Thursday, 4 August 2011

Slow on the uptake

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At the ripe old age of 38 I have finally become a Pothead. I was saving myself for my kids. I promised I would get into it when one of them did.

I blame Nugget. He caved into peer-group pressure and started nagging me to give it a try.

And then my sisters and I found ourselves at a place that made it more accessible (ever tried to get this at the local library?).

What started as a small, few pages a day habit, is rapidly increasing. I have an addictive personality like that.

I find myself sneaking some more when the kids are in bed (and having to revisit the same bits the next day).

I am wrapped up in the Hogwarts spell.

The magic of Harry Potter.

They have always called me an 'early adopter'!

Anyone else out there not read the entire series and watched all the movies? I bet you are a bit jealous that I have all the fun ahead of me, and none of the waiting!

21 comments:

Cate said...

I actually only started reading them about 4 years ago. In fact I had bagged one of my friends for reading kids books (as you do!) until I read the first one and was instantly hooked! I absolutley loved the whole series and have read each book several times over.
So sad to be a muggle...
xxxCate

Sam-O said...

Hand up here! I have not read them or seen them. This would shock pretty much everyone I know. You see I am a readaholic (as opposed to a bookaholic - I read pretty much ANYTHING) AND I am a fantasy/sci fi nut. To top the whole lot off I am married to a Movie addicted man who has dragged me along to pretty much any movie you can name.

How did HP slip by me? Well when it first came out I was "Meh, direct rip off Diane Duanes Young Wizards series and never gave it another thought. I was children fiction and I had no kids. The movies are not the Workaholics type of movie, so were skipped because there was something better on at the time...

I'm just not sure that with the hype surrounding them now, that I can ever actually come at them!!

Photographer Mum said...

I loved reading Harry Potter and watching the movies. I started reading them about 10 years ago (yes, it's been around for that long). Never get sick of it!

Kirsty said...

Read the first one 10 years ago but only just finished the last, would happily read them all again. A little disturbed by my enthusiasm for children's books but they're just perfect after a day with the kids.

Kymmie said...

Love Harry Potter SO MUCH. I can credit J. K. Rowling for singlehandedly bringing our (at the time) nine year old daughter up to speed on her reading (she was behind), and a love for books (which continues to this day - she's now 21). We had to wait for each book to be released as we said she had to be as old as Harry Potter to read the next one.

They are fantastic, and I'd wholeheartedly recommend that you do the same. It might be tough going starting this early (and having the whole collection at your disposal), but the books do get longer and darker. (And forget the movies). Let your children dwell in their own imagination. It's far less scary!

Oh yes, and waiting to see the last movie.. even though I know what happens.

xx

Shelley @ My Shoebox Life said...

I haven't read any of the books - I decided way back when they came out that one day when I had children I would enjoy it with them. Considering Miss A is only just turning two, Harry will be 100 years old by the time I get my Pothead on!

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I read them all before I had kids, read the first two again with Mr7, who then went on to read the first three without me, while I read the last five without him, and now I wait for him to be old enough to read the last four so that I can read them again with him.

But I haven't seen a single movie. Am waiting.

Lisa said...

I read the first four, but lost interest after that. I saw the first movie... and then jumped back in and watched The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (at Imax - I REALLY jumped in!)

My 20 year old LOVES his HP books. He grew up with Harry and the gang (they're about the same age!) He still re-reads the books and last week he asked me to knit him a jumper like the ones Mrs Wealsey knited. LOL (my answer was NO!)

Tat said...

I almost got excited that there is anew book out... just to find out that you are only starting. You know what, I am jealous.

Alison said...

I became a 'Pothead' about 10/11 years ago. It's been torture waiting for each new book to come out. I was one of the daft people who queued up at midnight in my pjs at our local shopping centre to get each book on its release. I love, love, love, Harry Potter and I've been thinking about starting them all again while I'm on my summer holidays. x

Jaimee Hunter said...

Oh, I DO envy you! I miss being that excited to get to the next part. Might I also recommend The HUNGER GAMES series? I think I shall go start re-reading my HP!

DangGina said...

I am so jealous that you have all the magic ahead of you! I can never go back to that point!

I'm in the process of re-reading them; it's rare that I'll re-read a book; it has to be AMAZING! I've read the first 4 something like six times apiece, which really tells you something. (Currently about to finish book 5, which is maybe my least favorite book; books 6 and 7 are my favorites.)

Oh, please keep us updated as you read these wonderful books! JK Rowling is a literary genius!

Modern Love.x said...

Whenever I read a book I usually have to be sucked in by the first few pages but when I was about 13 I tried Harry P and never liked it. I'm in that age group who "grew up with Harry" but since I didn't like it decided to be an outcast.

I think it's time to give it a go, you're totally right, all the fun -- no waiting!

Rhonda said...

I had seen the movies, but I just read the books this summer. As in I read all 7 this summer. My son is working on The Half Blood Prince right now. I didn't have to wait for the books and I was grateful for that, I'm not a patient girl. I am jealous of all the fun ahead of you.

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

I haven't read them, and have only seen a couple of the movies. Been thinking about it though :)

Have fun!

x

LIfe In A Pink Fibro said...

@MOdernLove.x I agree that the first pages of HP are terrible - you can see why it took her a while to get a publisher because it's just backstory after backstory after backstory. I had to convince Mr7 to continue, telling him that Harry does eventually get out of that cupboard. Persist - it's really worth it!

Eloise said...

I am ashamed to admit I haven't read them. Not even one line. Which is strange really because I actually find JK Rowling to be very inspirational. I think its probably because I know the books are huge and I have very limited time so when I do read I like it to be something I can polish off quickly, other wise its likely to never be finished.

InkPaperPen said...

Go you Pothead!

I picked up the first HP in my mid twenties. I did some work experience at a magazine and my first assignment was to review HP & The Philosopher's Stone. Been hooked ever since. The last book came out when I was pregnant with my first child and I spent a stormy winter weekend locked in the house with an open fire, cucumber sandwiches, lemonade and HP (first trimester cravings!). I wish I could relive that weekend. I am envious of you!

x

Broni said...

I love reading the Harry Otter novels. I only got started after the first movie was released. I hope that you enjoy them.

Melissa said...

I've actually not read or watched any of them. I'm not really into the whole supernatural kind of thing, so I'm not sure it'd grab me.

I've been tempted though. Just to see what all of the fuss is about.

Petra said...

I read all the Harry Potters as they came out and watched the films - but my best discovery are the Harry Potter audio books read by Stephen Fry. I think I zoned out of family life at the beginning of this year until I had listened to all the books - Stephen Fry really brings them alive!

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