JK Rowling Does What She Wants: A links round-up

Emily Asher Perrin (writer of the superb Harry Potter Reread series on Tor.com) has some thoughts on JK Rowling’s constant expanding of the Harry Potter universe, and most of them are also my thoughts, so go see what you think.

The controversial Professor Bhaer: An investigation in five parts at the Paris Review.

Bros writing about southern food (& why it should be more ladies), over at a website I newly love, The Bitter Southerner.

This piece by Kiese Laymon about Bill Cosby and minimum standards of human decency is so, so good.

The stories you have the right to write, and building a new canon.

“Yes We Need Diverse Books. But that doesn’t always mean that we want YOU to write them.” Ellen Oh on the hip new trend of diversity, and the important work of promoting books by diverse authors.

“I Met a Sex Monster”: The Toast recaps “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”

bell hooks chats to Emma Watson, and it’s as adorable as you are imagining. Maybe even adorabler.

Christy of A Good Stopping Point has converted her great-great-grandmother’s journals into a blog! Stop by and check it out!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

  • Lisa

    So many great links today! So much misappropriation by white authors these days, it just makes me cringe. I loved the conversation between bell hooks & Emma Watson, and it added a couple of books to my reading list.

  • Jeanne

    There are now more than three parts about Professor Bhaer (part 5 is Bhaer in film and part 4 his “vital stats”) and yet Sadie Stein still does not say anything that reconciles me to this marriage. It is a bitter pill.

  • Christy

    Wow – thanks for including my new blog on your links round-up!

  • Juhi

    i repeat, why does your blog not have a like button?

  • Kailana

    J.K. Rowling definitely does what she wants. When the news about her dies down, she will release a ‘fact’ about a character or something… she’s smart, though. Knows how to play a crowd!

  • I. Hmm. I feel like I’m of two minds regarding Rowling and canon. One: it is obviously her right to continue doing Potter stuff whether or not she’s formally declared I’M NEVER GONNA DO THIS AGAIN. (Perrin seems really wedded to specific markers of whether or not a creator is still invested enough to pay attention to, which seems cleaner in theory than it is in practice to me.) Two: all this other stuff—barring the play—is a different level of canon than the books to me. That seems the cleanest way to sort all this out, and explains why HP fans hew closer to the books than to the supplemental material. I spent my childhood in fandoms with really clear cut levels of canon (Zelda, specifically), so I’m kind of fascinated to discover HP fans who have a more cohesive view of what counts and what doesn’t.

  • Nishita

    I signed up for Pottermore way back then and it was impossible. But I browsed over to Pottermore now, and quite like the new website, so much more pleasing to the eye

    And that article about diverse books. So very on point. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  • I’m also one of those in two minds about Rowling. On the one hand, it feels like too much. Like it’s time to move on. But on the other, I am happy to lap it all up. It’s one of the best canons out there but the jury is still out on whether it should end somewhere. Personally, I would like that encyclopedia.

  • Bina @ IfYouCanReadThis

    Wow I totally missed the bell hooks-Emma Watson chat, would’ve thought it might be brutal for Emma Watson but hope she learned something from it! Don’t really have much to say on the expanding HP universe, but the stuff she is doing to indigenous American culture in her new project, I just cannot! Why!?
    The Bitter Southerner…consider me intrigued!