Debra is a fan of the teen-aged wizard.
I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again. I'm an adult that reads children's literature. Often. One of my favorite go-tos is the Harry Potter series. When I'm in the mood for something cozy and fun. Or when I need to get 'adult' language and story lines and genres out of my head when I'm writing...I pick up this series. At least once a year I read through all seven books.
Even if you're not a fan, hopefully you'll admit that this series is one phenomenon that changed modern literature. People of all ages (myself included at times) stood in long lines for the stroke of midnight waiting to get their hands on a book. How amazing is that? Some, after getting a newly minted copy in their hands sat down right in the book store to read, unable to wait another minute to dive into the story. Others took it home and read into the wee hours of the night. Some couldn't wait to get up in the morning to start reading again.
An entire generation of readers has never known a world without Harry Potter in it.
However you feel about the stories themselves, kudos needs to be given in that they got people (of all ages) reading. And that isn't ever a bad thing. And as the series has spawned web-sites and movies and amusement parks, its appeal continues to grow, and more and more readers flock to it.
Dare I use the label of 'modern classic'? There are good guys. Bad guys. Battles. Even a bit of romance. Only time will tell if the books will stand the test of time. But for now, Harry Potter is here to stay. And I for one am glad.
Until next time,