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• Posted by: Dan Sartori
• Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2002, at 9:47 a.m.
• IP Address: p-proxy-5-int0.net.wisc.edu
• In Response to: Re: the Tora, the Bible, the Koran, and Harry ... (Agent Q)

> I misread your comments, now that I read them again... sorry about that.
> My computer's been acting up lately. *siigh*

> Well, go look at some childrens' literature that was recently published.
> If it's fantasy, by the way, it usually doesn't count; just more people
> trying to capitilize off JK Rowling. There is a disturbing theme in these:
> most of them are below some of the IQ of some children today. This makes
> most books have kids go, "Oh. That was predictable," and go play
> a video game.

> The HP books have wonderfully developed characters, plots, and their world
> is incredibly developed with alot of attention to detail and continuity in
> the books.

> It should never be, say, something to be worshipped, but I myself would
> prefer they read this than a, say, book especially developed for kids. My
> definition of that is a book that is put forward by someone to keep
> them enertained so they're out of the parents' hair -- not truly
> interesting, just something to put in their hands and say
> "Read."

> --Agent Q

Sometimes I read comments on this site that I just can't help but respond to. I think the notion that all fantasy books published recently are attempting to cheat Harry Potter is one of the most ridiculous things I have read in a long time on this site. Ok, so nobody can ever write another children's fantasy book, because if they did it would be such an obvious attempt to steal J.K. Rowling's ideas? PLEASE!

As for my opinion on the Harry Potter books, I don't really see a problem with them. They're fun, entertaining books meant to exercise kids' imaginations. They're not the greatest pieces of literature or anything, but they sure are fun to read - and that's ok.




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