For the Love of Language

 

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My recent research in college education has led me, as it has many times, to my one of my biggest passions: Language. Throughout my K-12 years I bounced around with what I wanted to study due to the fact that I have many interests. East Asian studies, art, veterinary medicine, animal behaviorism, graphic design, and English have made up the main bunch.

Even so, I always seem to make a loop and end up at the same conclusion. I love language; particularly English.

Language is what sets us apart. It is a fundamental aspect of our lives. We speak, write, and read language. It is what allows us to express ourselves in the most profound ways. It is interesting how many people might say, “Well, yeah,” as if that’s just a fact of life and there is nothing fascinating or extraordinary about language. Yet when you give it thought, imagine what language means to us.

One facet of language presents to us an escape from our lives by letting us delving into created worlds. That is reading.

My relationship with reading began well enough. I was fascinated by stories, but as a child it was visually appealing. Who didn’t love those picture storybooks?

Late elementary into middle school introduced an entirely new type of reading. No more pictures? I have to use my imagination? As a kid that grew up on Disney movies and vibrant picture storybooks, this was not how I wanted it to go. So, I decided that reading and I didn’t suit each other. Silly me.

It wasn’t until late middle school when I was roaming idly around the library that the spine of a book caught my eye. It depicted a horse, and I’ve always loved horses. As I looked at it, I read the title, “Wild Magic”. Horses, wild, and magic? What was this enticing sorcery? I checked out the book that day and was hooked.

Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic kindled my love for reading. This was the kind of reading that provided that wonderful escape from reality; the type that grips your mind and heart.

Mark Edmundson (The Ideal English Major) described it so well:

“There are people who read to anesthetize themselves—they read to induce a vivid, continuous, and risk-free daydream. They read for the same reason that people grab a glass of chardonnay—to put a light buzz on. The English major reads because, as rich as the one life he has may be, one life is not enough. He reads not to see the world through the eyes of other people but effectively to become other people.”

“Real reading is reincarnation. There is no other way to put it. It is being born again into a higher form of consciousness than we ourselves possess.”

It was through these kinds of experiences that I developed a love for language and so a love for writing. After all, the three facets of language are all interlinked.

It’s why I am writing to all of you right now, and why I plan to pursue a degree in English.

I completely geek out over language!

It’s a dream of mine to have a career where I can indulge in my passion for language (reading, writing, speaking), and to reach others through my work. I’d like to publish at least one book if not more, and I will forever to encourage others to love language.

Here are some of my favorite books/series that I recommend:

The Sevenwaters TrilogyJuliet Marillier

Heart’s BloodJuliet Marillier

The Maze Runner trilogyJames Dashner

The Immortals quartetTamora Pierce

Dragonriders of PernAnne McCaffrey

 

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Happy Birthday Harry

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As you all know or should know out there in the geek world today is Harry’s birthday as well as his creator’s J.K. Rowling so I wanted to take today to discuss this series which is very dear to my heart. I first began to read Harry Potter in elementary school and finished at the end of high school so essentially I grew up with this series. I related to Harry so much I had a troubled home life was bullied quite a bit but I got through it all with the help of great friends. Britney was my Ron essentially lol she was always there for me and we were always in it together no matter what it was. These books aren’t about trying to impress anyone or any of the other things young impressionable girls would normally see. No these books were about friendship and standing up for what you think is right. Being brave even when everyone else stands against you and sometimes you have to do things on your own. Reading the Chamber of Secrets in the 5th grade and meeting Dobby for the first time I never thought many years later I would be a young woman crying over that wonderful brave little house elf.

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I can remember reading the 6th book when Kreacher comes to Hogwarts and Hermione speaks to him and he says under his breath ” The mudblood is speaking to Kreacher.” I laughed so hard I almost woke everyone in the house up. Word of advice don’t read at 2 am. Even though I still do. While there were many sad and absolutely heartbreaking moments it was filled with fun cheery moments as well. Fred and George always up to something. Ron and his gift of somehow embarrassing himself all the time. Hermione keeping Harry and Ron on their toes. The series wouldn’t have been the same if one of them was missing each one of them held each other up like true friends do. They also got into arguments which made them seem so real and like someone you know. Their characters were so relateable. I did like the movies as well although as they progressed I felt more and more was changed and left out. I thought why would they throw in something that didn’t even happen and leave out some incredibly pivotal points. Like in the 6th for instance (which was my favorite book) they threw in some bullshit scene at the burrow catching it on fire and running around outside seriously what the hell. That was there but where the hell was Dumbledore’s funeral. That was such a beautiful scene in the book with the centaurs at the edge of the forest and the mer-people. The cinematography for something like that would have looked amazing. Also in the fifth book when in Saint Mungo’s when Neville’s mom handed him the bubble gum wrapper and his gran told him throw it away and he put it in his pocket. That scene right there is what made me feel so much for him. I realize that not all things can be added but if things are going to be left out don’t replace them with things that didn’t happen. Why the changes are made to begin with make no sense to me because everything in the books is so wonderful and would have been great on film. Aside from that I feel the golden trio couldn’t have been cast any better they were perfect. Hagrid was perfect as well. I preferred the look of the second Dumbledore better I just didn’t like that he shouted quite often lol Dumbledore was quite soft spoken. Luna was done well and Neville was wonderful. I do wish Slughorn would have looked more like a walrus as described in his pajamas.

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On a darker note these books dealt quite a bit with loss and death and having to pick yourself up because you have to. Harry lost the one man he felt was family and showed him love. He like most had to carry on and go to school. Some feel it’s best to go on though life alone because then you won’t have loss and disappointment, but if it had not been for Ron and Hermione and all of his wonderful friends what would have been the point of anything he had done. With them in his own words he had something worth fighting for.

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Everytime abc family airs the movies I very annoyingly tell my boyfriend IT’S A HARRY POTTER WEEKKKKKEENNNNDDDD!!!! Yes I watch it everytime and usually crochet while watching. Those are the most relaxing days off. These books made me laugh, made me cry and made me grow up. They made me cherish my friends and family more. I love these books and I thank J.K. Rowling for creating these books so that that poor little girl that was me could escape to a wonderful world. I’m doing great now and will continue to do so and since I live in Florida I’ll hopefully go to the Harry Potter world at universal soon. Even though the series ended it will never be over as long as there are those that are loyal. Thank you for reading -Kelly