All entries for Saturday 16 July 2005
July 16, 2005
Well, I'm half way through book 6, and taking a break from reading for a bit. I won't put any spoilers up here (yet!), but so far this book appears to be a solidly written novel that fits in well with the series. I'm glad to see Harry seems to have pulled his head in a bit since Book 5!
So did I go out and buy it at midnight last night? Nope – I waited until this morning. However, I can empathise with those who did – I imagine it's not so much about a "can't live without Harry Potter" type addiction, but more a way of socialising with people with similar interests, and just a chance to have a good time.
I was present at the release of the latest version of the MacOS, which was also the opening of the Birmingham Apple store. That, to some, would rank way up there in the geek hall of fame, and possibly even greater than buying Harry Potter at midnight. But for me, queuing for two hours surrounded by Apple fans was more a social thing than anything. A common interest helps in social relations – I'm sure there's something in my Social Psychology notes to explain that.
What I'm trying to say is the subject of interest is not necessarily the motive in itself, but a means of facilitating interaction. While it's unlikely you'd have a good time queuing for something that did not interest you, the thing you're queuing for is merely one part of the enjoyment which such an event can bring.
So to sum up, it's not that sad, waiting until midnight for the release of a book!