I’m not a memer. I have no clue how 99% of memes get started or by who. My cousin loves memes and since we’ve reconnected, my Fb feed is pages of her memes. I’m amused but wouldn’t go looking for them.
My Twitter feed has recently exploded with a new meme style. Where one term as a higher bar than the other ( For the sake of not upsetting the artist, I won’t share a photo but I hope you understand what I mean.).
I useally see them for bands or music styles. I just move on. I’m really not into memes. Not against, not for, just indifferent.
However, The one stating Percy Jackson is more well known than Harry potter has slipt the community in half. Oh no…drama on book twitter..who’s shocked? Not me! I made the mistake of reading the comments (erm tweet thread?) and it was just bashing left and right.
The typical ” J.K Rowling is way more known. I never heard of Rick Riordan!” or “Percy Jackson actually has rep!” thrown back and fourth. The amusing thing? both sides are correct. J.K Rowling has word of mouth online and offline. Rick’s Demigods have the rep.
As most know, I’m Queer ( Unsure if Aro or Pan, and not sure if Asexual or demi) and Transgender ( lean more towards Gender queer as having debates with myself if Gender fluid or Agender). So most would expect me to throw my lot with Rick.
I gotta side abit more with Harry Potter and I will explain why. Yes, Rick gave us Gay Nico, gave us Will who is in a same-sex romance with Nico (I haven’t seen it stated on the pages weather Will is Gay, Bi or Pan). Yes, it gave us Piper who is half Native American. Yes, it gave us Frank who is half Chinese. Yes, it gave us a ton of disablity rep as every Demigod has a learning disablity. Yes in the Norse series we got Genderfluid Alex, Pansexual Atheist Magnus, and Muslim Samirah who actually loves her religion. All of which is really great!
So why pick Harry potter who is rather dated in terms of what we demand of rep in books today? Magick. J.K Rowling made me believe teenagers can have a say. Hermione isn’t super strong. She isn’t Katnis or Tris. She is super cleaver and book smart. Luna is an odd one. Yet, her love for her friends allowed her to endure being captured. Ginny over came her horrid first year at Hogwarts to become one of the best Quitch players and a hero in her own right. Her glory isn’t tied to Harry. She earned it though blood, sweat and tears.
A group of teenagers formed Dumbledore’s army. They stood up to the hardest people to stand up to, the very adults meant to protect them. Harry could have given in from the start. Chosen to be Draco’s friend instead of Ron. One simple choice set the stage for what was to come.
I loved the stories of Annabeth and Percy. I loved watching Nico grow from pissed off child to owning his powers. I loved watching Alex be more than what her/his human father said about she/he.
Yet, what the demigods face feels so far removed. They battle Gods, monsters and sometimes other demigods who choose to stand against the Gods.
The death eaters prepared us for Trump and his followers. The books taught us not to wait for the government to believe us. We warned, we begged, we pleaded. They rolled their eyes at us. “We would never” and yet here we are in the USA.
Could I choose one book series over the other to read for the rest of my days? That would be a hard choice. I do think I would choose Harry Potter however.
Over all? The meme is stupid. Rep is great but it won’t sell a book all its own.