Archive for July 20, 2007

Pottermania is finally here

It is Friday today…

and Potter mania is well and truly here (together with the rain). What we want to know is how much effort goes into organising the distribution of the new books by the posties. We know that Royal Mail lost the contract to one of their competitors (a quick chat to our friendly postie told us that) but they will still end up posting all the books anyway but get less money for it. How daft is that? So my questions are ‘do they employ more postmen for the day? What about the poor chaps who go on bikes down remote lanes? What happens if a few really remote houses down a bridle path have all ordered 10 copies each? Do the Royal Mail know well in advance where the books are going to be delivered so they can get extra staff where needed?’ I can see it now, Mr postie on his bike wobbling down the path with 300 Potter books on his back. How do they know where the bulk of the orders are, and if they’re not in places where people don’t normally get much post? So does everyone who pre-ordered (including us!) get their book on Saturday, or do lots of people have to wait for the cogs of the system to cope with the extra bulk? For us it’s a trot down to our local friendly Waterstones amid the wizards and witches at midnight, although I think I’d rather be tucked up in bed, especially if it’s chucking it down like it is at the moment.

What I do find bizarre is the people who wait all this time for the story, then speed read it. Where’s the fun in that? Surely you want the enjoyment to last as long as possible? I know I always have to force myself to put the books down, but speed reading! It’s certainly a dilemma, you want to enjoy the book for as long as possible, but on the other hand you just HAVE to know what’s going to happen next. JK has certainly crafted a wonderful series of books, and I’m going to miss them. I wonder what she’ll come up with next?

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