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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:32 am

Well, you might hate Harry Potter books, but what JK Rowling has done to make kids actually want to read is monumental. She has created an appealing fantasy world, with entertaining plots and characters, but that isn't half of the "magic", excuse the pun. She has created a lust for the written word by the newest generation that not many other authors can do. That is her real accomplishment.

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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby Rainswept on Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:29 am

aidiore wrote:There was a time when Henry Miller in his crappy offcie at the postal service of U.S, haunted me with the irracional complications of a pretty simple life...and that was a good time....

then...from the darkest pit of nonsense...one british b...mmm...lady...rose and give us a new light...a new wind...and then you took that book into your hands...i took that book...and my eyes start bledding...that was because the childlish, bad written, characters horribly "constructed", history of a magician...

and dont get me started with that moron of dan brown...my FSM those books sucks...


What nonsense. To begin with, you're spending time and effort contrasting a children's series with very adult books published what, 70-80 years ago? They have absolutely nothing in common, yet you criticize one for not being the other. Might as well criticize Miller for not making hundreds of thousands of children more interested in reading, it makes as much sense.

The Harry Potter books, especially the first few, did what they were intended to do very very well. They got children away from the television and nose deep in a novel, while illustrating values like the importance of choosing good friends and working hard when you need to. On top of that, they are extremely entertaining as well as profitable
(and yes, profitable is a virtue).

As if your ridiculous apples and oranges comparison wasn't enough, you toss in a grapefruit (Dan Brown) for good measure.

WelshRarePasta wrote:On the TV front, I'd nominate Dexter and Carnivale as literary-quality television. There are others, but those two shows really impress me... and I'll never forgive the bastards for cancelling Carnivale ;(


You have very odd tastes. I watch both those shows, and enjoyed Dexter enough to read the books (Only read the 1st 2, the 3rd sucks ass) but I'd hardly call it literature. Carnivale kept me watching for some reason I don't fully understand, but all in all I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

If I were picking a tv/film to call literature, I'd go with Casablanca and The Shawshank Redemption.
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby Zankou 2.0 on Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:17 am

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:Well, you might hate Harry Potter books, but what JK Rowling has done to make kids actually want to read is monumental. She has created an appealing fantasy world, with entertaining plots and characters, but that isn't half of the "magic", excuse the pun. She has created a lust for the written word by the newest generation that not many other authors can do. That is her real accomplishment.

Now sit down.

QFT. If I hadn't recieved a copy of the fist two Harry Potter books as a child, I woud probably not be the same person I am today.

I read a bit before, but HP got me started on the juicy stuff.
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby WelshRarePasta on Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:20 pm

Rainswept wrote:You have very odd tastes. I watch both those shows, and enjoyed Dexter enough to read the books (Only read the 1st 2, the 3rd sucks ass) but I'd hardly call it literature. Carnivale kept me watching for some reason I don't fully understand, but all in all I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

If I were picking a tv/film to call literature, I'd go with Casablanca and The Shawshank Redemption.


Well, therein lies the beauty of different tastes... what appeals to me about both Dexter and Carnivale is the play on justice, morality, right and wrong. I find both shows to be very thought-provoking, interesting, well-acted, and extremely well written. Haven't read the books, might check them out. As for Casablanca and Shawshank, both excellent films, but didn't you just accuse someone of comparing apples and oranges? ;)
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby Rainswept on Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:42 pm

I can't think of any TV show that makes me think "literature"

I mean some of my favorites are Firefly, Veronica Mars, and Deadwood. None of those seem to fit that term the way I think of it.
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby WelshRarePasta on Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:41 pm

Think of all the episodic novels of the 19th C. that are now canonized as 'literature' (Dickens, MacDonald, and Scott all come to mind), and it becomes more easy to wrap your mind around. I haven't seen Deadwood, but from what I've heard and read seems like that show in particular would be an excellent candidate for the status of literature-like TV. What makes you feel differently (i.e., I'm curious as to how you'd define literature).
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby Wawizzle on Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:58 pm

So does this mean I should start a rant about how all books written before 1950 "suck" because they aren't up to my personal taste? :D
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby WelshRarePasta on Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:50 pm

If you do, do it in another thread! I'm enjoying the comments in this one and don't want to see it relentlessly hijacked for no good purpose. Plus, I'm 99.999% certain that such a thread would be a complete waste of time and someone as intelligent as yourself couldn't be serious in suggesting it! So Waw, what do you think of Dan Brown, Harry Potter, or the literary aspirations of modern Television programming in the United States?
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby Wawizzle on Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:05 pm

I personally loved reading all of Dan Brown's books, as well as the entire Harry Potter series. I think they are great books that entice the reader to finish them as soon as possible.

I think both authors did a good job at entertaining the reader and rejuvenating a love of reading among many individuals.

As for television programming, I personally stopped watching it completely. I did enjoy it for its entertainment value but never cared enough to dissect it for any foils, foreshadowing, etc (although I can easily spot it now that I am older).
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby WelshRarePasta on Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:11 pm

Well, if you like being entertained intelligently, I'd suggest renting Carnivale (the bastards cancelled it for being 'weird and unpopular'). Then it will be on DVD, not TV, so you won't have to defend watching it... and it's pretty much like an episodic film anyways!
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby fueledbycoffee on Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:08 pm

I should probably clear up my earlier comment. Sorry. I have a bit of animosity towards that which is extraordinarily popular, so that sometimes colors my statements. My definition of literature is "that which will go down in history as either an incredible work, or a cultural landmark." By this definition, Harry Potter is literature. I seriously don't think that you could say that about Brown's books.

What pisses me off is that graphic novels and comics aren't really considered literature. Watchmen, American Born Chinese, Transmetropolitan, Strangers In Paradise, and Sandman are all mindblowing, and I would consider all of them to be better than The Great Gatsby
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby WelshRarePasta on Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:53 pm

I hear you on the graphic novels part. I used to have a fairly strongly-held hatred of 'comic books,' and would fight to the intellectual death with anyone suggesting they might have any value, far less literary. A good friend of mine called my bluff and asked me if I'd actually read any (which I really hadn't), and made a $100 bet that The Sandman would change my mind. I lost the bet and found my favorite author. Can't say I sit down and read old Superman comics form the 50s for fun, but I sure do love anything by Gaiman or Alan Moore.
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby Capellini on Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:46 pm

[quote="fueledbycoffee"]I should probably clear up my earlier comment. Sorry. I have a bit of animosity towards that which is extraordinarily popular, so that sometimes colors my statements. [quote]

Me too. In fact, I refused to read Harry Potter for seven years because it was so trendy. Once I got to the point where I no longer encountered anyone reading book 7 on the subway, that's when I finally agreed to read the series.
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby Rainswept on Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:34 am

Capellini wrote:
fueledbycoffee wrote:I should probably clear up my earlier comment. Sorry. I have a bit of animosity towards that which is extraordinarily popular, so that sometimes colors my statements.


Me too. In fact, I refused to read Harry Potter for seven years because it was so trendy. Once I got to the point where I no longer encountered anyone reading book 7 on the subway, that's when I finally agreed to read the series.


I used to have some of those feelings. I refused to watch Forrest Gump for a long time because of that, then when I watched it and loved it, I felt like an ass and did my best to eliminate that quality from myself.

It's the same thing that causes people to hate certain sports teams/stars. Wander through Boston you'll see as many "I hate the Yankees" things as you do support for the home team.
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Re: Of why harry potter and dan brown books sucks

Postby black bart on Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:07 am

I think it's quite natural to feel that way about 'Over Hyped' books and films. I still haven't read any Harry Potter Books or watched Forrest Gump. I like the Harry Potter films though but I will not be reading The Da Vinci Code, even though someone gave me it for Christmas!
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