Harry Potter Book Party (NO SPOILERS)
Yes, I will have a post with spoilers, but this ain't it. So chill.
My observations on the Fort Wayne, Indiana Barnes and Noble Harry Potter Midnight Release Party:
There were more teenagers there than at the last one. Everything you've ever heard about teenagers is true.
On an entirely related note, there were dozens of magazines disappearing down the fronts of pants. The police didn't care, because they were too busy making sure that the hundreds of paying customers lined up without killing one another.
For every $4.95 magazine that went home at a five-finger discount, the Barnes & Noble seemed to have sold $20.00 in impulse-book-buying. Nothing like having a captive audience in your store for 3 hours.
On an entirely related note, there are going to be a lot of people who are reading the latest Jeffrey Deaver book this week.
Getting a yellow "Reserved" wristband with the number "102" on it does not guarantee that you will receive the 102nd book sold. It merely means that you will be able to line up with numbers 101-150 at the Parking Lot Entrance. Had you known this earlier, you wouldn't have spent so much time hiding in the Classical Music section with your impulse book buy.
On an entirely related note, teenagers don't steal any Hilary Hahn cds.
Even though you are not the 102nd book sold, you are still out of the store with your precious cargo by 12:10 am.
If you are visiting your parents, who are decidedly in the 'Harry Potter is Sinful' camp, you cannot spend ALL day reading it, so you miss your goal of having it read within 12 hours of purchase. You DO have it read within 16 hours of purchase, however lame this may seem.
On a related note, it is possible to read a hardback book on the second step of a swimming pool.