New Site!

 

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Hello everyone!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. This is mostly because I’ve started up a new official site as a platform for my writing and marketing career.

I’m not sure if I’ll be posting on here for the foreseeable future. The new site, while a little more professional, will still be analyzing stories and their place in our world, so I encourage you to check it out.

Stay positive!

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Apologies, Announcements, and Avengers

Hey everyone!
So…it’s kind of been awhile. 
… And by awhile, I mean six weeks.
…Yeah.
I’m really sorry I left it so long. See, I’ve been balancing two new jobs since March, and between that and finishing up some classes at NYU, I honestly haven’t been able to scrounge up the energy to finish a single article. But I’m her to officially say I’m back and ready to write again, so expect a new post this Tuesday! 
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Additionally, some exciting related news –
You can now find Kate’s Curiosities on tumblr! For various fandom gif sets, rants, and observances (as well as the occasional puppies and kitties, as is custom for tumblr XD ), follow me!
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I am also on Twitter, though admittedly I’m not on this platform quite as much. But feel free to engage me on this platform, I’ll be sharing some quips, quotes, and fun links.
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Finally, as mentioned, I am currently holding two jobs related to books. One of these is as Children’s Editor on Riffle, which is a visually-based book site that helps you read more books by connecting you with avid readers and books you’ll love. That books list I shared in this post was actually part of my application! 
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I’m mostly covering children’s books up to middle grade, but I also share some more general book related stuff on the Riffle Discussions pages and on the Riffle Childrens tumblr page. I’ll be reviewing books, responding to other people’s reviews, and creating and recommending more awesome booklists. So, check out the site, view and share some booklists, and if you end up joining, make sure to follow me! 
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For your convenience:
Riffle profile: http://read.rifflebooks.com/profiles/119389
Riffle Children’s tumblr: http://rifflechildrens.tumblr.com
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(PS – If you’re already on Goodreads, Riffle has a Goodreads export button to make things easier 😉 )
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Okay, that’s enough announcements for now. And, as compensation for missing so many weeks, here are some extra special Avengers parody videos I hope you’ll enjoy. Thank you for your patience and continued support, can’t wait to get back up and rolling!
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~Kate
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A Letter to Snow White: Personal Reflection on a Childhood Favorite

Author’s note: So, this isn’t a typical post for me. But it’s been one of those weeks where I’ve been thinking a lot about something, and the thoughts get so jumbled up in my head that I need to write about it to resolve it. I hope you get something out of this personal reflection of mine, and promise next week I’ll get back to my more typical posts. Thanks!

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Dear Snow White,

I wish I could say you weren’t my favorite as a kid. That I was way more into Belle or Jasmine or Mulan.

But, let’s be honest – I had your doll, I had your dwarves, I dressed up as you for Halloween three times. You were my girl.

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Favorite Fictional Birthday Scenes

Confession: I celebrated my birthday yesterday, with parties held over the weekend. So, I didn’t write a traditional post this week. 

But I did want to post something. So, I decided to think back on fictional birthday scenes I have enjoyed (and wished I’d had ). 

Here are five fictional birthdays we all wished we’d had (Spoilers ahead for Once Upon a Time, The Lord of the Rings, Tangled, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone… kind of):

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Welcome to Kate’s Curiosities

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“Curiosity,” according to Google, is either:

  1. “a strong desire to know or learn something.”
  2. “a strange or unusual object or fact.”

I’m a girl who is curious about a lot of things, and I’ve accumulated many strange facts about such things. But there was always one thing I loved more than anything. You could even call it an obsession:

Stories.

Now when I say obsession, I mean a life-long, life-defining passion. I could recite the entire texts of Madeline and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves before I learned to read. I would always say it was a “blustery” day, a la Winnie the Pooh. I went to college for the sake of learning what makes a good story (among other things). You’ll often find me looking up Harry Potter facts, Sherlock gif sets, and Jane Austen fan discussions on my computer late into the night, when everyone else is asleep. So, I have a lot of “curiosities”: strange facts and thoughts about stories that I love discussing with people.

Now, there are a lot of places on the internet that talk about literature and media, and create some really awesome crossover material.

I mean, look at Smauglock:

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That’s the epitome of crossovers right there.

Realizing these connections between our favorite works is funny, even thrilling. It adds new dimensions to works we thought we knew.

But I think sometimes we look at posts like this, and believe that pointing out similarities in works is enough to understand them. After all, as my mom always says there’s no such thing as an entirely original work. But the way a story is told, how the elements are utilized, the purpose it is aimed towards – those are every bit as relevant as the elements that make it up. The creatures and themes J.K. Rowling used in the Harry Potter books have been around for centuries, but she combined them in a way that made them seem new again. It’s powerful stuff!

My purpose, in this blog, is to explore these and other elements of popular (and not-so-popular) stories and fandoms, and talk about how writers use similar tropes to different effect. This can help us reflect on what we can take from these stories, as story lovers and as people 

I’ll be posting every Monday. Learn more about the blog here, about me here, and resources here. Check out the links for related works and Pinterest boards, and leave a comment to let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas. 

Happy reading!

~ Kate