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Jul. 16th, 2005 | 09:09 am
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y'all are fucking weird.
that book is meant for kids at least ten years younger than you.

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Randi

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from: cows_that_type
date: Jul. 16th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)

harry potter?

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Janet

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from: limnrix
date: Jul. 16th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)

And yet, I recently observed a grown man on a web board explaining to other grownups that Snape only seemed like a bad guy but was really good

But he's special

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mscrankyjack

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from: mscrankyjack
date: Jul. 16th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)

shut up alex

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Again

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from: the_answer_is
date: Jul. 16th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)

Hater.

(as a side note, when my sister asked to go to the release party last night I told her "fuck you no")

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Cleaning the moondust off a silky golden sun

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from: magnakai
date: Jul. 16th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)

I know!
It's kinda creepy, and a little sad that the paragon of popular literature in the modern age is such a poorly written series of books.
On the other hand, I'm halfway through after only three hours (I'm borrowing it from the kids next door) and I do enjoy the setting an awful lot, so it swings both ways.

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from: belt_it
date: Jul. 17th, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)

it's silly to judge harry potter on its writing. it's not literature. it's just a story. and a good one that i love reading at that. whether poorly written or not no one should actually be so critical about how it's written because it's obvious that that is not the main point of the books. and it's clearly not being critiqued in that aspect so who cares?

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Cleaning the moondust off a silky golden sun

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from: magnakai
date: Jul. 17th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)

Well, everyone should care.
Yes, it does tell a good story, and that's why I've spent several hours of my life reading all the books. I wouldn't do that if they weren't enjoyable.

But:

Just because it tells a good story is no excuse whatsoever for it to lack an imaginative prose.
Honestly, I think that to declare it as "not literature" is beyond absurd. http://www.answers.com/literature gives the first definition of "literature" as such:
The body of written works of a language, period, or culture.
What written works are going to represent the early 21st century better than Harry Potter? They're not just bestsellers, they've entered the international conciousness and embedded themselves in so many peoples lives.

But quite frankly, you've sort of missed my point. What I was complaining about is that so many adults were getting so excited over such a poorly written book. It is plainly written. While I don't expect to stop and re-read a sentence to marvel at the linguistic acrobatics in the same way that I did during Walden, there is a clear workmanlike quality to Rowling's writing that fails to inspire.
Luckily for her, she hit upon the most perfect scenario, and that's undoubtedly what drives her books.

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uuuhhh PeRsoN #167263912636???

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from: shizermcdougal
date: Jul. 16th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)

I like the story. No, cross that, I LOVE the story.

Whether or not the book is written in a poor fashion, the basic structure of the story is what matters to me....anybody with a truly creative and patient mind can see through the dry and stiff sentences or even the grammatical errors in the book and see it for what it really is. It is truly an entertaining and fun book. Who cares if people tell you that you're a little too old now to read them, screw that shit. People SUCK. Once in while or as often as we can, we should be able to break free from our normal 'adult' routine and nourish the child-like qualities within us. For me, that's reading Harry Potter.

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Alex P.

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from: wetzel
date: Jul. 17th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)

there's a lot of good stories out there.

but the best ones are not only good stories, but TOLD in a beautiful and artful way.

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from: belt_it
date: Jul. 17th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)

don't even think of hating on harry potter readers!

you're just jealous that you are not able to embrace the child inside of you.

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Alex P.

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from: wetzel
date: Jul. 17th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)

i certainly can. just ask gina. she thinks i'm four years old.

i just don't read unedited 600 page books about stuff i wasn't interested in when i was in 5th grade.

i mean, CS Lewis is soo much better.

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Polly Pocket

need I say more?

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date: Jul. 17th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)

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from: belt_it
date: Jul. 17th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)

oh well. i was interested in that kind of stuff in 5th grade so i guess we're coming from different angles.

but no need to try and make people feel ashamed for loving the books.

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Junior Kickstart

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from: dointhepanic
date: Jul. 17th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)

nu uh man.

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Janet

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from: limnrix
date: Jul. 17th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)

But it's the same story, over and over, and the writing gets less and less concise instead of getting more intelligent.
I'm with wetzel here. I doubt I'll even read this one. I don't care what happens in it.

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Boots

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from: loser_chickadee
date: Jul. 19th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)

fuck you, alex! :)

hehe, acting half my age has never bothered me in the slightest, as you well know. just let us alone to enjoy this simple pleasure.

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My Middle Name is:

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from: keohookalani
date: Jul. 20th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)

Acutally, if you think about it, the book is meant for people who were originally between 6 and 11 at the time the first book was published.

However... I still enjoyed reading them, however this book was no where as good as the last one. I know people will hate me for that though, and I don't care. It seemed lacking.

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