I spent the last 24 hours at my aunt’s place. I was “visiting” (I associate that word only to Jane Austen novels, or perhaps to the dentist).
First I was a bit apprehensive of going because it’d be the first time I was visiting (the word again) and I didn’t want to intrude. Not to mention my own awkwardness.
But somehow my aunt and mum together convinced me to go (come in case of aunt, of course).
And my aunt also mentioned in the passing of this girl two years younger to me (but in the vast scheme of things, my age) who read a lot and would be “visiting” too.
So that helped, sort of. I thought that at the very least I’d get to know a person who read books completely different from my kind and someone who probably didn’t know the meaning of ‘fangirling’ but at least she read and therefore I could maybe get a few recommendations out of her. Or (and this was just the hope talking because, really, what are the odds?) she’d be this awesome fangirl who spent every waking moment on Tumblr and had read just about everything (Everything being Harry Potter, The Fault In Our Stars, The Hunger Games, Divergent Trilogy, Percy Jackson series).
Now, I know lightning doesn’t strike twice… and I know it doesn’t strike twice in a good way either, but this’d be like the 4th or 5th time it struck for me (in a good way).
The beginning of it all didn’t seem very promising, I’ll be honest.
After dinner she took out a book from her bag and I didn’t even let her settle down before I exclaimed “Paper Towns!! I’ve read that book and it’s awesome!!!” (Excuse the exclamation marks, but I did say ‘exclaimed’)
Her face lit up like a Christmas tree (okay no, no, bad metaphor! Never saying that again- it is NOT funny).
Then I asked if she had read TFiOS, she said yes.
Then I asked her if she was a Nerdfighter, she said yes again. But then I thought I should clarify what I meant.
So I asked, “Like, are you a fan of YouTube John Green?” Yes I did call him that. “YouTube John Green”. Don’t ask me why.
Then somehow we moved on to Dan and Phil (she is a huge fan, she likes them more than she likes the vlogbrothers). She does have a tumblr where she does spend every waking moment.
Her twitter and tumblr are called something which is a cross reference from Percy Jackson and Divergent (I’m not sure if she’d want me to tell you what it is) so then I knew that she had read those too.
We then talked about a lot of other stuff and almost on second thoughts I asked, “You’ve read Harry Potter too, right?”
And she said “Obviously!”
Now this could be interpreted in two ways.
The First way:
We took it for granted that when a person has read all those other books, she has most obviously read Harry Potter. It is illegal not to have.
And this shows how Harry Potter is a legendary thing, something that can never be replaced.
The Second way (AKA The Way I Saw It):
For a huge part of what would be considered our first impressions (the part where I really started liking her, and I hope the feeling was mutual, and I mean it in the most platonic way, stop sniggering! This is sirius) the words “Harry Potter” weren’t uttered. The fact that she was a Nerdfighter was enough for me. Does that mean I don’t care about Harry Potter now?
I was so ashamed of myself when I noticed the lack of Harry Potter references in our chat. Even after I had asked her, we still talked about other stuff more than we did about Harry Potter.
(She is also a fan of BBC Sherlock among other things 😀 )
I really hate that. No offence to John, of course I love him and everything- but how could we not have discussed Harry Potter? I mean really?!?!? (As I use the interrobang too, I think to myself “Ha! Mine and John’s favorite punctuation”)
I lightly said that to her too, “If not for John Green, we’d be having this conversation about Harry Potter” and I meant it very lightly too. Only later did I fully comprehend the implications of that one sentence.
I’m torn. I really love John and I love all my other fandoms. And everyone in them, but somehow I feel like I’m not being faithful to Harry Potter and JKR!
It was the gateway fandom: how could I not start the conversation from there?
But then again, now that I think of it, we wouldn’t even have had the conversation if she wasn’t reading Paper Towns, a book that I love. So it was all for the best.
And anyway, I’m always gonna call her a Potterhead Nerdfighter even if she likes 394 other things.
P.P.S. I’ve written a blog post (a pretty long one) two weeks ago but I haven’t posted it yet, because I have to edit it. Please hope for my sake that I do it soon. It’s about books, in case you want to decide whether or not you should hope and pray.