Saturday, July 21, 2007

Harry Potter Ho-Hum, and Jane Wrote Me

My local big bookstore chain had a celebration last night, before selling the new Harry Potter book. My kids wanted to attend, because they had seen all the promotional emails from bookstore chains about the festivities before what I call "the big sale". So my kids dressed up as Harry Potter and Voldemort, and my husband took them to the bookstore at 10pm.

There was supposed to be a costume contest, jellybean counting contest, live music, and lots of fun and excitement, but my kids reported back to me that it was all less than exciting. There was a long line for everything, and nothing was as much fun as it sounded beforehand. The best part was checking out all the other people in costume (mostly adults). The store was really, really crowded, and since we had already pre-ordered the book and hope to receive it via UPS shortly, my husband gave up before midnight and they all came home, less than enchanted.

Oh well, yet another big event that didn't live up to all the hype.

But we'll be devouring the new book when it arrives. And my younger son has a cute little drawn-on lightning forehead scar that probably won't wash off for a week!

Over at Bookfoolery and Babble, I saw another quiz whose result pleased me more than the last one. It's called Which Author's Fiction Are You? But I warn you, it's pretty easy to see through the questions if you want to go for a particular result. But it made me happy to make good old Jane show up for me, even if I fudged my answers a little...







Which Author's Fiction are You?




Jane Austen wrote you. You are extremely aware of the power of a single word.
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6 comments:

Eva said...

I took that quiz and massaged my answers to get Jane Austen as well. :) I just finished Emma (I hadn't read it in about 6 years!).

Isn't it annoying when condescending people actually know something? lol I'm grateful to Dirda for introducing me to authors but not grateful enough to draw my punches! You'll have to let me know how Book by Book goes.

Gentle Reader said...

eva--I love Emma, too, but Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are my faves.

I feel the same way about people like Dirda--darn them for teaching me anything! I'll let you know how I like Book by Book :)

iliana said...

Ah, I'm sorry the event was less than exciting for the kids. Did you take pics of them all dressed up in their costumes though? That is just so cute. I did stop by the bookstore on Sunday and I talked with a couple of the sales people and they were drained from the madness of friday.

Gentle Reader said...

iliana--I did take pictures of the kids, and they were pretty adorable, if I do say so myself. I was just in my local, smaller book store today, and they were drained from the madness, too. And sold out, but getting new copies in tomorrow. I'm happy if the whole thing brings any bookstores, but especially the independents, some business.

Lotus Reads said...

I'm sorry the Harry Potter event didn't live up to all the hype gentle reader, guess the people in charge of marketing events always make them sound nicer than they really are!

Are they enjoying the book?

Gentle Reader said...

lotus--yes, very much. It's a little bit like a drug to them :)