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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    They are totally fit for young people if you don't want them to grow up susceptible to institutional idiocy.
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    @AlexaDickman
    "And sorry for getting defensive, but it really irks me when people criticize other's taste in books just because they didn't get the same thing out of them."

    My apologies, I know it was childish, I just couldn't resist the dig. I don't want this to turn into a Harry Potter war.

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      CommentAuthorAva Jarvis
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007
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    For someone who doesn't want to start a Harry Potter war, Paul, you are veering pretty close to it.
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    I'll never cease being amazed by vast opinions based primarily on assumption. Always reminds me of my favourite scene in Five Easy Pieces, the bit with Samia.
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    Temper, temper people. It's a book and everyone has opinions. Let cooler heads prevail.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    This is totally off topic, but I just realized that everyone on this board writes in complete, grammatically correct sentences. That's pretty cool.
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      CommentAuthorAva Jarvis
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    That is totally cool. :)
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    Getting back on topic. I was introduced to HDM by a Christian and he explained the whole Lewis <> Pullman thing. Only last week in-fact, due in no small part to that fact that I am not a big fiction reader. I am considering reading Lewis then Pullman just to have an understanding of impact of these books.

    Veering off again. Although I can understand the idea that Harry Potter is for children, having read one. I would say, as far as my limited ability to analyse literature goes, that the book didn't make me want to read any more. I can understand getting involved in a world, and those aspects of immersion, but the book just didn't grip me.

    Going back to the topic. HDM or the ideas held within, seem to be in opposition to the Christian belief system, Pullman doesn't seem to be quiet on this subject. Christians intending on a boycott is quite rational behavior, from their standpoint, because they have something to loose. While you are putting this book the 'every little hand [you] can,' where you don't really have much to loose or gain from doing it. If you were aware of a bookshop plying religious themed literature into your children's hands would you be worried?
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    @ Ava Jarvis
    "For someone who doesn't want to start a Harry Potter war, Paul, you are veering pretty close to it."
    Very true. It was late when I wrote that, and I was tired and pissed off. I've removed all my ranting, since everyone's been kind enough to ignore it and get back on topic :)
    • CommentAuthorAlexa_D
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    And I'm sorry for my tl;dr rant (which didn't sound so bad when I first wrote it, I swear!) Perhaps I'm feeling a bit depressed that the last shreds of my childhood have concluded.
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      CommentAuthorrfrancis
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    Apparently I am equal and opposite to Doc Ocassi -- I avoided both Narnia and HDM because both were introduced to me as polemical, and I just wasn't interested, whether I agree or disagree with the viewpoint each espouses.