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02:38 pm - Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
I expect you have heard that JK Rowling has announced that she has finished the next Harry Potter book (to be published 16th July). I'm not sure exactly why, but I like that series. I think it's the characteristic that many a wiser head has noted before me, that of a work which suggests more than it is. It's a funny title isn't it?

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From:altariel
Date:December 21st, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
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I will buy it in hardback, grumble about it incessantly, and enjoy it enormously.
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From:happytune
Date:December 21st, 2004 07:12 am (UTC)
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LOL - that's exactly me!
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From:fifitrix
Date:December 21st, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
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and your problem with this is ?

I truly believe that anyone who cannot "get" Harry Potter must be deranged or a completely boring git (take your pick, form an orderly queue). I'm pre-ordering mine as soon as amazon let me. Or I might dash into sainsbury's at midnight to get it. Or waterstones, or any one of the other stores that will have opened late especially.
I love mentalist shopping times...
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From:coalescent
Date:December 21st, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)
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I truly believe that anyone who cannot "get" Harry Potter must be deranged or a completely boring git

Oh dear.

Now I have to decide whether to check myself into an asylum or an old folks' home.
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From:communicator
Date:December 21st, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
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You could do a time share arrangement ;-)

I'd say the people I know are divided about fifty fifty between like and loathe.
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From:snowking
Date:December 21st, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
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I think you'd enjoy the slippers and tea of the old home more but the rubber walls of the asylum might be better for you....
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From:archbishopm
Date:December 21st, 2004 10:22 am (UTC)
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deranged or a completely boring git

I like to think of myself as a little of both.
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From:adiezel
Date:December 21st, 2004 11:09 am (UTC)
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here here!
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 21st, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
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oh, i got it all right -- i just thought it was crap. until i forced myself through the first two books and got to the third
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From:fifitrix
Date:December 22nd, 2004 01:51 am (UTC)
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You're not the first adult I know to say that.
But I have to say that it's probably due to your more advanced reading age! (I'm still about 13 and 3/4 !)

My earlier comment was not designed to make all people into gits or nutters but really more a suggestion that there is something for everyone in the books and people who say otherwise are
a ) lying to sound hard
b ) lying cos they haven't read them
c ) miserable bastards who can't find pleasure in innocent things (I'm not going to say childlike as I don't think they are).

There are things to criticise in the books and rightly so cos nothing is perfect but overall I think that they are a wonderful thing and as they've encouraged the playstation generation to actually READ then they can do no wrong. (Well... READ in between playing Harry Potter on their playstations and watching the movies on DVD...!)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 22nd, 2004 11:54 am (UTC)
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But I have to say that it's probably due to your more advanced reading age! (I'm still about 13 and 3/4 !)

Yes and no. I wasn't comparing it to adult books, I was comparing it to other YA books when I declared Harry Potter to be crap. As far as I was concerned, HP was a very poor imitation of Diana Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci books, which I read and enjoyed as both a child and an adult.

Mind you, I had a reading age of 14 1/2 when I was 10.
that there is something for everyone in the books

No, I don't agree. In one sense it's too narrow-minded to declare that "book X" is enjoyable by everyone, no matter what the book is. Not everyone is the same. Even a book with wide appeal cannot be expected to appeal to everybody, and and insulting those to whom they don't appeal is unfair.

and as they've encouraged the playstation generation to actually READ then they can do no wrong

Good point.

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From:fifitrix
Date:December 22nd, 2004 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Fair point...
After some more consideration I've decided that I don't mean to insult anyone who has actually read the books and formed a considered opinion that they don't like them. It's just that most adults I know who run them down haven't read them or have started to read one but felt too self-conscious and silly to continue (no really!).

I haven't read the Diana Wynne Jones books - so I shall give those a go at your recommendation.
Talking about reading ages - last time I was tested it was 13 and 3/4 but that was when I was about 11 (grin). I suspect by now it may have regressed and I should rightfully be reading Mr Men books again.
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From:communicator
Date:December 21st, 2004 08:56 am (UTC)
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I don't like fantasy either - and I know HP isn't - you know - Big Literature or anything. Still get a thrill though.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:December 21st, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
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Do we really need a reason to like Harry Potter? They're bad and wonderful, and I read them wishing they'd been out when I was a kid who couldn't recognize the pedestrian writing and weird elastic plotting. But I too will advance-order the hardcover from amazon.com and read the next instalment with glee.

For me, anymore, just knowing how much these books bother and frighten certain religious fundamentalists is reason enough to embrace them.
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From:ninebelow
Date:December 21st, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
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That just about says it all.
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From:fifitrix
Date:December 22nd, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
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"just knowing how much these books bother and frighten certain religious fundamentalists is reason enough to embrace them."

Well, I don't often like to play devil's advocaat but since it's christmas.... I totally agree so pass the snoball.

Heh Heh Heh
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 21st, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
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yes, i know what you mean -- one has to change one's expectations in order to enjoy the hp books
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From:kalypso_v
Date:December 21st, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
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I hope they remember to use a spell-checker.

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