Re: [mythsoc] Fairness for Harry Potter critics?
- The first two HP books sold so well with almost no marketing; even the third was
out before it became a major publishing event in the US. The books are hugely
popular not because of the marketing, but in spite of it.
> I think teachers started using the HP books (assigning them - are they really--
> doing that??) because they were already hot, and teachers are almost
> desperate to turn kids on to reading.
> Somewhere I read that the first one actually took off by word-of-mouth
> between the kids themselves.
> Mary S
> The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
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>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.