>Confession

>I have not read a single Harry Potter book.

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13 thoughts on “>Confession

  1. >Neither have I. But I went to a folk rock concert on Sunday at a neighbor’s (Very cool and casual) and the drummer kept taking breaks to read another chapter!! It was hysterical.

  2. >Heresy!(Okay, not really, I hate to be one of those rabid live-and-breathe Harry Potter fans. And this way, you avoid all the analyses of why the latest book sucks – which *I* don’t think it does, but I have to read a bunch of people saying negative things about it and it annoys me. So, um, you get to miss out on that!)

  3. >You ain’t missin’ much. Just because Harold Bloom is so often a pompous blowhard doesn’t mean he’s wrong about “cultural infantilism.” Sorry, New Kid, I respect you and don’t wish to annoy you, but I calls ’em like I sees ’em.

  4. >I read the first one when my son had it as a school reading assignment. It’s not bad, I would even say I can see why it caught a reading public; whether or not she ripped the plot from somewhere else there are characters any child can relate to, the whole school story thing updated for a new generation, and also magic and monsters, and none of at all challenging to read, which is actually something of an achievement. But this particular adult did not read it again or get any more of them, whereas I will still for example read C. S. Lewis or Lloyd Alexander for light entertainment when the days are dark. My 2pworth…

  5. >Brave confession! I read the first two or three when my children were reading them, but then I gave it up as a lost cause because, as the previous comment notes, the writing is uninspired. Rowling relies far too heavily on the deus ex machina to solve plot problems, and then I get tired of all those endless long speeches at the end where everyone explains what’s really being going on all along. Please! Life is too short to be wasted on bad writing.

  6. >I think I read the first one [but the fact that I can’t remember if I did or not should tell you something!]. It’s just not my thing.I do recognize and appreciate that plenty of people picked up thick books and read them when otherwise they might not have done so…I only hope that such an act leads those same kids to reading more (and better) works of literature. But it does my heart a little bit of good when teenagers in the grocery store checkout line (flanked by People, Us, and Entertainment Weekly) talk about characters and plot in a novel and not Lindsay Lohan’s latest DUI.

  7. >That’s fine – the series is spotty, some good, some not-so-good. I prefer Diana Wynne Jones and Phillip Pullman. Jones, in particular, can be very funny. Terry Pratchett’s children’s book are quite nice, too. And of course, Susan Cooper is also among the great ones!

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