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I think for the most part i have learned to be pretty good with anger- vent a bit about it if needed, then let it go or use the energy to do something constructive (if the energy can maintained at least, which lately it tends to go into day to day survival basics). And I never did understand some things that people seem to get angry about easily... like road rage. So someone cut me off, big deal. It doesn't cause me to get where I need to any later; I didn't get into an accident; the fate of the world didn't just change for the worse. And besides- there's a good song on the radio! Turn it up and sing along.

So why does JKR still piss me off so much? I see a billboard for the current film, and am furious for the rest of the car drive. I read a transcript from an Azkatraz presentation and as soon as the writer says that "By writing XYZ, JKR is telling us ABC" I get pissed off (had it been phrased "XYZ in the books may remind the reader of ABC" I'd not have been angry- the first feeds into the JKR is a genius and we must be told by her what to think, while the second allows for JKR to be mediocre and the fans to be the geniuses). 

Shouldn't I be over the "Welfare mother pulled herself up by her bootstraps to become richer than the queen" by now? Shouldn't I no longer feel a reaction to "JKR is a literary genius" by now? When I see a several screen long interview/discussion on my flist about "dumbledore's army", shouldn't I no longer respond with an angry "don't they realise fighting for a world like HP's is fighting for one where slavery, racism, sexism, homophobia/heterocentrism, bulling, etc etc are promoted?"

Why does this in particular get me furious, with very little if anything I can do about it, while things like being angry at the transphobia & homophobia I encountered when I went to the ER, which I could at least write a letter of complaint about, fizzle out into a lack of energy, followed by a rationalisation that "nothing would get done anyway."

Date: 2009-07-31 04:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] venturous
it's a bit safer to have feelings about our fannish world

Damn those stupid ER folk! gah, they should know better. harumph.

I really could see it at AZ: if you feel a connection to Snape, you are not so thrilled with Rowling. the WWDD and jesus!Harry tracks left me cold. My HP world is fraught with uncertainty and shades of grey.

Date: 2009-07-30 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whyever should you be over it? I'm not. The whole asinine literary hoax infuriates me. It is a huge lie -- it is lying to children.

Despite the fact that speaking out against cultural landslides only engenders more publicity for them, I often think that a book should be written explaining this all in detail, with examples. It will be taken seriously later, when all the furor has died down.

I believe there will come a time when people will get over the glamour of Rowling and her works, and see them for what they are.

Date: 2009-07-30 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Um, you have seen this, right?

You're not alone at all.

Date: 2009-07-31 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nope! Thanks for the link
but some of the comments, arg!

Date: 2009-07-30 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's time to find a new fandom. I know plenty of people who ditched Potter fandom after the final book.

Date: 2009-07-31 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh i dont have the time/energy for another.

Date: 2009-07-31 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well I ditched HP before HBP. My daughter owned HPB, but by the time I got around to getting to it, was the last book out and I knew that 1) the Slytherins were totally demonized. 2)That Snape was never given any public credit for his heroism (using his name as a middle name for Harry's kid does NOT cut it) 3)That the status quo of the wizarding world was going to be maintained, i.e the Griffendors were perfect, house elves liked being slaves (and probably have a great sense of rhythm and love watermelon). 4)That Dumbeldore was in fact gay, but was a good gay by staying in the closet his entire life (so much so that JKR had to TELL us after the books that Dumbledore was gay) and on and on.

I don't want to finish the series and I don't want to see the movies. There is an explicit classism in the HP books that repels me. So you are not alone

Date: 2009-07-31 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
last movie I saw was PoA; and we didn't buy the last book thank goodness - although, I did read the carpet!version X-P

yes classism. and lots of 'isms that go with it.

Watermelon- god, yes, probably they do. =-( which just reminded me of Spike Lee's 'Bamboozled' (highly recommended btw fwiw).

Date: 2009-07-31 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Man, I don't know. I know I can't read interviews from her because whenever I learn what it is she thought I should have read into her books I cringe. I just can't know what she thinks >.>

But she doesn't get me angry like that.
But I do have the same reactions to Ron Moore. Every time someone goes on about the sheer genius of BSG and what a saving grace to Sci-Fi it was, etc etc etc I want to rant about why they are wrong, which sounds like the anger you mention here ^^ So I do understand.

Date: 2009-07-31 06:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
BSG save Sci-Fi? o.0

Date: 2009-08-01 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
what pisses me off most about her is that there's so many lessons to be learned in her books and yet SHE DOESN'T. EVEN. KNOW THEM.

Date: 2009-08-04 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think for me it's that the universe is contained, one person in particular is responsible for it, billions of people follow it, and it touches on most of the aspects of humanity that make me sick/violent with rage. So. HP makes a nice conduit for otherwise directionless emotion.

At least we're not alone. Among others, Dan Hemmens gets it:


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