: [Fwd: Bullying, DWJ, and Harry Potter...]

Abe Gross argross at bigpond.net.au
Sat Feb 1 09:45:13 EST 2003

Gili wrote:

> Sticking in my two cents here. I am fascinated by discussions of DWJ, but
> be quite honest, bored silly by discussions of Harry Potter. However, this
> is not to say I dislike the Harry Potter books, or do not respect them -
> opposite is truy. I simply don't think they bear this close scrutiny, it
> takes all the fun out of them. In my opinion they are good fun, jolly good
> yarns, imaginative and suspensful, and yes, superficial. I think it is not
> fair to compare them to the works of DWJ, it's like comparing "Mad"
> and "The New Yorker". One of the wonderful things about DWJ is that the
> closer her books are scrutinized, the more is revealed. The Harry Potter
> books are simply not like that - they should be read as fast as possible,
> not mulled upon. That's why I've never participated in a "Harry Potter"
> list, though several exist, and heaven knows I know the books practically
> heart. They're just different, that's all - but wonderful and highly
> enjoyable in their own way.

Gili, you've expressed my own feelings on the topic very succinctly!


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