August 16, 2016

Emma Watson picks 'Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide'



Emma picked the September/October book for Our Shared Shelf:

"Dear Our Shared Shelf,

For September & October, I’ve chosen a book that tackles inequality and women’s rights head-on: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Half the Sky depicts, in eye-opening detail, the various cultures and customs that suppress women and gives a voice to those individuals who need to be heard the most. Traversing through Africa and Asia, Kristof and WuDunn introduce us to some incredibly strong women and describe their stories of suffering and survival. Most importantly, the book spotlights how these women were able to stand up and transform their lives and, through their inspiring examples, we learn that the key to enabling change and economic growth is in unleashing women’s potential (the title of the book, after all, comes from the ancient Chinese proverb, “Women hold up half the sky”). Kristof and WuDunn dare us, as readers, to join the cause and Half the Sky shows us how, by doing even a very small amount, we each have the power to change other women’s lives.

Since its publication in 2009 it has started a global movement (www.halftheskymovement.org).

Hope you like,

love,

Emma"


97 comments:

Ross Taggart said...

I have ordered my copy from Amazon if anyone is having a problem getting it I will send it to them when I have read it.

Anonymous said...

Women do not belong in the sky. This groupthink is bad for family. We must all pray for a world that tosses women with catapults in name of feminism. Women belong separate and on the ground, not collectivized in the Lord's sky.

Ross Taggart said...

The title is metaphor meaning women are half the human race. An equal to the men.

Anonymous said...

^ well that's never going to happen thanks to religions - but Emma isn't going to mention that now is she....from the script she has written for her?!!

Ross Taggart said...

Actully I have it on good authority that she writes her own messages. Why not she is clever and literary graduate after all.

Anonymous said...

what good authority is this? also there is a strong possibility she only got into Brown/Oxford because of her status.

Eden said...

True. What university would want students who only got As to their exams? Of course none.

Anonymous said...

I have seen premieres The bling ring ad Noah and Emma was so insufferable during TBR promo. So high and mighty about how different she was from her character. What actor does that, really? The interesting thing is, she changed a lot during Noah promo. She looked awkward and unsure. I wonder what happened.

Ross Taggart said...

What happened maybe she read some limited and misinformed comments. Whats so wrong about being a confident young woman. In my opinion Emma is an accomplished actor.

Anonymous said...

She literally has only one expression for acting. She uses it for everything, when the character is sad, frightened, angry, nervous, confused.
For me she is not an accomplished actress

Ross Taggart said...

I disagree and so I belive do many others including most in her industry better qualified than both of us.

Anonymous said...

to be an actress or actor, you have to take action, study, Emma went to college, great, wonderful, but their job is to be an actress, and she should study something to be better actress. is not enough to have been for years in a set, unfortunately it is not, you have to perfect your technique and that can only be achieved by teaching but Emma does not want to perfect her technique, does not want to be better actress, I am surprised that she does not want best. Her expressions on the screen are not good, always you have the same expression, her tears are false, her gaze is empty, expresses nothing, it is sad she does not want to improve

Anonymous said...

the reason why the premiere of The Bling Ring she is pride, it was because she was the star of the movie, she was the famous, so she had such pride and protagonist attitude (she almost fell down the stairs in cannes for wanting to be the "queen")

In Noah, had very famous people and great actors, Anthony Hopkins, Ruseel Crowe, Jennifer, Logan Lerman (for me is a better actor than Emma)
For that reason she was more insecure in Noah premieres because she was not a "star" , her companions were best actors than her

Ross Taggart said...

In your opinion perphaps in mine she has talent and vast experience even at 26 her acting is not going to suffer becuse she is also intelligent. Your other comments assumed at best she works hard at eveything she does which has been commented by people who have worked with her.

Anonymous said...

it can be very intelligent, hardworking,responsable..I mean, she could improve as an actress, but her performances are not very good because she has not I wanted to improve as an actress
Her expressions are always the same, his gaze not express nothing, an actress has to express, it is fundamental and that can only be achieved by taking classes, working hard
I do not bad person, I like Emma, but she is not very good actress

Anonymous said...

yes it is true in The Bling Ring premiere, Emma was very "star" the same in
the perks of being a wallflower premiere or Colonia premiere in Berlin, where she is the "star" she becomes proud and when there are other "stars" in te movie as in Noah, she becomes insecure and small

Ross Taggart said...

She is good and learns from each new role I know that becuse it is on the screen to see. Not sure why you are so sure she is not trying when all the evidence is to the contrary.

Anonymous said...

For me it is not very good actress, plus she had an ugly detail in Regression, she said she did not put accent Minnesota because this could happen in any part but in fact she was not able to put American accent, she is not good at accents, she has a very British accent (I love :)) but Why she said this? Why she was not sincere or simply say nothing?

Anonymous said...

http://66.media.tumblr.com/7bd169e157da9b2294216aa19540164e/tumblr_inline_nw4o8ilXov1r4gjsq_500.gif
She is so unnatural

Anonymous said...

http://67.media.tumblr.com/21e5ecf717f6fa8635761ac0c136a00e/tumblr_inline_ngvqn7xTMt1t77gzk.gif
Unnatural again

This is a good actress??

Ross Taggart said...

I don't see any of that at all she is very good, she a Tom Felton were the best of the new comers I thought on Potter. She was impressive in Regression (a difficult role)and got the mid west accent which is actually very genital just right.

I do not think you can fault her integrity in any sphere to be honest she is not perfect we all have our moments and I have noted she can be hard on herself. She really is a good actress her performances are nuanced. I think you will be surprised what she brings to Belle.

Anonymous said...

She was impressive in Regression (a difficult role)
The movie disappointing, Amenabar have movies much better than this
and Emma act is not very bad but She is not very good, she represents a girl who has been abused and her performance was empty

Ross Taggart said...

She is not acting in the first and second is great. I have to do some work now so will reply to you other comments later. Emma is very good she really is.

Anonymous said...

Ross for you she is good actress but not everyone has to think the same
:)

Vicky George said...

As one of the 47 people in the UK who watched Colonia I must say I enjoyed it and thought it was well acted. I didn't see Regression or The Bling Ring because neither was in the genre of films I like to watch. Unfortunately I am not one who will go and watch my favourite actors in anything, it has to be a subject I'm interested in.

What I will say is that it's a shame that Emma didn't want to fall into the costume drama genre because I think she would have been very good in those. She would have fitted in to films like Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. I look forward to seeing BatB.

With regard to the books I'm sorry but I've had my fill of feminist reading now, I can only absorb so much of it and I've reached that point.

Anonymous said...

http://67.media.tumblr.com/87fe917969ecc9a0350058d5d8991f49/tumblr_np0t1doI9C1ut4oqzo1_500.jpg
contradictions

Anonymous said...

Sorry Vicky I do not understand this:
With regard to the books I'm sorry but I've had my fill of feminist reading now, I can only absorb so much of it and I've reached that point.

Jozef said...

Okey Anon, listen. I agree that she might not be the best actress but I really think that she is getting better and better in each movie, acting in bling ring and regression was not excellent okay, but perks and colonia were really good and heartfelt and I really think that circle and beauty and the beast will be great cause I dont think that she is sitting on her ass all time and doing nothing for it, you cant know what is behind every picture or gif or video, judging her by only few gifs is like saying every muslim is terrorist. She IS talented, if she wasnt, they wouldnt pick her for Hermione would they? She has brain and I think she is intelligent enough to see if her acting is good or bad.

Anonymous said...

I still remember when MTV interviewed the cast of The bling ring and Emma literally got all the questions as she smiled smugly and answered them all while the rest sat there, deadpan.

the promotion for that film was pretty much The Emma Watson Show.

Anonymous said...

her answers in the Cannes press conference is really a reflection on how she sees the world, lack of maturity, empathy and pseudo intellectual image. She was obviously spoiled in the HP set so she felt special and got whatever she wanted handed to her. She never bothered to look beyond her comfortable space in order to see how different it is for other women in the industry who weren't as lucky. And she the statement clearly showed that she is not as intelligent was she wants to be seen.

Eden said...

First, I do agree with the people who think Emma's not that great of an actress. But she did study it a bit at least in the past (think RADA a summer, and theater class at Brown).

Second, when will people stop acting as if they had any idea who Emma really is? I don't, you don't, no one in the fandom does and ever will, no matter how many interviews you will watch/read. And digging stuff from 3 years ago to prove your point makes your arguments as reliable to me as the realemmawatson tumblr account.

Eden said...

Forgot to say I do think she's getting better and that I was happily surprised by her performance in Colonia.

Anonymous said...

hello!!
Eden, can you post this video here in your blog please?
blob:http://www.dailymotion.com/52cc5371-9ce4-4a89-8b51-a1464ea23ea7

Eden said...

I don't see anything in that link. What is it about?

Anonymous said...

It is a video of emma in uruguay :)
I hope you can see again
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x265upk_emma-watson-da-su-apoyo-a-ley-de-paridad-de-genero-en-uruguay_news

Anonymous said...



I am a feminist, I am not ashamed of being a feminist. Having said that, saying that Emma Watson is doing the lord's work regarding feminism is honestly a joke. She is only interested in making herself look good. She is lazy and she is willfully ignorant. Girls much younger than her have more grasp on feminism. Other women are doing much more than Emma and don't even get half the praise she's getting just because they don't have a fandom behind them. Also, people who think HFS is a success are deluded.

Anonymous said...

I am also satiated with Femmy Lit, but I am glad that she is thinking about looking at women that really made a difference in society. As a whole the generic idea of feminism did not make the world a better place to live in. How many of them had abortions because they just couldn*t be bothered or were too into themselves.

Ross Taggart said...

One of her first UN engagements thank anno nice factual posting :)

Ross Taggart said...

Getting a bit off topic if you want to discuss I would suggest and only a suggestion the goodreads site lot of feminist there of all persuasions. Me included whether that will put you off or not I can't say :)

Eden said...

The last link worked Anon, I'll see if I didn't post it already. Thanks for sharing ;)

Also, I do agree there are women who have done and are doing more than Emma did until now for women. But why should Emma be treated like crap for something she can't control, which is how people decide to depict her? You call yourself a feminist, but you don't mind dragging a woman's name in the mud just because she's not good enough to your liking.

To the other Anon, if a woman is too much into herself and would be bothered with a child then good thing she aborts rather than making her child's life miserable by not taking care of it.

Anonymous said...

you don't have to be a feminist to be pro equality

Ross Taggart said...

Sort of are though. If you belive we should all be treated equaly.

Eden said...

Humanist fight for equality too. There are also the people who fight for equality but don't want any label.

Ross Taggart said...

The word humanist is misused a lot in this context but I take your point. The road is less important than the destination.

Anonymous said...

There are also the people who fight for equality but don't want any label.
ME!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Emma is doing a good job in heforshe, but for many people it seems emma has invented feminism, there have been many women before Emma who have done great things, which have made great speeches .. it's like Emma was the pioneer of feminism and that is not so
The SuperFans of Emma forget that Emma is a woman more in feminism not a pioneer

Eden said...

I totally agree with that. And it's not only the SuperFans as you call them, it's also some media, and it drives me nuts everytime a celebrity is being credited for something they're not responsible for at all.
But it's wrong to be angry at Emma for it and make her the one at fault when she didn't ask for this. She constantly talks about other feminist women, who she is inspired by, she created a club where she could share the work of these women and where other people could introduce her and the members to even more feminist works.
She obviously didn't create feminism, but she brought a lot of awareness to it since her UN speech. I think Elizabeth Nyamayaro and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka made a great choice by choosing Emma to represent their campaign.

Jozef said...

Anon: How, again, you can judge her and say that she is lazy and ignorant?! And if she looks good and she take a pic with a book its just her plus to gain more people to her community which is awesome, cause she is using her fame for something great for people and peace in the world, she isnt posting snaps every sec of her new lipsticks or other shits like one very famous american family and thanks to her speech millions and millions of people in the world noticed this huge problem and dont tell that this isnt true because not lot of people were talking about it before and ignorant? Hmm..if you mean she cant response to every single message she ever recieved..she would probably spend her whole life just to read a half of them. And younger girls who has bigger grasp on feminism..well they probably weren't working since they were 9 and they werent dealing with fame and pressure about that..

Anonymous said...

after reading all the comments, I would like to express my opinion
I like Emma, ​​she's smart, hardworking, I like to hear her speak but has a posh accent Oxford :) and I like that she would focus on her education but we will be honest she went to college to study her hobby, the literature not to have a job and be able to eat like the rest of us :)
As ambassadress UN at the beginning I loved it, I thought it was great, but eventually sge has been deflated like a balloon, fewer and fewer appearances, news, jobs ... they are very few, when she said it took one year sabbatical to focus on her role as an ambassador, with complete sincerity I have to say I expected nothing else is not shortage of news.
She is focusing a lot on her book club, which sounds good but as an ambassador as such nothing, could make conferences, interviews as in 2014 by the Women's Day, traveling to countries to know the situation of women .. .but nothing. I get the feeling that this sabbatical year has become a trashed year.
As an actress, she's not my favorite I have to confess;) performances I never liked, until Colonia, here She surprised me, her performance was very good, but in other movies, TBR, TPW, Noah, Regression, not, I do not like her, always seemed the same role with some little nuance

and well, this is my opinion, maybe people criticize my opinion, and may not agree with me but as I said is my opinion and we all have the right to express our opinion
Eden, fantastic blog :)

Anonymous said...

"There are also the people who fight for equality but don't want any label.
ME!!"

+1000000

Ross Taggart said...

You are anon anon no label...

Emma has been very busy and effective did she not it is true invent these things but she did revive them a resugence in equal rights that has lead to think the womens independents party.

And label me as you like she is a good very good actress.

Anonymous said...

She still had special treatment when she was in TBR. I think that after Noah, she started to look awkward when she's around big stars.

Ross Taggart said...

she did a trailer which she featured in for just over 2 seconds and had 91 Million Hits! and I could superfan all night the point is she is a major star. also a person and she may have got star struct around Hollywood types actors do to like we would, I find it rather endearing actually.

Would she have had a transnational period from HP to other work yes she had only worked (being 10 when she started)in the most successful franchise in movie with history unlimited budgets and people working round he clock for her and the others as they were kids.

She adapted and took some time just like Daniel and Rupert did.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ross,
you sound like you are close to Emma. Would you provide greetings to her?

Ross Taggart said...

If only that were true I would pass your greetings on if it were :(

Anonymous said...

"she did a trailer which she featured in for just over 2 seconds and had 91 Million Hits!"



nothing really to do with Emma would have been as high with many other actresses :/

Ross Taggart said...

That makes no sense Anon it was advertised before hand that Emma would be Belle we all waited it's on this site.

besides even if it would have happened with other actresses why does that detract from Emma's achievement.



Anonymous said...

Hello :) I had not had occasion to see the interview Emma to Catlin Moran and I want to see now but before I would like to know your opinion about the interview :)
Thanks you

Ross Taggart said...

The interview was very good and prompted a lot of debate it was a follow up to Catlin latest book being reviewed on the goodreads.com "our shelf" page. The inerview focused on feminism and Catlin's view on modern version of it.

Anonymous said...

Great!! Thanks you Ross :)

Anonymous said...

I live in Germany and bought the DVD Colonia. I watched the film last night. Gallenberg has done better. His film before that- Rabe- was excellent. Daniel Brühl was also not at the top of his game. It was a far cry from when he played Goodbye Lenin. Here in Germany Brühl is considered to be one of the best. I thought the story was jumpy as if the director was deciding what to do in the process of the film. The flimsy scenes with Brühl and Emma in the apartment were to long and the psychological development of the characters in Colonia was too short and shallow.I think Emma did well with what she had to work with. I think that in the scene with her and Schäfer, her acting was wooden. She still has to capture that natural moment of her emotions. She did well, but by no means Oscar worthy. Her acting is a far cry from Jennifer Lawrence in Joy. I truly believe would benefit from acting classes especially in the area of presenting her emotions. She is better but way behind other actresses in her age group. When watching Saiorse Ronan, one sees poetry of word, body language and presentation of emotions.
After the film, I also watched the extras, and the director said that he wanted Emma because her whole person presentsx light and beauty. I thought he described her very well.
I like Emma, but I agree with many of the anons, her acting is good to average. I used to teach drama in US high schools, and I had high school students that portrayed better emotions in school plays.
Sadly though, I do not think she does not realize that her acting needs skillful honing.

Anonymous said...

From the young actors on the HP, I believe was and is considered the most talented. He has nailed his character in every role and has personally gotten good reviews even if the film did not. I wish directors would give rupert grint a chance for good roles. He may not be out there advertising make-believe gifts, but I really do hope that a good director says-hey that kid has talent. Sadly, he is the most talented but his roles are sparse.
For one thing, he needs to dress more mature and get rid of that ridiculous beany and get a man's hair cut. That is one thing that Emma and Dan did, they presented themselves as beautiful advertisements.

Anonymous said...

Even if Emma quit acting- I think she eventually will- she had millions to do whatever she wants.

Anonymous said...

Any news on new film offers? I read and heard that the demand has lessened

Ross Taggart said...

Well you are all entitled to your opinions nice if we had a few more supportive ones but maybe I am enough. On balance most agree Emma nailed it in colonia. I agee with that assessment. Emma like most actors in her position has many options benift of being at the top of your game.

Anonymous said...

Being a fan does not mean that the sky is always pink. If she plans on remaining in the acting profession, she should help herself professionally. There are enough young actresses in her age-group that have better honed skills. Emma is not a bad actress, but she has not developed her skills. I am a diehard Emma fan, but I also see the reality.

PDXP said...

I really hope you are not the same anon constantly, incessantly patting yourself on the back for posting critical comments about Emma, while disparaging anyone who has a differing opinion.

Plenty of people are critical. They just have the tact that you lack.

Ross Taggart said...

Anon reality requires evidence you, and I for that matter have nothing definitive to go on therefore its a matter of opinion mine is she has talent and has developed it and continues to do so. For my evidence I put forward her performances to date.

Anonymous said...

I am not that anon, but I agree that EW has little talent, but she is a beauty and intelligent.

Anonymous said...

Nothing in the tube for new filmä- she is not mentioned on the pro page of imdb. Don't think too much is going on in the form of offers compared of what is listed in other actresses imdb.

Ross Taggart said...

That would be because she has taken a year off for other work. You really think Emma has no offers for new roles should she want them. She has to many if anything people in her position always do.

Anonymous said...

Let's see it then; I would be most happy, but her board is lame other than strange comments.

Anonymous said...

I don't care how intelligent she is Ross, but she needs to hone her skill. I saw Kristen Stewart in Still Alice. The watcher could see how Lydia (her charcter) searched for the people she was speaking to with her eyes, her heart and her mind. I am not a Stewart fan, but her acting was superb. I don't think Emma would have had that emotional depth.

Ross Taggart said...

She has selected complex characters and now even with Belle she will make her three dimensional (no pun intended) she always delivers nuanced performances and will continue to do so.

Anonymous said...

Ross, I do not understand where you see these nuanced performances. She is good, but many actresses are much better. She needs to train and sharpen her assett skills.

Anonymous said...

in the interview with emma and forrest whittaker, it became painfully clear that she really is not that smart. She had generic responses and was self-focused: I ,,,, ,mee... Forest Whittaker was the intelligent and interesting one to listen to. More and more, I feel like Emma is a lot of show. Anyone can talk about feminism, but where is that Renaissance woman that wanted to be a painter, a writer, an actress a producer, a director...? She did some acting stints. HP was a beloved series because of the Rowlings great books, but the films did not half match the books. I boughht all of them because I am a HP fan, but the first three were the best and then the story-line got,,, and the actors did not develop. Most people watched the film because they loved Rowlings Story not because the acting was so good. Emma just rode the whale of a great story.Had she not had ´HP, she would never have broken into the industry. The talent is J.K.Rowling. With such an imagination, I bet she would be a good actress in a film. I always hope that she will be in a film just once. Now that woman is truly gifted.

Ross Taggart said...

First Anon, nuanced performance by its nature is subtle making the character real people you think could exist in the world when not on the screen. Emma is very good at that. As to people who are better that is a matter of opinion.

Anon 2, From what I saw and read subsequently Forest did not agree and was complementary about Emma who is by the way only 26 she is working on these things you mention they were ambitions after all she can only try like we all do.

I can't agree about HP Emma was brilliant and made Hermione live Jo Rowling says so herself.

Anonymous said...

That might be Ross, but the films are nothing to Rowling's books. They were okay, but better movies are made. They were so successful because of the author's story not because of the actors. The films as a whole, compared to the excellent books were C+ to B., but not excellent, and that is okay. I believe that the LOTR films are in balance with the books when speaking of story quality.

Ross Taggart said...

I don't agree about lord of the rings v HP but that is another conversation. Emma was not the producer or director but an actor who took a complex character a cypher really vsnd made her live. That was her job and she did brilliantly well.

Remember also the later books were written during the film making.

Anonymous said...

In HP Hermione is not a complex character. Dumbledore and Snape were complex but not Hermione. And yes Emma was a perfect Hermione.

Ross Taggart said...

On the contrary Hermione was unique, the other characters good as they were are tropes; the hero the best mate the villian. Emma had to create something new a female center indispensable. She did and what's more she retained the femininity, Hermione was strong clever brave but not some sudo-male. In fact she was a bit girly.

This was new and took real talent and courage bare in mind each HP franchise moive had to survive on its own each performance had to work as the characters grew. Why do you think JK Rowling rates Emma so highly.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ross,
i agree with Hermione strong and clever. But for me, this is not a complex character. If Hermione would be a Voldemort spy or if Hermione would be a boy with feminine behavior, this is a complex character. And this has nothing to do whit rating. In several Interviews JK. Rowling did it of course but she did it also to Rupert and Dan and she also said - they were to good looking.
I got those information from an Interview JK and Dan did. It is available on you tube.

Anonymous said...

I also liked the fact that Hermoine was not pseudo boy but girly and proud of it. I agree with anon: Nothing has yet come close to LOTR, although I believe Rowling built from LOTR: like a descendent development of the shire and its inhabitants. BAggin: Potter// Bag-Pot.
I can't prove this here without getting into a complex literary analysis, but that was always my feeling having read LOTR and HP. This is positive for HP and LOTR. LOTR was so grand that a progression of descendants throughout the literary ages is not so easily shot down. Bonnie had Galadarial talents- especially seen in Half-Blood-Prince with her moments with Harry in that special all purpose room- forgot the name. Either way, this is by no means meant to be negative in any way. The possibility that Rolwing played off of LOTR is interesting. This would make interesting research for any student of literature.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, when seeing The Hobbit. The castle in HP is an ancient ruin, but under magic it is a liveable place for the magical world. In the Hobbit this castle is the evil place with that terrible forest where the great spiders live. I am feeling playful now.
the little wizard (woodsman) in The Hobbit lived in a hut (in movie) is almost a carbon copy of Hagrid's hut in HP. To take the theory further, Hagrid said is pappy was little man and his mother a giantess. Was the little wizard his father. Gandalf and his wizards remember lived hundreds of years. Also the Forbidden Forest fits the forest Mirkwood in the book and film. I believe Rowling played with Tolkien characters and continued a dynasty of the wizarding world, descendants of the wizards.Descendants of the wizards could be a cross between elves Arwin and Aragon. Under careful scrutiny, the connections are interesting and the possible reason for the HP's grand success. Tolkien said once that he hoped that the myth could be a stepping stone in British Literature for continuation. I love this idea. You who have an interest in literature, take a closer look.

Anonymous said...

Dear anons,
for me Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are at the same level. Absolutely A- listers.
HP has got more complex characters. In LoR the characters are distinct. Orks are bad, elbs are good. Its ok.
I always like writers with their own ideas. Like JJR Tolkien and JK Rowling.
I read it both in English and German.

Eden said...

I agree that book Hermione was unique. But movie Hermione? No way! Clever girl but pretty without knowing it. A bit "girly" but one of the boys. Moral compass. Funny too (easy when you give her Ron's best lines)... Seen thousands of times already in most teen movies/TV shows.

Ross Taggart said...

Leaving the HP and LOTR as a matter of taste for now. Lets address Hermione, seen it countless shows now because Emma made it available before then in movies and TV she would have been eye candy.

In the movies she was the sole and mind of the group Emma had to take everyones Hermione and make her real all women have the "one of the boys" to deal with, I see in my industry every day. That was what was so good about how she humanised Hermione.

As to getting the best lines as I said Emma did not produce the thing just act in it. But watch the movies again and remember Emma Watson was well aware of her attractiveness, precocious and confident, Hermione was not to have the insight to portray someone so different at 10 years old is real talent.

To progress Hermione from child to woman consistently is exceptional.

Eden said...

Your comment seems to be answering mine, but I haven't talked about Emma at all, only the character of Hermione, so I'm very confused where this all comes from. I also can't always tell when you're talking about Emma and when you're talking about Hermione. But I think you're giving Emma too much credit. And I think Hermione was not relatable at all, too perfect, so I'll have to disagree with the whole "made her real" thing.

Ross Taggart said...

I was adressing previous comments and yours Eden may have been to ambitious not always easy if you have more than one anon.

Break it down first Hermione movie H was better I thought driven people are often perfectionist look at Hermione in Half blood prince struggling with potions against Harrys advantage. That was an example. The whole insecurity over her relationships with Ron her need for him to want her but needing some excuse to let him in. Far more real in the moives.

Now all of that was down to Emma Watson and how she delivered it indeed she would have influenced JKR has later books were written during moive production.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ross,
"... all that was down to Emma Watson..."

I would like to add:
The Script, the Castingteam, the Camaraman, the Cutter and of course the director.

"...she would have influenced JKR..."
Maybe a little bit, i don't know. But if you are writing books, you create characters from your mind and the actor or actress has to get into these characters and not vice versa.
So I dont think Emma influenced JK Rowling much for the character of Hermione.

Ross Taggart said...

I never said she made the movie the opposite in fact I said she made the character of Hermione live through her talent just that and it would have had some effect on JK how could it not they had to have some tiein to the movies if nothing else.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ross,

I like Emma doing the Hermione character. She was good. But don't forget the other side of the coin as I mentioned before.

Ross Taggart said...

The problem it comes to a matter of opinion. Book Hermione is a personal vision movie Hermione is Emma I don't envision Book and film differently others do. And I still maintain there was more cross over betweeen the two than most people realise but sgsin that is a matter of opinion to I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Who is Hermoine from LOTR- Pippin or Merridoc and Sam? I would guess Ron is Pippin and Hermoine is a cross between Sam and Merri and Harry is Frodo. Saying this if you study the depth of of the four friends of the main character, one discovers similarity in character. Pippin is faithful but simple; Ron is a faithful friend and a sidekick, simple compared to Harry. I like both tales, and it is obvious that Rowling had Tolkien's LOTR in mind when writing.
I don't think either of the trio are complex characters. Tom Felton as Draco seemed to have the most complexity in portraying his inner struggle. The fact that Tom did not have as much screen time as the trio, he portrayed a torn villian, who was sadly groomed to be villianous. In Half-blood Prince Tom Felton brought that crisis to a beautiful peak with struggle and remorse. I felt like the trio- other than Rupert- struggled with their characters at the end of the series. I felt like they had enough and wanted an end.
Anyway, HP, especially the books are literary history.

Anonymous said...

In Lotr characters are very distinct. Juat look of Gollum- a dip into genius in the books and Peter Jackson captured him on the screen.
Frodo is a very complex character in continuous quarrel with himself as carrier of the ring.
Sure there are the orks, elves ...
In HP are the witches, wands and wizards if you want to get generic.
Voldemort is a complex character. The way Rowling described his youth and family explains Voldemort.
Frodo, Aragon are explained in the books why they are as they are. Again Jackson captures their personal history well.
Gollum is is an all round master stroke.

Anonymous said...

The Harry potter films are better than the books. Stop comparing mediums though they are completely different with different necessities. Prisoner of Azkaban, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Deathly Hallows Part 2 are fantastic films as standalone and in the series.

Emmas performances in them was great. She and Rupert carried Harry.

The LOtR films are great but overrated and Jacksons direction is stale. They are also not good adaptations of Tolkien granted which is hard to do. Although fellowship of the ring is a perfect film

Anonymous said...

".....The Harry potter films are better than the books."
I think its nice to have a free mind on the internet and in this blog.
But I think different!