This is a compilation of all the things I saw on the Internet this week that entertained, educated, and (occasionally) infuriated me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
The Bible, Librarians, and Reading Superpowers
I’m not much of a Bible reader, but I thought this post on how to read the Bible was extremely enlightening and thought provoking.
I love me a good romance, but as a confirmed bachelorette, I do tend to look around at the women and fiction and go “Where are all the single ladies?” I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way.
Neil Gaiman has said some pretty awesome things about librarians and someone illustrated some of his quotes and they’re absolutely adorable.
My only bookish superpower is being able to read and walk without running into stuff. I think it’s a pretty common superpower for serious readers, but some of the reading superpowers of the Book Riot staff made me feel like an underachiever.
There are a number of reasons “happily ever after” usually implies marriage and children, even if it doesn’t say so explicitly. The first is that most fairy tales are about royalty, and not having kids isn’t an option when you’re next in line to rule the kingdom. Also fairy tales originated in a time before birth control, but now that we have condoms, diaphragms, pills, etc., maybe we should rethink what “happily ever after” can mean to different people.
Book to TV/Film
Maddie Rodriguez broke down the proposal scene from Pride and Prejudice as it was portrayed in three different film adaptations and why they’re all awesome in their own way. It made me want to rewatch all these movies back to back.
If you need reminders for why Sam Wilson is the best forever, check out these excellent memes.
Celebrate Black History Month!
Angela Flournoy is a black female author who’s just trying to do justice to her characters by portraying real life. She’s not trying to write black characters in the best light and she’s not trying to represent her race, and that might actually be the most powerful thing she can do.
As a white woman who is very lazy with my hair (at most, I might do pigtails, but that’s my absolute limit) I thought this post on the different things black women do with their hair and how it’s portrayed in the media was extremely enlightening. All women have to deal with what rom coms tell us we need to do in order to be loved and accepted, and all rom coms are full of s**t, but it’s always interesting to see how the message changes between races and cultures.
Speaking of which, it’s still black history month! If you’re looking for some great books to help you celebrate, look no further.
Snow Tunnels, Education, and Competition
I did not like Mad Max: Fury Road and I have absolutely no idea why it’s been nominated for best picture, but this discussion of the movie made me laugh out loud, and also helped me understand what some people see in the movie.
As a freelance writer, my startup costs were pretty low, so I’ve never needed to pitch any venture capitals to help fund my business. But if I ever need to do so in the future, it’s good to know what I can expect from certain male VCs. And that I don’t need to try to cater to misogynists.
It’s photos like these that make me love winter.
Just more proof our education system is going down the toilet. Great.
Speaking of education, have I mentioned lately how grateful I am to have access to quality food? Also the Internet.
I’m so glad my parents have never used me for bragging rights. Although, according to this Onion article, maybe they have and I just never knew it …
What were some of your favorite things to happen on the Internet this week? Anything I missed? I want to hear all about it!