View Full Version : Admit it. You toads are all reading Harry Potter

22-07-2007, 02:17:06
No one is posting...

22-07-2007, 02:24:47
I decided to not ge tit until tomorrow. So I am working instead.


22-07-2007, 04:46:32
I downloaded it last week and spoiled it. No need to read it now.

22-07-2007, 05:10:44
Harry who?

22-07-2007, 07:54:53
I can't read that stuff, it's too childish.

I like the serious stuff, with lightsabers and X-Wings and robots.

self biased
22-07-2007, 09:02:26
i'm sorry. i was out drinking. what was the question again?

22-07-2007, 10:25:38
Reading "His Dark Materials." On last book. Then will hit Potter.

*End Is Forever*
22-07-2007, 10:39:29
I read the Wikipedia article to find out who dies. I have no intention of reading the book.

22-07-2007, 20:32:46
I was reading it. I finished it around 1:30 am this morning so it took me just under 24 hours (including around 7 hours of sleep) to finish all 700 odd pages.

The beginning was good as was the end but the middle left something to be desired.

Lazarus and the Gimp
22-07-2007, 21:28:53
Haven't read any of them. Watched about 30 minutes of the first film, and thought it was crap.

22-07-2007, 21:59:30
Same here.

23-07-2007, 00:50:14
Books better then movies. Books start getting good after the first one (although the first one was good also).

I got it between 2 and 3 pm (6 hours ago), and have almost finished (I also worked out for 45 minutes and went shoping, and walked around for a bit, and drove around for a bit).


23-07-2007, 02:24:31
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
Haven't read any of them. Watched about 30 minutes of the first film, and thought it was crap.

I sat through the whole first film, but other than that I'm in the same position.

The two kids I know who are most into Harry Potter are also the two I know who did their undergrad at Ivy League schools (one at Princeton, one at Brown), so I wonder if that has anything to do with it...

23-07-2007, 02:55:38
I don't like them the same way, I like(d) Narnia or Prydain or such. But they do have a fun twist to them in how she creates the world, the school, the lessons, the amusements that are part of the overall millieu. And the 3 characters especially in the early books are endearing. It's a bit of an acquired taste.

I personally liked 1-5 the most. 6 was very dry. 7 was too arbitrary and too much around loop tieing up, versus new and interesting discoveries, growth.

23-07-2007, 03:25:45
I would agree that Narnia and Watership Down are better. I think that Harry Potter is better then a lot of childish crap (like Redwall) as well as adult crap.

And I must admit, I even read some crap...


23-07-2007, 10:29:38
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
Haven't read any of them. Watched about 30 minutes of the first film, and thought it was crap.

There's your problem. Movies are always pale shadows of the book.

23-07-2007, 10:33:18
The first film is crap.

23-07-2007, 10:34:29
6 was dry and 7 was really just 6.5. I mean Half Blood Pince and Deathly Hallows could almost be part one and two of the same book. I do think the addition of the whole deathly hallows concept was poorly formed, poorly thought out, and poorly executed. The was no foreshadowing at all and it seemed like she said "Well, I've got to add something in to the final book since I can't just use the whole thing for tying up loose ends so..."

23-07-2007, 10:36:37
Yeah: The only really neat magical thing in the last two books were the potioning lessons in HBP.

23-07-2007, 13:56:28
The person she stole her ideas from is a far better author...

23-07-2007, 14:14:51
Who's that? I know the Horcrux idea wasn't new as there was a AD&D spell which did the exact same thing. I'm sure TSR stole the idea from someone else just like they stole just about everything. I guess everyone reuses ideas of other people.

Evan von Christoph
23-07-2007, 14:15:14
Am I the only person that has not read Harry Potter?

23-07-2007, 14:21:19
As far as I'm concerned so much of her books are a direct rip off of Terry Pratchett's first books - except aimed at kids.

23-07-2007, 14:24:34
I thought you were going to say the author of The Worst Witch.

23-07-2007, 14:29:20
Shit, I didn't even know about that! That's even 'worse'...:D

23-07-2007, 14:33:18
A quick google (http://www.geocities.com/sayswamp/worst.htm)

23-07-2007, 14:48:16
I donno. I need to see more to get that connect. Lots of stories have arrogant blond villians. Also grey-haired wizard elder statesman figures goes back to well before Gandalf. Merlin for one. Castle-like school buildings is common in wizarding school books. Heck, it's common in non-wizarding school books.

Evan von Christoph
23-07-2007, 15:02:38
Aren't all villains supposed to have a white cat?

23-07-2007, 15:16:52
I downloaded it out of principle. I don't know if I'm going to read that copy, though.

Evan von Christoph
23-07-2007, 15:18:53
I suppose you can always make a fire from it or something