Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Call me a loser but

I am really excited because the new Harry Potter book comes out on Saturday!




OK, so yes, I am 23 and not in 5th grade. But I don't care. I have been waiting for this day for a LONG time! In the past two months, I've reread the entire series. And yes, I did sign up at Barnes & Noble to pre-order the book... Many, many, many months ago. And you know what? I can guarantee that I will finish the entire thing this weekend! Seriously, I can not wait.

*On a side note, The Milkman has an interesting perspective on the ending of the 7th Harry Potter...

11 Comments:

At 1:41 PM, Blogger NY-ERR said...

I think we should have a Harry Potter book party. I'm dying for this book to come out, and I'd love to know who else is. After all, we don't all wear Harry Potter hats the way I wear Red Sox gear. Who's game?

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Um, you know I'm down!

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger I-66 said...

I will not knock those who choose to read the books... but I have been unable to grasp the draw to them. Is it just the fantastic element?

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger NY-ERR said...

For me it's similar to the goal of Lucas' original Star Wars, which was to create a modern myth, a modern fairy tale in a post-war world without either. Rowling creates such a story, and I for one am drawn to it as a kid. At the same time, the writing is itself generally excellent both in terms of style and content. The symbology and metaphor, the exploration of gray spiritual areas, of knowledge, wisdom, power, good and evil. The human story that Rowling has created serves not only as a framework around which to explore these concepts (with particular focus on their developmental values), but also as a conduit for choice-making. Responsibility in its raw etymological sense of ability to respond is explored with great acumen and care along a plot-line that is simple and yet resonates with me in a way similar to the gut-wrenching plots of such films as "It's a Wonderful Life," "Life is Beautiful," and "Platoon," and more importantly such a novel as "A Tale of Two Cities." What all of these have in common is sacrifice, to which I am personally unavoidably drawn, whether as a consequence purely of my Catholic up-bringing or a combination of the manifold emotional and psychological components that make me an actor, by choice and imperative.

And I just can't put the damn books down.

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitely pre-ordered it as well...

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger The Captain said...

I'm still struggling with this one. I read the first Harry Potter book, maybe four or five years ago. I hated it. I thought it was poorly written, that I had written better things than that trash.

For years, I couldn't understand it's popularity, and said my piece about it every time someone brought it up. So, I'm at the beach over Memorial Day, and an old friend from college pleasantly suggested I try reading the second one, that they get much better.

Damn her! I'm read books 2-4 since, and will likely finish the fifth one tonight, only two chapters left. What incredible timing huh, with the sixth one coming out Saturday.

I still maintain that the first book is awful, but I will admit to liking 2-5. I'm just struggling with this new identity of actually liking Harry Potter, it goes against my last for years of ingrained thought and behavior.

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger Lil DC Diva said...

I don't want to knock AT ALL on people's reading choices, I think its great that there is such a popular book that exists where kids and adults can share a common liking. It's genius. Yet, I have never been into the Harry Potter series. It just wasn't for me. Am I the only one? I love reading non-fiction books, and just can't keep interested in fantasy tales. But the Harry Potter phenomenom has made me wonder - am I just an oddball who can't get interested in Harry Potter books?!

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger The Celebutante said...

No lil, you are not an oddball at all. Trust me, I am not a fan of Harry Potter, or anything Fantasy related. What I don't understand is why adults would want to read about a little boy who has adventures with witches and goblins and whatever...I don't see how that is appealing, but everyone has their differences and I guess this is how we are different from others! I know Harry potter is huge and I don't mean to be rude about it, I just don't have any desire to read that kind of stuff.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Sara said...

I think for me, it's because I've always had a very active (overactive) imagination. I loved books from the first time I picked one up. My mom was quick to introduce me to books like the Earthsea Series by Ursula Le Guin and CS Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, etc etc. Perhaps those books were like an early training for me... But I certainly can lose myself, easily, in all of the Harry Potter books... and I can re-read and re-read and re-read :-)

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Oh man. I forgot to mention: Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time series... Plus The Phantom Tollbooth... I could go on and on... I know I'm a nerd..

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger The Captain said...

Celebutante,

You sound an awful lot like I used to. All I can say is that from my own opinion, they get far better as you go through the series, and they become progressively more adult as the series goes on.

They will never be as good as the Lord of the Rings, which to me is far and away the best fantasy series ever written, but they are interesting reads.

 

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