David Madore's WebLog: I am not reading Harry Potter

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(Saturday) · Summer Solstice (2003-06-21T19:10:27.32Z) · Last Quarter

I am not reading Harry Potter

If I had known about the release of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I would have by all means avoided all English (language) bookstores of Paris today. Pure madness! As it was, I didn't know.

I've read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and I'm not opening another one of these books until Rowling puts down her pen and I can be reasonably confident that the end is an end, not an incentive to buy the next volume in the saga.

I hate this saga frenzy. And I despise authors who try to take their readers as hostages with this contemptible artifice of “if you want to know what becomes of <character Foo>, you must buy the book <The Return of Foo>”. Somehow, science-fiction and fantasy authors seem direly hit by this madness and stupidity. Some friends of mine are deeply stuck in the Wheel of Time saga, and it is obviously adversely affecting their normal life. Basically I spent most of my time in the bookstores either looking for books that weren't part of some n-volume saga (and not by some too obscure author either) or waiting in line at the cashier's desk behind fifteen other people all buying Harry Potter. This, of course, did not help much lighten my annoyance at the saga frenzy.

Anyway, here is the list of books I bought during the last 48 hours (not all to be read during the next two weeks, of course! I still haven't made my choice as to which I'll be taking with me on travel):

You may now proceed to tell me I have utterly bad taste…

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