Author Topic: J. K. Rowling  (Read 35060 times)

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J. K. Rowling
« on: July 20, 2007, 01:39:07 am »
With all the hype coming up to the final instalment of the Harry Potter Septology, I thought that it seemed odd that the Chief Warlock of the Wizarding World be neglected.

Very addictive stuff.
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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2007, 02:52:02 am »
I have bought and read all the Harry Potter books both in English and in Italian language. In my other post I was ranting about terrible translations... here the situation is much better, although less than perfect (in the Italian Wikipedia there is a long enough list of translation errors in HP books).

And JK Rowling writing style is so rich, personal and full of bizarre words that surely she is a nightmare for translators...  ::)

About her books, please please PLEASE remember that not everyone will end reading #7 at one minute past midnight this evening. In other words, if you are going to talk about the seventh book, PLEASE insert a big SPOILER WARNING before it!

I have pre-ordered the Deathly Hallows through Amazon.Uk but I'll receive it only next week. If in the meantime someone will reveal the end to me, I'll kill him/her very slowly and painfully, it's a promise!  ;D

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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2007, 05:26:10 am »
::Dances:: Rowling decided to give me a birthday gift by releasing the book on my birthday!  ^_^  Bookstores are having a party at midnight for me...Well...I'll be at the party at least, so it should count.  ;) 
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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2007, 09:49:00 am »
I love this series, but still haven't gotten around to reading Book #6.  I work part-time at my local Barnes & Noble, and two years ago I worked the party the night Half-Blood Prince was released.  I was up in the cafe, emptying trashcans, and this twerpy little idiot got his book, opened it up to the last chapter, and then started shrieking, "I knew it!  I KNEW such and such was going to happen!"  Except he was blurting out details left and right.  Grrrrr.  Anyway, that sort of squashed my momentum in the series, and I just haven't gotten around to reading the 6th book yet.  It's in my storage unit somewhere.  I keep meaning to go did it out.

(And no, I'm not working the party tonight...thank goodness!  But I'll be at cash-wrap bright and early tomorrow.  I expect we'll be a little busy. :D)
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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2007, 09:58:40 am »
Oh man, that kid would have gotten a swift slap upside the head from me if I had been near him!  Don't let him ruin the book for ya though, since everything's debatable.  ;)
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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2007, 10:14:07 am »
I think it's really embarrassing to America how the NEW YORK TIMES published a reveiw about the last book that included spoilers before it was released to the public. Come on, Rowling even made a comment saying somthing like she was very disappointed that American newspapers would do something like that and ruin it for kids. jeez, thank you very much New York Times :P

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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2007, 08:52:11 am »
I haven't read the NYT review, but from what a dozen or so people have told me it really doesn't have any spoilers.  Not sure about the Baltimore Sun one.


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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2007, 03:29:50 pm »
I read Deathly Hallows in 5 hours...without a break! It was really good, there were things I wish were explained more or added to, but all in all a FANTASTIC read ;D And I can't believe who dies...I was heartbroken!

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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2007, 08:22:27 pm »
I finished reading it, and all I can say is..."I knew it I knew it!" :does a little dance:
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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2007, 08:07:17 pm »
Well, I finished it in about 14 1/2 hrs.  Yeah, slack I know.

Loved it though.  It'll be great when a few more people have read it and I can actually start discussing it properly.

Would now also love to know who it was that was going to die and didn't and who did die who wasn't going to.

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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2007, 05:23:13 am »
Spoiler: (highlight the area after this)  I'm pretty sure Mr. Weasly was supposed to die, and she just couldn't do it.
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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2007, 09:49:11 am »
srry but i think books are mostly just fluff thats why i dont like them

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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2007, 04:38:56 pm »
Mostly fluff?  Do you mean that the book subject matter is not serious, or that Rowling fills them with useless stuff?  (useless stuff is why I have an undying hatred for The Wheel of Time books, you couldn't drag those out more if you wanted to)
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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2007, 08:49:37 pm »
both have useless stuff i saw the fifth movie and that was the worst5 of them all but that is probablhy it was also a bad interpatation of the book

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Re: J. K. Rowling
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2007, 04:32:31 pm »
I guess that's one of those personal opinion things.  But I started reading the series expecting nothing spectacular - fluff, if you will - which was fine.  But with the twist in the first book (I presume enough people have read/seen the first story that no spoiler warning is necessary) where Snape is in fact not the bad guy - and I was quite happy to believe that at the time - I had to start thinking there was more to the story than I'd first expected.

Okay, so it's not Lord of the Rings epic stuff, but it does generally have a much younger age group it's aiming at.

Besides - you can't always be reading the heavy stuff. 

Bring back the quality fluff!