The Literary Snob

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"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." Italo Calvino

Read the Printed Word!

"And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep."
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (via wordsnquotes)

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"I’m not fascinated by people who smile all the time. What I find interesting is the way people look when they are lost in thought, when their face becomes angry or serious, when they bite their lip, the way they glance, the way they look down when they walk, when they are alone and smoking a cigarette, when they smirk, the way they half smile, the way they try and hold back tears, the way when their face says they want to say something but can’t, the way they look at someone they want or love… I love the way people look when they do these things. It’s… beautiful."
Clemence Poesy. (via painfulvalley)

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What books do you remember loving as a first grader?



Or if you can’t remember, what do the babies in your life like reading?

The Junie B. Jones series. I read almost every book in the series in first grade

The Ramona Quimby books! I loved those books with all my heart back then.

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"Words cut deeper than knives. A knife can be pulled out, words are embedded into our souls."
William Chapman  (via weaverofstars)

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Anonymous asked: What would your advice be to someone who is thinking of getting a literary quote tattoo but is hesitant because many people seem to call them pompous and/or basic? Thanks.


Do whatever you want. Who cares what other people call them? As long as you don’t go around bragging to everyone about it and showing it off to people who don’t seem interested, it’s none of their business. Honestly I love literary quote tattoos, especially one’s that incorporate the quote into something else like this one:


In the end a tattoo is a very personal thing. If you really want to do it then do it. Don’t let other people dictate your life because that’s a slippery slope that will most likely end in regret.

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“Real travel would be to see the world, for even an instant, with another’s eyes.” 
― Robyn Davidson

Whether you’re jetting off to distant lands or your travels are limited to the armchair this summer, explore the world through the eyes of these intrepid, globe-hopping women.

All Over the Map by Laura Fraser
Cuba Diaries by Isadora Tattlin
Dear Exile by Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Female Nomad and Friends by Rita Golden Gelman
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald
Tracks by Robyn Davidson
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky by Jennifer Steil

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thatcozybooknook asked: I love your blog, by the way! And I believe that we are friends on goodreads :D. Would you mind it if I recommended books to you on the GR from time to time? If so, I'd love for you to do the same with me, because I love your taste in books. Enjoy your night!


Awwwe thank you so much and yay I’m happy we’re friends on goodreads! I welcome any recommendations you send my way. And I’ll send you recommendations whenever a book rocks my world. Actually I’ll send you one tonight of my favorite book I’ve read so far in 2014.

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thatcozybooknook asked: 24. Which book do you wish DIDN'T have a sequel? 27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?


Hmmm in general I find sequels to be disappointing (an exception to this would be Catching Fire which I liked A LOT more than The Hunger Games). Maybe The Golden Compass? I remember really enjoying the first book but I felt underwhelmed by The Amber Spyglass and I’ve lost motivation to continue the series.

One Day by David Nicholls was massacred by its movie adaptation. I really enjoyed the book but the movie was a disaster.

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Anonymous asked: what is the font used for your tattoo?


I’m so sorry anon, I don’t know how long your message has been sitting in my mailbox unanswered. There must of been a glitch on tumblr or something because I was received a notification.

As to your question, I have a tattoo but it’s a drawing of something and has no writing. Maybe you saw a picture of a literary tattoo that I reblogged? If you tell me which tattoo it was I can try and figure out what font was used.

— 3 weeks ago

Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.

A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.

So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.

“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.

When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.

So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.

In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.

So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.

Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?

[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]

I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.

Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?

She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.

Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.

Melissa Anelli THROWS IT DOWN about the way Ron and Hermione have been adapted in the movies on the latest episode of PotterCast. Listen here. This glorious rant starts at about 49:00.  (via emilyisobsessed)

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Limzy Wei: Flowergirls

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Malaysian artist Lim Zhi Wei adorns her watercolors entitled “ Flowergirls” with real flowers, to a stunning effect.

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