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i cant see what the big deal about harry potter is.....

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stitch Fri 05-Aug-05 19:46:48

i could not even finish the first book.
why is the world so caught up in it?
there are so many better books and better authors out there.
can someone explain?

swiperfox Fri 05-Aug-05 19:48:13

No idea!! I can't bring myself to even attempt to read one!! Maybe I'm wrong....... I guess there must be something about them

tassis Fri 05-Aug-05 19:49:05

I'm with you too.

Got bored half way through the first book and didn't finish it.

Cod agrees with us. There was a thread n this a few weeks ago.

MrsGordonRamsay Fri 05-Aug-05 19:49:21

Read the first one, really enjoyed it, a bit like Enid Blyton on acid.

Left the second one after 2 chapters.

stitch Fri 05-Aug-05 19:50:42

thank goodness, i thought i was the only person in the world who wasnt a fan.
and its not as if feel strongly enough to hate them, just think they are mediocre books.

WigWamBam Fri 05-Aug-05 19:52:24

Yep - me too. I just can't see the appeal.

swiperfox Fri 05-Aug-05 19:53:49

pmsl @ enid blyton on acid!!!

Twiglett Fri 05-Aug-05 19:56:19

I'm a fan as far as a child's book ... simple, interesting, relevant story and sub-story lines

but for adults .. well really

Lonelymum Fri 05-Aug-05 19:56:47

I read the first out of duty to ds1. I didn't like the second film so skipped the second book. But I have just read and third and am now half way through the fourth and I rather enjoy them I must admit. Obviously children's books and children's plots (can't understand people who buy the "adult" edition as if to pretend they are reading adult fiction) but a decent romp nonetheless. I feel very maternal towards Harry.

SoupDragon Fri 05-Aug-05 20:02:40

Personally I can't see what the big deal is about Jane Austin or Shakespeare.

Twiglett Fri 05-Aug-05 20:03:48

<hands Soupy large spoon>

WigWamBam Fri 05-Aug-05 20:06:22

I can't abide Jane Austen either, but there are stacks of other authors out there who you could try, and who can string a sentence together far better than Ms Rowling.

In my opinion, of course

hunkermunker Fri 05-Aug-05 20:07:46

No, don't like them. Just find them totally unmemorable. I posted a synopsis of the things I can remember from the first four on another thread (wanted to bite my wrists open reading the fourth one - is her editor scared of her or something?!).

SoupDragon Fri 05-Aug-05 20:09:33

And there are infintely more who are worse than JK Rowling too

It's all a question of personal taste isn't it? Life would be very dull indeed if we all liked the same stuff.

Twiglett Fri 05-Aug-05 20:12:30

I've no room to talk .. I like Terry Pratchett

WigWamBam Fri 05-Aug-05 20:14:10

Quite agree, SoupDragon - very boring indeed.

It'd be even more boring if we couldn't say what we thought about someone else's favourite author just in case someone got annoyed by it, though.

ABow Fri 05-Aug-05 20:33:10

Well I unashamedly admit to loving the Harry Potter books. But I also appreciate lots of other really good authors too - both children and adult. But as Soup says it would be boring if we all liked the same thing. I loathe Eastenders and Neighbours but most of the nation think they are ace.

hunkermunker Fri 05-Aug-05 20:36:41

Twiglett, so do I!

SoupDragon Fri 05-Aug-05 21:07:46

No one said you couldn't say you didn't like HP though.

<<love Terry Pratchet too >>

piffle Fri 05-Aug-05 21:46:45

neither me but my son has re read and re read all of them and adores it...
I lie I've never actually tried to read one as the idea of a goblin or wizard sends me into paroxysms of yawndom

Oliviab Fri 05-Aug-05 22:26:48

On the subject of goblins, don't you agree...
There's boring gobliny things like Tolkien and CS Lewis and then there's gobliny things with warmth and humour like JKR and Pratchett. I can't abide those humourless fantasies/childrens books written by old professors cloistered in academia and no real experience of kids.

gigglinggoblin Fri 05-Aug-05 22:41:12

thought my ears were burning....

i love hp cos its easy to read, and sometimes i like books that dont require much thinking. its called relaxing. and i love all things wizardy and especially gobliny

spidermama Fri 05-Aug-05 22:41:13

I think they're good stories (though derivative) very badly written.

charliecat Fri 05-Aug-05 22:45:21

My dd age 7 loves them, I can see theres a good story in there but it doesnt do it for me. Seen 18 year old boys walking along with ipods and a copy of the latest book..so if it makes folk read and be proud to be reading then fair enough. But not for me.

swedishmum Sun 07-Aug-05 00:02:02

Any kind of fantasy/science fiction leaves me bored stupid. Dd1 is like me though I have always encouraged her to read broadly. She kept getting stuck with them for group reading at school.

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