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Sunday January 06, 2002
12:14 AM

Harry Potter

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We finally got to see it! If you haven't seen HP or LOTR yet, see HP first. There really is no comparison. HP is a fluffy kids movie. LOTR is a gripping adults movie. HP felt longer than LOTR, even though it's shorter.

What a whiner I am :-)


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  • By the time you sit down and finish the popcorn the movie is over making you sad that you have to wait another 12 months for it to continue on with the story. HP is not in the same class as LOTR or Narnia though it does seem to be awfully popular. It's a pity that neither Tolkien or Lewis saw financial success as Rowling has in such a short amount of time.

  • "Class" is such a loaded word. HP is a kids book, whereas LOTR and Narnia have a lot more to offer adults. They have different aims. In many ways it's not fair to compare the two.

    I definitely agree that it's a shame Lewis and Tolkien didn't become megazillionaires the way Rowling has. Instead their heirs are the ones rolling in it. It seems like all-too-often the heirs to a literary estate turn out to be obstructionist dicks or sell-out whores. Very few seem to tastefully embrace the modern world of

    • (ok, I admit it, I have a hard-on for Russell Crowe).
      Who doesn't?

      _Fight Club_ is on my list of things to see, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. If I hear a few more good things about it, I may be inclined to purchase the DVD instead of renting.


      You are what you think.
    • I thought that the Lewis estate was handled by his heirs well, at least for many years.
    • HP is a kids book, whereas LOTR and Narnia have a lot more to offer adults.

      I'd say that LOTR is an adult book that appeals to (some) kids; while HP is a kids book that appeals to (some) adults. The HP movie lost some of the adult appeal; but it did a good job of matching "right" visual images to the scenes and characters. It also did a good job of retaining the feel of the book.

      My kids, especially Katrina, spent hours criticising the things that failed to duplicate the holy scriptures of the book. I