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January 11th, 2008, 15:54
Originally Posted by Prime Junta View Post
Harry Potter is sort of like the Oblivion of fantasy novels. Lots of people like it, most of whom aren't too familiar with the fantasy genre, so it has got to be doing something right.
I think it is wonderful for younger kids - we started years ago doing read-alouds, and last year even though our kids could chew through the books in a couple of days we *still* did read-aloud for the last one.

The good thing about Harry Potter - and to a lesser extent the Eragon books - is the amount of kids reading them. Despite declining trends worldwide in terms of reading, these books have helped slow that decline. For our kids, they have led to curiosity to read other stuff in and out of the genre.

Also, when compared against 'great literature' or even the LotR books the Potter stuff is lacking, but compared to stuff like Stephen King, Halo and Star Wars novels, RA Salvatore and other fantasy stuff … it really isn't so bad …

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