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Infiltrator
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quote:
Originally written by Synergy:

Apparently Milla can read a Harry Potter novel in 22 minutes. Impressive.

-S-

Let's clarify, I had finished about an hour ago at the time of posting. But there were like 5 hours before that of reading.

[ Saturday, July 21, 2007 15:31: Message edited by: Milla ]

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Well, I just finished the first five chapters. I believe I will enjoy the reading of thee booke over the period of a few days. There are many things in life all the better for the prolonging. I am not permitting myself to read even the chapter titles or view any pages ahead.

Meanwhile, may a thousand Cruciatus be visited upon the vermin who moronically posts any spoilers which may be accidentally viewed on the Active Topics page. I will have to go back to today's threads after I finish reading the book to see if what I already saw at the quickest glance was the spoiler I think I saw, or merely more screwing around. The problem is that I cannot dare to check without risking more spoilage. This is not a topic to screw around with without being blazingly, immediately obvious, people. Do NOT invoke my wrath. I will hunt you down like the dog you are.

Oh, and have a nice day. ( : D

-S-

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quote:
Originally written by SNM:

Something's wrong with you. Her writing is easy to read, clever, and fun.
It also rips off Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton in approximately equal proportions.

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On the subject of spoilers -- perhaps I simply don't understand, seeing as I don't do Harry; but I don't get why they're such a big deal. The following is lifted from a friend's blog, and I agree with it. (As Anatole France said, if something has been said and said well, copy it!)

To me, a good story is not a jack in the box or rattled off list of disparate plot points or details, but rather the journey of the characters and situations and the language and how it is all written together as a whole.

I have read countless stories and books and seen many movies and not one of them would have been ruined or lessened for me personally by knowing say, a plot outline or excerpt in advance. From my perspective, the story isn't about what happens, but rather how it unfolds and is written. In good storytelling, it's all about how the story is told.

Some of you have written "Spoil this or that for me by discussing it at all and I'll kill you!" posts on livejournal, especially recently. Well, I would never do that intentionally or maliciously, but I honestly sincerely don't understand the fanaticism behind it all.

I have read my favorite books and watched my favorite movies more times than most of you would believe. I know exactly what is going to happen. That doesn't stop me from enjoying them greatly one bit.

A great story isn't merely the sum of the events that occur during the tale.

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quote:
Originally written by Yama:

On the subject of spoilers -- perhaps I simply don't understand, seeing as I don't do Harry; but I don't get why they're such a big deal.

-snip-

Well, nothing said there is wrong exactly -- of course, people still sit through and enjoy Shakespeare plays despite knowing everything that's going to happen in them -- but there's still a unique kind of thrill from a plot twist that you didn't see coming.

Knowing major plot elements in advance will inevitably change the experience of a novel for the reader. If, for example, the reader knows that a certain character will die at the end of the novel, that cannot help but affect the way the reader relates to that character prior to that point. Now, a change can be for the better or for the worse, but it's still a different experience from reading the novel without knowing what's going to happen.

There are also those moments where the author tricks the reader in one way or another -- for example, by persuading the reader to accept some viewpoint at or near the start of the novel and then gradually deconstructing that viewpoint throughout the course of the novel. If the reader knows that this is going to happen, the reader will not accept the viewpoint in the first place and the impact will be lessened.

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My favorite was author Peter David after staying in a movie theater to see the start of Titanic that he had missed in the previous showing, got up and shouted "It sinks. They spent all that money and the ship sinks. I'm not going to stay for the rest." After all you know that it's going to happen and it still doesn't lessen the impact.
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While spoilers really didn't matter for the previous six books, I'm really hoping they will for this one. The first six books followed this pattern:
- 95% of the books was on developing Harry's character, describing the setting to mage-wannabes, and liberally sprinkling both clues and red herrings.
- 2% of a Scooby-Doo-esque recap.
- 2% of a fighting climax.
- 1%, as someone who I can't remember has already put it, of Dumbledore telling Harry how good of a soldier he is.

Of course, there is variations, but as a whole, the first six books left all the action until the very end. The books would be much better if Rowling would spread the action throughout the books instead of leaving it to the end with the FINAL SHOWDOWN*. Goblet of Fire does this, but I can't think of any other off-hand.

I'm really hoping this one will be different. Harry has already indicated that he won't be pursuing another academic year at the school, opting to fight the lich instead (What's this? A high school drop-out as a role model?). Obviously the school will be a major setting, but the hunt for the remaining phylacteries will force the novel to split up the action. Of course, this assumes that Riddle didn't keep all his phylacteries in the same safety deposit box...

* I was going to say "have multiple climaxes instead of one big one at the end", but with all the s/wand/wang/g innuendo... ah, well.

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Note: Significant plot details follow.

As Harry tries to defend the Ministry, fending off Klansmen in a scene reminiscent of his previous battle in the same location, he is unexpectedly saved by his godfather, who strides forth out of the Veil of Death with a formidable weapon...
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Not gonna spend the money on it. They wanted $25 for it, which seems exorbitant for the brief enjoyment. Instead I found some good Discworld used and some James and Christie to satisfy my need for murder.

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Just been thinking.

If Aran is Harry Potter, who are the other characters?

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I can't think of a suitable clone joke, so I'll leave it to somebody else.

That said, I have been called "Ron" once or twice... :rolleyes:

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I'll take Remus Lupin, I think.

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I'll be Snape. :eek:
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quote:
Originally written by Milla:

Just been thinking.

If Aran is Harry Potter, who are the other characters?

And who's Ginny? ^_____^

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I was pretty sure Imban's a dead lock for Ginny.
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Dibs on Neville.

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I am the non-Harry Potter character who comes in and assasinates everybody with mechanical pencils. :cool:

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The association of mechanical pencils with wands, combined with a joke posted here earlier, have created a mental image that I will spend some time getting rid of. Pass the bleach please...

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And you had to share that, didn't you? Now you can share the bleach. Thanks.

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Lupin's taken, eh? Put me in for Sirius, then. Or Xenophilius Lovegood, the most obviously contrived name since Lupin.

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Voldemort. Losers.

I miss ET.

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By the way, thank you to all for keeping these boards spoiler-free. You have averted wrath.

Some people don't care about spoilers. That is fine. But for some, myself included, the experience of being genuinely surprised, of not knowing what is going to come next, is a rare pleasure, and it is mean-spirited to deny it.

In my advancing years and routine of family, surprise comes seldom. I cherish it when it does.

I would have taken Snape, but someone else did already.

- Jeff Vogel

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What's Snape worth to ya? I'm not attached. :P

EDIT:

I'll relent on Snape, just cuz I liked Avernum 4 so gosh darn much.

I'm thinking either Albus or Grindelwald... hmm...

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if wand is wang jk is one disturbed woman and if harry was in the cupboard for 7 years im even madder and if hermine turns too be a man i will hang myself

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harry took the wang (and feeling foolish) waved it around a bit but mr. ollivander snached it out of his hand almost at once :eek:
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I claim Cerberus.

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Note: Significant plot details follow.

Near the end of the novel, Harry confronts Snape, who lets Harry know that he's feeling very depressed. Harry accuses Snape of murdering Dumbledore and kills him in turn, despite Snape's protests that Dumbledore was one of the least benightedly unintelligent life forms it has been his profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid meeting.

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