Friday, September 14, 2012

Follow Friday - There Were Seventy-Six Trombones in the Big Parade

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Escapism and Readers Confession.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

My answer is: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. To a certain extent, this is unfair, because there is almost no way a book could have lived up to the hype that the final installment of the Harry Potter series was subjected to. But the book that Rowling produced to cap off her signature series was simply not up to the task of even qualifying as a decent young adult fantasy, let alone the climax of a world wide phenomenon.

In some ways, the lackluster nature of Deathly Hallows was somewhat predictable. The Harry Potter series had been steadily declining in quality since Goblet of Fire, with each new book becoming more long-winded and pointlessly meandering than the previous one. Deathly Hallows, however, marked the nadir of the series. The book was interminably long, and large chunks of its length were made up of an endless camping trip during which nothing of any consequence happened. Potter himself does almost nothing for most of the novel, and then in the end, he defeats Voldemort more or less simply because he is faster on the draw than the evil wizard. Nothing that happens in the book is particularly surprising, or even particularly interesting. The final chapter, which was much hyped as having been written long before, was dull and lifeless. In the end, after all the hype, this book was simply limp and uninteresting, like having a bowl of cold porridge as the dessert following a steak dinner.

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  1. Awwww I loved it. But I see your point, especially about the camping trip.

    My follow friday! Please visit!

  2. Read this: I never gotten a chance to read ANY HP series or WATCH movie. Believe it.
    I think I'm the only one who's left without a comment about it. LOL
    There's more...Here's my FF..
    Have a great day!
    *New GFC follower. :)

  3. @Cassi Haggard: It wasn't bad, it just didn't live up to the hype. I actually thought Deathly Hallows would have been much better if it had been about half as long.

  4. @Michelle Sedeño: You're not the only person I know why has never read any of Harry Potter. To tell the truth, the only reason I even picked up the series was because my brother sent me copies of them as gifts when we was working for a book distributor.

  5. New follower here... via RSS

    You know, I wondered if anyone was going to pick this one... and while I love, love, love Harry Potter, I absolutely agree that the last book just wasn't as amazing as the hype. I mean, yeah, you're right, there was very little chance it could be... and as far as conclusions go, I was ok with it... but certain things bugged the heck out of me, like the Deathly Hallows... I mean... come on... MAJOR series plot point that wasn't mentioned until the last book? Not cool. Especially since the invisibility cloak has been around since book 1... where it was called "rare"... but then we find out, no, it's actually one of a kind??? You'd think that would be mentioned... not to mention the story itself... I would think all little wizard kids would know about it, and I would think the story of the Hallows would have been heard somewhere before the final book!!!

  6. Heather: The problems with Deathly Hallows mostly could have been solved by (a) a good editor, who could have cut the book's length, and (b) some decent planning by Rowling, so that so many things didn't crop up out of left field in the story.