Apparently I struck a few nerves yesterday with my post mentioning Harry Potter. I knew that Potter fans were fanatical, but I suppose I didn’t take into account the vehemence with which they defend their fervor. (If Christians were as fervent, they could make a true difference.) I left some of the comments up if you care to read them, but had to delete many, the vulgarity of language did nothing to substantiate their claims of why Harry Potter rules the known world.
The suggestions of where I should put my crutches were, of course omitted. I won’t even begin to go into the ones that had sexual overtones; thanks for the invitation but no thanks!
As “powerful webmaster”, a term one of my commenters used to describe me (really? maybe I should break out my wizardly robes after all) I have the power to post or not post comments that I find offensive like the aforementioned offers, or post those that I feel contribute intelligent thought processes. Yes, fear the all-powerful webmaster Ellie! Hmm, somehow it just doesn’t have that sense of awe does it?
Anyway, moving on . . . Potter fans have expressed their outrage at my faux pas of not having read the books and daring to share my opinion of my favorite author. Ever heard the garbage pail theory? Opinions are like garbage pails and they all stink! It’s my blog, my opinion and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. Even if we don’t agree, can’t we just be civil here? “Can’t we all just get along?”
The point was brought up that Harry Potter does have dragons in it. My interest has suddenly been piqued! Dragons? J.K. Rowling wrote dragons in it? I may just have to read it then on the basis of dragons and all so that I can give a more objective view next time. ROFL! Seriously? Do you come here to my blog for an objective view? Do you think I’m going to remain serious at all times? NOT BLOODY LIKELY! (And yes Raymond, I yelled that!)
Amidst the comments I have to give a rundown of an assessment I’ve made. Twelve rather rude comments and um, invitations came from the southern United States. I’m glad you’re reading, but just because I don’t share your passion is no reason to be rude! Three comments came from other locations in US, and were fine.
Two comments were made from Pakistan, and honestly you need a better translating tool! My friends in the UK are the most objective and made intelligent comments, although most didn’t actually apply to the current post. One was very eloquent in his defense of why Rowling should rule the free world and my American idiocy should be cut short through some reference to HP that quite frankly I didn’t get, because – pay close attention here – I haven’t read the books! Therefore the very eloquent insult was completely wasted. The art of insult is that the person whom you are insulting at least comprehends the insult even if the full impact of it hits them in a delayed reaction! (at 2 am: Tomato juice!)
If you’re going to hurl insults at me, do it right! Which although the very eloquent dissertation was in fact well written prose and snappy dialogue, apparently insult is an American talent. No, we’re not talking about my momma either! As one commenter mentioned I miss out on some of the jokes because I don’t get the Potter references. Hurling Potter insults at me is like bringing a knife to a gunfight! Of course, that’s an American reference as well.
I don’t believe at any time I dissed Harry Potter or the subculture that it has become, I simply admitted that I missed it. I chose other books, other avenues of entertainment during this wave of Potterism. I did reference that many of the people I know haven’t read classic materials. It was a blanket statement interpreted as every person that read Potter isn’t widely read. That’s just crazy because we all know that absolutes are never absolute.
Just imagine the turmoil I will create when I start discussing the faults of plotline in Star Trek, and the lack of creativity in the alien races that appear throughout the Trek universe.
I guess I am regressing to my opinion column days. One of the reasons the editor liked me is that I managed to whack the hornet’s nest and stir the pot regardless of the topic, usually in 500 words or less. Sarcasm, it’s a true talent for some of us, and unfortunately not something that can be taught.
To Potter or not to Potter that is the question. I will take it into consideration if someone can prove that it does indeed have dragons in it. Or, are the Potterites actually Borg in disguise, sort of pod-potters and I will be assimilated? Maybe it’s a bacterial infection on subcellular level of tiny nanoborgs that are implanted during nano month, screaming through the veins that resistance is futile! Attack of the podBorg zombies, quick throw the Twinkies!!! Run for the hills – no wait, those have eyes. Kittencalendar, kittencalendar, kittencalendar, kittencalendar. Shh, shh, shh. . . ok, what were you saying?
Maybe I’ve had too much coffee and all my sci-fi storage units are cross-contaminated! System overload reaching critical mass, self destruct will begin in thirty seconds! (halon alarm sounding)
Um, I think I better get the Twinkies and maybe some sleep. If the NanoBorg haven’t overtaken you by Monday, I’ll see you then!
I could prove it has dragons in it, although I’m not sure how much you want to be spoiled. Dragons play a crucial role in 3 of the 7 books. One character even works with dragons in Romania. I assume you haven’t seen the movies, as the dragons also feature in those.
Here’s the HP wiki on the subject: http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon
But BEWARE. There be spoilers in that thar link.
Piffle. Stick to your guns. Your opinions and writing style are why we come back post after post.
I’ll have you know that, while I did enjoy the Potter books when I finally read them this past fall, I was not assimilated, have never cursed at someone for not being a fan, and I can’t even say Ms. Rowling is that fantastic of a writer (though I respect her immensely).
Also – Those last two or three paragraphs are the best things I’ve read all afternoon.
Also – I cannot wait until you bring up the lack of creative races in the ST universe. Please bring up the awesome sauce universe of ME (even if you know nothing about it) for my sake.
Then, plug my as-yet-unwritten-but-totally-awesome-anyway Sci-Fi novel *cough* 😉
Actually, I think you’re all crazy because none of you have read The Gaea Trilogy, or any of the Lensman Series, or hundreds of other great stories. Reminds me of people who, when I asked them if they know science fiction, they say, “Sure I’m a big fan–I’ve seen Star Wars 400 times!” Urmmm . . .
Question: in a fight between the Borg, the Cybermen, and the Daleks, who comes out on top?
laughing my butt off!! if it helps I havent read harry or seen but one of the movies*ducks from hurled objects*
Loyalty for something makes people defensive…