This is bad. Having finished and posted my verdict on The Princess Bride, I picked up the first Harry Potter book (The Philosopher’s Stone) on a whim Saturday afternoon, and couldn’t put it down until I’ve finished it yesterday.
And then, I had to get started on The Chamber of Secrets right away, and am more than half way through now, stopping just to post about it.
A couple of my friends didn’t think J K Rowling was a good writer, but I think they were probably looking at it from a diffferent perspective. Sure, she doesn’t write prose that will go down in history as ingenious, or inspiriing. But considering her audience, I think she’s done a marvellous job in conveying the sense of wonder in all things magic, and created a fantasy world that kids and those young at heart can appreciate, and perhaps relate to.
The style used in the Philosopher’s Stone may be simple narrative, and the language may not challenge the more sophisticated reader, but there is no question that her story-telling skills had me turning the pages faster than you can chant ‘Wingardium Leviosa’.
I think I now understand why this particular series has garnered such a fierce and loyal following. But enough of this now. more when I’m done. Got to get back to the Chamber.