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Aug. 5th, 2010 02:34 pm
mrv3000: made by elismor (wut?)
I'm not sure what this says, other than I've been reading too much Harry Potter lately.

Last night I dreamed I was Harry Potter. )
mrv3000: made by elismor (pickwick)
I've been pondering the POV-related character development fault of the HP books. A lot of characters have a lot of potential, but you don't see it past Harry's tunnel vision mode.

I have to say, though, that looking at purely what the books did give (as opposed to, say, being comfortable with personal canon by inserting between the lines), I'm thinking Ginny got a bum rap from fandom. Don't get me wrong, she's not a deeply developed character. However, I'd say she got just as much character development as Neville and Draco. Both of those characters greatly benefit from the movies rounding them out. Character-based details about them just...really aren't in the books. There are some character moments for them, but I'd say there are just as many of those same kind of moments for Ginny.

I still don't give a rodent's rear about shipping anyone, so this isn't about me trying to wave a Harry/Ginny flag or anything. I don't really care about that. Just pondering the characters, and fairly confused as to why there's so much Ginny hate. It can't be all due to lack of character development since that describes many of the characters in the HP books. (Oh, and don't even haul out "Mary Sue" with me. 1) That term no longer has any meaning, and 2) Harry himself is 100 times the "Mary Sue" that Ginny will ever be. Mwah.)

HP

Aug. 3rd, 2010 09:56 am
mrv3000: made by elismor (shhh. tv.)
I remembered I actually own some HP movies! (Boredom + Target = things I don't really need.)

Some movies vs books comments that I can remember right now. )

HP

Jul. 31st, 2010 08:08 pm
mrv3000: made by elismor (giraffe)
So. The Deathly Hallows...

Read more... )
mrv3000: made by elismor (book reading)
Finished The Half Blood Prince. Overall it was the dullest book for me. (Although I did laugh out loud one or two times. Luna moments, I think.)

Harry was obsessed with Draco; I don't care about Draco. There was backstory about Tom Riddle; I didn't find it overly interesting. There was lots of relationship dwama; I was only entertained for so long, amused at how stuff related to ship wars, but after a bit I didn't really care much.

And...there really wasn't a whole lot else to the book. :D
mrv3000: made by elismor (dogs - sluurp)
About half way through The Half Blood Prince and have a few thoughts.

Read more... )

HP again

Jul. 27th, 2010 07:54 pm
mrv3000: made by elismor (big f)
I've started The Half Blood Prince and it's obvious that Harry's started on a path of self sabotage. Apparently his life doesn't suck enough so he's gotta make it worse.

Like deciding to hide out in the Slytherin's train compartment because that will end well. Or deciding to do the Darth Vader nooooooo! in front of the entire school when Snape was announced as the new Defense teacher, since Snape loves a good ribbing by the students.

Rock on, Harry.
mrv3000: made by elismor (Leverage - Team)
  • I haven't posted about Leverage in a while, but I'm caught up through The Gone-Fishin' Job, and I LOVE MY TEAM. :D I never feel like I have anything deep to say about the show, but it really does fill me with fannish glee. I can't even decide which character dynamics I like the best because it changes every episode. ("I love watching those two together! Now I love watching those two together! "Now three...OMG, THEY'RE ALL AWESOME.") But there are only 3 episodes left this season? Boo.

    A team-ness gif behind the cut. )

  • Random HP update: YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ME!!! That is all.

  • I finally have tiny tomatoes! (I planted late - not until the beginning of June.) And they are very very good. Just the Sweet 100s this year since I was late in planting and there wasn't much selection left. Next year I want to be more on the ball and get something more unusual.

HPpalooza

Jul. 25th, 2010 07:59 pm
mrv3000: made by elismor (rhino you are but what am i)
I'm a little over halfway through The Order of the Phoenix.

  • OMG, EVERYONE IS PMS-ING IN CAPS LOCK. I was warned about Harry, but everyone seems especially pissy. Like they all need Midol...oralius.

  • You don't fuck with Hermione. You just don't. About anything. I love that. :D

  • As fandom has made me way more interested in Ginny than I would have been otherwise, I'm happy she finally getting some characterization. (Seriously, if I hadn't been mildly aware of HP ship wars, I'm sure I wouldn't have paid the character too much attention before now.)

  • Oh, young love. Do you like me? I mean like me like me? XD And the classic:

    Hermione: *explains exactly what's going on in a girl's head*

    Ron: WTFH?

    Harry: *stares blankly*

    Hermione: *does not zap them just for the hell of it*

HP update

Jul. 24th, 2010 04:12 pm
mrv3000: made by elismor (giraffe)
Finished The Goblet of Fire.
  • Mrs. Weasley and Bill turned up as Harry's "family"! AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!

  • I couldn't help comparing this one to the movie pretty much constantly because the strange thing is the movie made tons of small changes. It had me scratching my head since it didn't seem like you'd really need to make the changes for plot or location or anything other limits you have when making a movie. Unfortunately, a lot of these small changes (like who said what line) also wound up changing the mythology of the thing. Not all changes did, but enough.

    I actually do like the movie - I enjoyed it. But yeah, now I'm scratching my head on the choices made for it.

  • I literally fell asleep when Voldemort was monologuing. XD
mrv3000: made by elismor (SG - fab danny)
Through a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] goldy_dollar, [livejournal.com profile] shinyopals and [livejournal.com profile] _thirty2flavors, I have discovered that sorting yourself into a house is VERY VERY IMPORTANT. SRSLY. At first I thought, hmm, maybe I'd be a Ravenclaw. But then I discovered that people have mixed houses! And then being a Gryvenpuff sounded very attractive and very very cool.

But then I realized who I truly am. I am from the house Narfblat at the school of Epdupsboesptf, which is MORE AWESOME THAN ALL OF THE HOUSES OF HOGWARTS COMBINED. Because we have wifi. Enough said.

More HP

Jul. 22nd, 2010 04:05 pm
mrv3000: made by elismor (gators gonna gait)
So I'm roughly half way through The Goblet of Fire, and I really need to figure this out now. It's bugging the crap out of me.

Gryffindor = courageous hero types

Slytherin = slimy evil types

Ravenclaw = smart nerdy types

Hufflepuff = ??? Prefers fluffy pillows? The pretty people? Likes snacks? Everyone else who didn't fit into one of the other three houses?


Edit: Corrected spelling of Gryffindor, because...I suck. :D


Edit2: This is SO GOOD. YUM.

HP

Jul. 20th, 2010 09:20 am
mrv3000: made by elismor (halloween)
I finished The Prisoner of Azkaban )

Ye gods, Goblet of Fire is a big book! I hope it's actually content instead of padding. Cripes. Unfortunately the library only had a hardcover copy too, so I'm going to have to lug that around. Paperbacks are so much easier to read in bed.

More HP

Jul. 19th, 2010 09:06 am
mrv3000: made by elismor (book reading)
Further proof I'm not used to reading books geared towards this age group...

Book: GINNY CAUGHT PERCY DOING SOMETHING IN HIS ROOM!!!!!!11!

Me: *EYEBROWS*

Book: He was kissing a girl! (HA. PSYCH.)

Me: OH. Right! That's what I was thinking! Or that Percy was plotting evil! Yeah! Those are the first two things...no, those are the only two things that popped into my mind! *COUGHS* ... *RUNS*
mrv3000: made by elismor (pickwick)
Finished The Chamber of Secrets and have started on The Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • I've started a mental scorecard of Harry/Hermione vs. Ron/Hermione vs. Harry/Ginny. *BLAMES FANDOM 100%* So far the noted references seem to be tipping away from Harry/Hermione (quite a bit) except for one lone example of a "love, Hermione" on Harry's bday card, which is stretching it a bit, but I'll give it a point. However, I've only just hit the teen years so I expect things will start to get messy. XD

  • I dreamed about a bus last night. I DO NOT WISH TO BE DREAMING ABOUT HARRY POTTER, THANKS.

  • The Chamber of Secrets finished up pretty much like the movie, but with more motives and intents behind it all. Very nice to see that stuff in general since things make much more sense than in the movie. Things fit better.

  • And I'm finding the same with The Prisoner of Azkaban: more details, which I'm really enjoying. For example, information about Percy -- the movies pretty much ignore him.

  • Draco is still boring.

HP: CoS

Jul. 14th, 2010 02:50 pm
mrv3000: made by elismor (dog in leaves)
I'm nearly half way through the Chamber of Secrets now. A few notes:
  • All I can think about when I read about Ginny is how she's the fandom pariah. So far she just seems like a cute kid! :D

  • Ron actually seems slightly more mature than he does in the movies. Not 40-year-old mature, obviously, but different from the screen.

  • Draco is still bland.

  • I'm finally starting to get into scenes that didn't appear in the films. However I really don't mind that the film skipped the Deathday Party. Seemed very extraneous. And I really didn't need to see slugs coming out of Ron's mouth. Ick. (They didn't, did they? If so, I've completely blocked that bit out.)

  • In my mind, Kenneth Branagh played Gilderoy Lockhart perfectly. :D

HP

Jul. 11th, 2010 07:47 am
mrv3000: made by elismor (book reading)
Finished The Sorcerer's Stone and had a few general thoughts:
  • The book did seem to pick up a bit as it went along, so I wasn't distracted as much by the writing style.

  • However, I was distracted by all the American words and terms. They kept making me pause.

  • Book!Dumbledore > Movie!Dumbledore. In fact, all the teachers are better in the book, but I guess you can only focus on so much in a movie.

  • Also nice is the bit more detail you get about the generation before. In the movies that doesn't seem to start coming out until later.

  • Draco is one of the most one-dimensional characters I've ever read. It's both amusing and annoying. Amoying!

  • Still not shipping any wee children.
mrv3000: made by elismor (N&S - writing)
Question for you HP nuts fans out there. I've started reading the first book and have gotten through the first few chapters. So far I've found the writing to be a bit...stilted. Maybe it's the quasi-fairy tale style I think she was going for in places that's not quite clicking with me. Or maybe it's been way too long since I've read anything geared for young adult reading. But anyway, is this basically the writing throughout all the books? Just want to prepare myself if it is.

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