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Harry Potter and the Over-Hyped Title

The blogosphere and news outlets are a-buzz with the just-announced title of the final Harry Potter book. It’s called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Why is this news? I don’t see such fanfare over other upcoming titles. Why no publicity over, say, Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe (September 2007). I’m betting that will be a better book.

Obviously it’s the sales numbers of the Potter books. I think it’s safe to say it’s a publishing phenomenon, though I cannot personally attest to the worthiness of that claim. At least one positive thing is coming out of Potter’s success: kids are reading more.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

6 Comments on Harry Potter and the Over-Hyped Title

  1. How dare you say anyting is better than Potter! Potter rulzs! Who is this Gene Wolfe anyway and why is he ripping off Piratez of the Carabean?

    😉

  2. When Erin Gray called me last night I asked her if she likes Harry Potter. She didn’t have enough time to answer. Stupid 30 seconds.

  3. Dean – awesome! LOL!!!

  4. No other series has inspired such parody-making where the titles are concerned, and the muggles just love to guess at the title of the next book.

  5. elizabeth brookes // April 26, 2007 at 4:56 pm //

    nothing beets harry potter:). you know it is totleosem:D

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