1. njoryo
    June 25, 2003 @ 12:20 AM

    I still don’t understand WHY everyone loves these books so much. Yes, I have read half of the first one before having to put it down in disgust. I listened to all of the second one on tape. I TRIED to read the third one before getting pissed off again…

    The writing is cobbled-together crap. Rowling doesn’t have an original bone in her body. For someone who claims to have made up her own mythology (admittedly borrowing SOME stuff, she says) she sure rips off an awful lot of writing styles and gimmicks from other stories (Lord of the Rings, D&D…etc etc). I know she admits to ripping some things off…but then where’s the originality that is so touted?

    I’ve tried. I’ve really tried to like it, if nothing else, so I can talk about it with people. But I just can’t get it. I’ll try again and maybe something will change.

    But I still think it’s poorly written and thrown-together to make money. Not for passion for writing. It feels cold to me.

    I’ve got Star Wars books that I feel are better written and more dramatic than her work.

    Least she’s better than Stephen King.

  2. kitty_senshi
    June 25, 2003 @ 10:17 AM

    lets put it this way dude….

    I HATE READING.. I HATE IT.. any time i pick up a book NAY BOOK my mind wanders off… too much crap people write these days, long descriptions… i just can’t stick to reading a book

    HP books however.. i can read… they are simply stated… ‘A dark evil looking tree was at the end of the forest’ is a lot easier for your imagination to run instead of say tolkien’s description that last 5 pages… i begin to loose interest.

    Her writing makes my imagination flow a lot more than a book that tells me EXACTLY what i am looking at…(like tolkien…which begs me to differ that she writes liek tolkein.. b/c she doesn’t at all!)

    another thing… while reading other books, i realize im just reading words on paper …HP i dont even notice it, it plays in my mind liek a movie… 30 pages later i’m like “damn i read all of that in 30 minutes) where normally it woudl take me over an hour to read 30 pages.

    some people cant read these books…and some people (liek me) cant read much of anything BUT these books.. its all how your brain works. not that they are good or bad… more like how one’s reading skills and interests are…

    so no dissing dude!
    or i can start talking about those SW books *chuckle*

  3. kitty_senshi
    June 25, 2003 @ 10:21 AM


    there was a twist…the whole Neville vs. Harry thing

    oh and it was never really brought up fully in the book but my theory still lies, and it was discussed more in the book…

    his aunt-how does she know so much about the dementors? and notice how his mom was so strong in that memory, notice how much CONTROL she had on the situtaion. There is so much more to his mom dude! i’m telling ya she is gonan be a huge twist sumtime int eh series. Where we all think we know what gonan happen then sumthing about her is brought up in a book later and then we are all like… SHIT! we are all going the wrong way! adn we hafta do a 180!

    that my guess… its starting to show up tho, i seem to be heading in the right direction…

  4. njoryo
    June 25, 2003 @ 10:36 AM

    I guess I should’ve clarified that I meant she was ripping off Tolkien’s IDEAS, not his writing style. Because I KNOW she doesn’t write like him. For the record…I can appreciate that they’re easy to read. That’s part of why kids can read them so easily. My problem is that the plots and writing seem like they’re just…THERE. To me, it doesn’t seem like there’s a…I really don’t know how to phrase it. A basis, I guess? I dunno. Nothing against the people that get into the books. Hey, at least you’re reading rather than sitting in front of the TV. I just wish I understood WHY people get into them as much as they do, when to me…they just seem mediocre, or “okay”.

    It’s the same thing as when people obsess over Final Fantasy VII or Cowboy Bebop. It’s okay…it’s just not the best thing ever.

  5. kitty_senshi
    June 25, 2003 @ 11:20 AM

    yeah i hear ya..

    well in the world of books today.. everyone ripps everyone off… why? b/c there haven’t been any new crazy art movements for YEARS.. DECADES… the closest thing is to any movement is being politically correct in teh 70’s and 80’s but thats it..

    boring really

    there is a lot to the harry potter books… but the PLOT isn’t just in one book.. its in all 7 books. Thats prolly why you dont see much there since ya haven’t read teh first 4.. or 5 even.

  6. Tom
    June 25, 2003 @ 11:39 AM

    Like what…

    Mom is related to Dumbledore, maybe? Or Voldemort?

    Or she’s really Luke’s twin sister??!!!

    (damn… wrong genre)

  7. kitty_senshi
    June 25, 2003 @ 2:29 PM

    maybe sumthin along those lines… its gotta be sumthing crazy tho…

    but notice how strogn she was… how much control she had over a situation…

    sumthin to ponder about for another 3 years till the next book comes out.. hee hee

  8. njoryo
    June 25, 2003 @ 6:46 PM

    I’ve read (or heard) about 75% of the total story. Read half the first, heard most of the rest. Heard all of the second on tape. Read part of the 3rd, heard most of the rest on tape. Heard nearly all the 4th on tape.

    My mom (and my whole family) is Potter freaks. I can’t get away from it.

  9. kitty_senshi
    June 26, 2003 @ 8:22 AM


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