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16 July 2005 @ 07:29 pm
Meh...sort of.  

So yes, I finished 3-odd hours ago. I loved it, I really really did. But right now I'm feeling rather confused and out-of-sorts. I think I'm partially a bit depressed that's already over. I don't think I could've read it any slower anyway - as it was I finished last of everyone here! My reputation as a fast reader has been ground into the dirt. But in a way I wish I could have taken longer and savored it. I think I will likely re-read it again once my British version arrives. I might be a bit more coherent after reading it a second time - but my current lack of coherency could be due to sleep deprivation and lack of protein (yesterday was good; today, not so much).

I also have to confess that the fact that my fairly-recently-acquired OTP getting smashed into a million pieces is affecting me more than I thought possible. Sure, Bill/Fleur had been hinted at in GoF. It doesn't thrill me, but I can deal. But Remus/Tonks?! I never understood people who shipped that - were there hints in OotP that I missed? Maybe so. But until the very end, I thought Tonks was depressed because of Bill/Fleur and Sirius. The fact that I have issues with 10 years or more in age difference in a couple isn't helping, either. It's very YUCK for me, overall. But it's canon, hard fact, no denying either ship. And I guess I'm just surprised that I care at all.

Beyond that, I'm really glad to be with friends sharing this experience. I'm talking a lot less than I normally would, but it's just been great to hang out and listen and talk about the book and fandom and our lives and whatever else. And they'd all look great with hachets to their heads, you know. ♥
I feel: blahblah
MamaCheshirecheshire23 on July 17th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
Remus/Tonks was the one thing I severely disliked about the book, myself. Partially because I've always shipped SB/RL, but mostly because I never thought they were suited to each other (age as well as general temperament differences). I also HATED dealing with Mopey!Tonks throughout the book, because it reduced one of the strongest female characters into a pile of useless mush.
Soufflé Girl Wannaberagdoll on July 17th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
I also HATED dealing with Mopey!Tonks throughout the book, because it reduced one of the strongest female characters into a pile of useless mush.

You don't know me but thank you!!! Until this week (when I was spoiled to that ship and was hoping/praying it was someone's bad fanfic), I was a drooling slobbering Tonks fangirl. Now I feel like JKR only created her in order to give Remus a beard. Tonks may be 23-24 but she's not a little girl. I feel so damned betrayed about this that I can barely think.
furious george: ron really thinks you're really hotweatherby on July 17th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
I think I missed Remus/Tonks hints in OotP too, because someone said it was hinted at there and I was just like, Pardon?
Soufflé Girl Wannaberagdoll on July 17th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
*hugs* I am so happy I'm not the only one who dislikes Remus/Tonks etc. The R/T shippers are all really really gloaty and it's making me ill -- I might have accepted it if there had been some evolution in the book but seriously, at the moment I *loathe* Tonks' in this book. She does nothing but sit around and mope until her own twue wuv comes along and makes it all better. I guess her depression was over *that* since she had Metamorphing Powers two weeks earlier after she got out of Hospital so it wasn't Sirius's death.

Bill's condition just makes me heartsick. No matter what, Fleur is annoying as hell. Ch 3 made me sooooo happy -- not only hints at Bonks but also Molly, Ginny and Hermione backing up my feelings about Phlegm. It seemed like it should have been important but instead, Bill gets mangled and Molly Gets To Be Wrong and Fleur is still an annoying cow who is so egotistical she wants to be the only pretty one in her relationship.

The age difference is bothering me too. I do care about Remus and he came off really badly in this -- but Tonks was worse. Anything I loved about her was just swept away so she could be boring and depressed for nearly a year of storytime. Yeah, that's a great mindset for an Auror.

I wish I didn't care. At the moment, I can't even think about Bonks and may never be able to again. I can't just A/U things out of existence. *sigh*
Where there's a will, there's a waykokopoko on July 17th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
I really liked this book too. It reaffirms my faith in her. But Snape just threw me for a loop. He killed Dumbledore! Harry is leaving school, the school might close, no Dumbledore to guide him, wah! Very scary.
Davestormwynd on July 17th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, you finished the book about 5 hours before I did. :-)

I'm not really seeing the Remus/Tonks, but it didn't hit me so hard, since Remus/Sirius has been an intellectual interest of mine rather than an emotional one. Plus, I'm still all ecstatic over non-cardboard!Draco, so anything else is sort of washed to the side right now.
Kazzii: HBP - Smexy book!shinysilvercoin on July 17th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who is happy with Remus/Tonks? XD I'm a fan of Sirius/Remus, but for me it made the book more complete to have Remus and Tonks get together. Sirius is, in my mind at least, never coming back, and I think the point was showing that while people are dying, others are finding love and continuing with their lives. I wasn't too pleased with Bill/Phlem, until the end, when it made me very happy indeed.

I've also turned into a total Harry/Ginny shipper over night. And despite the severe lack of Neville, which I'm sure will be remedied in Book 7, emotional!Draco was just brilliant. And Harry's reaction to the bathroom duel? Priceless.

Also, Snape is a very naughty man, but I'm pretty sure he cried himself to sleep that night :) That look of hatred and revulsion when he killed Dumbledore? It was at himself, because he HAD to do it. He's a good man reeeaaaally! </spam>
londo mollari: ;)machiavellian on July 17th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
I hate to say this, but I so called the Harry/Ginny thing long ago. Rowling loves to repeat history even if it's symbolic. It's a revisitation of James/Lily. And I have to say, I think I am finally really liking Harry. For once it seems that he really is the protagonist of this series. This one is probably my favorite out of all of them to date.