January 2010 – What We’re Reading, Watching, etc.

I saw Avatar on the opening weekend, and my reaction was simply that it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.  I’m not going to claim it was a great movie regarding plot and dialog, but without a doubt, it was the best I’d ever “seen”.  This brings a whole new take on the phrases “I’m going to go see a movie”, or “I saw that movie”.  I have a theory that the simple plot and predictable dialog may have been intentional.  Since I knew exactly how the movie was going to end after the first five minutes, and each character’s role was cookie-cutter, I just settled in and “watched” the movie; there was nothing left to distract me from the visuals at that point.  The only real issue I had was the assumption that humans would still be operating with a nineteenth century imperialistic mentality after crossing the interstellar divide and discovering sentient life forms.  I guess I just have far more faith in our potential to make that extrapolation.

I finally read the final two books in the Harry Potter series.  I had some issues with them, but until I sell a bazillion books and have them turned into movies, it seems rather pointless to complain.  Suffice to say I had difficulty suspending my disbelief with teenagers doing adult things with adult emotions, while at the same time being typical emotional teenagers on a personal level.  One thing I was thinking about after finishing the series, however, was whether or not I’d ever read it again.  Right now, I’d have to say no.  I don’t really have any desire to read the first book again, even though it has been many years.  I’m not sure if this says anything about the books or not.

P.A. Seasholtz

Creator of the Harmony of the Othar Saga. Visit the site at www.heartofhauden.com.

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