Random thoughts on Mr. Clancy and Harry Potter

Hello, there !

 Renxkyoko Iglesias musing.

It;s been 8 days, so here I am again. As usual, I’ll  just write down whatever comes to mind, so kindly bear with my unorganized thoughts, okay ?

First off, I’m going to see Harry Potter on July 14, midnight showing. I don’t know if it’s a premier showing . I didn’t buy the tickets. Hahaha  I’ve got a date , same fellow Muggle guy   I saw the  last Potter movie with  last year.

I don’t think I’d be that happy . I’m sure I’d feel sad,  because  this is it…….the last one.   Good-bye to the Boy Who Lived.  *sniff*  Excuse me while I get a tissue…………….

Pardon me for the misty eyes, I’m just being myself,  a sentimental fool, as always.  You see, I consider this last movie as the end of my youth. ……….Ugh. I’m not in the mood.  I think I’ll just repost something that I wrote last year before  the first part of  Deathly Hallows was released. I feel quite lazy right now.

Ahhh ! Inner voice. It sounds profound.But I’m not thinking anything profound at this moment. In fact , I’m not thinking at all. My mind is totally blank.  Does it mean my brain is getting fuzzy? Or is my sagging attention span  getting to be a bit of a problem now .  Nah. I’m just bored. I did my laundry this morning, and I think I find watching my clothes tumble dry more fascinating than the rest of my activities today. So sad. Oh, well….. story of my life. ^_^”

Ooooh, Harry Pottah ! The last movie in the series is going to be released in November.  Well, no, it’s second to the last, actually………. there’s a part 2. Of course, I assume everybody knows that.  Anyone who doesn’t is an alien……..

 I’m feeling nostalgic…  Is he going to live or die ? I agonized over that for a long time.  I thought it would be so cruel… no, evil… of JKRowling to off  my  beloved Harry after making him suffer since the day he was born.  Oh, but good thing my whole family ( except my father ) were as obssessed as I was with the books.  We always had very lively and colorful discussions over dinners, exchanging theories,( ad nauseum ),  on whether Harry was going to live or die……I reread the books a million times, looking for clues. I listened to podcasts and went on HP sites like Mugglenet and Leaky Cauldron   These discussions went on for years, until the last book was released and   we finally learned Harry lived.  ( collective sighs of relief ). Oh, that was such a momentous event.  We bought the book on the very first date of release, at 12 midnight. We  were at the bookstore as early as 10 PM, got in line, and got hold of the book at 3 AM. Yep, you heard it…. 3 freakin’ AM.  Hey, what’s 5 hours of waiting in line compared to years of anticipation? I was the first to read the book, with a promise I wouldn’t spoil it for the rest of the family.  In fact, I placed my right hand over a stack of Bibles and swore  an oath not to tell, so help me God.  Oh, yes, , this episode in my life loving Harry Potter is absolutely priceless. …………… Now, about Daniel Radcliff, Mr. Harry Potter himself, in person…………….. First time I saw the movie, I thought he was God’s gift to little girls like me.  I was 11 and he was 11, and he was sooo cute. I had a humungous teenage crush on him.  And he was so handsome in Goblet of Fire.  ……… Okay, that’s just my opinion.  ^^” ………………………  So, what was my reaction when JKRowling revealed a secret…. that Prof. Dumbledore is, in fact, gay ?  I was  flabbergasted  surprised, but thinking back,  a lot of things that made me think, ” hmmm”,  now made a lot of  sense.    Oh, one more thing, did I get disappointed that Harry and Hermione didn’t end up together ? So, okay , Hermione , played by Emma Watson,  is  pretty.  But, take note, However,  Hermione in the book, isn’t pretty . In fact, the author’s description of her isn’t flaterring  at all.. And , apparently, Harry likes good-looking girls. So, he ends up with Ginny. ………… I was disappointed, of course.  Hermione   Emma Watson and Harry  Daniel Radcliff  do  look good together.

   I guess I was on fangirl mode  when I wrote the above. Ha ha !  Well, that’s me.   One question though…… do you think  Harry Potter is a great piece of literature?  Whether it is, or not, doesn’t matter . To me, it’s one amazing piece of literature. It got me ( and million others ) started  to read books other than Nancy Drew. . Oh, yes, if  it can get people , from age 9 to 90, to read a book with 1000 pages, and finish it, then , in my book, it is a great piece of  literature , and literary snobs be damned.   

The bottomline here is, each to his /her own. No one can force me to read Atlas Shrugged, for example, unless it’s shoved  down my throat. I’d rather gladly eat it, than read it.  Now,  I’m just wondering,  when the book is extremely popular, why do critics trash it ?  So, okay, there’s one completely rational answer to that….. Tom Clancy. Although I have  literary ( pardon the irony) read  almost all of his books, and enjoyed them, I have to admit  the plots of his latest books are so “out there ”  I find Prof. Dumbledore conjuring a goblet of water from the air  more believable. I swear  Tom Clancy’s  recent story lines are computer – generated.  Fill in the blanks and he’s good to go. I don’t blame him though. The dollars  just keep coming.  I just hope Mr. Clancy goes back to his roots and  writes another novel as compelling as The Hunt for Red October.  That is one awesome book.  * ponders*  You  know, there’s one book of Tom Clancy’s that reminds me of  9/11 . The book is Debt of Honor.  The  difference between what happened on 9/11 and the book’s plot is that the antagonists  are not Muslim terrorists but a  Japanese pilot flying a commercial 747, if I recall correctly.  What  is more surprising about this  novel is that it  was written years before 9/11 happened.  In the story, the  building that gets  hit is not  an ordinary structure  like the Twin Towers in New York, but the  Capitol Building in Wahington, D.C., and it happens while the President of the of the United States is delivering his annual State of the Nation Address, with all the officials of the land  present . They all die. …… and Jack Ryan becomes the President of the United States.  Well, this book is part of Mr. Clancy’s Jack Ryan series. In movie versions , Jack Ryan is Alec Baldwin in Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot  Games , Executive Orders, Clear and Present Danger, and John Affleck in Sum of All Fears. 

So okay, you can tell I actually like Tom Clancy…… and Robert Ludlum. In fact, I like Robert Ludlum more than Tom Clancy even though their novels belong to the same thriller genre.  If Tom Clancy has his  Jack Ryan, Robert Ludlum has Jason Bourne.  By the way,  Matt Damon is Jason Bourne in the movies.

 I’m starting to blabber. Oh, well, what’s new. I’m always like this, anyways.   …. Guess I have to say bye for now.  Be cool and stay cool.  PEACE .

23 responses to this post.

  1. You’re going to the midnight show? My daughter hounded em for that ione, but I worked at 8 am the next day!
    You suck – but not really!

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  2. Interesting post – I’m both a Harry Potter fan and Clancy fan also. Along with John Grisham, Clancy was one of the authors that brought me back into the realm of “reading for fun.” I only read three of his books (those on which the first three Jack Ryan movies were based), but I loved each of them to death. I’m sorry to hear that the latest novels are a bit unrealistic, when realism really marked the early Ryan novels.

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  3. Oh, hey, surprise ! I read John Grisham too !

    If I’m not mistaken, the first of the jack ryan series are Red Storm Rising and The cardinal of the Kremlin, followed by The Hunt for Red October. Anyone who wants to start reading Tom Clancy should read these 3 first. Although I don’t remember which comes first, Red Storm Risong or the Cardinal of the Kremlin. But Hunt for red October is definitely the 3rd one, coz this 3rd book is the culmination of the Russian admiral’s flight to freedom.

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  4. Eoin Coffer and his Artemis Fowl books saved me from the depression of finishing the Harry Potter series.. now that the movies are over.. truly the end of an era. Yep, I read Clancey and Ludlums books and WEB Griffin’s books are good too.

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    • While waiting for the next HP to come out, I read ERAGON. his is a wonderful series too. I highly recommend it. BUT, and this is a big BUT…… don’t bother to watch the movie version coz whoever made the movie screwed up BIG TIME!!!!!

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    • I agree! The Eragon movie was… frustrating to say the least.
      And also, ARTEMIS FOWL!!! 😀 😀 😀
      I’m worried about its upcoming movie. I really hope it doesn’t disappoint me as well…

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  5. Another Harry Potter post. 🙂 I just came from Pointless Paranoia’s blog and I pledged to watch all Harry Potter films despite the fact that I only watched part 1 which is several years ago.

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    • Wait, just a sec…… Part 1 means part 1 of Deathly Hallows, right > It was shown just last year, not several years ago? Or, did you mean the first film > Philosopher’s Stone ? @___@

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      • The first film… hahaha… By the way may i know your nationality? Thanks. 🙂

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        • * cough * Really ? Lemme guess, you haven’t read the books, either. T.T

          Hey, I posted something about my nationality…. read up on that post ” Who AM I and a Few Plug-Ins ” . Anyways, I was born in the Philippines, grew up here stateside… and I’m Filipina.

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  6. It’s The Sorcerer’s Stone.

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  7. Hey I am a huge fan of Harry Potter too, haven’t seen the movie yet… because I know the cinemas will be sooooo crowded , haha. I just thought that I would enjoy it way better if the place is not that crowded anymore and only a few people will comment about the show while they’re actually watching it 🙂

    just like you I have been waiting for this is, hmmm actually excited and sad, i wont be seeing them ( the main characters ) together again in one movie.

    nice entry!

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    • The tickets were pre-sold and they weren’t supposed to sell more than the number of seats, so it wasn’t SRO ( Standing Room Only )

      Seeing the last in the series was kind of bittersweet. This last one was good. I was satisfied because most of the dialogues were lifted from the book. . The movie that I was least satisfied with was The Half -Blood Prince, I think. I swear, anyone who hasn’t read the book wouldn’t understand this movie.

      Yegads, I was a Harry Potter freak for a long time. I even have a wand, a book of spells ( a gift ), Quidditch book, Gryffindor cape/scarf, ( Holloween costume) HP calendar every year, and a poster of the trio. I’d like to think it was just a phase in my tweenhood, hahaha. My friend/classmate was worse…. he had his room wallpapered with HP design.

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      • you know what I hated the half blood prince too , i mean the movie, I guess I was really expecting something different, I was disappointed. oh well.

        and OMG you are such a huge fan of HP , seriously you bought those stuffs? that’s cool! haha.

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        • It should be about Snape, the Half Blood Prince and about the book of potions that he owns , but in the movie, it is barely discussed,,,, It;s all about teenage angst. After watching the movie, I was like, WTF, lol …..

          I know! I’m a huge fan! or shall I say, I WAS a huge fan…. but not anymore…. I don’t buy anything Harry anymore… that would be so weird, hahaha!

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        • The Half-Blood Prince is the only Harry Potter film I didn’t get to see! So I’m actually fortunate that I didn’t? Yesss.

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  8. Posted by Dreamsending on July 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Hey its Dreamsending, Harry Potter ROCKED! But still, memories will live on….

    Talk to you later sometime ok girl

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    • What the! How come you’re not posting here! I’ve been waiting for you to cover me… I’ve been so busy!!!!! Alex, get your as* off the couch!!!!!

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  9. with the exception of a disinterested few, i guess everyone, indeed, has been smitten by the wonderful magical world of harry potter.

    thanks for dropping by my crib, renxkyoko. am surprised to know you’re also a filipino. \m/

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    • I think JKRowling is a great story teller. I have no qualification whatseoever to say about the literary quality of her work.. But as I said, it doesn’t matter… She has given us such wonderful stories to read ! !

      Thanks for passing bu… hope you visit again !

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