Saturday, August 11, 2007
Harry Potter Harry Potter Harry Potter
At an Angels game last night, as we took our seats, I turned around and saw yet another person reading the latest Harry Potter.
Am I the only person I know who has not finished an entire Harry Potter novel? It's great that J.K. Rowling gets kids reading, and entrances adults as well, but I just cannot get into these books. I don't tend to not go for fantasy or science fiction (though I loved Dune and Stranger in a Strange Land) and never have. Not that I haven't always had a ton of things in my life from which I'd like to escape.
When I read fiction, which is most always, I'd rather spend my time with realism (however far-fetched): a literary/main stream novel or suspense. (I just read Diana Abu-Jaber's Origin, which fits both of those categories. She was just on the show. I loved the book.)
I have a good friend that adores Harry Potter. She is bright, funny and well-read. We talk about how reading inclinations evolve.
You Harry Potter fans out there--is this your favorite type of writing? Has it always been? Or was there a transforming moment where one minute you were, say, a lover of D.H. Lawrence or Lawrence Block, and the next moment it was Harry Potter? Seriously....! Inquiring minds want to know. This mind, anyhoo.
Posted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett at 8:25 AM