Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:48 am
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So, yeah. I went to the party at Borders. (If I had known that U of O was having a Potter Party, I would have gone there.) Still, lots of cool people went. We had dinner first with [livejournal.com profile] fearga and K, as well as [livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia at Ambrosia, and that was lovely and fun. The food was excellent, and all of us had dessert (of course). I changed my mind about going as Ginny and decided to go as Tonks instead. Much more fun with the wardrobe. I meant to have [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre take pictures, but that didn't work out.

I'm actually a good deal more excited about this than I thought I would be. Harry Potter phenomenon aside, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy around my solar plexus to realize that all of this hype is happening about a book. Books are awesome. I just wish other books (like anything by Terry Pratchett, ahem ahem) got this kind of hype here in the states.

The Potter Party was fun, but very, very warm. I do not believe there should be that many people in one building. (The fire marshal agreed with me. There were repeated warnings that people should vacate the building immediately after collecting their books, and also that people should get the hell out of the aisles (my words, not theirs) while they were carting the books in because the book pallets were "very heavy and hard to stop.")

We met up with a bunch of lovely people, took over the English History corner where it was nice and quiet, and chatted and read and knitted as we wished until it was time to go and get our books. Then we went home. It was the quietest trip I've ever been on--[livejournal.com profile] fearga and [livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia started reading immediately. I managed to read up to "Kreacher's Tale" before I fell fast asleep at about 3:30 in the morning.

I finished reading the book on Saturday. I'm not going to talk about it here, but [livejournal.com profile] fearga is setting up a HP Discussion filter. I will say that I believe that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is far and away the best book in the entire series. I was not disappointed. As soon as I finished, I passed the book to [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre and said, "Book. Read. Now." Then [livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia and I retreated to my office to discuss the book without spoiling it for [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre.

We had lunch with Trudy (who has an LJ but I don't know which one it is), and that was fun. Fondue for dinner. We watched Animaniacs and then stumbled off to bed.

I don't know what we're doing today. I should be doing some homework, but that will honestly only take me about ten minutes. (I do have to do it today, however, and I keep putting it off.) I suspect that today will be pretty relaxed.

Time for coffee!

Date: 2007-07-22 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostcatboy.livejournal.com
I desire an Elfie-comment on my spoilers, just because I think you will find them strangely amusing.

Date: 2007-07-22 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rubydoo.livejournal.com
I agree with you when you say it was great people went that apeshit over a book. I wish people would get that excited over books more too.

Date: 2007-07-23 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostcatboy.livejournal.com
Thank you for the Elfie-comment. ^.^

In return I have a factoid for you:

The first printing of Deathly Hollows weighs in at twelve million copies. The opening weekend sales are estimated to be about ten million copies (most of them on opening night). This means that there are more copies left over than most books will ever have.

That is some serious excitement.

Date: 2007-07-23 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naelany.livejournal.com
the paper this morning said that, in the US alone, there were 8.3 million (yes, million) copies sold within the first 24 hours of release. Didn't see what it said for world wide sales though...

Date: 2007-07-23 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostcatboy.livejournal.com
Right, those are US printing numbers. From the numbers I heard, most of the first-weekend sales were first-day sales, and Day 2 sales (while impressive) were not nearly as frantic.

Sorry for not being more clear.

Date: 2007-07-23 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naelany.livejournal.com
^_^ 's okie ^_^

Date: 2007-07-23 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naelany.livejournal.com
Dagnabbit, Dustin was right! We were at Costco early on Saturday, to get our book, and I commented on you guys not being there, too. His response was that you had probably gone to a party and gotten yours there. I said I didn't think that possible, lol, what with you usually going to Costco and you having issues with being around so many people. Dangit, now I get to tell him he was right after all *scuffles feet*

Anyway!!! We are listening to the audio book, so as not to have to figure out who gets to read it first, and risk spoilers (Dustin is not good about keeping his mouth shut lol). So far I've been saddened, but not disappointed.

Trudi's LJ name

Date: 2007-07-23 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trudchen.livejournal.com
Well here is my LJ name for you. [livejournal.com profile] trudchen
Really enjoyed the lunch with you all, too bad my day went down hill after that. [livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia will get her post, but not the type I'm sure that she would want. I will try to post more in the future, and hopefully better stuff.
I added you to my friends filter so that you can read it.

Date: 2007-07-24 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haddassah.livejournal.com
I am planning to come down within the next couple of weeks, on a Sunday. Can we get together for tea?


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