Over at Tor, blogger Emily Asher-Perrin has written a nice piece about Neville Longbottom, pegging him not only as an undervalued character, but going as far as saying that he, “determines the course of the Harry Potter series.” While initially sounding like a bit of an outlandish claim, she mounts a pretty convincing defense in her essay. She also draws some very interesting generational parallels that I hadn’t really picked up while reading the books. All and all, it’s a great read for Harry Potter fans. Hop on over to Tor to check out the full essay, but here’s an excerpt:
Rowling largely operates Harry’s generation in a clear system of parallels to the previous generation, Marauders and all. Harry is his father—Quidditch star, a little pig-headed sometimes, an excellent leader. Ron is Sirius Black—snarky and fun, loyal to a fault, mired in self-doubts. Hermione is Remus Lupin—book smart and meticulous, always level-headed, unfailingly perceptive. Ginny is Lily Evans—a firecracker, clever and kind, unwilling to take excuses. Draco Malfoy is Severus Snape—a natural foil to Harry, pretentious, possessed of the frailest ego and also deeper sense of right and wrong when it counts. And guess what?
The reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series is slated to debut March 9th on FOX. The 13-episode series will oddly enough be produced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and will have internet beloved physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the helm. It looks quite good.
Although I think my generation records and documents way too much of their lives, I too must confess that I like recording random things I do with a GoPro. These are some of the random things I did this summer along with some good friends. I enjoyed summer thoroughly.
Sorry about the technical difficulties, but I just had my website redesigned and content will now only be updated here on conorpdempsey.com. The blogspot is still up, but it will be phased out in the next couple of weeks.
This should be my only move. I’ll try to find everyone’s pages again via wordpress, but feel free to stop by the page and say hi, so it’d be easier to find you again. Jospeh R. Murphy was kind enough to redesign the site. When he’s not touring with his band Pet Lions, you should track him down for web design work. He does good work. I should be updating the site more often now that this is done and the switch is finalized. Thanks for everyone’s patience and understanding!
A recent post from Kate Evangelista’s Reads, Reviews, Recommends blog profiling Irish author Noel Farrell’s new book, Booker’s World, a story about a man dealing with a friend’s suicide during the Irish recession, reminded me of another bit of depressing Celtic literature, Leon Uris’ Trinity.
I was told at a very young age that I was named after the protagonist of Trinity, Conor Larkin. Admittedly, I have not gotten around to reading Trinity yet (So, I can’t actually say it is a depressing book, but the synopsis sure makes it seem that way. And I mean, the guy I was named after gets shot in the head, so that morbid detail doesn’t quite have me rushing to read it), but it’s on my list of books to read and hopefully I’ll get around to it this year.
Despite Conor Larkin’s tragic (and hopefully heroic) death in Trinity, I’ve always enjoyed my name. I like having something off the beaten path that reminds me of my Irish roots. I have to thank my parents for not naming me something like Drake Chesterfield or Chet Porterhouse (I apologize to all Chesterfields and Porterhouses, I’m sure they’re great names, just not for me).
What about you? Were you named after a literary character? If so, which one? Was there a literary character you wished you were named after? Do you plan on naming any of your kids after characters from books? If you plan on naming any kids/pets after characters from Twilight, how deep of a hole are you digging for them? When will the terrible, terrible repercussions for what you’ve done finally set in? When they reach middle school? High school? College?