July 16th, 2007
|03:03 pm - The week before the end.... (or at least the last 5 days)|
Sword of Gryffindor is calling this DHW, Deathly Hallows Week. I've never been in a fandom like this (not that I'm really *in* HP fandom at the moment, not the online version anyway), where an end is arriving, and not just an end because the show got canceled, but a predetermined end to a plot that has existed and characters who have grown over six previous books, over several years.
It's kind of remarkable how tense everyone seems to be, and how much excitement just saying the name "Harry Potter" can generate right now. Poke people, and see the static electricity make sparks. :-)
I was trying very hard to re-read the entire series before the release of Deathly Hallows. I managed to read The Sorcerer's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, and The Prisoner of Azkaban in their entirety. I'm about half-way through Goblet of Fire as of last night, and I've decided that I need to spend part of this evening skimming the rest of the book (ie, reading the last few chapters), and then do the same for Order of the Phoenix, just looking at important scenes that the movie skimped on. If I start Half-Blood Prince tomorrow, I might finish it in time--that's the only HP book I've read only once (the rest, at least 3 times each--Azkaban and Phoenix, more than that).
I'm really looking forward to this book. Trying to keep my expectations low, just in case, and so that other people's disappointment won't annoy me (I loved Phoenix, which other people hated). Desperate to avoid spoilers--if someone posts any in comments to this journal, they'll be banned. I'll be careful about reading my flist for a week or so, as well.
Current Mood: hopeful
Did people really hate OOtP? It's probably my favorite after PoA. I reread that and HBP over the weekend.
I didn't really "hate" it, but it was incredibly painful for me to read the first time through. I could hardly put it down, because I just couldn't leave Harry in any of the angst-and-pain-ridden places that are so prevelent throughout that book. I had to read until I got to another high point. That's how I got through the book so quickly (I'm a notoriously slow reader, speed-wise): I'd read from high point to high point, and I don't like stopping at the end of chapters anyway, so . . .
But I think Sarah might remember how I whimpered and raged throughout much of OotP. And I cried and cried over Sirius and the curtain and Luna's "Couldn't you hear them? They're just on the other side."
A really good book, once the shock wears off.
"Hate" may be too strong a word, but I remember many people being very disappointed by it, and a lot of people disliking the change in Harry's personality (hey, I think we'd all turn into CAPSLOCK people if we went through what he did), or the length/tone of the book.
I'm with you, though; PoA is my favorite, and Phoenix isn't far behind it. And this is true even though it took me 3 months and 2 re-reads to come properly to terms with JKR killing off Sirius. I was furious with her for that; I thought she was giving him a chance to actually have a life after his years in Azkaban, and instead--poof! He's dead. I wasn't expecting true tragedy in this book.
But I love the book as a whole, now.
I'm worried about spoilers too. I'm going to a midnight release and I'm hoping to get in and get out as soon as possible before some moron opens to the back and screams out the ending. I think there may be attempted murder on the premises if that happens. Hehe.
LOL, yes. I'm bringing earplugs, and possibly a gun. ;-)
This is a sort of interesting experience for me, because I came to read HP long after the fact. This will be the first time I've actually gotten in on the ground floor of a book release.
I am not, however, doing the midnight release at the bookstore thing. I've pre-ordered through Amazon, both to avoid the crowds, and in the slim hope that I might receive my book on Friday--maybe even Thursday, but I'm not holding my breath. They've charged my credit card, so it should be shipping soon, maybe even tomorrow. Woo and hoo!
I'm 5 chapters away from the end of HBP. After my meetings tomorrow morning, I'm coming home, fixing some coffee or tea, and ensconcing myself in the house to finish the book with all speed. 'Cause once you hit the cave by the ocean, there's pretty much no putting the book down until you reach the end.
As I think I've said, I pre-ordered HBP, and that didn't work out so well, what with not getting it from the Post Office for an extra day or so. But for the avoidance of spoilers, and if you're going to be home a lot, I can see how it would be an excellent way to (at the least) avoid spoilers.
If you get it early, though, I'll be utterly shocked. I have a friend who works for the Post Office, and they've been getting periodic lectures from the supervisor on how nothing stamped HP is supposed to be delivered before Saturday (even if the packages are sitting in the office).
Are you done with HBP yet? ;-) I haven't quite started it; that's for this evening, if and when I get some other things done.
Well . . . if I don't get it by Saturday, Amazon will be hearing from me. They ship "early" and guarantee receipt by the release date. And my previous experience, which was with a DVD set (I can't remember if it was N3 or CSI) is that I got it a day earlier than the release. Which was very cool.
HBP: Snape just escaped after having killed DD (do I need to write in code to avoid spoilers?).
I'll try to write to you this week. The arts stuff is exciting. The job search, not so much . . .
Oh, I expect you'll get it Saturday. :-) I was just pointing out that an HP release is a big deal, legally, and the Post Office might not let things slip through the cracks as they do sometimes for (say) DVD sets.
I actually have low expectations, because... I dunno. The books seem to have been getting longer and longer and for me, once a book gets too long it starts draaaaaging and I have to force myself to stay interested. For that reason, "Goblet of Fire" was probably the last one I really enjoyed.
Right now, I'm "well, I'm gonna have to get it because everyone else is and I hate being spoiled for things that I do intend to read". Meh. Blah. Irritating interruption to my life when I should be writing my Multiverse fic.
But if I don't, then I'll have to cut myself off from the internet for a week or two.
Which maybe I should anyway.
once a book gets too long it starts draaaaaging and I have to force myself to stay interested.
Interesting. I know some books are that way for me, but I have yet to meet an HP book that didn't drag me through itself at top speed, including the last two. (Phoenix I stayed up till four a.m. reading, and only put it down when I could no longer focus on the print.)
I hope the book exceeds your expectations, and is a mightily fun read.