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Friday, July 27, 2007

That book

It creeps me out that everyone is reading the same book. Even my friends -- people in their late 30's and early 40's. People, I don't know who you are anymore! Is this what it's like to be childless in America?

Is anyone else out there not high on Gryffindorphins? Anyone? Hello?

13 comments:

Co said...

I'm not high on Gryffindorphins at the moment, but that's only because I'm waiting for Lo to finish the hallowed orange book so I can pick it up.

Janet M Kincaid said...

I'm not! I haven't pick up an HP since I put down book three about 1/3 of the way through and thought, "Nah. Not working for me." If you'd like, I'll come over and hang out with you. We can have all kinds of conversations that don't include the words Harry Potter, Voldemort, JK Rowling, Hagrid, or Dumbledore.

Hevansrich said...

No, I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but, my kids are. Peter reads it aloud to them at night They are currently on book #5, trying to finish it before summer ends so they can see the movie in the theater. At this rate it will be jr. high before they get to #7, by then all the secrets will be out, which, I already know because I went on Wikipedia and looked it up. The book I'm reading now is, according to my Provo-based sister-in-law, all the rage amongst the Utahns. Its a young-adult teen vampire love story called Twilight, written by BYU alum Stephenie Meyer. Its an easy read that I am enjoying for summer, but would probably have been really into 20 years ago. There is a sequel plus a highly anticipated threequal coming out maybe next month.

Margo, darling said...

Thank you for saying this! I haven't read any of them. I tried to read the first one, but I just couldn't get into it. I can't really even get into the movies. But I do feel like there must be something wrong with me, so thanks for the validation.

Lindsey said...

I just can't get psyched about it. I read all the others, but I think it was sort of feigned excitement b/c everyone else was. I haven't seen the latest movie either. And really, I can't even remember the names of the characters or plot lines of any of the books I read.

I'd rather read cookbooks. They have happier outcomes anyway, right?

Luisa Perkins said...

Sorry to add to your creep factor! :)

I really like the books, but there is an awful lot of euphoric hyperbole floating around right now that is pretty silly. HP is NOT the apotheosis of children's literature.

But I think the series is a fun read--and I read a LOT of kids' books purely for entertainment. I had to read it quickly because I knew if I didn't read it right away, I would not be able to escape rampant spoilers.

Kate The Great said...

I'm not reading it now because I'm waiting for everyone else to finish reading it so I can borrow someone's copy. That's what I've done with all the books.

However, Just'In has not read any of the books. I think the first of the books came out when he was on his mission and he just missed out on the whole rise-to-rage that Harry Potter quickly became.

Eventually, we'll own all the books, and then he'll read them. But we won't be spending $20 a pop for them. I predict (if you'll bear with me) that when everyone gets wind that there's a boxed set out, they'll all rush out and buy it. They'll all be left with duplicate copies, the other set being read once (because these big books can't really be read repeatedly because they're so big) that're all really nice, hardback, dust-jacketed. So soon the used bookstores and the thrift stores will all have lots of copies of really cheap HP books. And all we'll have to do is pick them practically free, like wildflowers.

Hooray for supply and demand. It's Charles Dickens all over again.

Adriana Velez said...

OK, thanks for the affirmation. I'm glad to hear there's a few of us out there.

And Luisa, thanks for your MODERATE resonse to the book. That's one of the things that was baffling me -- why the euphoric hyperbole? And why read it all in one sitting? So you can avoid the spoilers -- ok, that makes sense, too.

I was telling Lane, I just want people to say "I know it's the literary equivalent of Thomas Kincaid. I just love getting caught up in the nation-wide excitement." But he said that's taking the fun out of it for everyone. They have to pretend it's all that to justify their euphoria.

Anyway, I read the first one 100 years ago when I was working for a Scholastic executive. He asked me what I thought and I told him it was a pretty good story, but I didn't think all the cutesey Englishy language would go over with boys 10 and over. Shows what I knew...

janeannechovy said...

I don't think it's all that all that, but I have read them all, rereading before each new one is released (meaning I re-read the first six before last weekend). There is lots of other kid lit that I enjoy at least as much.

Adriana, I don't think just the first book is really enough to judge the whole series on. The complexity (including morally) has definitely increased with each book, as Harry and his readers have both grown up. I hope you'll read them all with Jasper when he gets a bit older.

I think Thomas Kincade is the wrong comparison, unless you think Thomas Kincade is really quite good, just overubiquitous. HP is more like the Waterlilies of kid lit. The Thomas Kincade of kid lit would be something like Nancy Drew, or some other series (babysitters' club?) that barely qualifies as the lit in kid lit.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Me.

Paul O'Brian said...

Hey, childful or childless status does not necessarily bear on whether one reads That Book. Also, I think it's awesome that everyone is reading the same book! How often does that happen? I don't know when the last time was that there was so much cultural excitement over something one reads rather than something one watches or listens to.

Also, I agree with janeannechovy about the Kincaid comparison.

However, props to you for the phrase "high on Gryffindorphins." That is excellent.

shaunamama said...

(Raises hand sheepishly)...I'm totally high on Gryffindorphins. Still am after reading the dang thing in less than two days whilst on vacation.

I agree with Jane...don't judge the series on the first book alone. For me, I was hooked after book 3.

Hope you all enjoy your remaining weeks!

Swizzies said...

I also gave up on HP in book 3, way back when. I couldn't get into it. I have only seen the first movie, b/c someone invited us to it. I also don't like LOTRs, so I'm a double dork.

I read a lot, just not HP - or any other magicky/fantasy-y stuff. Not my cup o' tea.