Friday, July 15, 2005

Harry Potter Causes Chaos

Harry Potter has caused the Pope to loose his cool as an earlier post mentioned. One of the things Potter has done to society is to increase the number of blind people who can read Braille and to increase the number of kids who love to read. It is hard to tease out the number of kids who have become interested in literature because of the Potter books at the moment but several news stories have mentioned that there has been an increase in literacy rates since the Potter phenomenon. An English professor who I know has told me that, in spite of what some reviewers have said, the literature is very sophisticated.

I myself was very influenced by the Dragon Lance stories as a kid though I would not be able to repeat the stories to you now. They truly influenced my reading habits for the better. My experience with the Potter stories is limited to the movies but I have noticed that they have the most important elements of any successful series:

1) There is great character development. Even the low level characters are of interest.

2) There is is a fascinating and original premise to the story. (A private school for wizards? How many have there been of them?)

3) There is a sophisticated story line.

These are the same factors that made the Star Treks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Babylon 5 series such a success.

They are also what makes the Catholic church so frightened about the welfare mom from Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. What if Christianity is not as cool as a kid with magic powers?

The end could be near!


At Wed. Jul. 20, 02:48:00 a.m. 2005, Blogger cid said...

i agree with you and your professor friend about the series being sophisticated writing. there are so many levels to her writing, each with its own references (something for everone). and i've noticed that as the books go on, not only do the characters seem to mature and develop, but her style of writing really reflects the changes.

more complex, adult plotlines make each successor a little more of a challenge. the vocabulary and the topics increase in this manner.

i've not seen all the movies, but what i did see held pretty true to the theme and storyline, but i must tell you, if you haven't read them for yourself, you are indeed missing out on the pleasures of a beautifully constructed piece of literary history. and it happened right here in the present day!


p.s. maybe someone could make a story about a boy at catholic school with cool christian super powers to even things out a bit. it's great that this thing's got more kids reading. we need more great storytellers.

At Wed. Jul. 20, 01:54:00 p.m. 2005, Blogger Apesnake said...

Maybe the people who made BIBLEMAN could do it.

Make sure you click on the link which says:

New Bibleman
"A Fight For Faith"

Outside linking only bring you to the site. Left click to see the trailer.


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