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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I have fulfilled my promise to vanberge, I have finished the first Harry Potter book.

In many conversations over IM, Mulligans Pub, and countless other social gatherings I know the HP books are quite popular with most of my friends and acquaintances.  The trailers for the movies make the story seem quite epic and the special effects appear to be top notch.  A series that has sold 325 million copies couldn’t have all been sold to libarys and children so I thought there could be a chance that an adult like myself could enjoy the series. After taking a month to finish a 300 page book written for young adults I’m happy/sad? to report that is not going to be the case.

Now, I don’t feel that I’m above this type of material. Right now I’m reading the Maddox book (20 pages in and it’s hysterical) but really it’s rude, crude, but not some literary masterpiece.  I’ve played many a videogame that have had cookie cutter story lines that I’ve enjoyed and could be considered on the same level and even below that of Harry Potter.  When reading the book I just wasn’t able to allow myself to get into the story.  Witches that turn into cats, riding broomsticks, abracadabra based magic, bully characters, and breaking the rules seemed to be the bulk of the story.  When we finally get to some adventure and fighting it comes very late in the story and the battle with “Quirrell” lasts about a page. Yes, I understand Harry is only 11 years old in the first book so I was not expecting a confrontation on par with the “Final Battle“.

Before even starting this post I know backlash is going to be harsh.  I’m fully expecting 10 comments saying “keep reading they get better”. Personally I’m pretty sure I’m not going continue reading the series, and I sure know I’m not going to keep reading like I have been Sword of Truth. Maybe on vacation I would pick up the second book if it was around.  More then likely I’m going to just watch the movies at my leisure and be done with it.

Category: General


15 Responses

  1. Vo says:

    If you didn’t like the first one, don’t bother. By the time you get to the fourth, which changes to whole tone, you won’t understand what the fuck is going on. Not every book is for everybody.

  2. FLO says:

    At least you gave it a chance. To me, you have filled your obligation. I do think that the books get better after the second one, but that probably isn’t enough to get you to read all of them. You tried and it wasn’t for you. To be honest, I though the last one was kinda week. All flashback. My favorites are the third, fourth, and fifth.

  3. Jeff says:

    Now, it is vanberge’s responsibility to read Wizard’s First Rule.

  4. vanlandw says:

    vo – thank you for your support

    FLO – Flashbacks in books are bullshit

    Jeff – I agree fully vanberge should read wizards first rule…just literary goodness to the fullest extent….

  5. bun says:

    ah, the problem was that you read the English version. they changed the title to “sorcerer’s stone” for the american release. :P

  6. bergs says:

    I am happy to see that Mr. Potter does not appeal to everyone other than myself. You made it farther than I did vanlandw. 80-90 pages in, and I had to fucking stop before my brain liquefied itself from forced alliteration and unappealing plot concepts. GG on the effort though.

  7. Vo says:

    I could preety much sum up each of the books in 2-3 sentences and you wouldn’t really miss much.

  8. Vanberge says:

    You went and saw “The Incredible Hulk” in the theater

  9. bun says:

    worst movie ever.

  10. Adam says:

    Matrix 2 and 3 sucked donkey balls.

    Also: I can’t get on board with fantasy. I feel like I’d end up a furry or trying to pick up chicks at a renaissance fair.

  11. Vo says:

    Hey, some chicks are the ren faire are hot, and the others are so desperate they put out quick.

  12. bun says:

    i can hear you but i cant see you perry!

  13. bergs says:

    Update your website.

  14. Jeff says:

    I second that.

  15. Jeff says:

    I am posting this coomment from a poorly crafted windows application.

    Who are you?

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