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Old 07-24-2007, 09:11 AM   #46
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I've never read a Harry Potter book (and I love to read...) and I saw only the first movie. I'm not saying it's bad but I don't get all the excitmenta about it... Maybe one day I'll read a bokk and if I like it I'll read the others.
But I do love LOTR, in fact all Tolkien books.
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How is 45 year old men dressing as wizards at a book release any different than 45 year old women dressing as Macphisto for a U2 concert (OR a U2 tribute band show)????

I am not into the craze, but I haven't read any of the books. It IS good to see people reading books rather than being crazed by some lame television show though!
Right on the money as usual. Although I think all those folks sniping at Michiko Kakutani for giving the plot away or whatever should really just lighten up.

As for me...I've never read the books and I have no interest in reading them, because I'm just not big on fantasy books and stuff.
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:07 AM   #48
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I've never gotten into the whole fantasy genre - I could not get into the LOTR books at all, ditto CS Lewis' Narnia Chronicles. Or The Golden Compass.

But for some reason, these succeeded where the others failed.
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I love the whole fantasy genre when it comes books, I've read Tolkein, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, George R Martin, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, David Farland, Margarett Weis and Tracy Hickman and Tad Williams to name a few...

For some reason Harry Potter has never appealed to me. I have tried reading the first book and I always get bored
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I really don't get it. When I was growing up books like the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High were popular, but the hype never rose to the level of what we see with HP.

I did see the first two movies (a friend was a HP freak), and I will admit they were entertaining.

I am curious to read the whole series to see if it lives up to the hype.
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I really don't get it. When I was growing up books like the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High were popular, but the hype never rose to the level of what we see with HP.
That's because HP is more akin to Star Wars and LOTR than those. It's a epic saga of good and evil, searches and battles, continuing for years. The books you mention are more comparable to mediocre daytime soaps, or made for Disney channel teen drama than these movies.

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For some reason Harry Potter has never appealed to me. I have tried reading the first book and I always get bored
You really do have to see the later stuff. How many people here have said "I read the first book...lost me at the second book.." it takes until the fourth and fifth to really get what's going on. It's much deeper, and more complicated and very, very much darker than you'd ever suspect.

I say this not as a fan of the series all along, but as a very recent convert. People kept telling me I wasn't being fair and should give the later stuff a chance, and they were right.

Judging the entire HP saga by the first book is like judging the Beatles' career by "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
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... frankly, I don't consider Harry Potter to be on the same level as the Beatles, but that could just be me.
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no, you are not! i do like the actors though! and really, the 'spoilers' need to quit!!!! Let Them have their surprize ending!!
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... frankly, I don't consider Harry Potter to be on the same level as the Beatles, but that could just be me.
Well, actually, in terms of money and mania, it might just be....

but that's not what I was talking about. I'm saying the first book is kiddie and simple and twee, much like the Beatles' earlier albums, but the books, like the albums, become more complex, mature and dark as they go on. *and much better.
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Which volume does Harry start taking acid?
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Re: Am I the only person here who doesn't give a crap about Harry Potter?

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I read the first book shortly before the first movie came out and was pretty underwhelmed.

I admit, J.K. Rowling is up to some fairly sophisticated stuff for a children's book. I just couldn't work up enough interest to keep reading.

I think my biggest problem was that as a character Harry is just so friggin' boring compared to just about anybody else in the story. Hermione and Snape and even Ron had 1,000 times more personality than him.

I tried to watch a couple of the movies, but the special effects were just too cheesy for me. And the way the theme music blatantly ripped off "Swan Lake" annoyed the crap out of me.

I feel like I should turn in my geek card or something.

(Ducks rotten tomatoes).

i agree.. never have been a HP fan.. and don't get all the hype about it but to each their own I guess. I have seen a couple of the movies but ...for me.. MEH....

Even my son, who is 9 going on 10 here isn't all that interested either..
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How is 45 year old men dressing as wizards at a book release any different than 45 year old women dressing as Macphisto for a U2 concert (OR a U2 tribute band show)????

No difference to me. Some of you are just freaky, freaky people!
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That's because HP is more akin to Star Wars and LOTR than those. It's a epic saga of good and evil, searches and battles, continuing for years. The books you mention are more comparable to mediocre daytime soaps, or made for Disney channel teen drama than these movies.

Well you lost me there ... I have never seen a Star Wars movie. Well, I saw half of one once, but I didn't care for it.

As for LOTR, the subject matter is not my cup of tea.

However if it's anything like the book Wicked (on which the musical is based), I might like it.
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I read the first chapter of book one and couldn't go any further. It was all tripe to me. As far as kids' books go, it's probably alright - I can't understand how so many people over the age of 16 are so completely into this though.

That goes for LOTR, Star Trek, and Star Wars, too.

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I can't understand how so many people over the age of 16 are so completely into this though.
I guess it's different for me because I started reading them at age twelve.

But as Butterscotch says, don't judge Harry Potter based upon the first two or three books alone. They get a lot more complex the further you go.
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