Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Defining Fanatics

Did any of you hear about the "rabid Harry Potter fan [who] took his life yesterday after inadvertently learning a plot spoiler from the soon-to-be-released J.K. Rowling movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"?

Well, okay, it's a joke (I'm assuming, based on the context of the article), but here's the thing: can someone be a fan of the Harry Potter franchise without actually reading the books? On the radio this morning, I was listening to callers who said things like, "I've been a fan of Harry Potter since the first movie, and I love Daniel Radcliffe!" That's nice, it really is, but the movies have so much less to offer than the books do (which is almost always the case).

I guess I'm wondering if you can be a "true" Harry Potter fan and not have read the books. I've read the entire series (and seen all the movies thus far) and still don't define myself as a "true" fan. I'm just wondering where these people get off saying things like, "You have to see all the movies to really know what's going on." Really, people? Really?


Daniele said...

Would someone be able to get away with saying they're a huge Jane Austen fan if they'd only seen the movies? (Not that I would really ever compare the two authors, but it's the principle of the thing)

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

Seriously! It irritates me to hear "fans" talk about how they don't want to read the books until RIGHT before the movie comes out and other baloney like that. You are not a fan if you do crap like this.

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