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06 July 2007 @ 09:08 pm
Does this make me more or less BookGeeky?  
I was at a party on the Fourth, and someone approached me (Bookseller Girl, like the Flash, does not have a Secret Identity) and asked, "How do you think the final Harry Potter book will end?" Apparently, it was the topic of discussion in the car on the way to said party.

"I don't know," I replied. "I'm really looking forward to reading the story and finding out." And you know, that's absolutely true. J.K. is a good storyteller. I'm more than happy to sit back and let her do her job. I want to be surprised, I want to gasp, I want to think 'humina-WHA?" I want to enjoy and to experience and to let the story unfold as I turn each page.

I'm not knocking those who analyze and theorize and even make random leaps. That's fun! But - and I think this ties into why I'm not so keen on spoilers - I have a lot of respect and admiration- both as a reader and as an aspiring writer - for the storytelling process. I want to enjoy it as purely as I can.*

*that being said, I'll probably stay up mad hours reading the book, stopping only for kickboxing classes and feeding the cats, so that I can finish it before the spoilers hit the 'net and the B&N community. Not so much 'pure' as 'frantic,' but hey... it's still all about the story.
I feel: contemplativecontemplative
I hear: crickets in the gathering dusk
Julia: Jon Stewartigraine120 on July 7th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
Why are we so soul twins???
I had this exact conversation tonight (regarding the spoilers, that is).
Last book release I worked in a kids library and I KNEW someone would spoil it for me. To make sure that wouldn't happen, I took the weekend off and read the whole thing. Not twenty minutes after I returned to work a boy purposely ruined the ending for another child in front of me.
This year I'm working with tweens again, but I don't have the option to take off. Here's hoping they've all been raised well by their parents.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on July 7th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
I hate spoilers, and I'm actually considering getting the book on the early side just to get around it. Normally I'm fine waiting a bit until the furor dies down.

Last book wench18 had a "no spoilers" review/comment thread, in which she posted a review that revealed her feelings on the book, but no actual details. That was fine. Then another person replied in the thread with enough detail (using letters for character names) so I pretty much knew what happened to one character, and who did it.

Very disappointing.

For this book, with the reading I've done on interviews, I have some ideas on who may live, and a few other things. I'm sure others do as well, but why spoil it for others?
Mairearanturas on July 8th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
I also plan to hole up and read the book as quickly as possible to avoid the (un)intentional spoilers....as far as what I think will happen, it's not as important as how the story gets there.
Mairearanturas on July 8th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oh and I'm re-reading all the previous ones....does that make me more, or less bookgeeky than you....