Posts Tagged ‘Harry Potter’

There is always that awkward, strange kid from back in high school who just couldn’t fit in.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a tale of one boy’s coming of age that’s honest and graced with a clean, direct writing style. The chapters always open with “Dear Friend,” as the book is written in letter format, from Charlie to an anonymous friend. This is a story about Charlie and his quest towards manhood. It chronicles the ups and downs of an overly smart boy set in the middle of a whirlpool of stereotypical high school drama.

Charlie is, often, a little too goody-two-shoes. His curiosity of the world makes the read much more intriguing and insightful. Stephen Chbosky’s writing style makes one become so engrossed in Charlie’s world that it becomes difficult to remember whether it’s fiction or not. It layers the importance of bonding and the relevance of “driving at night to your first real party as it begins to rain.” High school memories aren’t often the fondest, but readers can all relate to that first football game, falling in love, and a first real high school party.

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It’s hard to believe, but after ten long years, the “Harry Potter” film franchise has finally come to a close with the “Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”  Having shattered the midnight box office record and crossing the $1 billion mark over the weekend, the last “Harry Potter” movie has left a lightning bolt scar on all of us.  A scar of excitement, a scar of grief, but most of all, a scar containing fond memories of a magical world that captivated us all.

Call me a sinner, but I never read the “Half-Blood Prince” or the “Deathly Hallows.”  Despite that, I’ve seen all the movies and it’s sad to see them come to a close.  Harry Potter is a name that most of us have grown up with.  I distinctly remember my brother bringing home the first book of the series, the “Sorcerer’s Stone,” back when I was in kindergarten.  I asked him so many questions about the story, the characters and, of course, the number of pages.

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Newlyweds Pt. II?

Nick Lachey and fiance Vanessa Minnillo, after careful thought and reasoning, have decided against a TLC reality show on their married lives together. Instead, they both agreed on having the ceremony itself televised, and stopping after that. “I would never want to put ourselves through a reality show again,” says Lachey, “This is a different process: There’s a beginning, an end, and then it’s over, it’s done.”

‘Jersey Shore’ Says Goodbye To Vinny

According to reports, the “Jersey Shore” star is calling it quits after an argument with an unnamed cast member. He has since packed his bags, headed home to Staten Island and, apparently, has no intentions of coming back. MTV has made no comment, but rather suggests that all questions will be answered by season five.

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In a news conference held in London today, author J.K. Rowling of “Harry Potter” fame announced the launch of a site called Pottermore. Many fanatics, myself included, were hoping this would be yet another installment in the Potter franchise.  In a way, it is. Pottermore is the latest initiative for the e-book revolution, marketed at what Rowling refers to as “the digital generation.”

This announcement has been a long time coming, as the demand for an electronic version of the best-selling “Harry Potter” series has only grown with the popularization of devices like the Kindle and the Nook. Rowling has been reluctant in the past to make such a move for fear of piracy, but this is a site that further establishes “Harry Potter” as a brand.

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What do you do when you want to go a pub-crawl, are exhausted from climbing up two mountains and have frequently been labelled a nerd? Well, you go on a literary pub-crawl, of course.

The Pear Tree, Robert Burns's former crib and a stop on the Literary Pub Crawl

The Pear Tree, Robert Burns's former crib and a stop on the Literary Pub Crawl

Five of my friends and I were in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday, February 21. A friend of a friend suggested we go on a literary pub-crawl, so we did.

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