QotD: The Deathly Hallows


Did you see the Harry Potter movie this weekend?  Are you going to read the new book?

Absolutely not to both questions. And I'm proud to say not only have I never seen any of the movies (and have not the slightest bit of interest in them), I've only read about 1/3 of the first book before I got tired of its short, badly formed, declarative sentences and horrible abuse of adverbs, and promptly gave up on it as a perfectly reasonable book for today's world of short attention spans and instant gratification, but that my books need much more depth and better writing. In twenty years, no one will have ever heard of Harry Potter, so I'll continue to read the classics, thank you very much.


I think you are TOTALLY wrong about no one will have heard/remember about Harry Potter in 20 years.  It's been TEN YEARS since the first book.  Do you have any idea how many books have been sold (all over the world and in a ton of languages) and how popular it has been?  It's not just a fad-of-the-day.I agree Rowling is not a good "writer" (this became the most apparent when J and I tried reading the second book aloud to each other), but she (usually) writes great stories.  I can totally understand someone not liking them, but I'd be willing to bet a VERY hefty sum on your 20 year thing, if we could agree to a measurable criteria.

I don't believe that, if she were to really truly stop writing Potter books with this next one, they will be anything more than a "gee, wasn't that an interesting craze" curiosity, because in order for it to be more than that, they would have to be better written. Sure, they are still a craze after ten years, but that's only because there's been a craze every 18 months when a new frenzy is whipped up. Some others, of course, also disagree with me:-) Maybe it's just the curmudgeon in me that rebels against this sort of hysteria, but the writing - oh the horror!Let's just ask our grandkids if they have heard of Harry Potter. I'll buy you a double order of oatmeal if they do:-)

You could not possibly be more of a curmudgeon than I am, sir. ;)  LOL. 

I didn't want to be the first one to be "But you're wrong!  YOU'RE WRONG!" but I have no problem being the second.

Here's my thing--as popular as other authors are, she is the only one in my lifetime to get bookstores to sell books at 12:01 because demand is so great for the book.  It reminds me of when English teachers would tell students how people lined up at the docks to get the new installment of Dickens. 

But I don't think that these books will disappear in 20 years. 

And if they do, I'll buy you a double order of oatmeal.  :)

I'm in no way disputing your taste, by the way--you've recommended some fantastic movies for me.  Casablanca is one of my favorites (although show me a movie lover who wouldn't say the same and I'll show you someone whose taste runs to Ashton Kutcher movies).  :)

Sorry if I came off as strident in my post.  I didn't mean to.  I'm really not the person who's like, "I love this so everyone must!"   

Hey, no problem! But I don't think the popularity Dickens had in his time has anything to do with how "important" he is today; in fact, I'd go so far as to say it would be despite his popularity. I know Dickens and Rowling is no Dickens:-) I still say if those books are at all talked about in 20 years,  it will  be more for the Potter-mania than for her deathless prose.But, needless to say, I've been wrong before. At least, I'm pretty sure:-)

Oh, yeah, I in no way meant to compare her to Dickens.  The books do get better.  I would probably encourage someone to watch the movies of the first three and then start reading--probably with the third one, although 4 and 5 are my favorites so far. 

I just don't see them disappearing.

Although a neighbor of mine pointed out that most 18-year-olds don't know who Paul McCartney is, which totally breaks my heart. 

So, long story short (too late!), hell if I know.

Oh, I love HP, but I'm not so sure either if the series will be as big as it is now in 20 years. I think part of what's kept it going for the last decade is the large gap between instalments and the resulting suspense created. I am glad that Rowling has managed to get a techno-crazed generation of kids to read something at least, but I wish the quality of her writing were better. 

Unfortunately, from everything I've read, the HP craze hasn't really led to more reading by kids :-( They stop at HP, which is truly unfortunate.

At least they read that! LOL. Something is better than nothing. And hopefully a few will be inspired to try their hand at Tolkien or CS Lewis. 

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