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  1. Harry Potter is saving reading? A Follow-up.

    jake on 2007.08.14
    at 05:15 pm

    It’s nice to locate articles to emphasis your point. I wish the first article (print version with no ads) had cited its sources. It argues along side me against the issue I brought up recently. The author contributed to a book discussing the connection to the series and philosophy.

    These surveys also show that children who were not readers are now readers. They want to read more Harry Potter, but they also just want to read more in general. This is evident by the explosion of the children’s literature market. Go into any bookstore these days and one sees the more traditional books for young adults, such as Watership Down or Bridge to Terabithia, but also many, many new books such as the Lemony Snicket series or PJ Haarsma’s The Softwire.

    The second article is from a famous writer. Steven King defends Rowling to her critics in his piece and touches on the same basic idea. Harry Potter is not destroying reading but helping it.

    But reading was never dead with the kids. Au contraire, right now it’s probably healthier than the adult version, which has to cope with what seems like at least 400 boring and pretentious “literary novels” each year. While the bigheads have been predicting (and bemoaning) the postliterate society, the kids have been supplementing their Potter with the narratives of Lemony Snicket, the adventures of teenage mastermind Artemis Fowl Amazon Search, Philip Pullman’s challenging His Dark Materials trilogy, the Alex Rider adventures, Peter Abrahams’ superb Ingrid Levin-Hill mysteries, the stories of those amazing traveling blue jeans. And of course we must not forget the unsinkable (if sometimes smelly) Captain Underpants. Also, how about a tip of the old tiara to R.L. Stine, Jo Rowling’s jovial John the Baptist?

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