Re: [mythsoc] Re: O.W.L.'s in Harry Potter
- Lezlie's comment would be an excellent critique of the Harry Potter
backlash that I mentioned in an earlier post ("an illogical burning
resentment against the books for having the temerity to be popular"), but
there's none of that been going on here. I thought we were having a
discussion of whether HP6 was as enjoyable as the earlier books, and why or
why not. This has nothing to do with whether it's popular, except insofar
as its popularity is attracting our attention to this book rather than some
other, and it certainly has nothing to do with jealousy.
What it has to do with, in my opinion, is an author allowing uncontrolled
sequelitis to run a once-excellent concept into the ground. If I'm
resentful, it's as a reader who would like to see the talented Rowling do
something other than drag poor Harry through yet another gauntlet.
At 04:56 PM 8/1/2005 +0000, Lezlie wrote:
>"Harry Potter" is a fine work, and young people love it. I think the
>real issue here is that it's so very popular, and the author is making
>bundle off it. I think I have witnessed more than a few "Green-eyed
>Dragons" amongst writers of fantasyeh? Maybe we should all just get
>over it and write our own stories. To each generation its own.
- ONe tidbit I didn't see mentioned in the various takes on the theory: at the end Harry rather considers "getting Snape" as a possible by-product, but isn't overly concerned with Snape or Malfoy. One could counter that he is focused on Voldemort, but I'm not sure I buy that as just putting Snape out of mind.
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