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At the risk of being slapped up side the head, I was sorely disappointed in the movie. And, Karen, I think it's for the very same reason you talk about.

For me, there was no "ending" in the movie. Nothing was resolved. The ending was merely a pause until the next movie. In the same vein as Pirates of the Carribean 2. (believe me, I'm not trying to compare the movies, just the concept)

I'll confess, I haven't read J.K. Rowlings HP series, but I have seen the movies. And I've heard time and time again that the books are far better.

I just think that there should be a resolution to a movie or book.

I'm stretching my brain early in the morning here and the only "series" I can think of that I loved was J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

As a writer, the first series that comes to mind that made me wish I could write like that is C.S. Lewis' Narnia books. They are amazing. As a reader, they definitely blew me away.

The movie was disappointing, Will. I completely agree. Critical plot points were missing that smooth the way to such a fine conclusion in the seventh installment that I left shaking my head wondering how the director plans to explain everything that needs to be explained.

You should try the books. I've heard a lot of people say that they just think the writing is "pedestrian," and perhaps it is, but it's the storytelling that's so wonderful.

I tried to like Harry Potter, both books and movies, and just couldn't. I don't know why.

A series that gobsmacks me with its brilliance is Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin books. Brilliant stuff and I don't even sail. Hell, I get seasick just looking at pictures of a full bath.

Why I'm so hooked on 19th century naval adventures and not by wizardry and fantasy is a mystery of taste, not a comment on the quality of Rowling's work.

Hoke Moseley series (Miami Blues, New Hope for the Dead, etc., etc.) by Charles Willeford....

David, I don't like fantasy, either, except for Harry Potter. Go figure.

Other series I can't let go:

Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosely

The Call Innes books by Ray Banks.

YOu know, I agree that the movie was very entertaining but also a disappointment in terms of what was omitted or changed. Of course, I didn't realize that until after I saw the movie and then took a look back. (Not that I re-read the book--too many others and not enough time!)

J.K. Rowling is indeed a brilliant writer--like you, fantasy is not my genre of choice, but the books are exceptional.

I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter series. Another series that I wait for every year is John Connolly's Charlie Parker series.


Thanks for asking the question. It was fun to think about the answers. Here are 4 of my favorite all-time series.

1. C.P. Snow's Strangers and Brothers. The books alternate between telling the story of the protagonist and delving into the lives of people he meets along the way.

2. Dorothy Dunnett's The Lymond Chronicles. I've recommended these to several people who found them tough going. My advise to keep at it.

3. John LeCarre's spy novels featuring George Smiley. Arcane -- just as the spy world should be. I didn't know what was going on in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for the first 50 pages, but eventually I was able to put together the mosaic pieces.

4. Len Deighton's Bernard Samson series that starts with Berlin Game, one of the very best spy novels ever written.

P.S. Just started The Missing Ink. Terrific beginning. Congrats.

I'm with you on Harry Potter for the reasons you stated - it does all build together and she does what she sets out to do.

I still haven't seen the new HP movie - we're all mixed about it because the reviews have been so dismal in terms of plot points, etc., but we're all addicts over at our house.

So, this isn't a book series, and the writers, change, but the writing TEAM stayed the same, and I have to say I was impressed as Hell by Buffy, as well. I think the creative team did an amazing job. We've sat watching it and picking apart the writing. Um... did I mention we're nerds?

Having seen HP6 twice and being the mother of a daughter who's seen it 4x and is aiming for 6 (for HP6), I agree the movie is flawed. But still pretty terrific entertainment.

Someone else mentioned this series, Karen, which I had told you about too--The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett are unbelievable. Dunnett was one of Rowling's influences, and her books are tough sledding, but incredible reading. You also learn a lot about history.

I absolutely loved the Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials (which includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass). In my opinion, Pullman's a far better writer than Rowling and much more original. There was a movie made out of the first book (starring Nicole Kidman), but it was pretty disappointing.

I always think that what will happen if i will be in the magical world of Harry Potter. Finally The Wizerding World of Harry Potter is opening this month in Orlando. I'll be there for sure, even i am planning to book my tickets and accommodation there. I have gone through some good blogs and sites as check it once, it will help you for sure.

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