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Nov. 12th, 2009

Hope5

OoTP

I just finished re-readng the Order of the Pheonix. As it stands right now it's my favorite in the series. I didn't particularly like the beginning but after the first 100 pages or so it hit its groove. I just wanted to point out how fierce Dumbledore was in the final duel and in the way he talked to Fudge. I didn't particularly like the way he handled Harry but I've felt that way about every other book as well. Speaking of Harry I really liked the way his anger was explored. It was annoying for him to go off on his friends and do that whole "i'm a lonely teen and no one understands me" shtick. However I enjoyed it for 3 reasons. The first is that although  Hermione and Ron let it slide during the summer when they get back to school Hermione calls him out on his bullshit and just about everyone else(including Ginny) let's him know he's out of line. Second is that for once in the series Harry's reckless behavior comes back to bite him badly. He's forced to see that there are consequences to his violent outbursts and he also learns that he should listen more to the people around him because they do care and sometimes(particularly with Hermione) they actually know what they're talking about. Thirdly I liked it because I thought it was realistic. Being a teenager I can honestly say that teenagers can be very annoying and most times have absolutely no idea how to deal with their emotions. My favorite thing about Harry, Ron, and Hermione is how flawed they are and how horrible they are at dealing with their emotions. Eventually they learn and that's the important part. I think it's also important to note that while it's great that Harry's so noble, brave, blah blah, it was good to see him crack under pressure that would crack anybody else in his situation. It gave some personality and flare to his previously dull character. Nobility where's thin by the 4th or 5th outing.

Harry's the chosen one; the hero. Most heroes go through a life of misery and loss before they either a) conquer what they were sent to, or b) die. That's what the Order of the Pheonix ends the reader to contemplate with and I thinik that's why it's my favorite in the series.

BONUS: I thought I'd add something on the romantic happenings. I loved the Harry/Cho/Hermione storyline. The fights between Harry and Cho really amused me. He is so clueless it's hilarious. Harry's dislike for girls who get emotional(as evidenced through his fights with Cho) proved to me that he and Hermione would never make a good match. Don't get me wrong I love Hermione and I don't really like Cho. Hermione's definately the most complex and resourceful of the young gang but she's completely neurotic. The girl acts like the world stops everytime she encounters something in her life that can't be solved by a book. Not to mention the fact that she cries when she's happy and she cries when she's sad. I could never see them working out.


I'd also like to tip a hat for the **subtle** insert of Ginny into the canvas. Seeing as the only time she was present in the series was when she was being posessed it was almost like an introduction of sorts to her in this one. Not a major one that might take away from the plot but a nice one. I really like how overprotective Ron is of her in the role of older brother. It brings out another side of him. Also for some reason I was kind of shocked by how well Hermione knew Ginny as well as the other girls in Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. I knew she usually slept in Ginny's room when she was at the Weasley's but I didn't see her as someone who was so in touch with the female psyche to give Harry advice. She always seemed like a tomboy and guys girl to me. So I guess it was nice to see another side of her social life seeing as when she started the series she had no friends and then just tagged along with Harry and Ron.

Last but not least one can not forget the addition of Luna Lovegood. After reading the book I remember that back in 8th grade I was a Luna/Harry shipper. She's so odd and it's refreshing. I'm very glad that she's been added to palet and I'm also grateful for more Neville. I liked that he gained some confidence through the DA and was able to open up, even if only just a little, about his parents. His connection to Harry and the similarities between them was favorite part of the book. If I remember correctly that's explored even more in book 6 and I'm looking forward to it. 

Comment plz if you have any thoughts on the Harry Potter series.

Nov. 5th, 2009

Hope5

wow


So at the moment I'm over 78violet and have yet to finish watching SON. Both of them were annoying the crap out of me. Today I was bored and decided to youtube spashley and found a great video for them to Aly & AJ's "Chemicals React". It perked me up which I needed as I'm currently sick with and infection. UTI's are a real kind of miserable. Anyway, here's the video that somewhat lifted my spirits:



Hope you guys have a good day.

Oct. 17th, 2009

Hope5

Harry Potter

Yes, I know I never got around to posting the things I said I would. I've been sidetracked. I feel like 1 of 5 people on the planet who hasn't read Deathly Hallows(the 7th and final installment of the Harry Potter series). I first started reading the books 7 years ago when I was in the 7th grade. I quickly went through the 4 that were alreeady out and read books 5 and 6 when they came out(though I was late at getting 6 and because of that one of my friends spilled the major death at the end). When book 7 came out I just never got around to getting it. So I decided last month to go back and re-read the entire series and read #7 for the first time. Sadly I've already had a few deaths and love-relationships spoiled for me through online sites so now I'm really anxios. I'm on #3 which was always my favorite but I've found myself peaking at DH one too many times. I don't know if i have enough self control to not skip ahead but I'll have to wait and see.

I must say it was odd reading these books for the first time in over a half decade. I was going to make a post critiquing some things but I feel really sick today and I don't think up to it. I might do it Monday. Even though I wasn't a fan of the pacing of the first book and some little plot things and the second and third I'm still in awe of this world that J.K. Rowling created and the series in general. There are so many different layers and elements to the stories that it would probably take me many essays to get through it all. I plan on doing it one day though. These books are way too good for me to not write about.

Jun. 3rd, 2009

Hope5

Friends Only


My last public post is rightfully Zac's singing. If you want to be friends mesage me or comment this entry. Isaac welcomes you in.



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Apr. 19th, 2009

Hope5

Zac <3

When I tell people that my favorite band is Hanson I get strange looks. But, honestly name one modern artist that can do a Beatles cover as well as this. Anyone who can pull this song off is amazing. PERIOD.


Mar. 24th, 2009

Hope5

whatevs

In pain again. "tis the story of my life. I'm starting to feel better though so that's good. I guess I'll just have to suck it up for the rest of the week. I can do it :)
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Feb. 23rd, 2009

Hope5

Tinted Windows, wut?

Ok so I heard about Tinted Windows last week and was shocked but I don't think anything could prepare me for this:
http://www.rollingstone.com/blogs/smokingsection/2009/02/tinted-windows.php

Craziness. I just got into Hanson so I'm more in tune with their new indie pop/rock stuff and while I do like FOW and Cheap Trick I wasn't expecting something so poppy. That was a mistake seeing as they all at one point of another played powerpop(except James from Smashing Pumpkins, I have no idea WTF he's doing there). As a cheesy and Jonas Brothery(I know not a word) it is I can't stop listening to it which just confuses me even more. I'm kind of embarassed for them but loving them at the same time. I have no idea what's wrong with me: I went from loving pop to alt metal and now here I am listening to Aly & AJ(Disney, bad) and whatever this is.

I digress. It was a good idea to not go home as I avoided a conflict and kept my anger to myself(or more specifically my livejournal account) so I'm no longer angry with my mom and my stress is going away. Hopefully the migraines will be a thing of the past but I'm not going to get down about it.

I have to just take life one day at a time and I guess cheesy pop music can help the process along.

Feb. 20th, 2009

Hope5

Again

Once again I am unable to sleep and I can't concentrate either.Work is not getting done which is bad but oh well. Today's Friday so I can go home after this which should be a good thing. So I'm going to stop dwelling on myself now.

Taylor Hanson has joined a new band, it's a side project called "Tinted Windows" so my inner new Hanson obsesser can not freak out. I'll just have to wait a little longer for their next record.

That's it, I'll probably just be on youtube until econ.

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