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Am I the only one in the world who isn't caught up in Pottermania?

Don't get me wrong, I like the books, and I like the movies, but I don't need to be the first one on my block to read the new book.

From what it sounded like, the books were going to be selling out shortly after midnight, and be in scarce supply. Yet at 2:00 this afternoon, Raionbow Foods in Maple Grove had a table full of them. At almost 30 bucks a pop.

Honestly, I can wait for the paperback.

But a bigger question: this isn't the first time that people are all over being in the first herds to get a book, or see a movie, or something or other. What is it that makes it so important? Is there some sense of superiority that comes with having seen or read this thing before everyone else?

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scarletdemon
Jul. 17th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
I made fun of it in my journal but I think most of my friends were just genuinely excited to see what would happen next.
magicmarmot
Jul. 17th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
I like the books. I like the stories. I think J. K. Rowling does a fantastic job, and I'm looking forward to reading the book.

I just don't need it RIGHTFUCKINGNOW.
azul_ros
Jul. 17th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
No, you're not. I really don't give a damn about the books or the movies.
ethel
Jul. 17th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
Haven't even read them.
wiredferret
Jul. 17th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Because it's not just geeks that are excited about something coming out. It's children. Children are standing in line to read a 700-page book. I think it's worth of celebration.

Yes, I got it yesterday morning, and yeah, I wanted to get it read before the inevitable discussion happened.

Because people suck at keeping secrets. I didn't make it out to see the 3rd new Star Wars. Sadly for me, I know all about it, down to costuming details. Because people suck at keeping secrets.

I care about this world, and so do lots of other people. I don't have to worry about Garth Nix books getting spoilered.

Remember the story about how there used to be massive crowds that would wait at the pier for the next installment of Dickens' books? And how there were grown men who cried at the death of Little Dorrit? It's because they loved the world, and cared about the characters, and wanted to know, from the author, what happened next.
magicmarmot
Jul. 17th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)
700 pages?!

Okay, I will buy the spoilers-ready concept. And I can carry that to a logical point where with today's increased communication, the spoilers are a lot more easy to come by than they were when you had to wait for the ship to come in.

But I consider that when I have a book that I like (and I will count the Harry Potter books among those), I don't just read it once. I can't count the number of times I've read Neuromancer or Snow Crash, or seen Casablanca or North by Northwest. I know these stories intimately. I know what happens. I've had the ultimate spoiler.

Okay, bad comparison. There is always that first time, when you read a good book that has been unsullied or see a movie that you know nothing about that is an experience like no other. It is more intense. I remember when I saw The Matrix for the first time, and I was amazed and deeply affected, but I didn't know if anyone else would get it the same way I did.

Part of me wants to pick up the book. I'm actually at a really good point for starting a new book, but my reading style right now doesn't really allow for a reading event, it's more like grabbing a chapter here and there.

And yes, I'm very happy that children are reading. More than that, I'm happy that they have something worthy of reading, something that doesn't talk down to them because they are children.
windelina
Jul. 18th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
What she said.

Also, I want to read it NOW so that I can talk about it NOW. There are tons of theories on what will happen and it's fun to discuss and theorize - it reminds me of "who shot JR" or the whole thing about who Luke's father might be. (I remember one theory that Boba Fett was his father.)

Another reason to be excited is because Rowling delivers the goods. No, not all the books are fantastic. It took 3 readings for "Order of the Phoenix" to grow on me. But something always happens and there's an honesty and reality to what she's writing that makes you care. And while there are a lot of books that I read and devour that are fun or interesting or thoughtful or whatever...I get this rush when I read a Harry Potter book. It reminds me of what it felt like to first read "Lord of the Rings" or "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe".
paperhands
Jul. 17th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
Honestly I can't stand Harry Potter. Okay, I only read a paragraph before I discarded the first book as trash, but really.. It's trash..
windelina
Jul. 18th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
Okay, you didn't like it, that's fine. But don't just dismiss something that has clearly connected with alot of people as "trash".

You picked up the first book (the most "juvenile" of them all) and tried a paragraph and you have a definitive opinion? You're clearly wanting to be a troll, but I'll still give you what you want (attention) and say that perhaps you were a bit hasty in your opinion.
paperhands
Jul. 19th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
Okay maybe I didn't say quite what I meant to. I didn't like the writing style, I didn't like the content. I thought it was a bad book and I don't get the hype. Children getting excited about a book is one thing, the whole world getting excited about these books is something I can't understand. And thanks for your assumption that I needed "attention" from my comment. I couldn't possibly have been commenting because I just wanted to share my opinion.
windelina
Jul. 20th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
The way your original comment was worded seemed like you were trolling - trolls just like to start arguments, thereby getting attention through creating drama.

You have your opinion, fine. I'm a little taken aback that you can confidently say you didn't like the writing style or content when as you say "you read one paragraph". Granted, that was probably an exaggeration. But I will say that the books, the characters, even her writing style have evolved, matured, grown. But if it's not your bag, it's not your bag. Just don't dismiss something as "trash" simply because you didn't like it - it puts people's backs up.
7thstranger
Jul. 18th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
I'm like you - I don't need to read a book the second it comes out or see a movie at 12:01 am.

I do enjoy the HP books - but I'm only up to book #5.

Basically, I see it as a quirk. I have my own set of book & movie quirks and that just isn't one of em.

When I do go to see an opening movie at midnight it pretty much for the socialization with my friends.

As for books - I have a mountainous TBR pile as well as a 5 page (7 pt font) list that I carry into book stores with me. I have enough stuff to read that I never have to worry about waiting for a "next installment" to come out LOL
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