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message 1: by Nightfalltwen (new)

Nightfalltwen For a review that is almost four years old, I still get comments insulting me for my own opinion.

To those who have been polite? Thank you. Agreeing to disagree is fine.

Insulting me? I just delete your comment. So buh-bye "Nikki". Go write your own review.


Carry on.

message 2: by Chanelle (last edited Feb 21, 2012 04:25PM) (new)

Chanelle Wow, your comments make me want to re-read this
(and I read this one recently too!) since I can "see" the conviction in your commentary.
I'll have to very politely agree to disagree - except for the romance part. I always thought she gave in to when she wrote that, and I always felt Harry's choice would have been less obvious.
I congratulate you on being a true critic and standing up for your opinions - even if they're less than popular

message 3: by Aamna (new)

Aamna Wajahat I respect your opinion. And come to think of it she did sometimes tell and not show. But it was an amazing book. Breath-taking, in fact! The romance bit was not actually part of the story or the main plot. It was just a it of side....story, you can say.
But of course, i respect your opinion and i hope I didnt sound rude.

message 4: by Paula (new)

Paula Wow, just goes to show you how diverse people really are. This is my favourite book in the series and I loved everything you hated. But, hey, we are all allowed our own tastes.

You know what I really do hate, though? People who have never read the books and insult them. Gahh, they drive me crazy.

message 5: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Yan I actually enjoyed this installation in the series the most, though I have to agree with your opinion on the writing. It was the plot that really carried me theough the book. The way she wrote it, though, really did come through as dry to me.

message 6: by Jonesy (new)

Jonesy I could be wrong, but I always thought that the "show, don't tell" rule was a film thing, especially since film is a visual medium; it might be true in a book to a lesser extent, but at the end of the day, a book has to convey its contents via the printed page or other comparable alternative, which boils down to "telling" the reader what is going on.

message 7: by Louise (last edited Jul 06, 2013 03:16AM) (new)

Louise I think this is a problem in many of the HP books, however not so much so that it kept me from enjoying the stories. If it has gotten even worse in this particular book, I dread to read it. But of course I will give it a shot - I just started reading it this week. Jonesy - Showing is supposed to help the reader experience the story through action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than through the author's description. E.g. instead of writing 'she was jealous', you show it by her actions, comments etc. so the reader can 'read between the lines' :)

message 8: by Jonesy (last edited Apr 23, 2013 07:29AM) (new)

Jonesy It's been a while since I read the book, so I can't testify to the extent that this is a problem. I do plan on re-reading the series at some point, though; I look forward to seeing how it goes.

message 9: by Emma (new)

Emma THANK YOU! I agree 100%. If you look from a shipping aspect, some people might have enjoyed it, but let's face it. While readingthis I kept feeling like it was the work of some really untalented, drunk fanfiction writer. I love JK, but I'm not a fanatic. even a great author can create a crappy Book, and I think it's our rights as her readers to question and analyze. That is the only way we can truly aporeciate her work. And this was the worst of them all, from a writing pov. And me not enjoying HOW the couples happened is not exactly helping.

message 10: by Laura (new)

Laura I respect all opinions on harry potter, but I only wonder how old you were when you reviewed this for the first time?

message 11: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri I agree with you.... also I didn't think that much of the whole series.

message 12: by The Window Seat (new)

The Window Seat Blog FINALLY I fond someone else who found this book as flawed as I did! I thought all the foreboding was overdone and the plot incredibly predictable (I pretty much called this book's death from the first few chapters) and some of the characters' lines just seemed...fake. And forced. In fact, it all seemed forced. When i talk to people about which one they disliked the most, i usually hear the 5th "because Harry was so mood!" Or maybe, perhaps he was a moody teenager going through a lot of issues (ya know, like the person who killed your parents is alive again, your godfather is still believed to be a psycho, oh and that psychic who killed your parents is in your head, nbd) and constantly exposed to the public.I got that this was a filler novel, and that's fine, but it would have been a ton better if Rowling had just kept the progressive characters that were struggling and growing in her series rather than fall for the cliche. I hate saying this, but the only thing that redeemed the series for me was the movie of this book followed by the 7th movies. I read book seven only out of necessity and like any other book. Not one from a series that I used to reread on a monthly basis.

message 13: by Nightfalltwen (last edited Jul 19, 2014 11:18PM) (new)

Nightfalltwen Laura wrote: "I respect all opinions on harry potter, but I only wonder how old you were when you reviewed this for the first time?"


Correction. 25 when I read it, 28 when I went back and wrote the first review. 32 when I added the ammendment in 2012.

message 14: by Nightfalltwen (last edited Jul 20, 2014 05:09PM) (new)

Nightfalltwen Jonesy wrote: "I could be wrong, but I always thought that the "show, don't tell" rule was a film thing, especially since film is a visual medium; it might be true in a book to a lesser extent, but at the end of ..."

It certainly isn't applied to only film. Show, Don't Tell is what any writing professor will instruct, whether it's drama, fiction or poetry. Telling is passive writing. Showing the reader through action and metaphor is active writing and more preferred.

message 15: by Hana (new)

Hana It was awesome, but i respect your opinion.I was seven when i first red it and i loved it.So, I wont judge you.Everybody has his or hers opinion

message 16: by Zack (new)

Zack Oliver I am a hater of this book who came upon your comment expressly to find someone with a like-minded opinion. You hit the nail on the head. Womp! Telling, not showing. Lame lame lame flashbacks. Poor choices in she shows and what happens 'off-stage.' Absolute Tom Clancy-level lack of input from an editor.
I think that I might serve my opinion best by depicting how it felt to read the book: from page 1, I felt the need to jump ahead to the next paragraph, the next page, the next chapter to feed my restless eyes. Page-jump guilt, however, caused me to sulk back 10 pages or so, continually, to re-read and see what I missed. Invariably, I missed nothing of value! Always some poor drama, teenager emotion-fueled dialogue...eventually I happened upon SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE! Now THAT was amazing. However, rereading what I missed and catching up was such a chore that I put off my full read for about 5 years. Finally, I FORCED myself to finish every. Lousy. Word. My head hurt, my muscles were tense...lets just say I despise jk Rowling for her pubescent trollop. I hope she grows as a writer for some time and then continues Harry's adventures as an adult.

message 17: by Mary (new)

Mary Lou I respect your opinion, of course, BUT I LOVED IT <3

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