Re: [mythsoc] O.W.L.s in Harry Potter (No Spoilers!) -- trying again
- I screwed the formatting up. Let me try this again. Sorry!
In a message dated 7/22/2005 9:48:29 AM Central Daylight Time,
The Harry Potter books are still a teenage-angst series with magic names
This is incorrect. The stories are about the struggle between good and evil,
and how difficult it is to sometimes recognize good and the sacrifices
required for doing what is right. The ratio of magic names is quite low
just regular names. And teenage angst? When did angst become the sole
of teenagers and why is there contempt for teenage feelings? The situations
being confronted by the teenagers in the HP books aren't for the faint of
or the immature of character. Do the teenagers handle the situations
differently than the adults portrayed? Yes. The teens aren't always correct
they matter, and I don't see anything wrong in that. The HP books aren't my
favorite and I think they have some flaws. But Wendell's contemptuous
dismissal is far below what the books deserve.
Wendell also wrote: Incidentally, I read a news story about Rowling recently
in which she said that she never read (or, more precisely, she never
finished) either _The Lord
of the Rings_ or _The Chronicles of Narnia_.
Well, according to this particular article (which immediately loses points
with me by mentioning Rowling's haircolor), Rowling must have at least read
Last Battle." So if she hasn't finished Narnia, then I wonder which one(s)
she left out. This is at odds, btw, with many other interviews and other
statements about Lewis.
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