Books and reading age

Kyra Jucovy klj at
Thu Sep 21 23:41:21 EDT 2000

	Yes, often I wonder what my perspectives on the Harry Potter
series would have been if I had read it first when I was eight - I can't
help but think that I might have loved it, as opposed to merely feeling
some interest in it.  Or, on the other hand, the way that I'm not
necessarily that eager to start reading any Terry Goodkind or
L. E. Modesitt (sp?), but I can't stop reading _The Wheel of Time_,
because I started reading it when I was ten and am simply not capable of
stopping now, despite all of the good reasons to do so ;-).


"It is despicable. It is horrible.  This is dreadful.  This is
shameful.  This is awful."

---Lynne V. Cheney, demonstrating her skill with the English language, on
"the lyrics to one rap song" (NYT)

On Thu, 21 Sep 2000 lpuszcz at wrote:

> This is something that occurred to me last night, and I was wondering what
> others' opinions would be about this. Let me see if I can explain this
> right.   I was thinking about certain books that I love, that I read when
> I was much younger.  Thos are books that I can reread now and still enjoy
> them--perhaps not for the same reasons, but I still enjoy them.  But
> recently I've picked up some books which are similar in theme, age level,
> etc and I just don't have the same feeling for them.  For example: someone
> on this list mentioned how much they love boarding school stories.  I feel
> the same way about books in which kids solve mysteries.  I've always loved
> them.  There is a series like this by E.W. Hildick, and I read the earlier
> books back when I was 12 or 13.  Recently I reread one of them and
> enjoyed it, so I got some of his later books, puclished recently but still
> part of the same series, and I didn't like those at all.  And I don't
> think the quality of the later books is the problem; it seems to me the
> writing is still good, but my reaction to them is different. Part of it
> may be the nostalgia factor, of course, but do you think (let me see if I
> can ask this right) that for some books there's a certain age that you
> need to read them by, and if you haven't read them by that age (which
> probably differs for everyone) that you'll never have the same feeling
> about the book? Does this question make any sense?  I've been trying to
> figure out why I haven't liked these books and was curious to see what you
> think.
> Laurie  

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