501 - Generation Defining

15th Aug 2011, 12:00 PM in Stuff
Generation Defining
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Tim 15th Aug 2011, 12:00 PM edit delete
Tim
Apparently, in some parts of the internet, people look down on the Harry Potter books and films, and claim that they won't be remembered in 20 years time.
Bullshit. People queued up the street to get the books, and round blocks to watch the films, it's the largest grossing film franchise ever, and people my age have grown up watching it and growing up with the characters in it. Harry Potter is one of those things that, not just the kids enjoy, but the parents do too. It has no age boundaries, no gender boundaries, and very few political boundaries. It is about as universal as it gets, and most homes will probably have a minimum of one of the films on DVD somewhere. Things like that are not forgotten easily.

Then, those same idiots who say that "Harry Potter" won't be generation defining, say that "Twilight" will. What logic are they using? The books are little better than fapfics for prepubescent girls, the main character is a total Mary-Sue, and so hollow that the only reason people read the books is because they imagine themselves in her place. And the films, well, the acting's poor - although that could just be the script - and it is unbearable to the majority of straight males, and I can imagine there being a fair number of females who see through that crap and dislike it. It is trash. If it is remembered, the image will be with the cast and Stephanie Meyer with trollfaces, and the audience's faces replaced with ragefaces.

Wow. This comment is ridiculously long.

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Wade Tingley 15th Aug 2011, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
U Mad? ;)

JK Rowling brought the love of reading books back to MILLIONS of people. We have the entire series here at home. (Including the British version of "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone")

Universal Studios, Orlando has "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" attraction, and it's STILL SETTING ATTENDANCE RECORDS. And even though I haven't been there, both my kids have. (They said the butter beer was awesome.)

My wife, being a high-school teacher, likes to read the same books that her students do, so she's read all of the Twilight series. I watched one of the movies myself, and had a hard time stomaching it. Not because of the bad scripting or the poor acting; it was simply the use of horror-genre characters in an angsty teenage love triangle. It just didn't work.
Plasma Man 17th Aug 2011, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
I'm not a fan of Harry Potter, but it's still better than Twilight. I doubt either of them will have the longevity of Lord of the Rings, though.