I just finished up the first two Harry Potter books, in about 3 days total, and I have to say, they are rather good. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I got my money’s worth from them. Having said that, I can’t figure out why these books have people standing in line, in costume!, at the local bookstar at midnight just so they can buy the next book. Have the Trekies moved on to books now? While I admire Rowlings imagination, I don’t find her writing style to be anything special. In fact, her style seems to be brusque, functional, and rather simple. The characters are sympathetic but there’s really not a lot of development of them. I’d say they are great reads for the time investment, but I don’t think they warrant weirdos standing in line, yelling “First!”.
I know they are supposedly written for the younger readers (10+) but the way they books have grabbed mainstream attention just confuses me. Maybe people just don’t have a lot of time, or don’t spend a lot, reading. I guess we’re in the minority when it comes to the amount of books read, well, except for Kevin.
Maybe the movies created a self-feeding cycle that has helped build the hype and sales. Although I think the 1st movie came out after the 3rd book? I don’t know. All I do know is that there is no SF equivalent series that is anywhere near as big (David Gerrold’s series doesn’t cut it, I don’t think. Size-wise anyway). What do you all think?