Saturday, July 21, 2007

Potter mania....

To make things clear even before I write my post.... I Don't read Harry Potter...I never have ..and I don't think I ever will.....



Ok!! So everyone knows my stand... If you don't agree please don't read further....If you are ok with it..read on.....



So..as I said..I don't read Harry Potter...I must admit I tried...it was difficult not to when the only other person you live with goes into a self imposed "coventry" ....So not being too much of a TV person and coz I love to read ..I tried to read one of the previous books.....couldn't go past page 27....May be I just don't get this genre of fiction .....or whatever.....I Don't read Potter....



After marrying the husband... I learnt that there were somethings we had to do together.... I mean if he could accompany me to watch "Maid in Manhattan"( quite a bad choice on my part I know)..I could go with him and sit through a few hours of Potter.....So since 2003 I have watched every Potter movie made....and have forgotten what I saw the minute I walked out of the theatre....

I have had to sit through hours of discussions and analysis and future predictions done by the husband and his Potter crazy friends....and wondered...what was so great about this little specky guy..and his friends with weird names .....



This year, the husband asked his mother-in-law to give him the new Harry Potter instead of new clothes for Jamai Shoshti and she obliged....He booked it on one of those online stores who promise to have it delivered the same day it hit the stores and gave him some discount as well...anyways...I was quite amazed with all his planning....all for a Harry Potter.....!!!! Ok!! I go and pre order a few books I want to read as well... but that is only when the store doesn't have it in stock...and so I order and they get it for me....I wait till they do so ....



I have seen my young nieces and nephews and some cousins running to buy the books... I read about people who reached the stores at 4.30 am... I heard about some stores offerring breakfast options with the book...I saw pictures of people sitting outside stores all night waiting for the first copy.....and thought What total crap!!! What craziness....!!!!

The funniest was in school... now I teach a class of children in the age group of 5+....they can't even read.. they are just learning to read three letter words and understand blends....and i almost fell off my lil chair ...when during the Show and Tell session in class... there was a child who had brought his little scrap book on Harry Potter.....he lisped through the entire thing and called Harry Potter -Halley Poller...and Hermione...-HerLineOnly.....and Dumbledore....Duffelbore.......



Another kid brought a stick and tried to tell us that it was Potter's wand....and then the worst of all.... one kid...wanted to tell us a story.... and so I said..."sure darling....whats the story called....?" and..yes... you guessed right...it seems.. the story was called Harry Potter and the deathly hallows......it seems his Dad ..had some how gotten the book online...and read it ...and then gone on to regale everyone at the dining table about the new Harry Potter story......



Now....I am all for parents spending quality time with their kids... reading to them ..telling them stories....playing with them.. taking them for trips...even if it is to the bookshop( I encourage that actually..we take Joy to the bookstore almost every weekend.. so what if he can't read..(hell..he can't even talk as yet) there are lots of lil books with bright picutures on them.. and we pick up something for him... which his ma can read to him...).....anywhere....do whatever ..as long as your kid and you have a good time... but these kids are not even 6 ..spare them please....at 6 years of age.. I don't want my kid asking me what deathly hallows means....or what prisoner means I am sure there are better stories for them to hear.... let them grow up and read Potter if they want to....



Anyways... the husband made me stay home the whole of yesterday...waiting for the package to arrive.... and called every hour to find out if it had...or whether I had gone off galavanting...lest his precious courier would have to face a closed door....then when he realised that no package had been delivered..he called up the online bookstore and threatened them with dire circumstances....

Well..we are still waiting for the book......I am glad... it hasn't come yet...coz.. I was trying to prepare my self for a weekend with out the husband... who had begged to be left alone for a day and a half...... so that he could spend it with Harry.......so yippee.... we got the weekend....!!!!



For all those who think I am insane to not like Potter..or understand the mania... please ignore this post...and spare me any

5 comments:

nilendu said...

You got one vote, for now. I have not read any of the Harry Potter books, not seen any of the movies (and I watch over 500 movies a year!) and do not intend to.

I started reading one of the books, and could not go beyond 5 or 6 pages (seriously!).

IMO, our own "Thakumar Jhuli" (or even the "Brotokotha" I used to read for my grandmom and later, for mother) is way way better.

Oh, and if anyone cares, I have not seen / read LOTR either. Nothing could bore me so much in the trailer itself!

Confessions of a blogaholic said...

Hey Tina! Totally agree with your views on HP...I watched the first two movies and couldn't relate to them..Havent tried reading the books and wont either he he. Thank God Nilendu hates Hp too, otherwise I would have had a tough time :-P Some of my friends go crazy just before each book releases and they pre order it and then bug me because I don't want to read Hp.

~nm said...

I wish I could give you 10 votes on this!
1. I Don't know harry potter or any of the characters from the series.
2. I Don't even want to know :P

So don't worry I'm there to give you company on this :D

Anonymous said...

i guess i'm with you too. i haven't read any of the potter books. but i've seen them all - mostly on pogo.

but i think i will read them some day.

-- akb

Anamika said...

u wicked wicked muggle :)

i just finished reading book 7 and am feeling happy, the sort of feeling i get from several beers in quick succession!

but i know how u feel, my husband (a confirmed NON-fan) was grumpy all of saturday because i insisted we go out in the rain to pick up my copy!