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Old 07-12-2007, 10:47 PM   #31
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my family and i saw the movie last night, it's very good. imo, it's better than GoF and tied with PoA as the best movie so far.
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:59 AM   #32
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Man, I don't get it...what's up with all the Harry Potter hype? If you didn't know better you'd think it's historical in depth and breath.
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Man, I don't get it...what's up with all the Harry Potter hype? If you didn't know better you'd think it's historical in depth and breath.
Have you ever read any of the books?
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Have you ever read any of the books?
I read the first chapter of the first book after my sister brought it home all excited. Needless to say that was first and last time I turned a Harry Potter page.

Those kind of books aren't my kind of books. Never read the Lord of the Rings books either. I like books with humor, depth and dry in nature.
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I read the first chapter of the first book after my sister brought it home all excited. Needless to say that was first and last time I turned a Harry Potter page.

Those kind of books aren't my kind of books. Never read the Lord of the Rings books either. I like books with humor, depth and dry in nature.
I like non-fiction books myself. History books in particular.

I must confess I have yet to read Harry Potter (keep meaning to though), but you're the first person who I've ever heard say they started reading the book and didn't like it. Everyone else raves about it.

I saw the first HP movie and thought it was fun, but nothing great. I really enjoyed Prisoner of Azkaban though. And, from what I understand, the movies don't do the books justice
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I like non-fiction books myself. History books in particular.

I must confess I have yet to read Harry Potter (keep meaning to though), but you're the first person who I've ever heard say they started reading the book and didn't like it. Everyone else raves about it.

I saw the first HP movie and thought it was fun, but nothing great. I really enjoyed Prisoner of Azkaban though. And, from what I understand, the movies don't do the books justice
I don't think I read enough of the book to form a negative opinion. You know what I mean? I simply lost interest and cut my losses. It's just that it didn't suck me in like people seem to gotten sucked in. If you ask me I blame the whole Potter fiasco on Oprah. I particularly find adults camping out to get their hands on the books, not for their kids but for themselves, frightening.

Perhaps people who have read the books can enlighten me...WTF is so unique about it? New? Interesting?

It's actually fashionable and cool to find the movie breathtaking and a masterpiece. I think I'm gonna start a social experiment and start trashing the books and the movies just to see how they react. You know, just whale on it during happy hour tomorrow
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I like non-fiction books myself. History books in particular.

I must confess I have yet to read Harry Potter (keep meaning to though), but you're the first person who I've ever heard say they started reading the book and didn't like it. Everyone else raves about it.

I saw the first HP movie and thought it was fun, but nothing great. I really enjoyed Prisoner of Azkaban though. And, from what I understand, the movies don't do the books justice
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I've only read the first book because it's a real fast read (<--pronounced "reed"). It only took me about two or three hours (flight from JFK to Atlanta). I really like the movies, though. Good escapism and any book that gets kids and even adults to enjoy reading is okay in my book.
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I like non-fiction books myself. History books in particular.

I must confess I have yet to read Harry Potter (keep meaning to though), but you're the first person who I've ever heard say they started reading the book and didn't like it. Everyone else raves about it.

I saw the first HP movie and thought it was fun, but nothing great. I really enjoyed Prisoner of Azkaban though. And, from what I understand, the movies don't do the books justice

thats why i don't read the books. my wife is always comparing the movie to the book and the end result is always the same, she says the movie was good but didn't totally follow the book.
i watch the movies only,so without having to compare them to the books, the movies are really good and imo, they keep getting better.
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She has great imagination and her style very readable for all ages and intellects without being dopey. She's far superior to a lot of big selling "adult" authors like Dan Brown or John Grisham or Tom Clancy. Dan Brown is just terrible.

You want to read some good fiction try John LeCarre or Fredrick Forsythe. I like Tom Wolfe as well, although I would get a lot of disagreement from some quarters there. Philip Roth is good. "Portnoy's Complaint" is some top notch filth. "London Fields" by Martin Amis is fantastic.

Then you've got Saul Bellow in a class by himself. "THe Adventures of Auggie March" is the greatest American novel, IMHO.

I also like Steinbeck. "Cannery Row" is a must read.
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My wife got into the books a few years ago when she got the first book as a gift from a friend. So ever since, I went ahead and bought her the hardback edition of each one, and reserved her copy of the new one that comes out this weekend. She enjoys them. I haven't read any of them because I mostly read sports or history books...this is my current read (The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson), mostly when I'm sitting on the beach. I may read the Harry Potter books to my daughter (granted she's not born yet, but you tend to think of these things while waiting for her arrival) when she's old enough to understand...

My wife also bought the first movie and we watched, and I have to admit, it's brings out the kid in me. The movies are fun, kinda get lost in it all. So, we own the movies as well. Took her to see Goblet of Fire at the IMAX in DC (Air and Space) and that was a neat experience. So soon here I'll be taking her to see the new one in the theater...
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She has great imagination and her style very readable for all ages and intellects without being dopey. She's far superior to a lot of big selling "adult" authors like Dan Brown or John Grisham or Tom Clancy. Dan Brown is just terrible.
Dan Brown is pretty bad, I agree, but she's not superior to Clancy or Grisham. I'm not trying to disparage her either because of what she's done for making such a great series for children and adults alike to want to read. I'm just saying she's not superior to Clancy IMO.
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I saw the movie yesterday and I was really disappointed. It felt like the movie was on fast forward from the opening scene. Very little time was spent on the Order. Barely any conversations that took place in the house were shown. It was the same with the prophecy storyline. Most of the focus was on Umbridge. The scene transitions were poorly done. Worst of all there was too little time spent on the battle in the ministry of magic and the conversation between Dumbledore and Harry. For those who are fans of the movies only, if you haven't read book 5, you will be thoroughly confused.
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I saw the movie yesterday and I was really disappointed. It felt like the movie was on fast forward from the opening scene. Very little time was spent on the Order. Barely any conversations that took place in the house were shown. It was the same with the prophecy storyline. Most of the focus was on Umbridge. The scene transitions were poorly done. Worst of all there was too little time spent on the battle in the ministry of magic and the conversation between Dumbledore and Harry. For those who are fans of the movies only, if you haven't read book 5, you will be thoroughly confused.
I haven't read the book but I did see the movie. It seemed to go by pretty quickly and the first thing I said to my girlfriend after the movie was "They didn't really talk much about the Order of the Phoenix did they?"

It wasn't a bad movie per se, but I think Goblet of Fire was significantly better
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i just got the book. I don't know why. I don't read them. I watch that adam sandler movie. FANTASTIC!!! Go watch it tomorrow. horrible reviews but they are wrong. Then i went over to the book store which had literally over a thousand people there. They had groups of 25 people and one of my friends is in group 25 so that is what, 625 people atleast that are assigned a group. TO be assigned into a group you had to pre-order it and then go this morning to get a group by first come first serve. Then there are the hundreds and hundreds of people that did not reserve it and were waiting. They had to wait till everyone else gets one.

So i jumped in the front of the line which only got you entry to the store but not to buy the book. Some lady started bitching at me about cutting and she was right to do so but i admit i was an asshole and just stood there. I just wanted to hang out with some friends of mine that i haven't seen in a while. I left the store at like 12:30ish because i was getting board picking up random books and talking to people that i saw walking around that i knew but don't really need or want to talk to. But then one of my buddies was outside and they were yelling out group numbers by now and if your group came up you could go in. Well i needed a wristband but i noticed no one was checking them to walk in. I just walked in with them at group number 9 which is funny because no one checked me and there were over 500 people waiting outside. I then proceeded in line and was like, i can actually get one right now if i try. The workers were disgruntled because they had to work for a few more hours. THey were too tired to actually care to check my hand for a wristband. I made small talk with the girl that sold me the book at the counter. I asked her how long she was going to be there and she was in no mood to talk. Shut me down, she was kinda cute too. Bitch. She was just like as long as it takes. Shut the BSB down. whatever, she was busy.

I should have went to the back of the line and sold the son of a bitch. Someone would pay 40-50 bucks for it. ATleast. 100s of people that have to wait 2 or 3 hours outside. I could have easily of done it and made a few bucks. Stupid me. I might actually read it now.
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