I tried to read the version that was adapted so that us North Americans could understand the slang about a year ago, and I got through about half of it before finally giving up on it. Now, you might be wondering (understandably) why I picked it up again (albeit the original British version). Honestly, I grabbed it because I needed something to read on the bus, and it was the first thing I saw. And the crazy thing is...I liked it! So I've been reading the British versions, and I have made it to book number 5 so far. It is now March Break, and I will have to stop reading them until I can get back to school and get another one.
I was pleasantly surprised when I came back to these books, and I was really glad that I gave them a second chance. I don't think that they have made my new favourite list, but they may yet (someday, I might even get around to writing a real favourites list, but as it would keep changing, like, every other day, I think that for now it is sort of inefficient). There's not much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said, but I will tell you one thing, the way the books are written sort of grows up as the series progresses, because the readers of the series were getting older, so, even though the first book is written for someone reading at about a 12-year-old's reading level, it doesn't stay that way. So, basically, what I'm saying is, don't stop after the first book because of that, it does grow up.
The only unfortunate part of reading the books after everyone else (That includes most of my friends, and Jason) is that I already knew a lot of what was going on was going to happen. Do you know how annoying spoilers are? They're pretty annoying. And even though I knew what was going to happen half the time, it still managed to be a good book. I salute you, J.K. Rowling, because, honestly, how many people can write a book that was so good that people still talk about it almost 17 years later? And still manage to make people who haven't read it read it even though they know almost exactly what's going to happen in it, and it still be good? Not many I tell you, not many.
Now that I have finished jabbering about that, how would you like to see our new puppy Thalia (the one that I deprived you of a review over)?