Well, we’ve made it through the first full week of January, which means everyone’s probably back at work or school at this point. Hope it’s been going well for y’all, but either way, YAY WEEKEND! To the links!
Book Related Things
Extended sneak peek of Angie Thomas’ highly anticipated On the Come Up.
The internet continues to dump on Harry Potter (pun completely intended, related to the big HP news item later on in this post): fantasy books that succeed where it fails in LGBTQ representation, incl. FYA faves and Book Club picks Carry On and In Other Lands. (Although I’m not sure if the article actually covers each letter of LGBTQ, but the comments have a few suggestions.)
Catch these book deals before they’re gone:
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith
Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser
Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
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YA Onscreen Things
This week in YA Onscreen: Roswell, New Mexico and superheroes galore, and more.
A look back at Hollywood nightlife before social media.
Mark your calendars! Jane the Virgin‘s final season begins on Wednesday, March 27th; The 100 returns on Tuesday, April 30th; and iZombie‘s final season starts on Thursday, May 2nd, among other spring premiere dates for The CW.
Netflix’s most viewed shows, which could mean eventual trouble for the popular streaming service. (Or not! Who knows!)
Social Media Things
InStyle’s Golden Globes elevator videos were all pretty fun, but this is my clear fave.
When the cat’s away… pic.twitter.com/jFu7IJ4ATW
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 7, 2019
Very cool example of how representation matters in every aspect of life!
The new wedding shop in town has a wheelchair using mannequin and it shouldn’t be exciting but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen disability portrayed in a shop window. pic.twitter.com/N5sco2fLJf
— Beth Wilson (@doodlebeth) January 9, 2019
This is from last month, but I forgot to have it included in Pro-Tips sooner so you’re getting it now.
I recreated the Destiny’s Child ‘Say My Name’ video in a photoshoot with my cat. Ur welcome�� pic.twitter.com/VybwgskJsG
— freddie ransome (@Ransome_Note) December 8, 2018
If this hamster becomes your new hero, I’d completely understand.
This was the best two minutes of my life
— triv �� (@bedroomflicker) January 8, 2019
Your periodic PSA that physical books are books, ebooks are books, audiobooks are books, BOOKS ARE BOOKS.
I can’t believe it’s the year of our lord 20 goddamn 19 and book people are still posting asking, “What do you think of ebooks? I just don’t know, I love books too much…”
please for the love of god, it’s been over a decade since e-readers came out, get over yourself
— Sarah Hollowell �� (@sarahhollowell) January 8, 2019
LIBRARIANS ARE AMAZING, pass it on.
last year in a library in Alaska I read a folk tale in a random book on a random shelf & have been thinking about it since & today i wrote the librarian w/ no book title or author & in 2 hrs i had a scan of the story & cover in my inbox – librarians should be running everything.
— jon klassen (@burstofbeaden) January 9, 2019
This is why you don’t mess with someone who puts words together for a living.
Flight attendant: What do you do?
Me: I’m an author
Him: Oh! What do you write?
Me: Mostly young adult novels
Him: Oh for kids? So when are you gonna write the real stuff. Ha
Me: Probably when you learn how to be a pilot.
*awkard silence throughout the cabin* #authorclapback
— Tiffany D. Jackson (@WriteinBK) January 10, 2019
OF COURSE the poop magic revelation falls on my Pro-Tips week.
Hogwarts didn’t always have bathrooms. Before adopting Muggle plumbing methods in the eighteenth century, witches and wizards simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence. #NationalTriviaDay
— Pottermore (@pottermore) January 4, 2019
Harry Potter fans: it’d be cool if we had some Harry Potter trivia
JK Rowling: dumbledore is gay
HPF: haha cool
JK: they often have mutual masturbation sessions in the hufflepuff dormitories
JK: everyone used to shit themselves
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) January 5, 2019
In better Wizarding World content: YER A WIZARD, PUPPY.
oh, you trained your dog in German? coolcoolcool
i trained my dog in Harry Potter spells. pic.twitter.com/tBlRVTJ33Z
— Anna Brisbin ❄️ (@BrizzyVoices) January 7, 2019
things i’ve concluded:
⭐️ keep your books, or don’t keep your books. whatever sparks ur fuckin joy.
⭐️ don’t shit ur pants no matter what jk rowling wants to pretend is canon
⭐️ don’t stalk people and then write about it like ur ~super edgy~
thank you for coming to my ted talk
— joce ✨ (@squibblesreads) January 5, 2019
Out of Print has a Matilda bookworm swearshirt.
Have you read the article about millennials becoming the burnout generation that’s been making the rounds? I found it generally relatable to my own circumstances. Here are a few more perspectives about burnout culture.
This is great: “When the Women’s Center for Creative Work realized the minimal representation for people of color, women, genderqueer, and disabled folks in stock photos, they launched the WCCW Stock Photo Project.”
LOL, a contestant on The Bachelor is faking an Australian accent to distinguish herself from the field.
That’s it for this week. Feel free to share your thoughts on these or any links we may have missed in the comments below!