I stayed up way too late last night to finish Deathly Hallows. I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed any of the other books, I guess. My only real requirement for it was that Snape be redeemed for killing Dumbledore in a way I felt was satisfactory, which happened, though they did kind of fuck up Dumbledore there for a little bit. Making him more human and falliable or whatever she was trying to do, wasn’t really necessary. Also killing both Lupin and Tonks seemed a bit over the top, with the baby and all. And the epilogue was unclear on whether Harry had raised the baby or not, which I expect he should have give, well, you know everything.
Everything else in the book as a-okay. I haven’t yet read an one else’s commentary on it, but expect a lot of howling about the treatment of the Malfoys and the romance aspects and some other stuff. Hmm, now that I think about it, maybe I won’t read any one else’s commments. 🙂
Also, much like the last couple books, this one would have benefitted greatly from being about 200 pages shorter. Does Rowling think she’s good enough to not have an editor? Is everyone so up her ass that they can’t even tell her that quality matters as much as quantity?
Now I just need to get to the movie too and I’ll be all caught up!
Did anyone but me hear the first part of “The Young and the Godly” on NPR this morning? I’ve had a lot of of problems with NPR recently (mostly amusement of a sort from it becoming kind of an insane parody of itself), but man, this was some terrible reporting. A brief look at two young kids, married and both recently graduated from seminary school and they “problems” they face because of it. The portrayal of the couple, from their bits of interviews, made them both seem incredibly uninformed. I don’t know exactly what I anted from this. Maybe some commentary on the level of education these kids actually received and what that means to the communities they end up ministering? Or perhaps some insight into why younger people are making choices for ministering in this way (well something more than them just saying “God called me” or the guys insane response about how he could see God’s work in kayaking trips and that brought him to the church). Or perhaps even some deeper philosophical or theological commentary on how these kids view God and how that affects their congregations (at one point the guy says, in his faux-surfer voice, “I think I’ve found that, whenever I think I’ve got it figured out, or I know what’s going to happen, God has just the opposite in store”).