|Barked: Tue Feb 13, '07 2:56pm PST |
|Thanks Meridian! I'm not going to take offense. HP isn't for everyone, some people can just pick it right apart, be it on writing style or plot design, or whatever. I know I enjoy the series, and could really care less of anyone else likes it
After book 7 comes out, I am going to need to separate myself from HP and move on ... so will definately be looking for a new series to follow I can't sleep at night if I don't read for at least 30 minutes, and I tend to not re-visit books once there is a solid conclusion (I can re-read and re-read up until that final installment, but once the final book is out, I won't go back and read the series again ... no idea why, I just don't BOL). So yeah, I'll look into that series once I'm done with HP.
The reason I enjoy HP is because she has developed a strong background to her characters that is realistic. Take away the wizards and spells and magical creatures, and you could totally picture these characters living in every day real world. The kids remind me of my friends in elementary school, the I can draw parallels between the teachers and other people I know. I don't really enjoy the fantasy-type books that take place solely in an imaginary world where everything is made-up in the mind of the author and anything goes. Not to say that books like that have no merit, they just aren't for me. So when I started on the HP books, I was thrilled! Finally a book with names I can pronounce! That is generally how I pick out books ... if I can read the back cover and not have to pause and sound out one of the character or place names ... it passes the first test and I continue reading BOL
The only grievance I have towards HP is that the first 2 (maybe 3, but mostly 2) books were very childish. JKR was able to satisfactorally lay out the plot as she needed, but the writing style was very childish and unintelligent. They were a fun read, but nothing that really got my heart pumping, if that makes sense. Things really started shaping up in book 4 where her style seemed to change to a more mature audience. It was almost as if her style was growing up with the original readers of the series. While books 1 and 2 (maybe 3) were written for pre-teens, books 4 - 6 would be more at home in the "young adult" section. Still not literary genius, but by that time I was so caught up in the actual story that the lack of obvious flare in writing didn't matter so much. They are an easy read, nice flow and easy to follow. You won't find yourself getting lost anywhere. But it is the attention to detail and the very intricate backstory that is what caught my attention and held it. In reading the "later" books, you can almost feel the hidden parts of the story just lurking, waiting to come into play.
The way she writes just naturally leads to the development of theories. She is very predictable ... I can easily pick out items or situations that will for sure come into play in book 7 ... but at the same time, you can never guess HOW she is going to weave it all together. For instance, I know we will see more of the archway, the two way mirror, the locked room in the Ministry of Magic, the debt owed to Harry by Wormtail, the motorcycle, etc ... but how those will all come together in the end or what they will mean ... no idea.
But yeah ... all that said, I can totally understand how HP isn't for everyone. Just like I have never been interested enough to watch Star Wars / Star Trek etc. (That was probably insulting enough for some people, just admitting that I don't know the difference between the two and have no desire to ever find out BOL). And honestly, it is probably useless to even try to debate the issue of how "good" HP is. For someone that does not enjoy the series, it would be impossible for them to appreciate it, or even to recognize the reasons that other people appreciate it. That isn't a flaw on their part, it's just personal opinion. I would never succeed in convincing an adamant non-fan of the finer points of HP anymore than that non-fan could ever convince me that I am incorrect in enjoying what I do! BOL
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