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Posted: 6/22/2003 4:32:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2003 4:37:23 AM EDT by raven]
I saw every showing of Star Wars for three straight days when it came out in 1977, but this Pottermania eclipses even that madness.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 4:38:20 AM EDT
will they be thinking the same 25 years from now, as with StarWars? time will tell.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 4:41:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 7IDL: will they be thinking the same 25 years from now, as with StarWars? time will tell.
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Rowling keeps cranking it out, while Lucas took a 16 year hiatus and fucked everything up. I doubt all the Potterites will be as sorely disappointed.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 5:04:27 AM EDT
Fellas, no movie or series of movies will equal the phenomenom of Star Wars and its sequels. Not Harry Potter, not Yourassic Park, nothing. The scale and sweep of economic and pop-culture dominance from Star Wars dwarfs even this Harry Potter stuff. Star Wars, the movie and all the thousands of products it spawned, broke every rule of the pop-culture economy (mainly, overexposure) and came back for seconds and thirds and tenths. Nope. Harry Potter ain't sh*t compared to what Star Wars did.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 5:12:58 AM EDT
I think it's great. How many times in your life have you seen young kids standing in line at midnight to buy a well written 800 page BOOK that they will READ. Simply amazing. I know for a fact that the series really prompted my kids improve their reading skills. [url]http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=37058[/url] Potter saga sells eight copies a second in UK PAUL MAJENDIE REUTERS[ SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2003 05:25:35 PM ] LONDON: Midsummer Potter madness gripped Britain with the latest tale of the teenage wizard flying off the shelves at more than eight copies a second. "It is the fastest-selling book we have ever had," said a spokeswoman for WH Smith, Britain's largest bookseller, after Saturday's publication of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was billed as the world's largest book launch. "They were going through the tills at more than eight copies a second," she said. "Pre-orders were 10 times bigger than those for the last Harry Potter book." At London's King's Cross Station the store recreated the gateway to Platform Nine and Three Quarters where Harry takes the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And the Pottermania was not just confined to the boy wizard's homeland. Online retailer Amazon said the fifth Potter book had broken Internet sales records with more than 1.3 million advance orders received worldwide. Around the globe, children starved of a Potter book for almost three years eagerly devoured the weighty new tome and gave many parents a peaceful weekend. The wizard's creator, multimillionaire author JK Rowling, joined in the Pottermania by visiting an Edinburgh book shop to see firsthand all the excitement she had created. She was thrilled that none of the plot's major secrets -- one of the main characters dies -- had not leaked out. "I am really happy. I think most kids are going to find out what happens because they have read the book -- and that is what's important to me," said the author who is now estimated to be richer than Britain's Queen Elizabeth. The book's publication sparked a worldwide shopping frenzy and children were certainly given a hefty treat -- the latest book runs to 255,000 words and is the size of a brick. But that did not deter 15-year-old British schoolgirl Jennifer Gosling who claimed to have speed-read the 766-page saga in one and a half hours as part of a bookstore challenge. Critics complained that the book, which they dubbed "Harry Potter and the Crock of Hype," was a masterpiece of cynical marketing. But the figures are staggering. Thirteen million copies were printed of the latest saga and from Sydney to Johannesburg, from Frankfurt to Kuala Lumpur, kids just could not wait to get their hands on the book. "Harry Potter is a religion," said Connecticut teenager Caitlin Messina, clutching her new Nimbus 2000 broomstick. Across the globe, Pottermania hit the most world's populous Muslim nation as seven-year-old Indonesian schoolboy Muhammad Rifaldi Kurniawan said of Harry's broomstick: "I like his flying brush. I want to be able to fly too." And "down under" in Australia, 11-year-old Rory Brooks said it all: "I think books are very exciting. Movies are great, I admit that, but books take you away in your own imagination. You feel like you have gone back in time."
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 5:24:03 AM EDT
To bad............ There are much better things for kids to be reading. Like, something about the history of this great country we are living in that is slowly being eroded by liberals and foreign ideals. Oh, I'm sorry, that wouldn't be interesting though would it. [rolleyes]
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 5:28:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2003 5:32:22 AM EDT by raven]
Originally Posted By Airwolf: I think it's great. How many times in your life have you seen young kids standing in line at midnight to buy a well written 800 page BOOK that they will READ.
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Well....me wih Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, Ivanhoe. I read all that shit when I was in grade school by 5th grade.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 5:42:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By bvmjethead: To bad............ There are much better things for kids to be reading. Like, something about the history of this great country we are living in that is slowly being eroded by liberals and foreign ideals. Oh, I'm sorry, that wouldn't be interesting though would it. [rolleyes]
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Yeah, I'm sure little kids would really love reading that. Frankly, I would rather read this harry potter sh!t too. I read all kinds books when I was a kid (my mother was a librarian). of course, our atari 2600 and 4 channels on the tv left us with plenty of interest in reading. I guess there are too many distractions today; unfortunately, harry potter is probably the only thing these kids read.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 6:06:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By raven:
Originally Posted By Airwolf: I think it's great. How many times in your life have you seen young kids standing in line at midnight to buy a well written 800 page BOOK that they will READ.
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Well....me wih Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, Ivanhoe. I read all that shit when I was in grade school by 5th grade.
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You're lucky. I was a child of the TV Addict generation. Books were something that teachers shoved down my throat to read and regurgitate on command. I did very little recreational reading until my 20's because of my negative experience/views from school. Somewhere in my 20's I discovered the joys of reading for readings sake, for personal enjoyment and enlightenment.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 6:12:57 AM EDT
Personally for me, this hype is good. My son never really reads anything for enjoyment, he's mostly a TV and video game addict, but yet he read the Harry Potter series, that's fine with me.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 10:01:55 AM EDT
I have always enjoyed reading, but I have been reading at college + level since the third grade (that's right, I was one of those that destroyed grade curves in school, hate me). That said, I have enjoyed the Potter books and am about a quarter of the way through the current one. USPS dropped it off yesterday AM (part of the proceeds went toward a charity of my choice, a ferret shelter, thanks to igive.com). I never read Tolkien but I was given The Hobbit (leatherbound), The Lord of the Rings (leatherbound) and The Silmarillion (hardcover) as a gift and they will be read as soon as I finish the current reading. I had just finished up Heilein's Double Star las night. For anyone who likes a good book, but doesn't like 800 pages and enjoyed movies like Dave and Moon over Paradour (which were based on this book), give it a go. It won the Hugo Award and is an interesting read.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:20:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2003 9:20:41 AM EDT by SDavid]
Originally Posted By bvmjethead: To bad............ There are much better things for kids to be reading. Like, something about the history of this great country we are living in that is slowly being eroded by liberals and foreign ideals. Oh, I'm sorry, that wouldn't be interesting though would it. [rolleyes]
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I just got the book via USPS and started reading today. How does this sound (especially coming from England):
Harry...DO NOT SURRENDER YOUR WAND.
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To those of you who don't know the "wands" are a tool that wizards use for what ever they need to do, including recreation and self defence. If I was still in college I could write a paper about how the "wand= firearm" in the Harry Potter series.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:55:02 AM EDT
The Harry potter thing can't even hold a candle to Star Wars. Remember peoples' reactions to it (Star Wars) when it first came out? For most people, it was the most amazing movie they had ever seen.
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