Is it wrong of me to not read Harry Potter? Not now, not ever. It’s not like I am required to read and write a book report on it, but you know, being a readaholic and all, maybe I should? People are actually quiet surprised to hear that I have not read any. What can I say, never saw any magic.
It’s very hard for me to pick up books that have been extremely hyped up. For this reason alone, Harry Potter never interested me enough when it first came out, like a hundred years ago. Also since when did books like these – books meant for ‘young adults’ become very fashionable for over 18’s. Curious incident of the dog in the night-time and The book thief are two other ones that immediately come to mind. Considering that I have finally gotten around to reading the latter, five years after its release, I am doing extremely well.
It’s also hard to pick up books so late that even their moves have come out. I read Bridget Jones’s books only this year, tried to read Julie & Julia and read Lord of the rings trilogy after I saw the movies innumerable times. (Loved it, hated it, loved them, in that order). When you see a movie after the book, you know most probably you will end up hating the movie, but it’s a dilemma when it’s the other way round. You don’t know to feel cheated if the book turned out crap or relieved that the movie didn’t. Still haven’t read Confessions of a shopaholic, the movie is cute (on a 17 hour flight to US), the writing is not.
Cannot end this post without bringing my significant other into it. He has never read a book in his life – not to my knowledge. Allow me to correct this gross exaggeration by saying that he has indeed read many books, many Harry Potter books. This is more than enough reading to last him for his lifetime. What can you do, some people read, other people like to point at them and laugh. To be perfectly honest, I did try picking up one, it was so heavy.