There’s a lot of pressure out there. It started when I was in ed school, studying to be a teacher. The professors and my fellow student-teachers raved about Harry Potter. When I finally got a full-time teaching gig, all the teachers there raved about Harry Potter. My wife raves about Harry Potter.
Am I the only one who hasn’t read Harry Potter? And does that make me a bad person? After all, there are plenty of great books I’ve read that most Harry Potter fans have never read or even heard of. Are they bad people for not appreciating those books? Why do people give me strange looks when I say I haven’t read Harry Potter?
It’s not as if I never tried to read Harry Potter. I did. I really did. When all the big hoopla in ed school was going on, I thought I’d give it a shot. I picked up Sorceror’s Stone (also known as Philosopher’s Stone) and tried to read it. The first 100 pages were painful. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the writing style. The characters didn’t feel real to me. I stopped. I haven’t started again ever since.
Some people will say this is heresy, but the movies are a lot more exciting to me. Usually I like book versions better, but not in the case of young Mr. Potter.
If you genuinely enjoy Harry Potter, good for you. If you’re one of the flock, who read Harry Potter just because it’s the “in” thing, then shame on you… but at least you’re reading something. And if you want to know what books a non-HP-reader would recommend, try Men, Women, and Chainsaws by Carol J. Clover, Hardcore by Linda Williams, Femininity by Susan Brownmiller, On Writing by Stephen King, or The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell. I guess I should have mentioned I favor non-fiction. Could be one factor in my lack of enthusiasm for Potter books.
Pottermania and other random ramblings