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#EmmaWatson Sets Up #Feminist #BookClub on #Twitter

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In case you didn't already know, Emma Watson is the savior of humankind. After finishing on Harry Potter, she decided to become an ambassador for the UN, and a campaigner for the gender equality group HeForShe. She was also in The Bling Ring, so one imagines that all this might be community service for that.

In her latest power play, Watson has stated that she's setting up a feminist book club on Twitter called 'Our Shared Shelf'. She picked the name through a general call out for suggestions on the platform, with other potential names including 'Wats Up Fems' and 'Hermoine's Army'. Frankly I think those are both better, but that's just me.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with a sizable contingent of her fans stating that they will join up once it launches, as a well as a few more notable figures, the most prominent of them being One Tree Hill star and member of the 'I killed Sean Bean' club Sophia Bush. In response to popular demand, Watson has said that she will try and get both J.K. Rowling and Taylor Swift on board as well.

Presumably it will work like any other book club, only using Twitter. Members will take turns assigning books, everyone reads them and then they all reconvene a month later and talk about it. As well as Twitter, Goodreads is playing a fairly promient role in the process, housing the member forum and a database for all the assigned books. The books involved will all be feminist or equality relevant, and Watson has said that she wants to get the actual authors involved as much as she can. The first book has already been chosen - My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, who herself has been taking part in the discussion.
Watson isn't the first person to use her celebrity status to form a book club, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon have both done it, with the latter actually running it using Instagram. It's a no brainer, really, social media is exceptionally well suited to the book club format, and Goodreads remains one of the best platforms there is, and it's only getting more popular with time.




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#EmmaWatson Sets Up #Feminist #BookClub on #Twitter Reviewed by Callum Davies on Sunday, January 10, 2016 Rating: 5

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