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Old 18-02-2014, 08:54 PM   #21
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Confused. Rowland = J.K. Rowling, author? Or have I missed something?
I AM ASHAMED. I read Rowland when Jack wrote it and didn't think. (At least I assume Jack meant Rowling!)




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Old 18-02-2014, 09:17 PM   #22
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watch them in order first. but I now re-watch them in any order I choose :)



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Old 19-02-2014, 03:45 PM   #23
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I AM ASHAMED. I read Rowland when Jack wrote it and didn't think. (At least I assume Jack meant Rowling!)
As you can see I never paid much attention to the author lol. I mainly think of her as Little Ms Dicken's Lite

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Old 21-02-2014, 06:30 PM   #24
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I'm thinking of trying "Catcher in the Rye" though
AVOID! It seems to be popular, particularly with teenagers, but I've read it and never understood the appeal at all. Honestly, you can skip to the end and not feel like you've missed anything. It's just whining throughout.

As for Harry Potter, the books are easily read and the films are average. But yes, watch them in order. The first two are the most faithful to the book, but the acting is awful.

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AVOID! It seems to be popular, particularly with teenagers, but I've read it and never understood the appeal at all. Honestly, you can skip to the end and not feel like you've missed anything. It's just whining throughout.

As for Harry Potter, the books are easily read and the films are average. But yes, watch them in order. The first two are the most faithful to the book, but the acting is awful.

Actually I've tried to read Catcher before and found it boring. I can see where it was a big deal in the 60s but now seems a bit overcooked. I was only going to read it as a kind of excursion into cultural history. If it wasn't short I wouldn't even have considered it lol. Alas the recent hype over Beatles 50 year anniversary of US television appearance has sapped my enthusiasm for anything popular in the 60's

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Old 26-02-2014, 06:07 AM   #26
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I like to watch them and all film series for that matter, in order to make the most sense of the overall plot and to understand character development.

I read all the books before watching their respective films and I recommend reading the books AFTER you've watched the films otherwise you'll be a bit disappointed in the films.

Lord of the Rings adapted well to film but Harry Potter films left a lot to be desired in my opinion.

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Old 01-03-2014, 07:02 PM   #27
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Haven't seen all of them

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Old 02-03-2014, 12:56 AM   #28
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Yes you need to watch them in order so you know what is fully going on. It will also help if you read the books. I have read all of them and loved them.

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Old 16-10-2014, 03:42 AM   #29
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Got through "Chamber of Secrets so far". Its grueling but I'm focused and willing.

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Old 28-10-2014, 07:08 PM   #30
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The acting is awful!

Jack, what is so gruelling about them? They should be a relatively easy watch, even for someone with no knowledge of the 'universe'.

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The acting is awful!

Jack, what is so gruelling about them? They should be a relatively easy watch, even for someone with no knowledge of the 'universe'.

Well what happens is that my attention drifts, and I have to go back and watch parts over again.

Its also long been my contention that JKR was intentionally mimicking Dickens albeit with an infusion of "magical" elements. She uses the same themes, characters, environments, iconography etc. The books/movies have their charms but I confess I find them a wee bit schlocky. I was cracking up over the "Norwegian Ridgeback" dragon. I was like "Really JK!? A Norwegian fecking Ridgeback dragon haha?!

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It doesn't sound like you enjoy watching them Jack, so why do you bother?
If I don't like a movie or book I just don't consume them and that works fine for me.



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It doesn't sound like you enjoy watching them Jack, so why do you bother?
If I don't like a movie or book I just don't consume them and that works fine for me.

Well I do like Dickens so there are things I can like about such a thorough "sampling" of Dickens as the rappers say! I'm also expecting the latter films to get better. The second and third seem to be the runts of the litter according to reviews.

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I like the third one, but probably mostly because of Gary Oldman.

Hope you get some sort of enjoyment out of the other ones so you won't end up wasting all your time with this. :P



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I like the third one, but probably mostly because of Gary Oldman.

Hope you get some sort of enjoyment out of the other ones so you won't end up wasting all your time with this. :P

Well for better or worse Potter books/films are part of culture landscape now so its good to know the basics. I know what a Muggle is now lol. I didn't like "Catcher in the Rye" either but I read it because it was a "big deal" in the counter-culture of the 60s. I approach these things as a social scientist lol.

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^ I agree with trying to understand and know more about what is/has influencing culture. Jack, have you tried some of the comedic parodies of Harry Potter, things like the "Harry Potter in 60/99 seconds"? They might be worth a go. I haven't actually watched any of them, but when people can make a comedy stage show out of it there must be something to it.

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^ I agree with trying to understand and know more about what is/has influencing culture. Jack, have you tried some of the comedic parodies of Harry Potter, things like the "Harry Potter in 60/99 seconds"? They might be worth a go. I haven't actually watched any of them, but when people can make a comedy stage show out of it there must be something to it.

No I haven't heard of any of that. I still getting thru the meat on the bone. I'll watch third film this week. I want to finish by Christmas.

Its funny that a few weeks ago I was watching this kid do a rap song (Alphabet Aerobics) on TV, and I didn't even recognize he was Daniel Radcliffe.




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Finally got through all the films thanks to a Harry Potter weekend on television. Deffo like the latter ones better. I floated in and out on the plots. It was like watching football or baseball where there seems to be a lot of action not particulary leading to anything and then a goal gets scored with a lot of attending noise. I was surprised how "religious" the stories were considering I racall hearing complaints about witchcraft and such. There was a lot of "sampling" as the rappers say but overall I liked the films more than I thought I might



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