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Robert Edward

I am currently working on my graduating thesis for Arizona State University. For my thesis I must find a better way for new authors to break into the fictional book market.  I hope to discover this by contributing to the book community.

Currently reading

Proper Gauge
Hugh Howey
The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5)
Patrick Ness

Fun Facts and Easter Eggs

I am a lover of trivia.  I am also a lover of books.  These are some fun facts (that you probably have not already heard about) about some of the most popular books to date!

 

Harry Potter

 

The first thing Snape asks Harry is “Potter!  What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”

 

According to Victorian Flower Language, asphodel is a type of lily meaning ‘My regrets follow you to the grave’ and wormwood means ‘absence’ and also typically symbolized bitter sorrow.  If you combined that, it meant ‘I bitterly regret Lily’s death.’

 

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At the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the credits say, “No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie.”

 

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Hunger Games

 

Author Suzanne Collins came up with the idea for the book after watching footage of the invasion of Iraq and a reality TV show. The two ideas combined to form “The Hunger Games.”

 

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Katniss, the name of the book’s heroine, comes from the name of an edible plant species, genus “Sagittaria,” commonly known as “arrowhead.” This is a reference to her badass archery skills.

 

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