Becky’s Bookshelf: Required Reading For Fangirls

I haven’t done much with the Character’s Bookshelf series lately, but it is still a concept very close to my heart. So today, let me offer you Becky’s Bookshelf. Becky Rosen, of course, is the fangirl from within the Supernatural universe, the Mary Sue made flesh, the ultimate defiance of the fourth wall. She is a fan of the same characters every Supernatural-fan is a fan of: the Winchesters. And here’s what she, and any other fangirl, should have on their bookshelves.

Fic by Anne Jamison

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Fic is an incredible book by an incredible author. Anne Jamison is a professor of English at the University of Utah. She holds a PhD from Princeton, and she’s written an entire book about fanfiction and the way it’s changing the landscape of literature and culture. Apart from a number of surprising insights into the world of publishing and internet fandom, I also got an endless list of to-read fics from this book.

Get your very own copy here:

Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World

 

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Kevin Khatchadourian’s Bookshelf

Welcome to the Character’s Bookshelf. This is where I speculate, entirely outside of the space-time continuum and the barriers of language, what books would be a fictional character’s favorites. As you can see here, all of the Character’s Bookshelf posts so far have been about my favorite characters. That’s going to change today: welcome to Kevin Khatchadourian’s bookshelf.

For those of you who don’t know Kevin yet, I’ll give you a quick, spoiler-free bio: Kevin has had a book named after him. It was Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin and it’s one of the most chilling books I have ever read. Why? Because Kevin is a psycho. I’d imagine, in spite of his lack of empathy, he’d enjoy the books I’ve listed here.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

What’s not to love about Dexter Morgan? Family man, blood spatter analyst and part-time vigilante killer.

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Bellamy Blake’s Bookshelf

tumblr_ntqlxsqrp31qmah7eo1_250Welcome to the Character’s Bookshelf. This is where I speculate, entirely outside of the space-time continuum and the barriers of language, what books would be a fictional character’s favorites.

Do you guys know about Bellamy Blake? DO YOU KNOW ABOUT BELLAMY? DO YOU?  Quick introduction for the uninitiated; this is our lord and savior, our most precious of cupcakes, our purest cinnamon roll: this is Bellamy Blake from The 100, and this is his bookshelf.

Note: In this specific case I have arranged the books in order of Bellamy reading them, so each one has his age at the time of reading listed in brackets.

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The Bad Beginning (and the rest of the Series Of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket (Bellamy is nine years old)

Bellamy read these books to Octavia when both of them were little and she spent most of her time locked under the floorboards. I am absolutely sure of it. These books are about a set of super-smart siblings who deal with their misfortunes through intelligence and witticisms. Sound like anyone you know? That’s right. Sounds a lot like the Blake-siblings.

 

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Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (Bellamy is thirteen years old)

Here’s something else you didn’t know about Bellamy Blake: he’s a huge classics nerd. He named his sister Octavia. So you will never convince me that 13-year-old Bellamy didn’t totally identify with Percy Jackson, everyone’s favorite sassy teenager. Also, Percy had a totally badass sidekick in Annabeth, and Octavia is more than a little bit like her.

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Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (Bellamy is seventeen years old and hides this book form Octavia to avoid merciless teasing)

Blake is the new Darcy. If you don’t watch The 1oo you don’t know this. Also, if you don’t watch The 100 what are you reading this post for? Bellamy Blake started out as a bit of a D-bag. He was the character you loved to hate, until he suddenly revealed himself to be a precious little cinnamon roll. You can see how this is like Mr. Darcy, right? And Clarke is his Elizabeth. No one will convince me otherwise.

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Atonement by Ian McEwan (Bellamy is twenty-two and feels responsible for his mother’s death)

Atonement is a book about guilt, and Bellamy’s got plenty of that. It’s also about complicated sibling relationship, something else Bell has way too much experience with. Come here, Bellamy. Let me give you hot chocolate and wrap you in cozy blankets and tell you how amazing you are.

Why are the characters with the guilt complexes always my favorites? Why is it that when Bellamy feels responsible for his mother’s death, I suddenly love him even more? Why do I always fall for the self-sacrificing fuck-ups? I don’t know, and it probably ain’t healthy, but fiction isn’t the realm of the healthy, anyway. Health and happiness don’t make for interesting plots or characters. That’s why I love Bellamy, and that’s why Bellamy loves Atonement.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (Bellamy is twenty-three and coming to terms with the violence of life on earth)

“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Now come cry with me over how badly our favorite darling Bellamy Blake needs some therapy and some uncomplicated love and friendship and some apple pie.

Bonus Feature

Bob Morley, the angel that plays our beloved Bellamy Blake, dressed up as James or Harry Potter.

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Holden’s Bookshelf

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Holden Caulfield: “I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot. ”

Today we’ll have a look at Holden Caulfield’s bookshelf. If you don’t know Holden, get out of here. No, don’t, but take my advice: drop whatever you were doing and start reading The Catcher In The Rye right now. Continue reading

Lord Sebastian’s Bookshelf

Welcome to the Character’s Bookshelf. This is where I speculate, entirely outside of the space-time continuum and the barriers of language, what books would be a fictional character’s favorites.

It is the prerogative of the Fangirl to think about fictional characters to cheer herself (or himself, for that matter) up. When I’m in an impossible situation, I find myself thinking: “What would Jessica Jones do?” When a conversation with an acquaintance is not going well, I try to imagine that Aziz Ansari is there to crack a joke. When I mess up my omelet, I wish for Dobby by my side.

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Hermione’s Bookshelf

Welcome to the Character’s Bookshelf. This is where I speculate, entirely outside of the space-time continuum and the barriers of language, what books would be a fictional character’s favorites.

Today we’ll be turning our attention to one of my favorite Literary Ladies. You guessed it: Hermione Granger. Hermione is an avid reader, so her favorite books would be so manifold that they are impossible to list. Yet I have hazarded a guess. The idea is that you could read these same books, if you love Hermione as much as I do.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban by 17851885Malala Yousafzai

If you’ve read the Harry Potter books carefully and repeatedly, you might remember that Hermione is very spirited and idealistic, and sometimes these traits come through attempts at political activism. Do you remember S.P.E.W, the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare? That was all Hermione’ idea. Another thing Hermione is very passionate about is education; I think this might come from a deep-rooted need to fit in in the Wizarding World as a Muggleborn. The more knowledge she acquires through books, the less her cultural background as a Muggle will be an obstacle. So yes, I think Hermione would be a huge fan of Malala.

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

The main reason this book is on the list is because it’s one of my persona860532l favorites and because I like to think I’m a bit like Hermione. Although I do think Hermione would like it. If you haven’t read I Capture The Castle yet, skip the rest of the paragraph with the summary and just go read it. I promise you it’s a great book.

I Capture The Castle has the romantic setting, romantic entanglements and witty dialogue of a Jane Austen novel, combined with the glamour and pace of the 1940’s. So instead of highly choreographed traditional dancing, the couples are dancing to the swinging music of a gramophone. There’s sibling rivalry and English countryside galore, so pour yourself a cup of tea and start reading. I’m sure Hermione devoured this book when she was twelve, vaguely curious why she kept picturing all the dashing heroes with red hair and freckles.

 

Possession by A.S. Byatt

In the interest of full disclosure I should probably tell you that I’ve never read Possession. That is to say, I never finished it. However, this book’s reputation proceeds it. Possession is said to be a tough nut to crack. When you crack it, though, you get to a scholarly mystery as well as a great love story. Both of these things would be right up Miss Granger’s alley, I’d say.

If any of you want to read Possession and get in touch with me so we can keep each other on track, drop me a line.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Yet another scholarly mystery. The Secret History is a story about university life, friendship, peer pressure and murder. What’s not to love? Reading this book made me feel both smart and in on some kind of big secret, and I think Hermione would revel in both those feelings, so this must be a book for her.

Additionally, I can’t help but think Hermione could be great friends with Henry Winter, the linguistics prodigy in The Secret History. After all, Hermione herself loves Ancient Runes.

Mathilda by Roald Dahl 

The whole reason I think Hermione would love, love, love Mathilda is in the blogpost below. Credit goes to if-dementors-were-pink. Thank you for reading!

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