by Rhiann Fowlds
The phrase ‘Book Club’ tends not to evoke much excitement with some people. It conjures up images of stuffy rooms filled with people discussing anything that was written by a Brontë sister. That’s all about to change.
For years little girls, including myself, all over the world desperately wanted to be friends with Hermione Granger. This fictional character from the Harry Potter books and movies inspired many children to read and made those that spent their lunch breaks with their heads buried in a book feel less alone.
It would be a dream come true for many to be part of Hermione’s book club and while that idea might be a little far-fetched, it’s now possible to be in a book club with the actress that played her, Emma Watson, and in many ways that is even better.
Twitter erupted on Wednesday when Emma Watson announced that she was starting an online feminist book club and letting her loyal followers choose the name.
Never one to do things by half she had picked the name, launched the club and announced the first book within 48 hours of the idea being posted.
She shunned names such as Watson Your Bookshelf, fEMMAnist and Reads for Her(mione) and finally settled on Our Shared Shelf before promptly launching the book club on Goodreads.
The idea behind the book club comes from her extensive work with UN Women and sharing some of the literature she has read to increase her knowledge of equality.
From the moment she appeared on our screens on 2001 as vulnerable, know-it-all Hermione Granger, Emma Watson became the role model that all little girls had desperately wanted.
Fast forward 15 years (yes it has been that long, feel old) and Watson is proving every single person wrong that ever assumed she was just another child star doomed to either disappear of the face of the earth or end up in rehab for whatever reason.
In fact, she has done quite the opposite and has not only continued to prove herself as a brilliant actress but also as an intelligent, well-read woman who stands up for what she believes in – she is literally our real life Hermione Granger.
After her inspirational speech at Model UN followed by the launch of her He for She campaign, Watson breathed a new life into feminism which she has continued through the launch of Our Shared Shelf.
The first book has been announced as My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinman, an activist who is thought to be one of the most inspiring leaders in the world due to her extensive work on equality.
I’m so excited by this I have already signed up! Who’s with me? We’ll start our own mini book club on Scotcampus.com…