Friday, 1 May 2015

Reliving The Magic

After reading nothing but comics and manga for the past few months, probably closer to a year, I decided it was time I re-enter the wide world of reading. What better book series to go back through than Harry Potter at that? I know I've blogged about Harry Potter before but hey, I'm going to be talking about different aspects of the books. Most noticeably how much I misremember them.
Grimdark as fuck yo
One thing that I'm surprised I found myself thinking is that I'm actually closer to this level than I thought in terms of writing ability. The first book is very, very simplistic. I'm really bad at descriptive writing and it's my biggest weakness as a writer. One comparison I like to make is that J.K would describe Hogwarts in great detail and I would simply say "There was a large castle" and you know what? I was wrong. That's actually how J.K describes Hogwarts the first time Harry sees it. She literally describes it as a large castle. I hope that one day someone looks back at Immortal Space when I've gone on to release other things and they think to themselves "Wow, I can see for myself how much he grew." It's interesting, in a way, as J.K is an author I look up to. Now I look at her work and think I don't have such a long way to go. At least, not until I'm on the level of the first book. Those books definitely got more complicated and better written as the series progressed.

Another thing is just how different the movies were even back at the start. I haven't watched a Harry Potter movie since the fourth one. I love Order of The Phoenix and I didn't want to see them ruin it. I didn't realise of course how much of the earlier books was changed. To watch the movies you'd think that Harry, Ron and Hermione were bosom buddies right from the start and it was a collective love at first sight. I'm a little past half way through the first book and Harry and Ron can't really stand Hermione. It took a while for them to really develop and become the trio they eventually did.

For now though, I'm just going to enjoy reading again. Perhaps the next books I pick won't be a seven part series though.

9 comments:

  1. have also started reading again lately, for me it's an opportunity to learn more. I love autobiographies and general wisdom, usually from experienced people.

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    1. I'm not such a fan of autobiographies myself. There's not really anyone I find myself wanting to know the life story of. I still learn a lot while reading though. Mostly how to write.

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  2. If you like series, then tackle The Lord of the Rings next, or Game of Thrones or even Hunger Games!

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    1. I read The Hunger Games either last year or the year before. It took me a day each to get through the books. They were good I'll give them that. I don't know about Lord of The Rings though. There's only three of them (four if you count Hobbit) but they each have the length of about two or three books worth of information in them. For now I've grabbed some series' I started but never finished, and another of my favourite series.

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    2. I read the Hobbit a million times as a kid, but the Ring trilogy is tough. It took me a while to get into the first one, and The Return of The King took me like 2 months to read, it's very slow. The Two Towers is brilliant though, I read that in a day.

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    3. If I tried I could maybe get through The Hobbit. I did try reading Fellowship when I was younger and I don't remember if I got past the first chapter. That was back when my attention span was good too.

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  3. I love those books. I re-read them for like 100th time around Christmas, and I had the same thought as you, I never realized before how much the writing improves with each book.

    Sometimes I think I get too descriptive. The reader will build an image of the books's world either way. I've noticed with some authors who get overly descriptive that their descriptions can clash with the picture in my head, like little details will be wrong. .....if that makes sense.

    Have you read Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials? They're my favourite books ever.

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    1. I haven't read His Dark Materials but I am now conducting research to see if I should. Because I worry too much about my lack of describing ability I think I tend to be a little overly descriptive at times too. I hope I can find a nice balance but the only way I'm going to be able to do that is by writing. She also just writes "said" a lot, which is something else I have an issue with. I don't like using the word said because it makes everything sound dull and monotone. I always think "HOW did they say it?" If that makes sense.

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  4. I have never read Harry Potter although my youngest is reading them again

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