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Whatever you may think of Rowling, you gotta give her credit for getting young kids around the world excited about reading.
I'd like to see those statistics about how the number of kids reading Potter were "reading kids" anyway. I'm writing from the states and let me tell you, seeing American kids under 7 years old _pack_ bookstores (and I'm talking the big chains here) just to read a story was a new phenomena to me. Kids that young usually are not into reading as a rule.
Were they packing the bookstores year-round or just around the Potter release dates? Because if it's the latter, that might just be a side effect of them all being keen to read the same books by the same author rather than being particularly more keen to read than their forebears.
I have no illusions that it's great literature, but I think fellow fantasy writers like Terry Pratchett are just a _mite_ jealous that she captured the youth market before they did.
The main problem with Harry Potter isn't that the books stop being "children's books" halfway though. "These books are no longer for children" is a statement that implies something that is nor positive, nor negative.
She didn't seem to be aware that she has a problem that needs fixing at all.
To be fair, sometimes fantasy can be a good vessel for real-world commentary. But then, see the previous points made on the thread.
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