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3,896 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 14 years ago by TangledLace_

Do you think the 33-page long thread in the Book Forum relating to Harry Potter ought to be deleted, because it devalues serious literature by association, despite the fact you know that technically it has a right to be there?


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16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/11/05 - 11:32:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
No... why should people be restricted to discussing "serious literature"?
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/11/05 - 11:34:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, yes, because God knows all the Stephen King and Ann Rice forums are just brimming with seriousness.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/11/05 - 11:35:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
lmao@harold
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/11/05 - 11:35:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think the Book Forum is quite fine the way it is.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/11/05 - 11:36:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Um, no. It's a book, isn't it?!
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 1:26:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I could honestly care less.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 1:35:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, the fact that there is ONE eliminates the excessive harry potter threads that would exist, and the excessive threads complaining about not having one. Let people seriously discuss the book if they want to... I wouldn't go as far as saying that it devalues the other literature by association. There's worse... lets say there was a Captain Underpants thread.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 1:36:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
'Serious' literature is subjective. Who is to say that one book deserves to be there, and another doesn't?
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 1:41:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Who cares?

If you don't like it, stay off the book forum.

16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 3:47:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
How does it devalue serious literature? Must one need a dictionary to understand a book in order for it to be classified as serious?
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 3:48:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Burn all your Harry Potter books!
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 3:57:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Do you think the 33-page long thread in the Book Forum relating to Harry Potter ought to be deleted, because it devalues serious literature by association, despite the fact you know that technically it has a right to be there?"


wtf

16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 9:48:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Certainly,
I have nothing against Harry Potter books.

I just think it seems
a little like the Chain of Being's thrown out of kilter
like maybe the King's been overthrown
because
a CHILDREN's book
gets that sort of discussion
and yet nobody but two people appear to even NOTICE the Booker Prize nominees.

16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 9:53:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not at all. Harry Potter is perfectly deserving of its status in literature. People flocked to it first, before all the marketing and movies. They flocked to it because it's good.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/12/05 - 9:55:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
No... who decides what is "serious" anyways?
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/13/05 - 6:45:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/12/2005 9:48:21 PM TangledLace_ wrote:
Certainly, I have nothing against Harry Potter books. I just think it seems a little like the Chain of Being's thrown out of kilter like maybe the King's been overthrown because a CHILDREN's book gets that sort of discussion and yet nobody but two people appear to even NOTICE the Booker Prize nominees.

But which has served the greater purpose? The book that has encouraged millions of children to enjoy literature and learn about narrative and character development and has extended their vocabulary? The book that has children using their cognitive powers, developing their skills of reasoning and deduction to try to guess what happens next?

Or the Booker Prize which, let's face it, is nowhere near as interesting.

It makes you sound like a snob.


16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/13/05 - 6:52:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/12/2005 3:47:05 PM *estella* wrote:
How does it devalue serious literature? Must one need a dictionary to understand a book in order for it to be classified as serious?

Yes. I'm 100% in favour of snobbery of every kind. People should read Doestoyevsky instead, it's actually good rather than just popular.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/13/05 - 7:04:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
Any book deserves to be discussed in the Book Forum, I'm glad that it got cleaned up and that there is now one main thread instead of a lot of little ones though.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/13/05 - 7:09:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
It may not be "serious" but it is a great story that has motivated many kids to read. It should be respected.....
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 8/15/05 - 4:06:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
I do respect it.
I think it's a wonderful children's book.
It makes me glad because my brother always buys it the day it comes out and reads it vociferously.

But I don't know.
It just seems a little...
boring, really
It just confuses me. How can people have so much to say about plot intrigues and nothing to say about so many other books? Aren't they just as worthy?
And yet they aren't as read. They aren't discussed.

It doesn't seem FAIR.

16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 8/15/05 - 4:16:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 8/15/05 - 4:21:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Grr.
I take my back.
I thought you were trying to defend it.

But kids who read Harry Potter and very little else have more to say about Harry Potter than, say, The Federalist Papers.

They have nothing to say about them because they don't read them. Silly.

16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 8/16/05 - 6:36:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like this question.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/17/05 - 4:23:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
I swear I posted the longest reply to this!

arrgh-ness.
It disappeared.
It was so good, too.

Ah well.
Adieu, lost words.

Anyhow,
what I basically said was that I have nothing against Harry Potter

It just makes me sad that people will read them twenty times rather than reading it one or two times and trying more books. If they read them, maybe they'd appreciate them and have something to say about them...

but they're busy analysing Harry Potter.

(PS: i've never heard of The Federalist Papers.)

16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/17/05 - 7:00:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
Personally I enjoy the Harry Potter books so I enjoy the thread on it obviously. Harry Potter will encourage more people to start reading than it will persuade readers to only read that series, so it has to be a positive.

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