Deathtocapslock still doesn't like Pottermore. But JKR is worse for not liking the number 4.
Mary_j_59 admits on deathtocapslock that she joined Pottermore out of curiosity to see if she'd be sorted into Slytherin and what her wand is, etc. (Is it bad that when I joined Pottermore the other day, that just like Harry I prayed for 'not Slytherin, not Slytherin' precisely because of these losers? I didn't want to be in any house they identified with.)
Mary_j_59 is also cheesed off that JKR doesn't like the number four and that she finds the number 'hard and unforgiving', but she's pleased that Rowling convinced the publishers to keep the imperial measurements.
First comment out of the box is oryx_leucoryx : The number issue is typical Rowling - her personal idiosyncratic preferences become a judgmental statement about the world. And doesn't it remind you of all those times Harry feels the world is mocking him by having weather that doesn't match his mood?
Where did they get the idea that JKR expects the world to not like the number four? It's a personal idiosyncracy, and she probably doesn't even know why she thinks that. She mentioned it precisely because it's a personal idiosyncracy - just a bit of interesting trivia for her fans, the way that when Harry notes that the weather is different to how he feels is a bit of in-universe trivia.
Marionros, meanwhile, runs with the notion of Harry wishing the weather would match his mood being Very Bad: This is, for me, what makes the Potter series so heinous and insidious; not because the lead character is a self-centered jerk who is never allowed to grow but that the author seems to think that the lead character is the bee's knees, the best and the noblest of all, that he really is the center of the Universe and that he is justified in thinking himself ill-served when the wether doesn't comply with his moods.
I know people like that and it seriously creeps me out to see such a worldview being sold as 'the best child lit this century'.
Will someone please tell me what exactly is so 'heinous and insidious' about Harry noticing a few times that the weather doesn't match his mood, or that JKR wrote a main character she didn't hate? Why would she not write a POV character she likes, since she's going to spend significant time (in her case, years) writing from inside his head?
mary_j_59 jumps in to point out that JKR is a BULLY WAH for playing a joke on her sister, that meanie. Oneandthetruth explains the dynamic between JKR and her sister: I think the real problem with JKR's sister is that she's the Aberforth to Jo's Albus, i.e., she doesn't think the sun shines out of Jo's butt. As I know from experience with my own sister, nothing sets a narcissist off more than not kowtowing to them. You can give in because you think they're wonderful, or you can give in because you're afraid to defy them, but you have to give in. The sister's perspicacious remark about Jo indicates she's entirely too insightful about Jo. That means she has to be crushed. If she can't be beaten down directly, then her causes have to be thwarted. It's pure childish spite. I've been subjected to the same crap from my sister--and she's seven years older than I am.
JFC, they are STILL internet diagnosing JKR as an actual narcissist and projectile vomiting their issues all over her. And of course, speaking of projectile vomit issues and narcissism... Marionros also has to motor on with her huge hate-on aimed at JKR herself this time: I'm sure that Little Jo sat brooding in her room in that house, angrily kicking the furniture, often enough, especially after her mum had given her a 'home-haircut', making her look stoopid, and made her wear 'stoopid, boring clothes', or worse, made her wear hand-me-downs', and fantasized about being not really her parents kid at all. No, she was special, not like these boring old fogeys at all! She was a foundling... or a witches' Changeling! That was it! That's why they always made her eat her greens and made her wear stupid clothes and give her stupid haircuts and loving her little sister better than her! She was special and they were not and they were just JELLUS!! And her stoopid maths teacher at school was mean for always picking on her when she was stairing into space instead of at the blackboard! He was just MEAN! And probably an evil sorcerer as well! And everybody hated him! And those who didn't..., well, that was just because THEY were mean and evil as well!!
What is marionros' problem with misspelling the word 'jealous'? What is marionros' problem with misspelling the word 'stupid'? What is marionros' problem with Randomly Capitalising Words? What is marionros' problem with lovingly detailing out huge screeds of how Bad People She Doesn't Like Obviously Think And Feel? What is marionros' problem with flat-out needing to spew out vitriol at the Bad People, Fictional And Real, That She Doesn't Like?
In short? WHAT IS MARIONROS' FUCKING PROBLEM?!
Mary_j_59 agrees with marionros, as does charlottehywd: This is wonderfully said. It's such a breath of fresh air to be able to say these things without being attacked by fans, isn't it? Mary_j_59 takes one last jab by insisting that the Pottermore site has an anti-Slytherin censor, and wonders why she didn't see a single comment that questions canon. (Because it's a fucking official canon site, not a bigger fancier version of your little hate factory comms that cater to your own peculiar issues, that's why. Oh, and mary_j, GTFO of my Pottermore house.)
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