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2007 Books #22: HP7, by J.K. Rowling

*Obligatory "no spoilers" notation*

All I'm going to say about the story is that I'm satisfied. :)



ETA: spoilers in comments, beware!

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sallidar
Jul. 27th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Yeah I brought up that very point, and my friend said she felt it was obvious where he got it. How is another point entirely.

The writing is actually fairly well developed for a series of children's books, in my opinion. Too many people tend to lose sight of the fact that these books are for kids, we adults are just tagging along. The fact of the matter is, the woman wrote a series of stories that captured the imagination of so many people, not just children, that any technical dissenting of her writing style always smacks me as sour grapes. I would be the first to say her writing is simplistic and very overt in it's plot structures, but that is the point. If that doesn't appeal to you, that's great, move on, and enjoy your highbrow fiction. 8.3 million sales in 24 hours tells me J.K. Rowling is doing something decently well, however.

Sorry if that comes across rant-like. I just think some perspective needs to be brought in. These are kids books, not adult. That they appeal to so many adults as well is a bonus for Ms. Rowling, but not her main goal. Although, I found this book to be the most cinematic of the bunch, definitely geared for a movie script. She's obviously been affected by them being turned into films.
nayad
Jul. 27th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Well, I can see how someone might see it as sour grapes to critique writing that has sold millions of copies. Fair enough. I'm not saying the series is crap, though. Far from it--I enjoyed the books quite a lot. But even looking at it as fiction intended for young adults, I know I've seen writing that was more interesting, that seemed more skillful to me. That's my preference when I'm reading. I'm glad that millions of people got into Harry Potter, but I hope that the new readers who got hooked will go on to read other young adult fantasy books that make them work their minds a little harder.

I'm not trying to change your opinion--just expressing mine.
sallidar
Jul. 27th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
Actually I completely agree with you, I didn't mean to make it sound like J.K. Rowlings' style was the end all be all, it is far from it. I just think that the standard by which success is measured is sales, and she has done well with that.

There are certainly far better storytellers in youth literature, in fantasy and other fields. Lewis, Alexander, Tolkein, Hobb, Cooper to name but a few. However, there are plenty of authors who I find far worse, and infinitely more difficult to read. Jennifer Roberson springs to mind, especially with the Cheysuli(sp?) books.

And, to clarify, none of my comments were directed at you, or any one person in particular. I was simply making an observation, based on my feeling that to disparage an obvious success, in any discipline or genre really, just strikes me as a bit of bitterness that the success wasn't theirs. Especially when it's done by someone that could be seen as "competing".

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