Monday, March 24, 2008

Harry Potter

Call me weird, but some of my favorite posts on Brian's blog (and the most helpful to me) or the ones from three-four years ago. Here are some on Harry Potter:

Thoughts on Harry Potter:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Reading all of these helped me understand some things about 'magic.' We all know that you can't go far in Fantasy without beginning to think about wizards/magicians and 'magic.' At this point I am very glad that I read Harry Potter for several reasons.

1) Reading Harry Potter was a good way to test my critical thinking and enjoy good fantasy novels at the same time.
2) Harry Potter is a part of world culture now. Why? Because I would bet that about 80% of world population has read it. When you are into the Fantasy Genre, people will look at you funny if you haven't read it. It's kind of like not having read Narnia or Lord of the Rings now, because more people read Harry Potter. I don't think that it is wrong to read or not read Harry Potter, but since I'm a fantasy writer and I love reading that genre of fiction, it is certainly easier to get around in the online web of fantasia.
3) I enjoyed Harry Potter immensely when I read them. Oddly (because of Mary Grandpre) it spurned my interest in pastels because of the beautiful and elaborate covers. Rowling managed to create an irresistable book. It took her seventeen years to write it. That's a long time to devote to one character. I can't imagine how euphoric and incredibly depressing it must have been to finish the series, and to work that hard and that long and for it to just be gone, suddenly. It provided me with many hours of delight last spring when I began to read them, and I finished the series shortly after The Deathly Hallows was released. Later this year or next year I plan to read them again, and this time buy them in hardbacks. I would love to have the whole set. Whether you like Rowling or not, she is a very talented writer, and the richest writer in the world at that.

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