I do this with series of all kinds—books, TV, movies. I refuse to watch the third Alien movie so that Ripley can live on with her little makeshift family after the end of Aliens forever (at least in my head).
my netflix is flooded with suggestions that “feature a strong female lead” based off my previous preferences.
exhibit a) of present day gender inequality. i have never seen the headline of “featuring a strong male lead,” on any of the movies with male main characters. basically what this is saying is that men are automatically “strong male leads.” that is would be redundant to say so. while when females are the main characters it must be pointed out when that particular character happens to be “strong” or not. otherwise the inverse is to be expected. just. ew.
I hadn’t thought of this before, but it’s so true.
I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager.
”—David Levithan - Supporting Gay Teen Literature (via cake-light)
1. Make sure that you have time to get pulled into the story.
2. We all know how difficult it is to find a comfortable position, but it will help to be super comfortable so that all of your focus is on the book, so try a few positions and only settle when you’re back doesn’t protest and your arms/legs don’t fall asleep.
3. Try to stay monogamous to the book. I know how appealing books can be, but try to stay faithful to just the one. (Give the book your full attention!)
4. Make sure you’ve got enough lighting, bad lighting will not only mess up your eyes, but it will give you a headache and you’ll have to stop reading! (Unless you’re a trooper, if so, way to go champ!)
5. Unless you can focus with music or the television on in the background, make sure that you’re in a quiet room or place.
6. Be open to any emotional experiences. If you go in unprepared, it could be a shock!
7. Grab a few bottles of water, or something to drink, since you will probably not want to get up once you’re into the story.
8. Ditto for food.
9. Use the restroom beforehand… unless you can walk and read when you need to do your business.