Drawn too long

Sat 04 January 2020

(Major spoilers follow, I am sorry, but I cannot explain my opinion on the story without revealing most of the plot; if you haven’t read the story, finish it first.)

I have followed To All the Wizards I’ve Considered Before by FullofWrackspurts first with excitement. It seemed like refreshingly “normal” story different from the pervasive cliches of most Harmony or Romione stories. Hermione which is as confused by the intricacies of love as we all are, who is not a super-heroine, not super-confident, and … well, the word is “normal”.

It starts as a classical comedy of errors: letters are sent to number of Hermione’s male classmates making an impression that they are some kind of her love letters to them. Farcical dialogues with those affected happen and in the end, she agrees with Dean to pretend to be dating so that they may evoke jealousy in Ginny and Ron, and persuade them to renew (or ignite) romantic relationship. Obviously what follows is that the pretended relationship between Hermione and Dean starts to change into something real and both of them are too bound by the pretence to reveal their true feelings to each other. So far so good, certainly not worse than three quarters of all successful Hollywood romantic comedies.

The obvious problem is the end game. Whole charade about purely contractual and pretence nature of their relationship started to break down around the Christmas, when Hermione visited her “boyfriend’s” family, and all Dean’s siblings are quite not believing their pretence. Since that moment, the clocks started ticking for some final showdown to happen. Two chapters or so of them resolving their problem and it would be a sweet romcom.

Unfortunately, that is the sixth chapter of the story, and it seems like just half of the story (in case the chapter fourteen is the last one). I guess, the author read somewhere in one of those “How to write a novel” guides on the Internet (or perhaps even in a book), that unresolved tension can keep readers attention for longer time, so she went with it. The problem with this advice is in my opinion, that it can keep such attention just for so long and it creates a debt to the readers. Longer you keep their attention with this artificial gimmick, bigger return on their investment they expect. With more than half of the story spent on observing how our two heroes behave like idiots, we expect something super profound to happen. May in the end the author go AU and Dean returning to Ginny letting Hermione hang out dry with the morale being “If you don’t snap them, they may go away forever”? Will they agree to be together and go for liberation of house-elves together (or whatever, Dean with his Black American heritage may have an unique opinion on that)? Will be there some super dramatic scene with for example Dean being seriously hurt after The Battle of the Astronomy Tower (kind of equivalent of the Bill-Fleur scene, or perhaps really dying)?

The result was that the author haven’t managed to do anything. In the chapter sixteen our heroes kiss (again, the previous tease was completely useless in the story development) and they still haven’t said a word about the nature of their relationship. Perhaps it is assumed they are boyfriend/girlfriend now, but it seems like after the betrayal of our expectations the author has left us hang out dry on the top of everything else.

After so perfect start the end is a huge disappointment.

Category: faith Tagged: review harryPotter

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To přece ví každé malé dítě

Mon 22 April 2019

Někde v nějaké diskusi jsem zmínil, že přece každé malé dítě ví, co je Geiger a tak jsem neodolal a přepíšu sem příslušnou úvahu Karla Čapka (ze sbírky novinových sloupků „V zajetí slov“, Svoboda, Praha, 1969, str. 135):

To přece ví každé malé dítě. To mi řekl jeden automobilista, když …

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Harry Potter and Aristotle

Thu 15 November 2018

Aristotle in the seventh and eighth chapter of his Poetics writes:

Now, according to our definition, Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is complete, and whole, and of a certain magnitude … As therefore, in the other imitative arts, the imitation is one when the object imitated is one …

Category: faith Tagged: review HarryPotter

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Evangelium království

Sun 29 July 2018

(kázání pronesené ve sboru ČCE Praha-Braník, 29. července 2018)

Po Janově uvěznění přišel Ježíš do Galileje a hlásal evangelium Boží. A říkal: „Naplnil se čas a přiblížilo se Boží království; čiňte pokání a věřte evangeliu.“

—Marek 1:14-15

Když se zeptám křesťanů na to, co je evangelium, většinou dostanu celkem …

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Convert RHEL-7 to CentOS

Wed 02 May 2018

I have tried to suggest update of Migration Guide for RHEL7→CentOS7 migration, but apparently after CentOS was bought by Red Hat, there is not enough desire to document such migration, ehm ehm. So, just recording this for posteriority:

URLBASE=http://mirror.centos.org/centos/7/os/x86_64/Packages
cd …

Category: computer Tagged: linux

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Loving Vincent

Thu 22 March 2018

Movie “Loving Vincent” is certainly an experience worthy of the tickets to go to the cinema. The main idea of it is to make “animated” film by painting endless number of quality oil paintings in the style of Vincent van Gogh about the painter himself. I have been warned that …

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Pokud nebude hnutí ANO trvat na účasti A. Babiše ve vládě, měli bychom …

Wed 07 February 2018

(odpověď v interním dotazníku KDÚ-ČSL)

Podle mého „na jednání o naší případné účasti ve vládě přistoupit“. Zde je můj komentář (který se do formuláře nevešel).

Zároveň zcela souhlasím s tím, že lidovci (a každá politická strana) vstupovala do voleb s tím, že jsou ochotni se zasazovat o správu věcí veřejných …

Category: faith Tagged: politics KDÚ czech

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O panu Drahošovi a ozbrojení obyvatelstva

Wed 24 January 2018

(komentář k diskusi na Facebooku k včerejší diskusi prezidentských kandidátů panů Drahoše a Zemana)

Byl jsem z té včerejší diskuse upřímně nešťastný (tedy z pěti minut, které jsem vydržel sledovat).

Ne, proto, že by novinář Primy byl neschopný minimální novinářské práce a jenom se snažil přivést diváctvo co nejvíce do …

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On Lying

Sun 07 January 2018

(a comment to the blogpost by Robert O’Callahan)

I think the truthfulness among Christians is overrated. Here, I said it.

OK, before saying anything else, I have to say that being honest is very important, and I know what I am talking about. I had my brush with an …

Category: faith Tagged: blogComment conscience theology

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Podpora kandidátů na prezidenta

Thu 14 December 2017

(z emailové diskuse)

K obavám z roztříštěnosti:

Pokud v prvním kole bude mít Zeman více než 50% hlasů, bude zvolen. Pak je úplně jedno, kolik hlasů dostane Drahoš a Fišer. Pokud v prvním kole nedostane více než 50%, a předpokládejme, že do druhého kola se dostane, pak záleží na kandidátovi …

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