The Wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter

4 08 2010


I have successfully completed the whole Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling since my last post.  I also re-read the Twilight series in preparation for Eclipse to hit theaters, finished the Anne of Green Gables series, read though most of the Philippa Gregory Tudor novels, and downloaded about 150 other books to the Kindle, most being part of a series.  I suppose I’m on a series kick. 

On to business:

I found the entire Harry Potter series to be fantastic.  I had no idea what I was missing from the books by simply watching the movies.  The characters are different and better.  Dumbledore is so much more funny in the book, Mr Weasely is a little more good-natured absent-minded-professor/spare fatherly figure, Mrs. Weasely is the same as the movies but at the same time MORE, and Snape is even more terrifying in print.  Overall the first three books and movies match up.  There are minor things changed and omitted.  Book four (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is where things start to change more than I think they should have.  The Tri-Wizard Tournament (and the new characters that are introduced) are vastly changed not just in an obvious way but in the feel of them.  (I know, that’s a little abstract, but it is so hard to explain without giving away a BUNCH of stuff.) Going on from book four the changes and omissions completely change the feel for the rest of the series.  I have NO IDEA how they are going to make a movie (or two movies) to do the book justice, or even figure out where to split the movie. 

A few points of serious contention with me (without spoiling anything too much):

  • The Half-Blood Prince was a HUGE issue in the book and they barely touched on it in the movie.
  • Harry and Jenny’s relationship-enough said.
  • Why aren’t the house elves in any of the movies other than Chamber of Secrets?
  • Quiddich World Cup, Victor Crum, Alastair Moody.
  • Why didn’t they explain Master’s Mooney, Padfoot, Wormtail, and Prongs better?  I only knew what they were talking about after reading the books. 
  • What happened to Victor, Fleur, Bill Weasely, etc?  They just disappear in the movies!

So much more that I can’t get in to.  Read the books!  They’re so awesome.  I wish there were more.  I want to know what else happens!


Self-help book as a movie?

5 02 2010

May 5th, 2008 I read a great book called He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.  It was a humorus self-help book written by two of the writers off of Sex and the City

Now I don’t normally read self help books, but this was loaned to me by a co-worker with the words, “You really need to read this”.  I decided that it couldn’t hurt anything, and the chapters had interesting titles.  “He’s Just Not That Into You if He’s Not Calling You…Having Sex With You…Having Sex With Someone Else…Only Wants to See You When He’s Drunk…Doesn’t Want to Marry You…Married…etc. 

Basically the books is about how women are always making excuses about how men are acting.  They hear stories about a friend’s sister’s hairdresser and her man who was a total flake that finally woke up and manned up.  Women need to quit thinking that this is the rule.  It’s not the rule, it is the exception to the rule. 

Now tonight I watched the movie He’s Just Not That Into You.  It was based off of the book, but where the book was all about women learning that they were the rule and not the exception to the rule they learn instead that they are the exception.  What the…?  A great cast of characters all played around at being the stereotypes from the book and pretty much everyone lived happily ever after.  The girl who obsessed over guys and her guy friend who tried to set her straight ended up together after he turned as obsessive as a female then they lived happily ever after.  The man who didn’t want to get married proposed to his girlfriend of 7 years.  The young singer left a perfectly good man to try to get with the married guy (who really did throw away his marriage). 

To sum it up: I’m disappointed.  A book that had such a great message was reduced to Hollywood drivel. 

Women, we are the rule.  If a guy is acting like a douche, he is a douche.  There are no exceptions.  We need to pretend that those stories about how some guy changed are just more tales of Prince Charming and pure crap.  Don’t fall for it. 

We should also forgo watching movies based on self-help books in the future.