So you love Harry Potter but now, years after the seventh book has come out, the Wizarding World is not as big a part of your life as it once was. (Though the impending Fantastic Beasts movie and Cursed Child musical certainly give you something new to chew on.) But what to do with all that energy that was once devoted to trying to figure out where all the horcruxes were, predict if Snape was good or bad, and pin hopes on who would survive the final battle? Why not take that energy and use it to give back, to do good, to use the power of Harry Potter to bring joy to more people across the world? Here are 6 suggestions of ways you can use your HP love for good by supporting Harry-Potter-related charities and activists: Continue reading Use Your HP Love for Good–Activism and Charity in the Harry Potter Fandom
Celebrities donating to or starting their own charities is nothing new, but it is really cool to hear about it. I tend to back these people when they do something genuine like this. My latest on the list? Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Jared Padalecki.
One year ago, Jared Padalecki started the Always Keep Fighting campaign to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Profits went to To Write Love On Her Arms, Wounded Warrior, and A.I.R-Attitudes In Reverse-Student Suicide Prevention-Mental Health. Padalecki has been very open with his own struggles with mental health, and launched this campaign to help others.
If you love Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, obviously you’re overflowing with anticipation for the final book in the series, The Raven King. The book, which was originally due out this month, is now coming out March 29th. I have been waiting patiently, as I want the best book, and I’m willing to wait longer if it means better quality. At this point however, I’m ready to burst. I’ve got to know what happens! I’ve got some strategies for how to keep myself occupied, and just in case you’re in the same boat as me, I’ve decided to share them!
The Harry Potter generation has now hit their twenties, and whether we like it or not, this effects what we want out of our fandom. Although we are often the first to stand up and disagree when someone calls Harry Potter “just a children’s book,” there are some aspects of the fandom that are specifically geared towards kids, and sometimes you just feel out of place there as an adult. But there are ways to keep the fandom alive and be a grown-up at the same time. Read more for the Geekettes’ tips on how to HP as an adult! Continue reading How to be a Harry Potter Fan as an Adult
MTV News put out an interview today with two of our favorite authors, Cassandra Clare and Maggie Stiefvater, discussing how fans often dehumanize the creators, especially female creators, of the very thing they love. Here at DG, we’re all fans of something and we also have strong opinions about what it means to be a fan and what is and is not appropriate fan behavior. Continue reading The Dangers of Fandom and How to Be an Awesome Fan
While I don’t entirely agree with the Merriam-Webster definition of fangirl as ‘a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something’ (OVERLY enthusiastic? Fanboy is defined in precisely the same, slightly under-handed manner, just with girl and woman replaced by boy and man ), I am exceedingly pleased in the fact that fangirls are making strides toward being an accepted demographic.
For those of us who have ever been teased for the shows or movies we like to watch, questioned about our true love or knowledge of any given fandom, or mocked because sometimes it’s fun to dress-up in a costume for no good reason other than it’s lots of fun to dress-up in a costume, Sam Maggs’s A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks is a delightful, positive read for anyone looking for heartfelt encouragement, charming suggestions or affirmation in the name of her geeky proclivities.
I have noticed something recently. No one loves the Broadway show Les Miserables the same way. And people often don’t even love it consistently.
As I grew up with Les Mis, my stages were literally Cosette, Gavroche, Eponine, Marius, Enjolras, and right now, I’d say Fantine. As I grew, my love of each character in the musical changed. When I was small I desperately loved Cosette. I wanted to live in a castle on a cloud, just like she did. As a teenager, I often found myself singing On My Own, but directing my emotions towards whatever boy I was crushing on that week. Now I find myself job hunting and feeling nostalgic for college, when food was free and life was good, like Fantine did (not planning on selling my teeth, although I have donated my hair!)
Most people don’t have such a literal attachment to the characters, but there is definitely a trend in who someone’s favorite character is and how long they’ve been in love with the show.
Note: This is meant to be in good fun. Please don’t get offended. In the end, we all love the same thing.
For the last several days, a few of the Geekettes have been in New York for a professional book expo/Book Con. While we were very excited and had a very wonderful experience overall, we found that on the one day of Book Con, we lost our faith in humanity a little bit. Every person I attended Book Con with had a negative story. A box of one book was stolen from an exhibitor. A panel of the most famous bestselling authors was cut off by people more interested in free books. Line cutters everywhere.
Here are some tips that I, as a former bookseller and current literary fangirl, think could help everyone enjoy book signings a little bit more: Continue reading Be Nice Around Books: Signing Etiquette