BEFORE WE START: I don’t have any intention to bash this book, Rainbow Rowell or anyone and anything in particular. I just need to get this dissapointment out of my system.
I know, I know. These are 2 different books, and I shouldn’t compare them. But I just finished Carry On recently, and I’m just so dissapointed with it. Mainly with the characters, and the underdeveloped world building. It’s based from Harry Potter so I was having such high hopes for it. I know I shouldn’t compare them, but I just need to get this out from my system.
Immature characters. I’m not sure Simon Snow is 17 (or 18?) because he feels like 12. He doesn’t make any plans for the future, like if there’s attack, then he’ll fight and hope to stay alive. And he tells everything to The Mage instead of trying to solve the problem himself. And he’s just so obsessed with Baz and stalked him everywhere just because he said Baz is evil. (You can say it’s love or whatever, but it only makes him creepier.) Harry Potter makes his own decision, which makes trouble sometimes comes to him. Like in Chamber of Secrets, the monster doesn’t exactly threatened him, but he chose to saved his friends. Or in Prisoner of Azkaban, when he decided to save Buckbeak, even though its just an animal. He chose to do those things, and sometimes without Dumbledore knowledge. I don’t know, Harry just seem more mature and capable to make his own decision at the age of 17 compared with Simon.
No monsters. All we got is numpties (basically trolls), vampires, harmless ghosts and a story about how Simon almost eaten by Chimaera. And none of the monsters are scary. They chatted with the numpties and vampires, and sing nursery to the dragon. The summary said “far more monsters” SO WHERE’S MY MONSTER??? In HP series we get at least one monster per book, but it was actually scary (Um dementors???)
Everything is basically hp rip-off? I know this book is based on Harry Potter but I was hoping from something original that Rainbow Rowell created herself. Why Baz has to live in a manor, exactly like Draco? I know he’s based on Draco Malfoy, but why don’t you twist him more with your own creativity? (Baz being a vampire doesn’t count) Why Simon has sword??? Why can’t he has other magical weapon? What’s up with Ebb lives alone in a hut just like Hagrid? Why can’t she lives in teacher quarters like other teachers? And other rip-offs.
No action. Simon always talked with the Humdrum and in what supposed to be final battle, there’s no battle. They chatted with the numpties and vampire. They sang nursery rhyme to the dragon. Simon fucking touched the Humdrum and gives his magic and the Humdrum just fucking dissapear. WHY RAINBOW ROWELL WHY