Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Court order prevents Potter leak

Am I the only one who thinks books should go on sale as soon as they are available? As I see it, the books were in the store, they ought to be able to sell them. I know that's not the way it works, but all this artificial hype around a certain date is just ridiculous. Are people going to enjoy it more if they have to wait until July 16th? I get sick of waiting for books to come out normally, because it seems like they just take way too long to publish, but then to have to wait even longer so that you can get it on the same date as everyone else, and you can all stand in line and have a big party is just pretty silly to me. And to do it for freaking Harry Potter is even worse. How many of these stupid books are there going to be anyway? Shouldn't we be starting up the Harry Potter Hype Machine about now for book #7?

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sumo said...

Anyway you slice the situation...the books are good reads for any age. If you haven't had the pleasure so far... do not let the hype stop you. Wouldn't you love to be the recipient of how her public feels about the books...you know...the notoriety? She has done well in the fame department (which I would not enjoy) but better fame for a good product than for being...oh let's say...Paris Hilton. If I could do what she has done...I'd be very happy. I think the book release dates are more for the benefit for the buyers than anything...kind of a groupie thing if you know what I mean. I'll buy it when I decide to get off the couch...comb my hair and dare to venture into the sun...until that day dawns...

John Howard said...

Anyway you slice the situation...the books are good reads for any age.

I'm not sure I agree with that.

Chris Howard said...

You can't be sure if you agree or not since you haven't read the books. Not that there's anything wrong with that. To each his own.

Complaining about the "Harry Potter Hype Machine" is a little silly, though. Even now, at it's peak before a book release, it doesn't match the coverage of crap like the Michael Jackson trial. You got a few stories on CNN, the morning shows do a couple of lead up pieces, it's rarely, if ever, a lead story. You kind of have to go out of your way to be bothered by it.

Like Sumo said, the reason for all the attention to the release date is the fans. Whether you like the books or think they're crap, you have to admit that they're not like other book releases. Since the series is so plot-driven and so well-known, no fan wants to hear about important plot points before reading it. Not that the publisher's not cashing in by promoting release parties etc... but they're responding to fan interest, not generating it.

John Howard said...

I'm bothered by it, and I don't have to go out of my way. Anyway, regardless of how good or not the books actually are, I don't see any reason to be reporting on when the author releases the title, or when someone sells a few books beofre the release date or all the other various nonesense that they report on with these books. At least not to the extent that they do.

And while I think they are definitely responding to fan interest, I think they are also generating it to some degree. But you wouldn't see that because you're one of the ones they brainwashed.

Anyway, I don't really care, I'm just being sarcastic. I'm sure I could ignore it all if I tried, but where's the fun in that?

Chris Howard said...

Ha! I don't agree with you so I must be brainwashed? But it's good to have something to disagree about, since most of my comments are of the 'Amen, brother' variety.

sumo said...

John when your son is a few years older you might be reading him these books. If you do...I hope you are pleasantly suprised that you may enjoy them. I found this out reading to my son. I discovered "Stuart Little" that way...it is a fine piece of literature for any age. And unfairly so...even I can be turned from something simply because of the hype...and I've learned to not let critics and others decide for me. I guess what I am saying is that there is a reason for the popularity of Harry Potter...a good genuine one. If you break down and try the first book please let us know whether you liked it or not.

Eryn said...

Kinda off topic, but speaking of Harry potter, what do you think about this?

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/news-article.aspx?storyid=40522

I actually enjoy the stories myself, no surprise there though. But they are just that, stories. The people that believe that Harry Potter books are out to make our children evil heathens are just adding to the "hype" and making more people read them in my opinion.

John Howard said...

You can disagree with me and not be brainwashed. It's just when you disagree with me about this that you're obviously brainwashed.

John Howard said...

I already tried to read the first book, sumo. I wouldn't criticize something this much without even trying it, I'm not a Republican after all. I just didn't like it. No offense to those who do. But I didn't, and since it's my blog, I share that with you, all my lucky readers whenever I come across one of these ridiculous stories.

sumo said...

Okay...I'm laughing!

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