July 31st, 2007

books

A Harry ending

Now that addedentry has finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I can a) talk to him about it, and b) post about it. Unfortunately, I don't have much to say except that I enjoyed it and I thought it was a satisfactory conclusion to the series, so you're getting no speculation, spoilers or slash from me.

We did go to the midnight book-launch at Borders, Collapse )

Re-reading the entire series prior to the release of the last book, I worked out what it was that annoyed me so much about the recurring Dursley-infested opening sections...

A Boy Called Harry

... they read like children's misery lit (or "Painful lives" as Waterstones apparently calls that section), the dark side of glurge. If the thousands of copies of Dave Pelzer's sordid books that are rattling around in Oxfam's sorting boxes start rubbing shoulders with all the thousands of slightly soiled Potters which have probably already hit the second-hand market, the above hybrid is what might result. The worst of it is, the fanfic writers probably got there before me... and they're probably loving it.