesn’t mean I dislike him, but in this book, I grew to favor Draco over him. I mean, I know a lot of people prefer Draco over Harry, but that’s mainly due to Tom Felton *swoon*, so favoring Draco over Harry in this book means that the author did something both wrong and right. How is that possible, you may ask? Very possible, actually. Draco was considered the bad guy, the bully, in the entirety of the Harry Potter series, until the end where he is redeemed slightly, and is shown to be a tortured soul. Harry is the hero and quarrels with Draco nearly every time they look at each other (which Jack Thorne did pretty well), but Harry comes across as a total and complete git, while Draco is the level-headed one. Harry was written so badly in this, I think, that I had to remove a star just for that. It may seem unfair to you, but Harry is a brave, courageous, selfless hero, and despite his many flaws, he always comes through and never makes me angry to the point where I want to shout Avada Kadavra at him, until I read The Cursed Child. You know something is wrong with the book your reading if the main hero is making you so angry you want to use a killing curse on them multiple times throughout the book.
Now the actual plot and storyline of the book was interesting enough and I was curious about how it was going to end. I was a bit angry and frustrated at times due to the stupid choices made by certain characters I’m not going to name *cough* Albus *cough* Potter. The characters and how they were written was the main downfall of this book for me. I think that’s the same with a lot of people who read this book as well.
I rate this book 3 stars despite my many problems with it because, after all, it is Harry Potter, so I can’t bring myself to rate it any lower.
This is the spoiler section of the review, you have been warned.
I thought it was so weird having Voldemort conceive a child. It was also kind of a dumb idea… Not completely, but I didn’t like the twist much at all. And Delphi didn’t seem to have much motivation for what she did aside from ‘wanting to know her father’. But when your father is Lord Voldemort, I think it’s best you don’t meet him. It would have been nice to see a villain that is not involved with Voldemort in any way whatsoever. Voldemort was a great villain, yes, one of the best ever actually, but I wanted something fresh and new and different. This story does take place 20 or so years after Voldemort’s death, after all, so it only makes sense for somebody else to take the reins as the baddest bad guy of them all.
It would’ve been great just to read about Albus and Scorpius navigating through Hogwarts together. If the book was about that, I don’t think a villain would’ve even been necessary, honestly. Albus and Scorpius and their relationship (platonic or not) are interesting enough to fill a book or two on it’s own. What The Cursed Child missed was Albus and Scorpius actually in Hogwarts going to classes, Quidditch games, and Hogsmeade. That’s what I wanted to see, not the Ministry and the older versions of beloved characters who don’t even act like the characters we know and love.
Another big problem I had with this book (I know, the bad is currently outweighing the good, just stick with me here) was the lack of big characters such as Neville or Luna or even George were mentioned. Ron is apparently running the Joke Shop, so where does that make George? Is he dead or did he not want a constant reminder of his twin every day he went to work? I didn’t need them in this story, but it would’ve been nice of them to at least mention them. Arthur and Molly Weasley weren’t mentioned either, it’s as if they dropped off of the face of the earth or something.
In a short summary, this book is read as a fanfiction taken place in some sort of Alternate Universe 20 years after The Deathly Hallows, with a lot of missed opportunity. On the good side, there was a plot that was interesting enough and the friendship between Albus and Scorpius is worth the time itself.
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