Thursday, July 19, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Harry Potter

Booking Through Thursday

1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?
2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?
3. If you’re not going to read it, why not?
4. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?


As regular readers of this blog know, I'm not a fan of fantasy, so I probably won't be reading the final Harry Potter--I haven't read any of the others. It's not that I have any objections to fantasy as a genre; it's just that it leaves me utterly cold. Always has. Always will. I compared it in this blog once to simply not liking chocolate ice cream, and another non-fantasy-fan has suggested that it's simply a gene some are lacking. That sounds as good an explanation as any.

I did see one Harry Potter movie. When the characters were simply talking to each other, I enjoyed it. When things that don't fly in real life started flying, my attention began to lapse.

So, no Harry Potter, though if I had to read fantasy, that's probably where I'd start.

Given that I know so little about the intricacies of the books, I won't dare to speculate whether Rowling will kill Harry Potter or not. I rather hope not, because if you can't have a happy ending in fantasy, what's the point? I'm curious enough to peep at the ending when the book comes out (don't worry, no spoilers here!).

11 comments:

Daphne said...

They are not really my thing either.

elena maria vidal said...

I don't hate Harry,or anything, he is just not my cup of tea.

Mei said...

I don't particularly like fantasy myself, but I do like HP.

Chris said...

OMG, I'm not the only one! Thank you!

Alison said...

I love Harry Potter! Looking forward to getting my copy.

On an unrelated note I've given you an award at my blog. Hope you like it :-)

Susan A. said...

I like Harry Potter. I am awaiting the last book.
Susan

alternatefish said...

I've read them all because as a (wannabe) writer of fantasy I feel obligated, but I stopped enjoying them in the middle of the 4th. One of my roommates has pre-ordered it, so I'm going to read it after her. Eventually.

And Harry's not going to die. One of the drawing points of the series is how strongly the readers identify with Harry Potter--Rowling's not going to kill off every 12-year-old who's ever read her book.

Literary Feline said...

I always think of coffee lovers vs. those who can't stand the taste. :-) There's nothing wrong with either. I married a coffee drinker and love him dearly. I just don't have a taste for it.

Susan Higginbotham said...

Thanks for stopping by, all! Great to see new visitors!

Thanks, Alison!

I don't like coffee either (except when I put so much sugar in it that it becomes in essence soda). Maybe there's a link?

Gabriele C. said...

I like Fantasy as genre, but I'm not the target audience for Harry Potter. I read the first and though it was a fun world she invented, but I started skimming the second and third (got them from my nephew) - I'm not into children and teenage characters, and definitely not angsty teenage characters. And even Quidditch gets old in the long run. ;)

So no, I won't read the book.

Cory said...

I'm a fantasy fan, and have really enjoyed Harry Potter myself.
I will be heading out to the local Books-A-Million around 10pm tonight (when a friend gets off work) and getting my copy. I plan to nap this evening before going. As soon as I get home I'll be opening it up and reading until I can't hold open my eyes, or I finish. Whichever comes first.
As for how it will end, I refuse to speculate. I plan to go in with an open mind and just see what happens. I might form ideas AFTER I've started reading, but not before.