Harry Potter sucks

When you're on vacation there's suddenly time to read. And read I did!

I've started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Everybody has been telling me that I gotta read Harry Potter. It should be soo amazing and once you started you just could put down the book.

That was not my expirience. The book was ok, but for smaller kids. Not for grownups. The story is weak and it's way to easy to read. The persons in the book lacks detailed description. Basiclly I just dont get the hype about this book.

Burning ShoreThen I read The Runaway Jury. A classic John Grisham book. It's a little confusing since it's about an entire jury, so it's jumping between the different people. Whenever I finish books like this I'm always a bit disapointed. I'm missing something. They just dont move me and I dont get as much into the books as with other books. The funny part of this book is that it's about the tocacco industry and the movie that's based on the book is about the weapon industry. Not really sure why they changed the theme so radical? But I continued with yet another John Grisham book. This time The Testament which was really good. It's a bit different than the normal John Grisham book. I normally never reads John Grisham but these two books was the only thing around when I finished Harry Potter. The by far best book I read was the last one. Burning Shore by Wilbur Smith. A really good book about two daring men, an extraordinary woman and the continent of Africa.

I also got a couple of book for my birthday so I can continue to read. Got Firmaknuseren af Jussi Adler-Olsen, which is a danish novell about terrorisme against big companies. Looks really good. The other book I got was The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It spent 40 weeks on the bestseller lists.

February 09, 2004 09:32 PM | Posted in Personal

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Harry is said to "Grown width readers" so read the last books before saying it's for childs.

Comment by blackfox at February 9, 2004 11:08 PM | Permalink

I've read all the harry potter books, and I agree they are not so special, and the first two are childish. However, they have a tendency to make you care about the characters and want to find out what happens with them. The first book interested me just enough to pick up the second one, and from there on it only became more addictive. The last book is really not meant for children at all. Too complex, too long. I know several teenagers who have tried over and over again to read it, and just don't make it to the other end.

My advice for someone curious about harry potter is to watch the first two movies for the story background (the movies are very faithful to the books), and start off with book 3.

Comment by Joeri Sebrechts at February 10, 2004 04:00 PM | Permalink

I agree with Joeri, the Harry Potter books grow with you and book 4 and 5 are
really good and so not for kids.
I just read The Da Vinci Code, well that's a really good book. I read all John
Grisham books too, I do like his books, A time to Kill was on of the toppers in my opinion. Just found out this week that there is a new one: The last juror.

Site icon Comment by Darice at February 10, 2004 10:28 PM | Permalink

harry potter is a ripoff of lotr, sorry, but I think so. LOTR is so much better. As for Grisham, he rules

Comment by sk at February 15, 2005 01:29 AM | Permalink

"My advice for someone curious about harry potter is to watch the first two movies for the story background (the movies are very faithful to the books), and start off with book 3."

Let me just reply to that by simply mentioning that Christopher Columbus should be taken out and flogged for the travesty that he performed upon the Harry Potter books. He completely ignored the character development (which is the only fascinating part of the books, really) in favor of the magic (via special effects). I swear, it's almost as bad as the first two Star Wars films. None of the cast shows any genuine chemistry together, and this results in meaningless dialogue and nonsensical action.

Altho the first three books are simple, they don't suffer from overwriting that the last two have done. It seems JK wants people to feel like they're getting their money's worth by overloading the stories with overdescriptive subplots (the Quiddich World Cup is my favorite example - it just goes on and on....), and the novels' pacing becomes very uneven.

But on the whole - they're entertaining pop / fluff stories, with little pretention beyond the first read. I enjoyed them, but I won't bother re-reading the first ones to 'catch up' to the current books. Rather, I'll wait until all seven books have been published, and then whip thu 'em in one shot and call it a day.

Comment by Uncle Neil at June 22, 2005 02:19 AM | Permalink

I'm going to say this. "I think Harry Potter is probably the worse book to ever exist on the face of thi earth." And don't give me "Oh, but it grows on you." No, no, and just no. I actually grew out of it because the more the author wrote, the worse it got. Not to mention the movie was next to the worse thing. Bad acting, ugly children, oh god it just wouldn't stop. Not to mention all the characters are extremely annoying. It's not like anything intersting ever happens. Oh no, no one believes Harry... and yet.. he saves the day... until next year... wtf. Come up with a new plot Rowling.

Comment by Nemo at July 17, 2005 12:08 AM | Permalink

The Da Vinci code is a really very bad bad book. An earthquake in Andorra!!! Jua jua jua, really very poor documented.

Comment by Brown at July 29, 2005 12:36 AM | Permalink

I just have to comment on the rubbish from "sk" the Harry Potter books are absolutely nothing like The Lord of The Rings to two plots are entirely different and I cannot see how one could begin to imagine that either comes close to the other.

Beyond that as far as Harry Potter goes, I disagree with whats mentioned on the movies, thats SO wrong. I didnt much care for the movies at all, if anything, I think I watch them just for the optical pleasure of seeing it, though I dont think they are all that faithful to the books, to the point where I know quite a few people that really like the books and refuse to watch the movies at all. Though I can assure you Nemo, if the children were any better looking then they are now (Emma Watson was so incredibly wrong for the part) then they would not be the characters. This is not a perfect world, I think your head needs to come out of the clouds.

I dont think people give many children a lot of credit as far as the books go, I know a lot of people all ages whom understood and enjoyed the later books while I also know a lot of adults whom really liked the earlier books. I think it comes down to what kind of person you are. They cant taylor to every individual so there is always bound to be someone whom doesnt like them, but then there's all the right in the world for others to like them.

I never read the Da Vinci code though I know a few people whom have and i admit a level of curiosity that might just drive me to reading it... I dunno though...

Comment by Nate at September 19, 2005 04:34 AM | Permalink

i don't like harry potter either. But the book can be excting and i agree that you get to know the characters and want to get the next book after that. It is also very original but it isn't like it's the only book of it's kind out there. there is the lord of the rings and plenty of other fantasy fiction style books. I don't understand why a lot of people are so obsessed with it at all. And now it's becoming some sort of marketing thing too. now that it's gotten to the pop culture they seel all kinds of harry potter products and movies and probably video games too.

Comment by kat at September 21, 2005 12:59 AM | Permalink

Just because you are not intelligent enough to see that it is mere ficton and that the readers seek jor in the books, dosen't mean you should trash talk Harry Potter. I am very pleased to see someone who speaks there own opinion on things. I admire that, but I would kindly ask you to consider others' opinion no lower than that of your own.

Site icon Comment by Carolynn at October 25, 2005 05:50 AM | Permalink

I think Harry Potter is horribly overrated.
Sure, the books are interesting, and could hold your interest for a long while. However, there are plently of other books that have no attention whatsoever that not only can accomplish such, but hold much more imagination, imagery, and symbolism that could take your breath away. Harry Potter can't.
The plot does get a bit dry after awhile, and the writing style is thin. It's great for children and young teens, but does not deserve as much praise as it recieves.

Comment by Louise at November 8, 2005 02:25 AM | Permalink

LOTR is one of my favourite books of all time, is a sophisticated allegory of WWII and a highly respected literary work. Harry Potter books are just fun fiction for kids.
However it is not fair to say that Harry Potter is a rip-off of LOTR as there is little to compare between them plot-wise.
While LOTR presents a grim and complex plot, full of twists and subplots as well as a complete biblical history with fully formed cultures and languages, Harry Potter provides good old adventure stories, a bit like Saturday morning pictures. Some of the characters and monsters bear comparison, but again, this is not a rip-off. This type of fantasy character appeared in many books from the early to middle 20th century, for example: Peakes Gormonghast and C.S.lewis' The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe.
Taken in this context, Harry Potter stands alone, and although I personally do not like it at all remember that if anything gives people a lot of pleasure, IT IS GOOD whether you personally like it or not. I am amazed how many numpties that have probably never taken the time to actually read the books themselves seem to think that they are the ultimate critic and that their opinion has value above all others.
Now shut up and go and do something useful.

Comment by Max Normal at November 16, 2005 08:45 PM | Permalink

i like Harry Potter movies very much, and there is very suspence in it.Harry Potter movies are now not availbale in the market.
i have only
1. Harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban
2. Harry potter and the chamber of secrets
3. Harry potter and the sorcerer's stone

Comment by Haisum Abbas from PAKISTAN at November 20, 2005 11:15 AM | Permalink

The Lord of the Rings is not allegory. Tolkien had been inventing Middle Earth long before World War II. The work in "The Silmarillion stretches back to the first world war. The Lord of the Rings is really just a continuation of that work. The first part being the war of the jewels and the latter being the war of the rings.

Comment by Kyle at December 22, 2005 08:08 PM | Permalink

I love the harry potter books and think that anyone who is willing to read them will like them
Mrs. Rowling is amazing!

Comment by sara at December 31, 2005 07:00 AM | Permalink

When I first read Harry Potter (i.e. The Sorcerer's Stone), it was interesting enough to make me read the whole book, but that was it. When I returned to the second book, I grew so exasperated with the book I ripped it.

In my opinion, there are only two volumes worth reading; The first one, and the third one. The others, especially Order of the Phoenix and the Half-Blood Prince, is extremely...dissatsifying.

Comment by Lightning at April 22, 2006 05:53 AM | Permalink

Fuck you!!! Harry Potter is the best thing that has happend to this world, and I'm NOT the only one who loves harry potter more than anything! There are millions of ppl out htere. Im 16 y old now, and there's only 1 girl in my class who's read AND did not love the Harry Potter books. And... LOTR... omg, you just CAN'T mention it in the same sentence as 'Harry Potter'. LOTR and HP has NOTHING incomntr!!! LOTR sux!!!

Comment by Boii at May 23, 2006 05:16 PM | Permalink

Ok Whoever said Harry Potter sucks they already know, "harry is too cool for them"...yea i admit it has similarities with LOTR but that doesnt mean its a rip-off. even if it was, who cares? u get the equal amount of excitement, fun and fiction...(comedy too). About the characters, i dont think there is anyone in LOTR as hilarious as Ron. And the plot in Harry Potter is more interesting bcuz every teenager can relate to it in some way or the other. I could relate to Sirius for example...im not criticizing u Harry Potter haters but seriously, dont criticize an author like JKR. she has more potential than any other femal fiction author. Tokien rocks too and i know he is awesome and experienced and maybe many books are rip-offs of his ideas but think of only the quality of Harry Potter. Leave alone the origin and stuff. And then judge it. You will see that it deserves to be on every top list of famous books...

Comment by ~~~dxk27~~~ at May 29, 2006 04:31 AM | Permalink

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