I was a tad disappointed that I couldn't find more inaccuracies in the new film, so I've started re-reading the series. From the beginning. As one does. Then, instead of being inspired to complain, rant and whine, I was once again swept up in the fun story and reminded once again why I love the series.
July 27, 2009
July 22, 2009
Much of the talk about this movie so far has been centred on the handling of the teenage romance subplots. Some called it quirky and fun, while others wanted to vomit. I am of the opinion that, for the most part, the romance was actually handled better in the movies than in the books. Romantic comedy may be a little easier to convey in film form, or maybe Rowling just did not know how to describe it well enough, but the scenes of love, infatuation and young curiosity had just the right amount of awkwardness and clearly got the point across. With the exception of the shoe tying. That was just too awkward.
July 14, 2009
I'll admit I've mustered up all of the excitement I can for the new Harry Potter movie, which I'm seeing on Thursday. Long ago I learned to just love the films for what they are: a visually stimulating summary of the main plot line that is action packed and appealing to all ages. The transition from literature to blockbuster just can't preserve all of Rowling's genius, and some of the interesting subplots and scenes won't fit into the three hour films. I accept it.
July 7, 2009
I've finally finished the sixth book of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, and I have to say it was well worth the effort. Many reviews claim that Lord of Chaos is too slow and lacking in action, but I claim that the climax was well worth the development of something like twenty "round" characters over 900 pages. As I've said before, if it takes 12 books to wrap up the tangled web Jordan has created then so be it! I will enjoy every page. I reccomend the series to any fantasy lover. Ignore the critics who say that it is too perilous a journey, too steep a mountain, and too momentous a task. They're only trying to be more "accomplished" readers than you. Don't let them tell you what you can and can't read!