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Rate Emma's taste, /lit/.

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/a13407/16-emma-watson-approved-books-to-add-to-your-reading-list/
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the remains of the day is pretty good
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>>7566299
who?
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The BFG was pretty underrated in my view, everything else can die in a fire
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>>7566306
Some child actress.
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>>7566299
Literally who?
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Remains of the Day is the only one worth reading. Other than the BFG of course.
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>>7566306
>>7566319
Emma Watson, played Hermione in Harry Potter movies.
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>feeling all the feels
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>>7566324
>Harry Potter
That explains it. I don't watch movies based on YA trash.
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>>7566324
I went to the Yale University bookstore and bought and read a copy of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." I suffered a great deal in the process. The writing was dreadful; the book was terrible. As I read, I noticed that every time a character went for a walk, the author wrote instead that the character "stretched his legs." I began marking on the back of an envelope every time that phrase was repeated. I stopped only after I had marked the envelope several dozen times. I was incredulous. Rowling's mind is so governed by cliches and dead metaphors that she has no other style of writing.

But when I wrote that in a newspaper, I was denounced. I was told that children would now read only J.K. Rowling, and I was asked whether that wasn't, after all, better than reading nothing at all? If Rowling was what it took to make them pick up a book, wasn't that a good thing?

It is not. "Harry Potter" will not lead our children on to Kipling's "Just So Stories" or his "Jungle Book." It will not lead them to Thurber's "Thirteen Clocks" or Kenneth Grahame's "Wind in the Willows" or Lewis Carroll's "Alice."

Later I read a lavish, loving review of Harry Potter by the same Stephen King. He wrote something to the effect of, "If these kids are reading Harry Potter at 11 or 12, then when they get older they will go on to read Stephen King." And he was quite right. He was not being ironic. When you read "Harry Potter" you are, in fact, trained to read Stephen King.

Our society and our literature and our culture are being dumbed down, and the causes are very complex. I'm 73 years old. In a lifetime of teaching English, I've seen the study of literature debased. There's very little authentic study of the humanities remaining. My research assistant came to me two years ago saying she'd been in a seminar in which the teacher spent two hours saying that Walt Whitman was a racist. This isn't even good nonsense. It's insufferable.
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>>7566343
Is this the most reposted pasta in /lit/'s history?
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>>7566324
6/10
I still fuck her.
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