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Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Wed Jul 16, 2003 6:29 am

You know, here in Britain, whenever I get on the train (or indeed plane), there's always some oldie (over 22!  Big grin ) reading Harry Potter - from their posture and stare it seems they are taking the story extremely seriously.

I'm just wondering how it is that HP has cought on so well with ADULTS. Is it just Britain, or are we getting this in other places too? It seems to be in fashion these days to be seen reading HP...thankfully my parents can't stand the mania (neither can I), but is it not queer that a significant portion of the British adult population have been sucked in to the world of Harry Potter........?????? jeeze, it's crazy
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RE: Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Wed Jul 16, 2003 6:35 am

It is here in the US too. My commute game is trying to count how many people are reading that book while riding the train (this morning i spotted 3 in my train car alone).

I figure that 95% of adults take the cover off when in public (The stars at the corne of the pages gives it away).

PS> I read it with the cover on, but only indoors!
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Wed Jul 16, 2003 6:54 am

I read the first one to see what all the fuss was about, and quite enjoyed it as easy escapist reading. Maybe a lot of parents did the same. It was fun, so is probably good commuter reading, because it dosn't require much effort. And hey, any generation that watches "The Bold and the Beautiful" or "The Price is Right" could get hooked on anything.
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RE: Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Wed Jul 16, 2003 10:27 am

TNboy. Did you really read it, or just look through the picture book version?
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RE: Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Wed Jul 16, 2003 10:35 am

I have actually read through the first Harry Potter book, and i got no charge out of it at all. I don't know what the hype is about. The story is unoriginal and the writing is, let's face it, boring and juvenile. I thumbed through an acquaintance's copy of "Order of the Phoenix" and I got bored with it REALLY quickly. I couldn't imagine reading all 800-odd pages of it.

I'm really disappointed with adults. They can read anything they want, uninhibited by parental censorship or other hinderances. They can read bloody spy dramas, controversial political manifestos, racy novels with lots of sex...anything! But no! In a free-press society, they rush out and wait for an hour to read Harry f-cking Potter?!
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RE: Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Wed Jul 16, 2003 11:24 am

AerLingus, I totally agree with you about the first book. I read as much as I can and I didn't get hooked on HP till the 4th book, which was better than the first three in my opinion. At least the latest is a little more engaging. I didn't even start reading until I saw the first movie (didn't even see that until it was almost out of theaters).
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Wed Jul 16, 2003 12:50 pm

I have not read the latest one yet, but the earlier ones are good fun. In my work, I read plenty of cerebral and mature crap; Harry Potter books give good entertainment, and I am not too proud to admit I enjoy them.
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RE: Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Wed Jul 16, 2003 1:36 pm

I suppose there are many theories, mine is that they seem like a delightful send-up of all those old British boarding school novels ala Good-Bye Mr. Chips, Tom Brown's Schooldays, and the like. They've got it all: The wise, brilliant, slightly eccentric headmaster, the stern deputy head whose really an old softie, the malicious master who turns out to be OK, the class bully, etc.

I've read all four, in fact I just bought the fifth one today, which will be going with me on holiday. I really enjoy them; and the films aren't half bad either.

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RE: Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Wed Jul 16, 2003 4:00 pm

You know, my fiancee actually wanted to see the 2 movies out, and I didn't, but just for her, I watched them with her.. And LIKED THEM!! I'm going out to get the books asap.. I've actually liked that kind of thing since I was young, but never really read or watch stuff like it... Anyway.. YES IT IS!!

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RE: Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Wed Jul 16, 2003 5:33 pm

KROC - there's a picture book version??? Who read it to you?  Innocent
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RE: Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Wed Jul 16, 2003 5:39 pm

It is curious really. AS Byatt attacked this mentality of adults reading children's books recently, yet you also get it in reverse. Terry Pratchett's books are often read by children, but they are definity adult books, frequently allegorical in nature, and always highly highly political and philisophical.

I suppose it isn't really new. Witness the apparent belief that Gulliver's Travels is a children's book, when in reality it is a vicious satire on the Whigs and Tory politicians of the time.
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RE: Harry Potter A Hit With "grown-ups"?!

Thu Jul 17, 2003 4:16 pm

Somehow, I don't see the point of this thread at all. IMHO there are good books and bad ones, and to put a book in one of these two groups is mostly up to the reader. The same with HP: I like it, came into the series at Book 4, read it, liked it a lot, bought myself 1, 2 and 3, liked them as much, and right now I'm finishing 5....and like it a lot.

What does this have to do with kids and oldies? With Rowling's way of writing? it, like it, or not!

AerLingus: No actually I don't like reading books full of sex, usually they are awfully written, absolutely vomit-triggering in terms of language (there's actually a prize now in Germany for the worst sex scene in literature...absolutely hilarious!!!) and besides adults are sometimes more into the real thing, therefore they can have a good time reading HP without having the feeling they could miss something. But you'll learn that when you grow up Big grin
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