It’s Mother’s Day so I hope you all treated your mothers with something lovely. Or that your children surprised you with something wonderful. On Instagram today I’ve been celebrating my favourite literary mother: Molly Weasley. There aren’t many positive examples of motherhood in the world of Harry Potter because, quite frankly, there aren’t many of them. The main two that we experience are Molly and Narcissa Malfoy. I know Tonk’s has Teddy but she’s a mother for about half a book or something. Plus, you could argue that her decision to leave her newborn baby to go into battle was the wrong one. I realise she was fighting for the freedom of the wizarding world and it was a tough decision. However, you could argue that, having basically just given birth, she would have been distracted and perhaps not in the best frame of mind to fight. Essentially the decision to have her leave her baby was so JK Rowling had symmetry between Teddy and Harry. I hate plot points that only exist for reasons beyond the narrative itself. Anyway, this isn’t the time to start another rant about the Harry Potter author. I have a rundown to write.
- The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
Still enjoying this but, at the moment, it’s not quite as addictive as The Rosie Project. I’m empathising with a middle-aged man more than I ever thought possible but I’m not sure the main character is quite as easy to love as Don Tilman was (even with the aspects of Simsion’s characterisation that I disagreed with). Still, it’s a story about lost love and getting older. Those are things that every reader can relate to. Plus, it’s still super easy to read without being too simplistic. Simsion has a skill to make things palatable.
- There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker
I am so glad that I bought this. It’s a fantastic selection of poetry that use political and pop culture references to explore what it means to be a black American woman in the 21st century. I’ve only read a handful of these poems so far but I’m already super excited.
After my book review of The Animators
last Tuesday, I wanted to find a relevant title to review for TBT. I couldn’t think of any until I stumbled across this Kevin Smith classic
on Netflix. A film about a comic book creator and questions about sexual identity. It’ll work.
- Netflix binges: BoJack Horseman, Ricky and Morty
I finished BoJack Horseman this week and I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure it was as good as I’d been told it would be but it was enjoyable enough. The third series was nowhere near as good as the second but it was still better than the first. I have hope for a season 4. Whilst going through Netflix to find a new series to watch (I’m still putting off Iron Fist cause I’m too scared it’ll be another Luke Cage and I’ll never go back to it). I keep passing Flaked, another Will Arnett series, but it just seems like BoJack set in real life minus the horse. Is he destined to play the same part over and over again? So I decided to rewatch all of Rick and Morty and I’m so glad I did. It’s a fucking awesome show.