Your Favorite Series
All right, so far in this blog, I have probably come off as a huge literary snob who loves literary fiction and ONLY literary fiction. Well, you’re almost right. However, there is a special place reserved in my heart for books that combine great elements of literary fiction (great characterization, good writing, intelligent themes) as well as elements of genre fiction (written for entertainment, wide readership, etc). Out of all these books and series, my favorite (and I’m sure I’m not alone) series is the Harry Potter Series. Of course! Do I even have to explain how much I love this series and for what reasons?
A coming-of-age series that explores the relationship between good and evil and where those lines intersect, the Harry Potter books captured my imagination ever since I was 11 years old and I read the first Harry Potter book. These books are for my generation what I imagine the Star Wars films were for our parents’ generation. The difference is that the HP books have brought readers back to the printed word–oh and the books are better than the SW films. The HP books served as my introduction to the world of books. By the time I started reading HP, I had strayed pretty far from the printed word and spent most of my time watching movies. That changed once I started reading HP. I think I never really appreciated the influence that HP had on my reading and the course my life took after I read the first book.
The themes alone are cause for reading this series. A short list includes: the difference/similarities between good and evil; definition of family; coming-of-age; what it means to be an adult; forgiveness; importance of choice. These are just a few themes off the top of my head that the series addresses. Need I say more? Hopefully not.