I won’t lie, when I first read this it made me so mad! This is a blog post that has inspired mass debate (and hysteria) and I think it is clear to see why… Robert Bruce over at 101 Books posted an excerpt of an interview given by A.S. Byatt in 2003 (author of Possession), where she claims, among other things, that Harry Potter “…is written for people whose imaginative lives are confined to TV cartoons, and the exaggerated (more exciting, not threatening) mirror-worlds of soaps, reality TV and celebrity gossip.”
Where do you stand on this issue? Do you think Harry Potter is over-rated and for the “simple minded” or do you think it is one of the greatest stories of our time?
So says A.S. Byatt, author of Possession. I’m paraphrasing.
The more I read about A.S. Byatt, the less likeable she seems.
Last week, we talked about her dismissiveness of bloggers and social media. This week, let’s talk about how much she dislikes Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling. How fun!
Byatt comes across as the quintessential book snob. The complex, fantastical world of Harry Potter isn’t good enough for her. J.K. Rowling is just a simpleton, parroting old clichés.
This comes from an op-ed Byatt wrote for the New York Times in 2003.
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