Re: [mythsoc] Fairness for Harry Potter critics?
- In a message dated 8/8/00 11:03:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Stolzi@...
> [Quoting from Charles C. Haynes]Assiging? Whoa, when did teachers start assigning Harry Potter? If that's
> Start by making sure that parents are familiar with the books that are
> assigned or read by teachers.
the case, perhaps the problem here is terminal trendiness. Are teachers
expected to go through the bestseller list and find a currently hot book to
read to or to have read by their students? Is it accepted that no child can
understand a book that's more than a couple of years old?
>I read that the publisher thought that Americans wouldn't buy a book,So publishers may think, narrow-mindedly. I like to think that even
>especially for children, if it had "philosopher's" anything in the title.
>Alas! Probably too close to the truth.
Americans might find a phrase like "philosopher's stone" intriguing rather
than off-putting. I do, and certainly children are attracted to such
things, even if some adults are not. I first read about the Philosopher's
Stone in Flash comics in the 1960s, when DC were throwing all sorts of
education at its young audience without us realizing, and liked the sound
of the words as much as the concept.
Rowling's publishers, both of them I gather, of course also felt that no
boy would read a book by a female author, hence "J.K." rather than
"Joanne". It never bothered me as a young reader who wrote a book as long
as it was good, and there can be few male Harry Potter fans now who don't
know that Rowling is a woman.