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By obnum / Friday 24 May 2013 12:26 / United States - New York
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By  gracehi  |  31

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  gracehi  |  31

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  KeXu  |  6

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  nanner42  |  13

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  SynysterNero  |  20

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  VioletLife  |  18

Hey every person is entitled to their own opinion. Just because he doesn't have the same interest as the rest of the world doesn't mean he should receive tons of abuse. I personally think Harry Potter was a wonderful series, but not so much as to hate someone for disliking it. It's just a book.

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  2035  |  9

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  Catkam623  |  27

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  gracehi  |  31

There are plenty of children's books that are widely acclaimed classics: "Where the Wild Things Are," "Peter Rabbit," "The Chronicles of Narnia," "The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," etc... Although they are written at an elementary shool level, they are brilliant works, and children and adults alike world wide enjoy them. I say OP has bad taste in literature because that's my opinion, and it's OP's opinion that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a bad book. We are both entitled to our opinions, however neither of us deserve to be verbally abused it shunned by our friends for our different opinions, because opinions are subjective, and, (within reason) it's not wrong to have your own opinion, as unpopular add that opinion may be.

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  bunnypancakes  |  5

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  Eorlas  |  29

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You're all a bunch of fucking idiots! Did you not see the second comment in this thread where it explicitly states comment #1 was a joke, specially to avoid this reactions?! #139, would you rather prefer brlliant novels such as ''50 Shades of Twilight'' too add to your fine taste in litterature then?

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  MansonFTW  |  5

What you don't understand is, many people need an escape and in times of need Harry Potter was there for them. For the people who grew up with it, it's more than just a story, it reminds them of their childhood. If you don't understand people's connections to fictional characters now, you never will. It is the greatest and the worst thing in the world.

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I totally agree. Think about it. Most of us were Harry Pot-heads right around 9/11 I know I buried myself in many of the books because reading was better than watching depressing tv as a kid. Videos of people dying and jumping out of a doomed burning building, adults everywhere talking about how the government this, terrorist that. HP was a sanctuary to me. I don't care want anyone else says. You can love or hate HP but you have to admit as a franchise the books were a great escape. I felt the smallest twinge of happiness and desire turning 11 and checking the mail. It gave a feeling of wonderment and happiness that kids needed. I needed. And yea there's people that don't like it. But go back to being a kid in the 2000s and tell me you didn't need something to look forward to like the Barnes and Nobles midnight book parties, finishing the book to talk with your friends, having your favorite character to dress up as for Halloween. The books were great. I respect people for hating them. But don't say they were just pop fodder. You gotta admit the books were magical to those who needed something to believe in.

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  JennaNGood  |  21

Fucking A. I meant to add to the point about children's novels being as beautifully (and a lot of the time more beautifully) written then adults books and there is nothing wrong with enjoying them, and everything wrong with the people who refuse to read them or hate on them because they're "kids books." Case in point: The Hobbit. Harry Potter. Chronicles of Narnia. Three pieces of literature (counting Narnia and HP as individual) that are the most popular on this earth, among ALL generations. More beautifully written then every book for adult I have ever read. And the reason people fall in love with literature like this is because its the ultimate form of escapism. And who would rather have no imagination than not be able to immerse themselves in Middle Earth, Narnia or Hogwarts?

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  gracehi  |  31

While I agree completely with your point, 186, I don't think the LOTR series falls into the category of childrens' literature. MAYBE they could be classified as young adult books, but I'd say they're written for more mature readers.

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  MDTeddy  |  13

Wow. The first book was amazing. Actually, they were all good. The movies were good too even though they left stuff out of the book. For example, the whole beginning part on the first book was left out If I remember correctly. Also, again with the spinning top thing in the 3rd book which spins when danger is near or was it someone who was not trustworthy? It is still good.

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  JennaNGood  |  21

188, I didn't say the LOTR series in my comment. JRR Tolkien wrote The Hobbit for his young children, having made up the story as a bedtime story for his young (and I must stress young) children. Yes, LOTR is classified by most as an adult series but it spans multiple generations. And although they both take place in the same world, and LOTR technically is a sequel to The Hobbit, The Hobbit is technically a stand alone novel, yes parts of the book are major threads and plot points of the later book, but it wasn't supposed to be a series, most people just group them together, which is acceptable I suppose. If the criteria were Stories of Middle Earth. Although, then I suppose the series would also be a lot larger then just the two books.

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  JennaNGood  |  21

Also please don't take that offensively, I'm just backing up my point.. Although I need to think of a better way to put it then backing up, because those sound like fighting words, and they're really not :p

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  gigi1981  |  13

What a beautiful sentiment, I too recall escaping from life in literature ; whatever form possible. To journey away from the pains of life into a mystical wonderland is what the joy of reading is about.

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  Adree  |  15

Harry Potter is more than a children's book. It's some people's entire childhood, their only friends, adventures, and escapes from reality. Do not downplay something like that. And never underestimate the gargantuan fandom of Harry Potter.

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  xxreikoxx  |  30

OP isn't the only one who hates the book, but at least he gave it a chance. Really? "Abuse" someone for not liking a piece of literature? There are better things to read (I don't mean the Twilight series).

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  derangedplanet  |  23

just saying, potter fans take that shit personally. we care. has nothing to do with taste and more to do with the fact we feel potter is life, and you're desecrating that. hahaha XP

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  Soloman212  |  28

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  HaneenDixon  |  16

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  MayaTheBee_fml  |  10

#108, although I respect it if you don't like the series, but I don't think that watching the first fifteen minutes of every movie is going to give you a good idea what the movies are about..

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  HaneenDixon  |  16

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  glamorous18  |  10

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  pbonham  |  22

I'm also not into Harry Potter, it's not my thing, but the books are written phenomenally and I don't think it's possible to diss J.K. Rowling, she is an author is amazing.... However, people do have the right to stage their opinion....This FML has started a shit storm :S

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  thesinginguy  |  18

Umm... 185, you do realize that they used Latin for the spells, right? Also, you are telling us (us meaning HP fans of course) that we need to pick up a textbook? That's pretty ironic. Just look at your comment. The grammar is horrendous and you said "actually textbook."

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  uridea  |  14

I have to say #134, after watching 15 minutes of Twilight I knew it was bad. In that case the 15 minute rule does not apply, but I agree for most movies you should watch more than 15 minutes.

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  JACKxRAWR  |  22

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  fuzz97  |  22

I'm not a fan of Harry Potter. Not because of the books itself, which are perfectly fine, but because of the elitist, pretentious nature of its fanbase and the fact that anyone who voices a different opinion that theirs is immediately bashed into oblivion. TL; DR: I like the series but dislike the fans

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  perdix  |  29

#128, why do you call them "elitist?" It seems that anyone can read the books and no one seems to be excluded from reading them. Also, they are written for children, so it's hard to call them pretentious. I can see why you might not like rabid fans who will tolerate no criticism of the series, but your adjectives for the fan base seem to be poor choices.

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  JACKxRAWR  |  22

Haha, too many Harry Potter fans on the internet. It's not BAD, I just don't find it interesting. Apparently a difference of opinion with a rabid Potter fan is like a difference of opinion with a religious extremist!

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  fuzz97  |  22

#136: They are elitist because they believe that anyone who doesn't like the series has inferior taste, and they are pretentious for exactly the reason you stated: it's a children's book. A well-written children's book, but a children's book nonetheless. The fans, however, treat it as though it is the highest echelon of modern-day literature.

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To be fair, the same could be said about any and all fandoms. Fans get passionate about what they love. It's just more noticeable in the Potter fandom because a lot of the fans grew up with the series and have strong emotional ties to it. Harry Potter was an escape for me during a period of time when life was hard to deal with. It made things that were fantasy seem a little real and gave me hope that whatever bad things I was dealing with, things would get better. Harry was such a relatable character for me because he felt alone and he had to struggle with a burden that was all his own, something that I felt was true for me and that I've come to realize is true for a lot of the fans.

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  bunnypancakes  |  5

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Twilight does not have anywhere near the "internal logical consistency" of Harry Potter. Stephanie Meyer even wrote about the characters living on the west coast of Brazil. My grasp of geography isn't the greatest but Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and thus you should be able to see, quite plainly, that it doesn't have a west coast.

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  SliceOfCake  |  9

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By  Slimma  |  20

Mannnn people really need to lighten up. Its just a book. Just because majority people seem to like something doesn't mean everyone has to like it. Some people are capable of forming their own opinions and sticking to them. They don't need to do and like what the majority does. Pretty much people just need to get over it. If OP doesn't like Harry Potter... then he doesn't like it. There are plenty out there that do. Doesn't mean he has horrible taste in literature, doesn't mean he has horrible taste in books... just means OP knows what they do not like.

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