OK, folks. I recognize that many of my friends do enjoy the Harry Potter books. Thankfully, none of them have yet reduced themselves to referring to the characters as if they were real people who needed to be kept up with. But many of you reading this are probably anticipating finding out what happens in The Half Blood Prince, just like I anticipate finding out what happens on The O.C.
Now, I don’t have anything bad to say about the books, or the author, or the contents. However:
WILL EVERYONE SHUT UP ABOUT THE GODDAMN HARRY POTTER BOOK AND/OR MOVIE ALREADY! Jebus damn! There’s been more press devoted to the fifteen books that went missing from the bookstore in Vancouver than there was to, say, THE DOWNING STREET MEMO.
Yes, I’m being a killjoy, but I can’t open a single goddamn website without having Harry Potter all over it. And I don’t get it. I’ve even tried to get it. I read the damn books, once apiece, and they were a great distraction during a boring Christmas vacation two years ago. At no point have I felt I needed to make the kind of production out of them that has been made.
Now. I can totally see anticipating the new movie. I’m counting down to Narnia, myself. But why the hell does Harry Potter have to be a mass-mania, pop-culture event? I personally think that the entire thing has been blown out of proportion beyond reason by the GIANT MARKETING MACHINE. After all I really don’t care about the books, and even I know that the “Half-Blood Prince” was released today.
Thankfully, my colleagues display some semblance of sanity, in that two of them haven’t read a single book in the series. They just don’t care. Neither, for that matter, do I – and I have juvenile enough tastes in literature. And actually, I don’t think any of my friends here – even the ones that work with kids – feel the need to get terribly excited about the books, unless they want to be able to say they’ve read it, as a pop-culture discussion topic, at the BBQ on Sunday.
So. Therefore. Because I’m ornery, and tend to hate things that I feel are being blown out of proportion by a marketing machine (like Paris Hilton), I will ask the world nicely to shut up about the new Harry Potter book already. Seriously. Do they put subliminal messages in those things to get people addicted? Am I missing something? Is there some reason that this is even bigger than Lord of the Rings? Even blogging.la is not immune from this waste of Internet space. I feel like the ENTIRE INTERNET has turned into AOL.
I apologize in advance if I’ve offended or annoyed anyone on my friends list. Especially my good friends who really love the books, like nafspeak. Naf, I thought about you while writing this, and I totally don’t blame you for wanting to know what happens to your favorite characters, or being into the landscape created by Rowling. I just don’t get what it is about the books that merits such fanaticism in American society and requires that so much media and news be devoted to the release. They’re not Lord of the Rings, people!
Now, if everyone will excuse me, I’m going to go count down to seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Sunday night. And go to CRITICAL MASS