Thrifty Thursday

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Thrifty Thursday
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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 10:39am

1. Weekend Plans?

2. Harry Potter....read the books, seen the movie, gone on the ride?

3. How many pillows do you sleep with?

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:49pm

No one is arguing that they are not best sellers.   Of course they are best sellers.  I said I found it rather sad that they are, and explained why.  Jambles thinks that it is funny that Harry Potter is a best seller, but so far refuses to explain why.

Maybe because she has an opinion of what she likes and doesn't, just like YOU do. You find it odd because you enjoyed it. THAT IS ALL. Undecided

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:48pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">So, b/c HP is a best seller I can't laugh about its popularity?  Lol.  Should that logic be applied to all best seller books?</span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">Yep, kind of like the Twilight series and 50 Shades of Grey. They are best sellers but many laugh at their popularity. </span></strong></p>

Okay, now them's fightin' words.  While I read - and somewhat enjoyed - the Twilight series and the 50 Shades series ... they are nowhere - nowhere - near the level of HP, in terms of literature, writing, character development, etc.  HP books are popular yes, but they are also GOOD.   The other two? meh.

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:48pm

Mary has six. Julia has three.

Your imaginary life is so nice Laughing

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:46pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">The difference is that both the Twilight series and "Fifty Shades" offer us female protagonists who are lame, and who might even be diagnosed as mentally disturbed if they actually existed, whereas the protagonists in Harry Potter are good role models for young people.   I'm not "making fun" of something, I am saying that I find the popularity of both the Vampire books and the sadomasochistic books troubling.</span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">Again, they are still best selling, just like Harry Potter. Something you can not argue with. Just because YOU didn't like them doesn't make them any less of a best seller. </span></strong></p>

No one is arguing that they are not best sellers.   Of course they are best sellers.  I said I found it rather sad that they are, and explained why.  Jambles thinks that it is funny that Harry Potter is a best seller, but so far refuses to explain why.

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:43pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">Your sewing room sounds lovely and so bright and cheerful! I do enjoy whipping up clothing for the kids when I have a bit of time! Mary sews a fair bit of her own clothing now and Julia is learning--sewing simple things for her American Girl dolls.</span></p><p style="text-align:left"><strong><span style="font-size:x-small"><span>Cute, my dd had an AG doll when she was younger (still has it but doesn't play with it anymore). How many AG dolls does your dd have? I know some girls have a bunch of them, like one of my neighbors daughter. It is cute to watch her with them all. </span></span></strong></p>

Mary has six. Julia has three.

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:36pm

The difference is that both the Twilight series and "Fifty Shades" offer us female protagonists who are lame, and who might even be diagnosed as mentally disturbed if they actually existed, whereas the protagonists in Harry Potter are good role models for young people.   I'm not "making fun" of something, I am saying that I find the popularity of both the Vampire books and the sadomasochistic books troubling.

Again, they are still best selling, just like Harry Potter. Something you can not argue with. Just because YOU didn't like them doesn't make them any less of a best seller. 

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:34pm

The difference is that both the Twilight series and "Fifty Shades" offer us female protagonists who are lame, and who might even be diagnosed as mentally disturbed if they actually existed, whereas the protagonists in Harry Potter are good role models for young people.   I'm not "making fun" of something, I am saying that I find the popularity of both the Vampire books and the sadomasochistic books troubling.

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:34pm

One series has a generally well-received critical literary acceptance. The other two are barely above the level on fanfiction.That's the difference.

I'm all for reading trash, I'm embarrassed to say I liked the DaVinci Code as a summer novel, and John Grisham and Scott Turow are my goto summer authors, but there is some lasting literary merit in the Potter novels that the others do not have. And the Potter novels turned all my children in reading lovers, so I thankful for that.

That's great but everyone should have the choice on what they read and not be ridiculed for it. 

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:32pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">I don't laugh at the popularity of Twilight and 50 Shades.  I am more inclined to cry.</span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">And the difference is? You are still making fun of something that IS a best seller and that others have enjoyed, just like Harry Potter. </span></strong></p>

One series has a generally well-received critical literary acceptance. The other two are barely above the level on fanfiction.That's the difference.

I'm all for reading trash, I'm embarrassed to say I liked the DaVinci Code as a summer novel, and John Grisham and Scott Turow are my goto summer authors, but there is some lasting literary merit in the Potter novels that the others do not have. And the Potter novels turned all my children in reading lovers, so I thankful for that.

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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 3:20pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Yep, My friend has two daughters and they've collected every doll.  The girls are older now so it's lost his spark but I think they're still preserved in storage or something.  My girls each got one A/G doll for Christmas (I can't remember how long ago now, Ha!), that was it for them.  Each Christmas thereafter I bought a new accessory or outfit for their dolls.  Of all the toys they have purged they have not passed those on and I hope they never do. </p>

I really like the AG historical line and I don't even have boys.  I bought my niece one plus a good number of the accessories.  I also have a colleague with five daughters and I have bought each of them a doll when they turn seven, plus an accessory or outfit every year for Christmas until they are out of elementary school.   I've also donated them to silent auctions.   I just think they are a good product and that they encourage the values I'd want to encourage in a daughter if I'd been gifted with one.

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