According to her caption, we know that she’s not only pre-celebrating this year’s Halloween (with her friend Yoda) but also celebrating the release of her bookclub OurShareShelf’s September and October recommended book－Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca! As she continues, the book is a classic Gothic thriller in which more than one female character are playing precursors of feminism!
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
Reading both Watson’s intro and Amazon’s synopsis, I’m exited to read this spooky and feminist novel! I’m sure in the follow days Watson’s bookclub must have some relative book discussions about Rebecca. Why not take her treat, grab a volume, and get booked together, Bookstrs!
Both are amazing actresses, but there’s only one will star in the latest cinematic version of Louisa May Alcott’s class Little Women,directed by Greta Gerwig.
According to Bollywoodlife, Emma Watson is in talks with director Greta Gerwig and the team to join in the production of Little Women, replacing Emma Stone who, according to Variety, is unable to commit to Little Women due to her promotional tour for The Favourite.
The new production of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has become a hot issue since the news was released. There are three main reasons it is generating so much talk:
Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is an American classic and a work of feminist consciousness. The story revolves around four sisters living in New England during the Civil War and how they embody love, independence, and caring at this troubled time. It has been adapted into films and TV series many times.
Greta Gerwig, the director of the film, made Lady Bird (2017) which received several nominations in 90th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.
The cast is amazing! It includes Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, as well as either Stone or Watson.
Well, no matter who ends up taking the role (I’m a big fan of the two!), I’m excited about the debut. The resource mentioned that the Little Women production is expected to start next month and the roles are still being worked out, according to Bollywoodlife.
Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet, writer, illustrator, performer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and a rising star in the interdisciplinary field of art, literature, and performance after publishing two collections of poetry: Milk and Honey (2014) and The Sun and Her Flowers (2017).
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Milk and Honey is a book about survival with four chapters regarding the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, healing, self-care, and femininity. The poems, along with their accompanying illustrations, are easily readable and enjoyable while the messages behind them are far more than you could digest at the first glance. Here’s how Emma Watson beautifully introduced the poetry:
Unlike poems I have often spent weeks unraveling, Rupi’s poems are not designed to obscure meaning or entertain too much ambiguity － they hit you like punches to the stomach. They are immediate, visceral and not easily digested. I am loathe to say Rupi has made poetry “accessible” because while this is the truth (Rupi’s poems and illustrations fit well into those famously square shaped Instagram frames), there is nothing easy or accessible about what Rupi chooses to talk about. In fact, the topics she chooses, are audacious.
Emma Watson also shared her favorite section in the book－”Healing”－with her comment that Kaur bravely and generously demonstrates the leadership as a woman in her own life, which gave her a “new language.”
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If you’re interested in reading more about Rupi Kaur’s art/poetry/performance, pick up a copy. There’s a discussion board on Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf where you (and I, absolutely) should share thoughts and comments!
Dumbledore may be dead, but romance sure isn’t! In honor of J.K. Rowling’s timeless saga of sorcery and cheeky school kid antics, we have listed off what we believe are the 11 most romantic moments from both the book and movie incarnations. Our choices may be a little odd, but who ever said love isn’t strange?
Harry Shoving a Bezoar Stone In Ron’s Mouth in ‘Half-Blood Prince”
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After Ron is accidentally poisoned, Harry must take drastic steps to save his friend, shoving “a stone taken from the stomach of a goat” down his throat. Rowling did not intend this to be romantic (probably), but we find such acts of heroism downright dashing.
Harry Catching The Golden Snitch In His Mouth in ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’
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Continuing with the theme of sub-textual romance (and mouths), Harry’s clutch Quidditch maneuver not only won the day for Gryffindor, but cemented the newfound relationship between Harry and his favorite ball. Hey, don’t judge: unlike people, unfeeling objects like sports equipment can NEVER leave you!!!
Ron telling Draco to ‘Eat Slugs’ After He Insults Hermione in ‘Chamber of Secrets’
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Though their grown-up romance is still many books away, Ron’s decision to stand up for his muggle-born bestie—and receive a bellyful of slugs in the process—speaks to the strength of his character and his devotion to Hermione. Better spell-casting next time, buddy.
Ginny’s Special Valentine’s Day Rhyme To Harry in ‘Chamber of Secrets’
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Young Ginny was so head-over-heels for Harry that she sent a dwarf to deliver the following Valentine’s Day message to him:
“Romeo and Juliet” it ain’t, but we find it charming nonetheless. Hang in there, Ginny! You’ll get your guy eventually.
5. Harry Watching His 6 Doppelgängers Strip Down in ‘Deathly Hallows’
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As if being 17 and marked for death wasn’t hard enough, Harry is forced to watch as his friends, transformed to look exactly like him, strip to their skivvies in order to assume the full disguise. While it may not be Harry’s cup of tea, we know quite a few narcissists who would be delighted at the prospect.
Ron’s Waltz With Professor McGonagall in ‘Goblet of Fire’
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We can’t find any record of this happening in the book, but this unexpected moment of physical intimacy between one boy and his professor was so instantly iconic we feel as if it had been there from the start. A “One True Pairing” if there ever was one.
Grawp’s Unrequieted Love For Hermione in ‘Order of the Phoenix’
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Grawp, Hagrid’s giant half-brother, has trouble relaxing around anyone smaller than a three-story building—but everything changed when he met the intelligent and empathetic Hermione. Though their love was doomed from the start, we will never forget it.
Hermione Confounds Cormac, Helps Out Ron in ‘Half-Blood Prince’
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Paying Ron back for his slug-sacrifice all those years ago, Hermione enables Ron to ease his Quidditch Keeper tryout by magically tripping up Cormac, the handsome-yet-smarmy Gryffindor seventh-year. Now that’s love, kids.
Bill and Fleur: An Unlikely Love Story in ‘Half-Blood Prince’ and ‘Deathly Hallows’
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One of the purer romances on this list, Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour are a study in perseverance. She was mocked by his family, he was mutilated by a werewolf, and oh, their wedding reception was crashed by death eaters. Still, they remained devoted to each other and earned their happy ending.
The Long-Awaited Ron-Hermione Kiss in ‘Deathly Hallows’
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While the movie kiss was certainly delightful, the book smooch—which happens after Ron reminds elf-loving Hermione of the need to warn the Hogwarts house elves of the coming battle with Voldemort—is sweet and totally fitting. Why must you deprive us, movie people?!
Hermione punching out Draco in ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’
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This, right here, is the moment that moved an entire generation of hormonal teenagers. Don’t believe me? I happen to know one young individual who used to rewind this scene multiple times before continuing on with the film. But one of many reasons why Prisoner of Azkaban is a cinematic masterpiece.