Monday, November 24, 2008

Musing Monday

Thank you Rebecca for taking over Musing Mondays!!!!

Today's Musing Monday prompt is:

How do you feel about wide-spread reading phenomenons - Harry Potter, for instance, or the more current Twilight Saga? Are these books so widely read for a reason, or merely fads or crazes? Do you feel compelled to read - or NOT to read - these books because everyone else is?

I think reading phenomenons like Harry Potter and Twilight are great to get kids reading again, but I don't think the public should limit themselves to popular books. If you limit yourself to only bestsellers, then you will miss hundreds of really great books.

With the Harry Potter books, I was reading them a full two years before they became popular in the USA. I own a first edition British copy of The Philosopher's Stone (the British title) and this is the book that started the craze for me. I had finished the first three books in the series before the first one became a sensation. And of course, I was one of the thousands of people waiting in line at midnight on release days.

With the Twilight books, I wasn't going to read them because everyone said they were the new Harry Potter. But after I found out the books were about vampires, then I knew I had to read them. Vampires are my favorite genre and believe me, I read great vampires and I've read horrid vampires.

I started my book review blog to keep myself updated on the books I've read. I have a tendency to gravitate toward unknown authors, although I do have my favorite popular authors. My goal in doing book reviews is to turn people on to books they may not have given notice to.

Good or bad, bestselling books do start a buzz for children - and adults - and if this keeps them reading, then I say "Go forth and read!"


Bluestocking said...

Yeah I do read more unknown authors.

Tonya said...

I should look for less known authors because I know there can be some real gems but I get addicted to an author and spend months reading everything ever written by that one author!

Rebecca said...

I agree 100% about what you've said about popular books sparking interest in young readers. As I said in my response, I saw many of the 14-17year old students I had for my teaching pracs reading Twilight, and reading very excitedly.

I don't care what they read, as long as they enjoy it - and who knows, the next book they pick up may have a little more depth to it because of this interest.

gautami tripathy said...

I too own a copy of first edition of The Philosopher's Stone. In that eition, not many books were published.

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Beth F said...

You're absolutely right, of course: if hype will get adults and children to read, then hype away!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I read more unknown authors, my favourite books are often obscure!