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Mark Atwood
I've listening my way thru Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, chapter 22 The Unexpected Task and chapter 23 Yule Ball. The agony of watching a pair of ignernt 14yo boys navigate the minefield of the battle of the sexes is... interesting.

I begin to wonder if there is anyone in the books possessed of a complete set of brains. Maybe Dumbledor, but his approach is annoyingly oblique.

At least it's not as bad as the Wheel of Time series got, where if any two main characters would have ever actually sat down together and had an honest conversation, the entire annoying artiface of tension would have come crashing down.

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amythis From: amythis Date: August 11th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Re Wheel of Time, I haven't read the series but it sounds like what Roger Ebert calls "the idiot plot," that is if anyone actually discussed anything, the movie [or other piece of entertainment] would be over in two minutes.

Re Harry and Ron, they truly are clueless about girls, including the one that they've been spending countless hours and having adventures with for three years at that point. And I found their desperation funny. How I would've found it as a 14-year-old girl, I don't know. The sad thing is Harry and Ron are still pretty clueless at 16. (Doubt that's a spoiler.)

Re brains, what about Snape? And McGonagall? And maybe there are characters who are just so minor (like Sinistra) that we don't know that they're secretly brilliant. But, yeah, the kids (Hermione included) and most of the adults are by and large brainless in one way or another.
seawasp From: seawasp Date: August 11th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

They do.

But at that age, you're not going to SEE very many in evidence except at specific times.

Hermione has brains galore. She just has a couple of stubborn streaks that get in the way of full efficient use of those brains.

Harry isn't stupid. But he's far from the brightest person there. (most courageous and tough, quite possibly)
From: ex_tepes85 Date: August 11th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
What grates on me is the blatant displays of stupid jealousy. I can't believe people would act like that.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: August 12th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can. I have.

I just put on a polite face, and don't roll my eyes too much.

(I have a *lot* less sexual jealousy than the average person, so it's an even more bizarre and irrational behaviour, from my POV.)
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