by Brandy D. Anderson
One of the most rewarding and lively communications people can ever have revolves around sharing their love of literature. Social media offers wonderful platforms to share this literary love and affection, and there are some particularly impressive interactive literary sites just waiting for you to join in the fun. Here are the top 5 interactive pages for book fans to share their lit enthusiasm:
You could easily spend hours surfing this new sleek Hunger Games web world. This site is filled with a myriad of colourful photos, videos, Hunger Games movie trailers and teasers, artwork, and fun facts. You can also register and make an account (you’re even given a District ID) so that you may “Earn Rewards” by participating in various interactive games, quizzes, and polls all about Katniss’ scary world. There’s also a large “Community” where fans can upload photos and messages, very much like Twitter, and connect with their fellow Hunger Games fans.
This site has been around for a long time, since 1999, and while the face may change (the overall look of the site goes through many transformations), the quality is always consistently good. MuggleNet derives from the hard work of many devoted Potter fans, and this interactive world is one of the most social literary pages on the entire web. Here you will find endless discussions of the Potter books, and movies, along with quizzes, podcasts, polls, games, recipes (the Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice recipes are quite good), photos, interviews, and so much more. One thing which particularly stands out on this page is the great job they do with connecting fans with each other, and it’s also impressive how well they keep up with all of the news relating to Harry Potter, including the bevy of news about the hundreds of actors from the entire Potter film franchise.
“FOR THE CITIZENS, BY THE CAPITAL”. The Capital offers you another Hunger Games experience, but I’m including this one, too, because it offers a very different interactive experience from The Hunger Games Explorer. This page is, as you must have guessed, hosted from the point of view of The Capital itself. The look is stark white, of course, and everything is streamlined and sanitized to perfection. Fans can “Be Heard” by uploading their photos and they’re added to The Capital’s loyal citizens, united to form “ONE PANEM, ONE FUTURE”. In addition to “One Panem”, you can also explore “Capital Concerns”, “Capital TV”, and “District Heroes”. The best thing about this site is that it makes you feel as if you’re right in Katniss’ world, and it’s impressive how in character everything is throughout the site, with each carefully chosen word transporting you back into the books (and the movies).
(New site will be here)
This massive interactive site has been around for decades. In fact, this is the first site I ever visited online way back when in the late 1990s. (The site recently celebrated their 27th anniversary on 5th September!) The Republic of Pemberley has everything and anything a Jane Austen fan, or Janite as they’re frequently called, could ever imagine. Pemberley here is filled with lively discussion boards, chat rooms, listings of various locations used for film adaptations, Regency era music discussions, and I could go on and on. Trust me, this is the place to be if you’re crazy about Jane. The site frequenters are all friendly and chatty, and you really can’t go wrong here. There’s even a handy site map to enable you to find things quickly and with ease.
Additional Note: As of 15th September, the site is currently in the process of switching servers to its new home, but everything is still available at the pemberly.net server whilst the move is taking place.
I don’t know quite where to start, there’s just so much here. First of all, this exhaustive site is managed by J.K. Rowling (and her team), a fact which just compounds the neatness quotient to an extreme degree. Before we even get to the vast amount of fan goodies contained here, we have to marvel at the sheer gorgeousness of the site itself. This is possibly the most aesthetically pleasing web site I’ve ever seen. Visual drooling aside, Pottermore certainly lives up to its boast of offering a unique experience. Before you do anything else, you’re sorted into one of the four Houses of Hogwarts, determined by a series of questions asked which you then answer. From that point on, you have a loyalty and special connection with your house, and there are various games and events related to each house (which also earns you house points) which you’re invited to participate in.
In addition to this, there are just about a’cajillion fun and quirky things to do throughout Pottermore. You can read a plethora of entries from The Daily Prophet, you solve intricate interactive puzzles, you can choose a wand (or, rather, let the wand choose you), you can earn badges, collect magical items (and store them in your chest), and participate in “safe” chats. And, possibly the most fun thing about this online world, is the beautiful interactive map which apparates you to anywhere in the Potterverse you want including Flourish & Blotts, Diagon Alley, Potage’s Cauldron Shop, The Daily Prophet, Duelling Club, Potions Class at Hogwarts, your House Common Room, or, of course, The Great Hall. There’s loads more here, too much to talk about, but if you’re a Potter fan, you definitely need to spend a whole heap of time here.