Friday, February 02, 2007

Why Harry Potter?

Here's someone who wonders why Harry Potter is so popular, mentioning a rather bizarre theory about the "in-crowd" pushing people to read the books. I have this image of groups of glasses wearing bullies teasing the jocks for not reading Harry Potter. Sci-fi writer John Wright has an extensive reply explaining why(scroll down). For me it is the fantastic world creation, but for the kids it may be the ability to identify with either Harry, Ron or Hermione. There is so much to like about them and ways to engage the books, it is no wonder Rowling is now a billionaire.

If kid's lit is not your speed, how about this video of John Waters describing the songs on his Date with John Waters CD. Very funny, but turn down the volume at work. (via stereogum)

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