Sunday, April 19, 2009

Harry Potter Bliss and What Makes for Good Literature

Well, my punishment blog is completed, so now it's time for my regular post for the day (I'll keep it short for your convenience).

Yesterday I spent the majority of my time finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I've been re-reading it for the past two weeks and haven't been covering very many pages per day, but yesterday....holy crap. I just couldn't put it down once I was to the point where SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Harry gets caught by Fenrir Greyback and is taken to Malfoy Manor. I ended up finishing the whole book. I think it's a mark of a truly well-written book when you've read it multiple times and can map out in your mind exactly what's going to happen in the upcoming chapters but you STILL just have to keep reading. Jo Rowling (I love her so much that I can't just call her the unfriendly "J.K."!) is such a fabulous writer. The way she's crafted all seven books just...Ah...and particularly SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER the end-ish chapters of book seven from the point where Snape dies to the point where Harry defeats Voldemort...words don't even express how brilliant she is. Re-reading this book has also helped to revitalize my love for Snape's character. Sigh.

Sorry, non-HP types if this bores you, but it's a big part of ME.

Today I've been watching some more Dr. Who online, which I'm just starting to get into. I started at the beginning and am now four episodes into the first season. I just wanted to check it out to see what all the hype was about, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm hooked.

That's all for now. Hopefully this post wasn't too crap-tastic, but I don't feel too bad since I already posted one of my date stories today.

No under-appreciated vocabulary word since I posted one earlier today.

Random Question for everyone:
What do you guys think makes for a brilliantly written book? There are so many different definitions that work, and I'd love to hear yours!

Mine: When you can re-read a book over and over and still be surprised and engaged in it; you can still find new themes and underlying meanings. You find yourself in its characters and still catch yourself getting teary eyed/emotional by passages that you've already met before.


  1. AHHH YES! a harry potter fan :] i just finished re-reading the books, too!

    i loved your definition of what a good book is. i think i might say it's when the characters are realistic, and when they all follow their specific motivations. or when the plot is just so ingenious that it provokes each character to change...hmm, you're right, i can think of many different criteria for a brilliant book!

  2. Yay! You drank the TARDIS juice! And you have yet to get to the Tennant episodes. I kinda wish Eccleston got to do more than one season but he only wanted to do one, so thats ok.

    I need to re-read the Potter books, but I guess it would help if I had them all (bad HP fan, I know).

    I basically answered your question in my blog so go check it out (