This week I started listening to the first Harry Potter novel on audio book.
When all the Harry Potter hupla was going on a few years ago, I really didn’t pay it any attention. From what I could gather, it seemed like a little kid’s book to me.
Then, book after book, they just got more and more popular. Grown men and women routinely would come up to me saying “You have GOT to try to read these! They’re not just for kids… they are fantastic!”
So, a few years ago when the first movie came about, I figured I’d at least invest 2 hours of my time and watch it. I thought it was completely juvenile and boring, and as I sat there watching it I lamented over the 2 hours of my life that I would never get back.
When I’ve told people about how I felt about the film, everyone inevitably says the same thing: “Oh, but you have GOT to read the books first! There is so much they leave out in the film and after you read them the movies will seem much better!”
Blah blah blah.
So, mainly because I just want to shut these nosy-bodies up once and for all, this week I finally started listening to book 1 on audio.
Admittedly, I’m not very far into it yet, but so far it’s left me with a big feeling of “This is pretty much exactly the shit I THOUGHT it was going to be.”
I mean, when Dumpledorf, or whatever the fuck his name is, shows up on Harry’s street and uses a lighter to put out the streetlights, and he calls it his “Put-Out-er”, I wanted to vomit all over my IPod. That is EXACTLY the kind of childish Gablygook that I feared this book was going to be about.
But I have never put down a book and not read it to its completion once I have started it, and as I said, I am still near the beginning, so I will be a good little Muggle and keep pressing on.
But I have to say, unless this book does SOMETHING to impress me soon, I can safely say that this will be the last adventure of young Mr. Potter’s that I read.
Are there at least any orgies in this book? Cause that might do it for me…..