Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saw Harry Potter last night. Came home wanting an adventure. Decided finishing the semester might be good enough for now.

I've been thinking about the film all day so I spent a good part of tonight's homework aversion tactics on websites learning about what the Harry Potter kids are going to do next, particularly the charming Emma Watson ... have you seen her new hair??!

She seems so grounded and so drug free. And that's weird for someone with millions of dollars at the age of 20 and lots of fame. At least for us Americans it is. She's roughly the same age as American counterparts Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus, and yet she turned out so differently. Do you think that has anything to do with the difference in American culture vs. British? Or just that these are very different young women?

Anyway, now I just feel kind of depressed for two reasons: 1) I love the Harry Potter movies and I think I will feel partially responsible if my (along with the other 6 billion people on the planet) financial support of the dynasty in any way contributes to the ruined life of another child star. Am I a horribly cynical person for thinking this whole illusion of stability from the young trio can't possibly last? I'm going to feel horrible in five to ten years if one (or all three) of them is on drugs and making the talk show circuit about how all those fans and money ruined their life. And 2) I am going to be the most uptight parent ever. If my reaction to a celebrity only five years my junior when going through their slideshow of fashion shoots over the years is "Put some pants on young lady" and "That is WAY too much eye makeup for a 17-year-old -- you look so much prettier with your hair out of your face" -- can you even IMAGINE how bad it will be when I'm looking through my own hypothetical children's Facebook accounts? I'm not even pregnant yet and I'm pretty sure they already think I'm not cool.


Miranda said...

I'm hoping that Emma Watson goes the way of Natalie Portman. She seems to be since she's at her second year at Brown.

I told Justin the other day that I was impressed by how all four kids (I include Tom Felton because I think he's awesome) came out of the experience seeming well balanced and normal.

Cari said...

I don't think it is American vs. British culture because the British have had their fair share of drug users as well. Just a few examples would be Amy Winehouse and Russell Brand. In fact, the Brittish are much more tollerant of drugs and kind of introduced that culture to the U.S. Look at the Beattles and the Rolling Stones.

Not many people watch the BBC so it is the American actors that get most the attention.

Johanna said...

I'm pretty sure the hardest thing for your will be if your daughters want to become cheerleaders and wear makeup and sparkles at age 7. I have a feeling though that you and Mr D will do much to encourage the intellectual side of life. Thus maybe we will see some canceling effect between eyeliner and IQ in your kids.

David said...

For what it's worth, your in-laws think you're incredibly cool. And their grandchildren will too, they have no doubt :-)