sivaroobini: (Marauders)
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Definitely Harry Potter! My kids will be as familiar with The Tales of Beedle The Bard as with Cinderella and Snow White. :D And Hogwarts will be another home for them, as it was for me. They'll also watch the movies over and over with me. <3

I'd also read or recommend to them the Narnia books, and The Hobbit (and we shall watch the Lord of the Rings movies together too; I'll let them read LotR when they think they're old enough). I have loved these books since my own childhood and they're definitely classics for children. I also loved Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist from the age of seven or eight, and I'd start them off on abridged versions and then let them read the unabridged ones when they want to. Also, I grew up reading loads of Enid Blyton. I think the Famous Five series was my favourite; I had the entire set. My kids will grow up on those too, and The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers and Dog, Malory Towers, St. Clare's, and her Rewards short story collections.

And, of course, mythology. I grew up reading loads of Norse, Greek and Egyptian myths, as well as Hindu myths. Obviously, as a child I only had access to the censored versions; therefore I believed that the part of Osiris's body that Isis could not find was his leg, only finding out years later that it was his, ahem, phallus. XD

Some gorgeous Potter-related graphics that sum up my feelings perfectly:







^ There are a couple of typos, but I still think it's gorgeous.



^ I thought that was the most beautiful scene in the Half-Blood Prince movie: when all the students and teachers of Hogwarts, standing by Dumbledore's body, raise their wands together, and the light from all their wands dispels the Dark Mark in the sky.

And that is the sort of thing I want my children, nieces, nephews and godchildren to read. Books that teach them to believe in magic and the impossible. Books that teach them the importance of friendship and family and bravery and loyalty and faith and love and forgiveness and ideals, that provide strength and show them that you can use your brains to get yourself out of sticky situations (I <3 Odysseus, even if he is a bit of a dickhead at times). Stuff that instils in them a sense of awe and love for the ancient civilisations. Stories that develop a love for adventure and nature.

One of the reasons I am so fond of Potter is all the references Rowling makes to creatures and legends from all over the world; it led me on a merry treasure hunt to find all these things, like manticores and divination methods and alchemy and etymological roots and so on, and I learned so much. (It's also one of the reasons I <3 The Dresden Files - the way Jim Butcher makes use of so much fantasy lore - but it's hardly for children.) The series isn't perfect, of course, but if you asked me what I would read to my children, it's the first thing that comes to mind.
sivaroobini: (Adam Lambert - where there's fire)
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I was JUST talking about this on Facebook the other night. XD There's a fairly long list of candidates, but I think the best one would be...

Adam Lambert's If I Had You.





Aside from the fact that the song itself (like most of Adam's songs) and the music video are very cheerful, I tend to associate senses and sensations with other things, if that makes sense. Things I was doing when experiencing a song or a movie or book or food dish, usually for the first time. Like, when rereading Trudi Canavan's The Novice, I remember the taste of Walker's butter shortbread cookies because that was what I was eating while reading it for the first time. Or when I look at Ramses: The Lady of Abu Simbel (fourth book in the Ramses series) I remember hiding in the bathroom (my exams were nearing but I really wanted to finish it!) and crying my eyes out at the end when Nefertari died. And I haven't watched The Lion King since October 15th 2007 because I had been watching it when my dog Rusty died that day.

The amazing memory I associate with 'If I Had You'. )

The other night I'd had a bad day at work and was going home and it was dark and I paused to pet a friendly stray cat at the foot of our block, with Adam Lambert playing on my iPod. If I Had You started playing and I remembered that joyous feeling from last year, and laughed at the cat's evident enjoyment of the way I was scratching beneath her chin. By the time I stepped into the elevator, I was in a MUCH better mood. So yes, I realise Adam Lambert isn't everyone's cup of tea and neither is If I Had You, but it is a song that always makes me happy when I listen to it.

sivaroobini: (Gryffindor)
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... I'd pat down pre-Azkaban Sirius Black. Yum.

And feel him up while I'm at it.

Heck, I wouldn't mind patting down post-Azkaban Sirius Black, but I think that he might resent it, being a fugitive. ;)


Edit: Okay, they changed the question. o_O Yesterday it was "If you were the TSA at Hogwarts, which character would you pat down and why?"

sivaroobini: (Marauders)
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Sirius Black.

He is, after all, my dream man. A day will not be enough, but if it's all I get, then I'll take it.

I'd like to meet Remus Lupin, Aziraphale, Crowley, James Potter, Lily Evans, Aragorn, Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Faramir, Shadow, Anansi, Nobody Owens, Silas, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Agnes Nitt, Tiffany Aching, DEATH, Morpheus/Dream, Sandman Death, Hob Gadling, Lucifer (from Lucifer), Mazikeen Morningstar, Elaine Belloc, my own Gabriel, Elizabeth Bennet, and a whole bunch of characters, but the first person who came to my mind was Sirius.
sivaroobini: (Marauders)
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I don't know... Hmm. I'd say
Prisoner of Azkaban. Still, I can never forget the magical feeling of sitting down and reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the first time. *happy sigh*

She isn't the
best author of all time - I prefer J.R.R. Tolkien, and possibly Neil Gaiman - but she is certainly extremely talented. She's a wonderful author, who reintroduced millions of children to the magic of the written word. I was already a bookworm, but her books... before I discovered Tolkien, Gaiman and Pratchett, before I discovered Narnia and Artemis Fowl, she made me really fall in love with magic. She was the best author ever, in my mind, for a while.

It was the sheer magic of her characters, her created world, that made me start writing fanfiction back in 2005. That practice in trying different characters, styles and genres, the constructive crticism I got from reviewers, and the amount of fanfiction I read, both good and bad, really helped me become what I am today.

Today, I can't imagine not writing; it's a part of who I am, now. I've branched out in
Good Omens fanfiction, which I love, and to a lesser extent Narnia and I've started writing for Sandman, and I did one for Twilight. (I'm not a Twilight fangirl, and I was only one very briefly last year; I know now that it's a HORRIBLE piece of work, and the oneshot I wrote has a Twilight fangirl wishing to meet Edward Cullen. She ends up meeting a real vampire, and the story ends with her dying xP)  I've written original essays in school that were photocopied and used as model essays by teachers. But without the Harry Potter fandom, I doubt I would have discovered that writing can be just as magical as reading. I'm not that talented, I think, but I know I'm fairly good, at least, and this wouldn't be the case if Harry Potter hadn't gotten me to start writing.

And the people I met at a
Harry Potter forum have changed my life. They helped me deal with problems, literally saving my life and being there for me when I felt noone was. The trials fictional characters go through gave me strength to face my own problems, on a smaller scale, of course. And my love for that fandom helped me discover other fandoms like the Good Omens one, now such a major part of my life that I can't imagine not having it around. Harry Potter, and reading and writing, gave me a 'safe' obsession so that my parents never needed to worry about me going broke on shopping, or doing drugs, or anything of the sort. I know people who struggle with such problems, and it makes me feel so sad for them. :S I draw strength from fictional characters, which isn't very healthy either - it's escapism - but it's definitely better than what I witness my peers doing.

Mainly, the
Harry Potter books are always there for me, a constant companion, a place I can escape to when real life becomes too much. I can sit in a comfortable chair with a mug of hot chocolate, and fight dragons and fly over continents and sit in magic lessons with friends and face Voldemort, all from the safety of my home.

Thank you, J.K. Rowling.

Edit: After editing my profile (to add 'knitting' to my Interests) and looking it over, I realised that this is my hundredth personal LiveJournal entry! :DDD *opens champagne bottle*

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