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Question: Which books did you like better

Harry Potter   11 (20%)
Cant decide   17 (31%)
Lord of the Rings   26 (48%)
    
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« Reply #45 on: September 25, 2003, 09:59:33 pm »
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Quote from: ~_*¤«||ToXiC||~_*¤« on September 21, 2003, 08:42:30 am   

LOTR is my fave..onli cos i havent read HP yet!!
LOTR is amazing!!! How he came up with characters names, and themes is spellbinding!!!! 

Agreed, But it's also so awesome how JkR wrote the HP books, they are deeper than they seem,  and the mythology is just amazing, and all the predictions for the story wo uuld be so easy to get if you knew this stuff and didn't have to look it up.

She has some kind of meaning behind everything she writes. Its brilliant.

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« Reply #46 on: September 26, 2003, 07:40:15 am »
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Quote from: ElWood_Crazy on September 25, 2003, 09:18:42 pm   

lotr all the way, but the hp books were nice too, though they dont even belong on the same bookshelf with anything that Tolkien ever layed hands on ( no offence to HP lovers, this is, after all, only my opinion) HP are nice, but they ..... just .....arent ..... LOTR!!!
Of course it's not LotR! It's Harry Potter! I mean, seriously...no one has said "The literary techniques in Harry Potter are far more advanced than the writing styles of Tolkien", so I don't see why people are getting so worked up and saying "LotR is sooo much better! Harry Potter just doesn't compare!" Of course they don't compare - they're completely different books.

Just because you don't prefer Harry Potter, does not mean that it's not worthy of getting attention OR that its author is somehow 'below' Tolkien.
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« Reply #47 on: December 18, 2003, 12:48:30 am »
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I hate to burst the bubble of some LOTR fans, but really...I agree Tolkien is an extremely skilled writer who knows how to use the English language.  But originality?  COME ON!

I am a mythology NUT.  Read Norse mythology.  There are too many parallels.  Gimli?  Gandalf?  Those are dwarves' names in the Eddas.

As for Rowling...Fluffy?  Hello, that's totally Cerberus, the guard dog of Hades.

Both writers are fantastic.  I like both books.  Harry Potter is fun, LOTR is amazing.  I couldn't decide which one I like better because I like both, just in different ways.  And both writers borrow ideas.

There are not a lot of original ideas left in the world.  What counts now is how you use them.
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« Reply #48 on: May 16, 2008, 09:56:39 pm »
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I read HPOOTP all teh way to chapter 5 or 6 and got kinda bored it didnt really catch my attention much. For LOTR, it gotten me so much of my attention cause Tolkien worded like almost everything lol.( if you know what I mean ) . So, I am like more interested in the  LOTR.
Also, I am reading the LOTR: The Two Towers myself. ahaha
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« Reply #49 on: May 17, 2008, 04:44:18 am »
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I'm afraid I voted Harry Potter.  LOTR is all well and good, but the books are soooo long and I find them harder to get through and less enjoyable than HP>  I can whizz through even the long HP books, you just can't put them down - but sometimes with LOTR, especially with the battle scenes, I find excuses to stop reading, lol!
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« Reply #50 on: May 17, 2008, 06:57:31 am »
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I voted lord of the rings as I haven't read harry potter..I found the second and third book hard to concentrate all way through though, so guessing hp is easier to read..
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« Reply #51 on: November 07, 2008, 12:29:57 pm »
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can't decide indeed, it like to compare between Roses and birds , both are fascinating, and hard to choose 
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« Reply #52 on: November 11, 2008, 06:35:11 pm »
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I voted for LOTR... no doubt about it. But I´d say that both the LOTR books and movies are much better than the HP ones.


 
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« Reply #53 on: November 13, 2008, 02:59:19 pm »
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I voted for Harry Potter. there's no doubt for methat LotR is not as good as Harry Potter! nothing can beat HP!!
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« Reply #54 on: November 14, 2008, 03:45:33 am »
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I voted "can't decide" as both books/series have their own strengths and weaknesses.

LOTR is amazing!  Tolkien's use of the English language is second to none and he created some of the most interesting literary characters that have ever graced the pages of an epic fantasy!

However, sometimes I found it heavy going, unwieldy and yes... a tad boring in parts.

Harry Potter on the other hand is a much "easier" read, and JK Rowling uses humour and a "lighter touch" to great effect   (At least in the first few books, geared for children as they were.) 

After book 4, the series gets darker, more wordy, but infinitely more gripping!  The writing techniques JK uses in the last book are a bit irritating imho, but I'll forgive her because as far as the intricacy of the plot goes... I believe Ms Rowling to be every bit the genius that Tolkien was.
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« Reply #55 on: November 14, 2008, 10:17:49 am »
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Quote from: maryd on May 17, 2008, 04:44:18 am   

LOTR is all well and good, but the books are soooo long and I find them harder to get through and less enjoyable than HP>  I can whizz through even the long HP books, you just can't put them down - but sometimes with LOTR, especially with the battle scenes, I find excuses to stop reading, lol!
It's the same for me. I love both, but sometimes the landscapes descriptions and battle scenes in LOTR are a bit tiring, where I can hardly put HP down when I start. I guess it also has something to so with the reader's age...maybe I'll read LOTR again and I'll enjoy it even more.
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« Reply #56 on: November 14, 2008, 11:59:46 am »
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Quote from: The Gemstar on November 14, 2008, 03:45:33 am   

The writing techniques JK uses in the last book are a bit irritating imho, but I'll forgive her because as far as the intricacy of the plot goes...

Irritating? How do you mean? I'm not getting defensive or anything, just curious.
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« Reply #57 on: November 14, 2008, 04:12:11 pm »
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LOTR as they the only books I have read. Only seen HP films.
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« Reply #58 on: November 15, 2008, 01:18:51 am »
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I have read almost every Middle-Earth and Aman related Tolkien book out there and I'm studying elvish every now and then. (Crazy LotR nerds: grin now.) I'm not sure exactly why but I like the beauty and mystery about it. Even if you don't understand it, it still sounds graceful.

LotR fan base has lasted half a century as well so without a doubt it's not over yet for a very long time because it has lasted this far. It has fans from several generations which is fun.

I did read Harry Potter book once. I liked it but I did'nt really get hooked as well as I got hooked to LotR. But I got to respect Harry Potter. The readers have grown with him. I don't know what waits for it in the future but I wish all the fans good times with it.

But my vote is clear: I go for LotR.

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« Reply #59 on: November 15, 2008, 05:57:51 am »
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Quote from: maryd on November 14, 2008, 11:59:46 am   


Quote from: The Gemstar on November 14, 2008, 03:45:33 am   

The writing techniques JK uses in the last book are a bit irritating imho, but I'll forgive her because as far as the intricacy of the plot goes...

Irritating? How do you mean? I'm not getting defensive or anything, just curious.

Hehe Mary... we could have a big debate via PM on this subject , but for now I'll just give you one example of the sort of thing I mean:

I found that in the Deathly Hallows JK Rowling often "cuts off" much of the dialogue mid-sentence, especially when the characters are surprised or angry.  I realise that this is a valid method of writing dialogue, but imho it should be utilised sparingly for effect and not simply inserted into the text with monotonous regularity!  

Ex:  "According to you," Vernon Dursley said now, resuming his pacing up and down the living room, "we - Petunia, Dudley and I - are in danger.  From - from - "  .....

"Don't you dare -!"  squealed Aunt Petunia.    .....

"You claim," said Uncle Vernon, starting to pace again, "that this Lord Thing -"

"Voldemort,"  said Harry impatiently, "and we've been through this about a hundred times already.  This isn't a claim, it's a fact, Dumbledore told you last year, and Kingsley and Mr Weasley - "

^^^  And this all happens in LESS than one page of the book! 

And the above aren't the only examples.  As I've said, unfinished sentences like these occur again and again, becoming predictable, annoying and slightly difficult to read, especially when being read ALOUD.  As I am currently reading DH to my daughter Charlotte, it's even more obvious, although I had noticed it on my initial reading more than a year ago.

It almost looks as if Rowling was writing with "movie script" in the forefront of her mind, rather than the flowing style a reader would hope from a great last-of-a-series novel.  Not that JK Rowling is particularly noted for her lyrical prose, but imo the style of DH departs markedly from the previous six books.  Naturally the story is heavier and more plot-laden, but need the writing-style also be so clunky? 


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