While the book is excellently written and certainly kept me reading, I felt somewhat dissatisfied. My initial dissatisfaction was the fact that I pick...moreWhile the book is excellently written and certainly kept me reading, I felt somewhat dissatisfied. My initial dissatisfaction was the fact that I picked the book thinking that it was fiction and it obviously wasn't. I suppose it was because I was too young to care back then, so the names didn't even ring a bell.
As I went on reading anyway, I was still dissatisfied. I think I was mainly annoyed at the author because I expected something different, something more objective. The narrative explored not only the facts of the case, but also Garner's emotions and outrage at the whole process. Garner's relationship with the Cinques also became a factor that for me coloured the narrative even more, aside from the fact that the two perpetrators declined to be part of the book. So overall, for me, it was a good book but it leaves me dissatisfied.
I really enjoyed reading the book and nearly couldn't put it down. Her story represents one of the many varied fandom experience each Harry Potter fan...moreI really enjoyed reading the book and nearly couldn't put it down. Her story represents one of the many varied fandom experience each Harry Potter fan must feel, but as an HP fan who's not too active in HP internet fandom, it's an interesting and definitely enjoyable look. Granted it is very America centred, as is everything else in the world apparently, but parts of it apply to HP fandom in general and those were the sections I enjoyed most.
However, the book is not without its flaws. One that made me particularly uncomfortable is her rather high and mighty stance and implied gloating on the subject of the shipping war. I do realise that it is subjective, but even I - who don't care for H/Hr ship - feels a little annoyed by how she makes it sound like the R/Hr ship fans are the only ones smart enough to figure it out. Moreover, her stance on non-canon shipping is as high and mighty, and that's discouraging for me.
Nevertheless, the book is enjoyable. It reminds you again that warm and fuzzy feeling everytime you crack open your Philosopher book and get sucked into the magical world. It reminds you again how fun JKR makes reading to be and how brilliantly she plots and devises everything that you never really want to leave, even when things get so bleak. (less)