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    I'm with April...I could never get into her writing, but it was hard to tell if that was because I had to read it (high school also), or because it's just not my thing.

    I also can't stand Milan Kundera. Required college reading, but tried again and still don't like it.

    Best of luck to those reading Ann though!

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    Someone is actually reading Ayn Rand ????

    I am delighted.
    I have to wholeheartedly agree with you. "The Fountainhead" is one of my favorite novels and Howard R., a compelling character at Weakest,...love that read!

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    Hey here's a question...

    What did everyone think of the MOVIE Prisoner of Azkaban, and WHY?

    I know I have a strong opinion, and i want to hear what other people think about it...
    "Half measures availed us NOTHING..."
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    I loved the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. Although they did not develop the whole Maurader's Map enough. They did not explain that Harry's father was Prongs the deer, they just had the deer. Other than that I think it was done very well. I have to say I was scared about how this movie would turn out because the director was not used to doing non kid movies. However I loved the feel of this movie. You could see that it was more mature as the kids were more mature. It was dark and moody like the storyline. I think it might be my favorite of the movies so far. I got mad when I heard that the kids won't be wearing robes much in POA and that made me mad because I was afraid they were going to turn it into some teeny bopper movie with Hermoine looking like Britney Spears in the latest fashions. However it was done well because she was dressed modestly and she only wore that one outfit with the jeans and the pink top.

    I am extremely excited about the next movie. I think it will be the best one yet. Goblet of Fire is my favorite book. They said this might beat the record for most expensive movie made. It has a HUGE cast!
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    I liked POA as a movie, but I felt a little short-changed. Its mood was most definitely the darkest of the original three movies, and well done with lighting, color. However, there are many nuances in the books that serve to develop time, space, and character that are always missing in the movies. It seemed to be a bit like Cliff Notes - the facts were there, but the essence was not.

    I've seen the trailer for the GOF movie, and cannot wait. The special effects are wonderful, such as the underwater scene where Harry swims with gillyweed... All of their hair is now long and shaggy, a measure of aging and time I suppose. Hermione looks stunning in her ballgown, and it was more than worth it to see Ron's mouth drop. Cannot wait. November can't come fast enough for this mom!

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    ok i just wanted to see what other people thought. i was particularly angry. had i gone with just myself or other HP lovers, i dont think i would have disliked it so much. i went with people who dont read the books, but see the movies, which suprisingly is a lot of people.
    basically, if you didnt read the book, the movie can be a little confusing. my boyfriend walked out and asked my, why does sirius still want to kill harry?

    in my opinion, there were a few scenes that could have been cut out and a few to be put in. remember the scene of a leaf floating down or the bird hitting the tree? pointless. or when they added the scene at the beginning with the candy? again pointless albeit funny.
    they could have added more with the marauders map, and ESPECIALLY another 5 minutes in the shrieking shack to fully explain everything. i think that scene is the most important in the entire book because that is what clears everything up. the climax. my favorite chapter in the book.

    so while the rest of them movie was okay, pretty good directing, i guess for me if they cant succeed at the climax then im not sure i like it at all.

    just my 2 cents

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    That was my biggest gripe with the movie (lack of Maruder's Map explanation...I mean really how long would it have taken, and how on Earth did they miss that?). But otherwise I loved it. I CANNOT wait for GOF and I'm so stinkin' jealous of the lucky people in Chicago *i think* who already got to see an early cut.

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    When does the GOF movie come out? It is my favorite of the books as well.

    Ayn Rand: I tend to be a capitalist in theory, but I just don't buy into a world without charity. I've only read "Atlas Shrugged," and like the others who have posted, it took me months to read. Usually that turns me off a book, but I just couldn't put this one back on the shelf. The "Fountainhead" in on my "To Read Someday" list.

    A few suggestions...

    Read Before the Movie Comes Out!!
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    The Lovely Bones
    HP and the Goblet of Fire
    The Chronicles of Narnia (I hope they don't ruin them)

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    The Lovely Bones is such a beautiful book!

    The Time Traveller's Wife is AWESOME as well, but can be a little graphic with its language at times (for those who might be bothered). But it is such a gut-wrenchingly beautiful love story...plus it features time-travel.

    Lightning, by Dean Koontz, is another good romance/time travel story too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotsa98
    When does the GOF movie come out? It is my favorite of the books as well.
    It's advertised as being a November release.

    Carol

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