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What makes you give up on a book?

pmmg

Myth Weaver
The Belgariad has comical stupid fights? I dont remember that. And for that it was tossed across the room?

I seem to recall a dragon getting loose and all the adults doing nothing in the Harry Potter verse. That seemed pretty stupid to me.
 

Gurkhal

Auror
The Belgariad has comical stupid fights? I dont remember that. And for that it was tossed across the room?

I seem to recall a dragon getting loose and all the adults doing nothing in the Harry Potter verse. That seemed pretty stupid to me.
Then it must have been a long time since you read these books. The Angaraks are just comically incompetent and stupid beyond belief, at least in the Belgariad since they do shape up considerably in the Malloreon. They may have a flash of competence now and then but generally I get that they are more of a threat to themselves than to the good guys.

The big "epic" battle in the end of the Belgariad for exampel was the reason my book flew across the room and into a wall. Luckily it was a papperback or else my parents would not have been amused by the dent or mark in said wall.
 

pmmg

Myth Weaver
Well...I managed to get through it without throwing anything against a wall. I dont think my adult self would do that either.

I hope little Garion was okay, though, If I recall, he was kind of a Giant in that final battle.
 

Gurkhal

Auror
Well...I managed to get through it without throwing anything against a wall. I dont think my adult self would do that either.

I hope little Garion was okay, though, If I recall, he was kind of a Giant in that final battle.

Garion was ok and on my adult re-read I don't take as much issue with Eddings' different take on how to make good villains than what I like to read about.

In my re-read I'm going along for a ride knowing that the driver and I have very different preferences and I leave it at that and enjoy what is good instead of getting bothered with that I don't like.
 

pmmg

Myth Weaver
The Belgariad is aimed at a younger audience. I think it would fade in luster as one gets older.
 

Demesnedenoir

Myth Weaver
All I remember about the Belgariad is... rrrrrr ummmmm, the series name! I doubt I could read them as an adult, but I at least made it through the first series as a youngster.
 

Mad Swede

Auror
It's nearly 40 years since I first read The Belgariad. I enjoyed it then, and I still enjoy reading it now. When I first read it I was young, a long way from home, and it had me hooked. I wasn't looking for realism at the time, I wanted escapism. These days I enjoy reading it for other reasons, many of which have to do with what I've learnt about storytelling. Those books have good pacing, good characterisation and good dialogue. The plot is good but not original. And the books use just about every fantasy story trope (or cliche) going without taking them terribly seriously. It isn't serious, realistic, grim fantasy. It's an example of well-written escapism. Which is of course what makes it popular.
 
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