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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!



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.
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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