TIME Magazine put out their “Most Influential Icon” (of the last decade) list out and take the #2 spot is Lady Gaga, with Barack Obama right behind her. The #1 Most Influential person is politician Aung San Suu Kyi.
It would help to know what their criteria is and what they consider “influential.” In terms of pop culture, music, and fashion, yeah Lady Gaga is definitely more influential than the President of the United States. They say it’s by who has “had the most impact on our world over the last decade.” Oh, okay, thanks for the specificities.
It’s worth mentioning that TIME didn’t exactly choose these on their own. They came up with a list of people they deemed influential and then asked the public to vote. So that explains a lot. She has a lot of fans who really love her, and she loves them right back.
And hey, it could be worse. At least they didn’t include Bieber this time.
April 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I’m not gonna lie—when I heard that JK Rowling was doing an ‘adult’ book, I got really excited. There was a totally perverse part of me that was thinking about Hermione Granger and bondage and Ron Weasley’s ginger pubes, and I thought, “Instant classic.” Realistically, I knew that she was talking about a non-Harry Potter book, and I sort of cringed at the thought that I’d be considered … well, I don’t know what, since I’m both an adult and a massive, massive Harry Potter fan, but in either case, I was pleased as pie to know that she was writing again. Her new book, The Casual Vacancy, is about … well, this:
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems, and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
So? How does it sound? Do you guys think this is going to be something you’ll be mad interested in devouring, or are books like Harry Potter more your speed?
The book hits stores on September 27th. Will you—like me—be pre-ordering?
April 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm by Sarah
Just when I thought that I was finally getting over the anguish and despair that I felt this summer over Harry Potter’s last hurrah, it starts up all over again. Because she hasn’t done enough already, JK Rowling had a big long chat with Daniel Radcliffe for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Blu-ray in which she taunts us with horrible, awful things she almost did and one heartbreaking account of something beautiful that she cruelly decided could never be.
On killing Ron Weasley: “Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn’t in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. ‘There, now you definitely can’t have him any more.’ But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn't have done it].”
On killing Hagrid: Rowling reveals that from the start, she always knew that the final chapters of the last novel would include these beats: That Harry would walk willingly to his death; that he would be joined by the spirits of his parents and other loved ones during that death march; and that Hagrid would carry Harry’s (apparently) lifeless body out of The Forbidden Forest. Rowling tells Radcliffe that the image of Hagrid cradling “dead” Harry — a bookend to the beginning of the series, when Hagrid brought infant Harry to the Dursleys – stuck with her the entire time she wrote the books and she never let it go. If she had, Rowling says Hagrid would have been a “natural” target for elimination. “That image kept him safe,” she says.
On maybe not killing Remus: Rowling shares with Radcliffe that when she created Lupin’s character, she planned for him to survive the finale. While the author has said as much in other interviews, here, she elaborates, explaining that she changed her mind when she realized that her last Harry Potter story was really about war, and that “one of the most horrifying things about war is how it leaves children fatherless and motherless.” The most powerful way she could dramatize that idea, she says, was to kill a set of parents that were dear to readers. “I had no intention of killing [Lupin],” says Rowling. “But then it dawned on me he had to die.”
Well, that was exhausting. Can you imagine if Ron had died? There was a point when I thought that Hagrid would surely die, but Ron? No. No, I couldn’t do it. Could you? And Remus … after four years, I still get choked up when I think about Remus. Is that normal? Are any of you guys still torn up over anything Harry Potter related? This is the time to let everything go.
November 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm by Emily
It’s called Pottermore, and that little screencap above is the only thing there so far. Well, that, and if you click on one of the owls, you get linked to a YouTube page with a countdown to an announcement from JK Rowling (five days!), and the caption for the video is “The owls are gathering … find out why soon.” Kind of cryptic, right? WHAT COULD IT BE?!
My biggest Harry Potter dream would have to be another seven books, all about the Marauders. You know, like the same structure as the seven Harry Potters, except with Harry’s dad and his pals at Hogwarts. I realize that’s a lot to ask for and that it probably won’t happen, and if it did happen, I would just die, but that’s what I’m going to choose to wish for.
What about you? Any wild HP-related dreams or any realistic ideas as to what this announcement could be? Let’s get into it.
June 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm by Emily
Ok, so JK has this mansion in Edinburgh, right? And she has this huge garden in her backyard, and there’s this little house set up there now. But JK, being the amazing woman she is, said “nay.” And that’s the story of how Hagrid’s legendary hut is going to be replicated on JK’s property. The little house is going to have ”a conical roof, a spire, a chimney and stone steps up to the front door,” just like the movies. There’s no word yet on if she’s getting a hippogriff to tether up next to the hut (bad idea, we all know how that turns out) or a group of centaurs to roam the nearby gardens.
April 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm by Emily
When J.K. Rowling made her appearance on Oprah, she wasn’t able to say whether or not she was done with Harry Potter or not. Although the final installment in the series has already been released, she did say that there was always a small chance she’d cave and bring him back.
Daniel Radcliffe is not happy about that.
When asked about another installment in the Harry Potter series, the actor said, “Oh God, she promised me categorically that there wouldn’t be another book involving Harry. I think 10 years is a long time to spend with one character.”
So I’m guessing that we’re done with Harry Potter movies, too. Sadface.