well, i've finally done it. i've read THE book. you know, THE biggest book of the year, perhaps the decade. who knows, maybe even the century. has a book ever generated such such media furor and public popularity/obsession? that would be something worth looking into. what i really wanted to say was that in the end of the latest and last harry potter book... ha! you thought i was going to include a spoiler didn't you? in fact, one young man that i work with gets an unhealthy kick out of reading the harry potter books as quickly as he can when they are released and then ruining the ending for people. i think he has an unnaturally well-developed sense of schadenfreude.
i really am amazed at the harry potter phenomena. the books are good, and the seventh title is certainly no exception. they have this ability to just suck you into the story and before you know it you've read a 607 page book. but there are lots of books out there that are equally well written and equally absorbing, but none of them produce the same level of cultural interest. you know what? i'm going to quit questioning this because in the end it's all really fabulous because it has kids and adults reading and being genuinely excited about the book they're holding in their hands. and that is nothing but good.