Open Letter To Jkr- Please Help

paintball

Time Turners
I have just posted an open letter to JKR here

Please encorage JKR to help get the children to forget about Harry Potter and get on with their lives.

Thanks

Paintball
 
You spent probably 5 hours writing that letter, yet you are complaining about the time people (free people, that are free to make their own choices) spend on forums? Give me a break. Live and let live, and get off your high horse.. Given a choice between a kid reading NOTHING and reading Harry Potter, I'll go with Harry Potter.
 

Seeker615

Ghosthunter
I don't think there is any harm in reading and chatting about Potter. Countless kids have grown up on these books and learned the importance of trust, friendship and making the wise choice. How can that be a bad thing?

I am thrilled that my kids have read Potter and they are all happily well adjusted kids who have lives outside of the Potter-world.

honestly I would rather see kids obsess over Potter than some of the darker things that are out there!
 

Sir Cadogan

Noble Heart, Steely Sinew
Paintball, you should think about your own obsession with Harry Potter, in my opinion. No offence intended.
 

Sirius Potter Fan

Night Patroll
Paintball, You know, I really wish the best for you, and I am sorry that you have felt let down by the HP series. Many of us have most likely felt a little let down when a certain part of the book didn't turn out exactly as we had forseen it, but that has not taken away the love we have had for the rest of the book, and after all, it is JKR's story to tell, not ours.

Have children become overly obsessed with HP . . . well yes, but children have also become obsessed with other things, video games, (far more damaging I think than HP books), popularity, telivision, drugs, and any number of other things that could go on and on. True obsession can be a bad thing, but I don't believe that the majority of "children" posting on various sites are Truly obsessed. I myself on this site rank 3rd in total posts, surpasses only by one, who is the owner and another who has been on the board several months previous to me, yet I most certainly would not consider myself "obsessed"

Harry Potter is a craze that will pass in time. In a few months, things will slow down dramaticaly. Things will again pick up when the next film nears, and then again for the "Encyclopedia" of Harry, and then finally with the release of Deathly Hallows the film. After that, or most likely much earlier than that, other things will come to give those searching for distraction something to focus their energies on. And isn't that what fiction is for? Distraction - a chance to go somewhere exciting without leaving the den, a chance to meet new and exciting characters who are a blend of the authors ideas and your own imagination. Even on this site, I have felt the pull of HP rise and fall, from excited frenzy, to several days without a single post, not just from me, but none from any member on the board.

No one needs to tell HP fans that it's over, get a life and find something else. That will happen to each of us in it's own time. Will we forget Potter altogether? I hope not, and I think not . . . I still remember very well the first chapter book I ever read, I still remember quite fondly first watching my favorite movie (Mary Poppins if you care to know) and just as re-reading HP from time to time, I love to watch that movie again from time to time. The world will move on (SK fans will identify!) but, it doesn't have to end.
 

Arwan

Time Turners
Oh my!! You may want to take a second look at who is obsessed with Harry Potter, or perhaps the extreme disappointment you are obviously experiencing after reading the last book.
I personally have 4 children all boys, and believe me if they were not chatting about Harry Potter on chat lines they would be chatting about everything and anything else on chat lines that is just what kids today do. The three older boys chat on at least 3 different sites, yet all three have many real friends outside of the internet.
As for being obsessed only with Harry Potter books this too will pass when the next great series by who ever, becomes the new fad. We have gone through every obsession from wrestling to star wars, from Hardy boys to Digimon all of them have lived and breathed these thing in obsess and their stability is fine.
If anyone still picks up a book and enjoys it enough to read it again I think the authur has done their job, and if it allows a child to talk about and disscuss it then they have truely read well and have taken more away from it the just a good read it has allowed them to use their imagination and experience what they believe Harry's world is all about. In short they are learning!
These books are and will always be a classic and timeless just like Tolkien's, Lord of the Rings first published in 1954, and are still enjoyed today.

As for kids not wanting to read school books, think about it did you want to read school books? and would you not put that book down to read something that your own personnel preferrance preferred! (ie: music, sports, comics, drama, romance, mystery)
 

cagedcactus

Sherbet Lemon
WOW....
some people just cant straighten their priorities....
It is always good to see children getting into something innocent, and time worthy. JKR has provided that medium for them. I am glad that she is ending the series, so another can start, and so it can be cherished in future, just as other legends have been, like LOTR and others....
I think SPF and Arwen made good points. Those who have children, would rather see them chat on and on about something like Harry Potter, than that bloody mess flying all over on video games.....
 

Piper

Time Turners
Well it's not children that I see on these forums as much as adults lol, and me calling on her to tell adults to get on with their lives would go something like this, "hello Pot? This is kettle, you are black" lol
 

Piper

Time Turners
I do think it was wrong of her to go on and on about this being THE END, and now we get, "Well there will be an encyclopedia later to explain more stuff, and all" she has kind of kept everyone hanging on, and I didn't like her making that crack about how some fans are just obsessed and want to know every last detail. Because what mostly we want to know is what she didn't answer that she said she would answer. Or why she answered one way and then went totally another way.

I think the obsession will pass though.
 

George

Tom Marvolo Riddle
Paintball.

It takes all of my self-control to not post an open letter to JKR myself, asking her to give help to all those troubled individuals who have become extremists, in order to fight what they see as being extremist. No names, would, of course, be mentioned, in this hypothetical letter.
So, please cease to write. Begin an objective assessment of benefits derived from Harry Potter instead. Sleep on it for a bit, and get over your disappointment and your ego.
 

Pip

Time Turners
Paintball.

You appear to have forgetten someone, who was completely obsessed with HP, in your letter to JKR - YOU.

You seem to have been infatuated by some of your own incorrect theories and plots, fuelled by your over inflated ego. The only plots and theories that are important are the ones that have been written by JKR. I am not disappointed with the final book, and will enjoy reading the fantastic series to new members of my family.

If you are so disappointed, why don't you try writing your own series?

'Barry Trotter And The Order Of The Paintball' might be a good place to start......
 

happy_hannah

Time Turners
uhhhh....you do realise children grow up don't you? being 20 years old i started reading HP when i was 11 and obviously at the time i was slightly more obsessed, but rest assured i grew out of it. In fact i wouls say HP has a lot to do with who i am now and helped me a lot as a child.
 

Vicuña

Time Turners
Merlin's beard, how I WISH Harry Potter had existed 25 years ago. Then I probably wouldn't have spent so much time obsessed with WHAM! (hmmm, kinda feels good getting that off my chest)
 

Mr_Bandman

Time Turners
I have had fun batting around all the theories and postulations on this site. I enjoyed the series immensely. My daughter, who reads voraciously at a very high level and with whom I have shared the HP series for the past 4 years, has it in perspective. She understands that it is all make-believe. Just like everything else she has read, from Curios George to Junie B Jones to The Chronicles of Narnia. She’s loves the HP books, loves the characters, loves tossing around theories with me just like I do with people from all over on this site---but she does not mistake them for reality, nor does she let any of this stuff dominate her life, except in that she loves nothing more than to curl up with a good book and escape into a make-believe world for awhile. And what on earth is wrong with that? My kid is bright, engaging, conversational, imaginative, thoughtful, articulate---all the things a good reader should be. For that, I am indebted to JKR, as much as I am to A.A. Milne, C.S. Lewis, Beverley Cleary, E.L. Konigsburg, Barbara Park, and Dr. Seuss, among dozens of others. As far as my opinions, I was right about some things, wrong about others; satisfied with some final resolutions, heartily disappointed in others. But, this....Paintball....this is absurd…..I think you are deflecting your own manic obsession on the rest of us who merely thought they were well-written books that captured and held our collective imagination for a short time. You're acting like the Trekkies who got mad at Shatner for his lampooning of them on Saturday Night Live. I also think you enjoy being the subject of conversation amongst people all over the world on a dozen different websites. The pouting and whining has to stop, and so does the ego-gorging. The last 2 words of the title of this thread is telling---”please help”----that’s not a bad idea----seek help!
 

paintball

Time Turners
I picked up my morning paper this morning and read where JKR for some absurd reason felt it necessary at her New York City book tour to announce that Dumbledore is gay. How absurd. If she thinks this is going to get people like me who have quit discussing the books on the forums to come back and do so then she's crazier then I was when I was on the forums doing just that. By the way, I'm pleased to see that most of us have quit wasting our time discussing Harry Potter and gone on to more important things. If anyone happens to get their hands on a copy of the original unedited manuscript of Deathly Hallows, I would still like a copy when it becomes available.
 

Sirius Potter Fan

Night Patroll
paintball said:
If she thinks this is going to get people like me who have quit discussing the books on the forums to come back and do so then she's crazier then I was when I was on the forums doing just that
Well . . . ummmmmm . . . you did come back. As I have no clue as to just what her motivations were on this I cannot say. My thoughts are that if she had intended him to be known as gay, why not put it in the book? Why announce it post script to a group of children, many of whom would not even know the meaning of the word.

But . . . what is this about an unedited manuscript?
 

Mr_Bandman

Time Turners
I picked up my morning paper this morning and read where JKR for some absurd reason felt it necessary at her New York City book tour to announce that Dumbledore is gay. How absurd. If she thinks this is going to get people like me who have quit discussing the books on the forums to come back and do so then she's crazier then I was when I was on the forums doing just that. By the way, I'm pleased to see that most of us have quit wasting our time discussing Harry Potter and gone on to more important things. If anyone happens to get their hands on a copy of the original unedited manuscript of Deathly Hallows, I would still like a copy when it becomes available.
I, too, am at a loss in my attempt to discern her motives. And I agree----it is absurd----extremely so----I think she made herself look like a complete idiot.

However......SPF has a point.....you did come back.....and I have a feeling you're going to see this, so you will have come back again.....
 
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