I know, I know. But I don't like Harry Potter. I read the first book and that was plenty for me. I didn't understand why wizards and witches were celebrating Christmas. Hmmm. (I don't want to get into a religious debate.) There has to be someone else out there that is anti-harry. C'mon and show yourselves!!
LOL I'm neither for..nor against..however.. I AM concerned at these almost obsessive, cult like behaviours being encouraged. Someone bought an advance copy in Australia yesterday, was walking by a lake and accidentally dropped the receipt into the water..in he dove. He was pulled out by parademics absolutely hypothermic and had to be taken to hospital of course. There a kind doctor rang the store and helped the young man resolve it. As equally I don't like hearing about very young teens pouring debt onto their parents by obsessively ringing voting lines for Idol etc..on the belief that if only they might ring a few more times they may save someone!
And isn't the BBC now getting a justifiable flogging for having cheated so many prize competition shows - including children's shows. These shows need independent overseers.
Yes. I've never read or seen anything Harry Potter. And I'm glad. I don't get into too many fads and I think this is just that. It'll fade and someday your kids/grandkids will laugh at you when you admit how into HP you were!
Yup. Not diggin the HP either. The thing I *do* like about it, is that it has encouraged kids to read.
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Well, it also certainly tells you how many books she's sold and what she's got for movie rights and memorabilia. In a basic book contract you get zero money (as author I mean) for the sale of the first 500 and then you start on only 2% of the sales price and that doesn't rise until another 500 to thousand are sold. Obviously a well known author would get more..but..she has certainly drawn in the wealth and that's for sure.
I'm another one who isn't really 'into' Harry Potter, although I admit I am keen to know what the ending is! I read the first 4 books but haven't bothered with the rest and don't plan on reading the last. I also saw the first 2 movies but wasn't impressed so haven't seen any of the others. I do agree with the comment about kids reading - I think it's fantastic, but I don't think it's a fad - I think Harry will be around forever - the adults and children reading Harry now will tell their kids when they are old enough to read it and it will keep going on.
ME ME ME - I am so sick of Harry Potter !!! Must admit I never read any of the books, fantasy has no appeal for me. I did go see the first movie with friends and was so incredibly bored that there is not a bribe large enough to make me go see any of the others.
The way the people I work with go on and on the last month speculating about what will happen, you would think Harry was living next door.
Anyway, thank you so much for this thread. I've thought about starting it several times myself.
Oh my goodness! Well, I am a Harry Potter fan and not ashamed to say so even though I am 53 and have read the books each at least 10 times and listened to them on CD about as much. They are like this intricate mystery story to me where I get some clue each time I reread or relisten to them. I can understand it though that this has been the talk of the town so to speak for weeks. Be patient it will die down soon now that people have their hands on the book. It will become old news as there are no more books.
You have to be impressed by a couple things about this book, it has really encouraged a lot of non readers to read and it has brought families together for discussions at dinner, or while watching the HP movies. You can't beat something like that. No book in history has appealed across the board to adults and children of all ages where they can freely discuss it amongst families and enjoy doing so. We could surely use a lot more of families spending time together.
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