Tuesday, July 17, 2007

More Harry

for the insatiable; Claire Gross reviews the new Harry Potter movie. And I had a few more words to say about the boy in USA Today.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if the closest parallel would be Charles Dickens--the crowds of people on the pier as a ship docked from England, calling out "Is Little Nell dead?"

rindawriter said...

Well, ahem, ahem, not so very far in the past, another POSSIBLE parallel (although much larger in scope) might be what happened to the Bible (which containes lots of stories, too), the Catholic Church, and Europe when the Gutenberg press was invented...absolutely staggering as there would have been no Luthor, no Reformation, no Counter-Reformation, no widespread literacy of ordinary people, and no modern world of books and indeed no modern world as we know it without that invention.

Roger's point about the positive effects of new technology on increasing the popularity of Rowlings' books is right on the mark, say I.

All of this doesn't mean that Rowlings didn't have something there that people liked to read. It means that new technology came along at the same time as her very readable books and greatly contributed to their unusual and unprecedented success in the modern world.

Dickons made stories very accessible to the general public thorugh serialization in newspaper journals, which no doubt greatly aided the popularity of his books, but as a technological innovation affecting the publishing industry, it pales, historically, in comparision to the Gutenberg Press and Internet technology.

We live in such EXCITING times!

Anonymous said...

We certainly do! There is however, too much of a good thing. I, for one, would like to surf the net without being bombarded with Harry Potter speculations and opinions.

(And I love the books.)