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    In my opinion, Harry Potter was poorly written.

    I can't say one way or another about the Twilight series....
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    I don't get the Harry Potter snobbery, either, mysterio. I thought they were loads of fun. I loved Rowling's imagination, her use of various mythologies, and her fantastic sense of humor. I thought the characters were engaging, and I loved that she wasn't afraid to be dark in a children's book. I would be proud to have written the HP series.

    I haven't read Twilight, and don't really have a desire to. I did read a few of the Anne Rice vampire books, and feel the same way as other posters who enjoyed the books, but thought they were terribly written. I think Anne Rice has a heck of an imagination; just no skill with the English language. But, then I could accuse Stephen King of the same, to a much lesser degree.

    My sister read the Twilight books because all of her friends wouldn't stop talking about them. She hated them, but kept plugging away, thinking they had to get better. Then she went BACK and read the first book again, thinking she was missing something. It really bothered her that she couldn't see what they were seeing. :-P

    I had the same phenomenon happen with a few classics (Hemingway, anyone?) earlier in my life (reading something and wondering WHY people thought it was so fantastic), and decided I would never waste time again on a book that hadn't grabbed me by the middle of it.
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    Twilight is kind of like this.

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    i love edward cullen!

    and i don't care how bad of a writer Stephanie Meyer is.

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    I read one Harry Potter book after my dad and sister got *really* into the series. I forget which one it was but it had a mainly yellow jacket/cover. I didn't like it at all and actually only got about 3/4 of the way through (and I'm usually pretty obsessive about finishing books, just as a point of honour and even if I don't like them). Didn't think it was well written or compelling at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kangirl View Post
    I read one Harry Potter book after my dad and sister got *really* into the series. I forget which one it was but it had a mainly yellow jacket/cover. I didn't like it at all and actually only got about 3/4 of the way through (and I'm usually pretty obsessive about finishing books, just as a point of honour and even if I don't like them). Didn't think it was well written or compelling at all.
    If it was the first book, I recommend forging ahead anyway, and not judging the series until you've at least read the second book. I liked the first book, but it definitely has more of a kiddie/teen feel than the rest of the series. Things get a lot darker after that.
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    I like young adult novelist Tamora Pierce a lot.. I've enjoyed many of the Quartets she's put out.. and her daughter wrote a Trilogy that I enjoyed. I don't know if anyone's heard of her, but I thought I'd throw the name out with the recommendations. I think I will read the erotica that was perscribed.

    I have not read either series. I watched both movies though!! Lol. It's always a backburner thing.. I'll get around to it eventually. But my say on books has always been if you enjoyed it, than the book was good. If you didn't, it doesn't matter how awesome the grammar is, the way things were written, etc. The Jungle was a beautiful book, well constructed, etc... I thought it sucked anyways. It's about what you get out of it.

    Twilight is definitely not intellectually based.. but I admit three things about it based on my movie-going experience: Vampires being normal and not haughty-taughty rich snobs and playing baseball sorta rocked imo, Bella got her ass whooped for being dumb instead of being saved at the last minute, and the whole "we avoid the sun because it sucks, not because we're weak." was a new twist (I wish their skin would have done something cooler than shine like a glittery disco ball in a 12 year old girl's room though).

    I heard great things about Harry Potter, I plan on reading that series for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    I don't get the Harry Potter snobbery, either, mysterio. I thought they were loads of fun. I loved Rowling's imagination, her use of various mythologies, and her fantastic sense of humor. I thought the characters were engaging, and I loved that she wasn't afraid to be dark in a children's book. I would be proud to have written the HP series.
    I really enjoyed Harry Potter as well. I wouldn't say that they're the best things I've read, but they're certainly good, and they're hard to beat for fun, imaginative stories with great characters. One thing in particular that JR did well is hook me in - I cared more about her characters ten pages in than I did about Tolkien's 500 pages in. I'll re-read them many times (more), I'm sure.

    ... (I haven't read Twilight, and probably won't) ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    I had the same phenomenon happen with a few classics (Hemingway, anyone?) earlier in my life (reading something and wondering WHY people thought it was so fantastic), and decided I would never waste time again on a book that hadn't grabbed me by the middle of it.
    Oh, yikes. I recall being forced to read Hemingway in high school. Simply hated it. Maybe I missed the point, but I just couldn't force myself to care about any of the characters. A lot of "classic" literature's like that for me. At best, I can admire it and say "that was well written"... but I don't find much of it very engaging or interesting.
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    At least Harry Potter isn't misogynistic Mormon blue ball almost-porn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    I don't get the Harry Potter snobbery, either, mysterio. I thought they were loads of fun. I loved Rowling's imagination, her use of various mythologies, and her fantastic sense of humor. I thought the characters were engaging, and I loved that she wasn't afraid to be dark in a children's book. I would be proud to have written the HP series.

    I had the same phenomenon happen with a few classics (Hemingway, anyone?) earlier in my life (reading something and wondering WHY people thought it was so fantastic), and decided I would never waste time again on a book that hadn't grabbed me by the middle of it.
    srsly, who puts down HP? Who dares to mention that other series in the same sentence as HP!... well, IDK, after reading the description of Twilight I refused to give it a chance. ....but I have forced myself through some of the other romance books... we had to read Jane Austen in high school... it just kind of dragged on and was way too idealistic, imo... but at least I can say I tried.

    and Hemingway... gahh... Farewell to Arms... well, there were moments where I thought "okay... those few pages were onto something"... but overall- it wasn't that great.
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