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A little celebration with Harry Potter… And Roddy Doyle

I am not into writing blog posts without a clear topic, let alone those diary type of posts, but I guess I have to make an exception here.

My husband and I made a little celebration tonight. It was for my graduation, basically, but since I’m really pissed about it, it was more of a “let’s celebrate the fact you are writing again” sort of a celebration. We didn’t have much money (that’s even less now… and it’s only 11th!), so we just went to see “Harry Potter” and had a dinner at a restaurant.

“Harry Potter” was… Fine, I guess. It had a good beginning (I really liked Bill Nighy), and some scenes were really good (especially the Godric’s Hollow and the animated sequence!) On the other hand, it was a bit slow and confusing. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but they did stay too close to the book. I am one of those people who hate unnecessary movie changes, but HP 7 book was a bit slow and confusing, especially the first part of the book, so I am not sure if keeping everything (or almost everything, less the Dumbledore story) was the smartest move.

They cut so many great things from the previous books: good plots, good stuff, but they opted to leave everything in this one. And we all know the plot wasn’t of the best quality in the HP 7. (I still like the book, it just felt a bit rushed and unpolished).

But I’m lad we went to see the film in the cinema, even though there were way too many annoying kids who laughed at random places. But they were all really silent during Harry and Hermione (almost pornographic) kiss. All in all, it was good. Rupert Grint is still the only one of the young cast who can act, though (Daniel and Emma are way too distracting and annoying), but the older actors were amazing, as usual, so it sucks that most of them had merely cameos. Oh, well.

The dinner was fine. We were the only people in the non-smoking part of the restaurant. And the other part was almost crowded! Yes, people in Serbia are heavy smokers and I am pretty sure that most of the restaurants and bars will lose profit because of the new smoking ban.

Then, a surprise – my husband got me a present: Roddy Doyle’s Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. I’m so happy and can’t wait to read it. I really dig Roddy Doyle’s style, and I like Irish stories a lot. (Like I mentioned elsewhere, Ireland seems surprisingly familiar (in cultural sense), but without the emotional weight that is present every time you read about your own culture or watch a movie about it).

On an unrelated note, I am thinking of doing a series of posts on “best of the decade” lists (movies, songs, etc). It’s December, after all, and the end of the decade (contrary to the popular belief, the present decade didn’t start in 2000, but 2001). There are so many lists I want to create, but I am not sure if I’ll have time for it.

The one I won’t make, I guess, is the best novels of the decade. I read a lot, but most of the books I read in the last couple of years (apart from Ian McEwan’s work) are older and not published in the present decade. But since we’re here, I can tell you that McEwan’s “Atonement” is probably my favourite novel of the decade… And one of my favourite books. So it’s not like I haven’t read anything great written in this decade.

In any case, any list I might create won’t really be “the best of 2001-2010 decade”, but more of “my favourite of the decade”. I want to concentrate on those that made an impact to me as a person, regardless of its quality (though I’ll try to include quality work). What do you think?