Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It's Author Appreciation Week! J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter
Ok, people, I'm a little behind! I didn't know! I'm new to this! Apparently this week is Author Appreciation Week. I found this out on Twitter ....something else I'm new at! Heidi R. Kling, author of a new book called Sea is hosting AAW. So, today I'm going to give a little shout-out to one of my two favorite authors. No matter what I read in the future, they will always be my favorites because, one, they are absolutely FABULOUS writers, and two, I wouldn't be here on this blog if it hadn't been for them.
Today: To J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter makes me happy!
So, I just discovered the Harry Potter Series about two years ago (gasp). I never really got into the movies. My kids were really young, and I wasn't too impressed, so I just didn't bother. How did I go from there to reading them seven times each, you ask? My 56 year old father. (Weird, I know, but that's what is SO amazing about these books, they appeal to all ages!) Yes, my dad is a Harry Potter nut. He doesn't normally read that many books, and he had read these multiple times, so we were going to get him Harry Potter Scene-It for Christmas. The problem was, we didn't know anything about HP, and we HAD to beat him! We needed information! Since I didn't read books.....AT ALL, we picked up the audiobooks from the library. I can't explain to you how my life has changed since then. * Let me just put a little plug in for Jim Dale. He reads the audiobooks, and he is the most ridiculously fantastic reader I have ever heard.*
J.K. Rowling has created such a masterpiece with the Harry Potter books. If you haven't read them, I know that will sound strange, but you have to believe me. The characters are realistic, and relatable. The story is engrossing and brilliant. The anticipation is extreme. The plot twists are gasp-worthy, and the methodology is amazing. I find myself constantly saying, "She knew! From the beginning! She planned all this out from the start!" I think the only way to really appreciate all the detail in this series is to read them at least twice, although we've found a new nugget of greatness every time we've listened to them. I keep saying "we". Here's the thing. My family, starting from my parents (56), when they're visiting, all the way to my son (7), love to listen to these books in the car together. If the kids are arguing, I turn on Jim Dale and he tells us Harry's story, and the kids stop fighting. If I'm stressed, I turn on the CD's and breath a sigh of relief. But the best part is, that when something funny happens (Weasley twins) we laugh together. When something sad happens, we all sniffle together. When we hear something that is revealed in book seven, referenced in book two, we all gasp and say, "Did you hear that? It was planned, from book two!" Other than our relationship with God, nothing has brought us closer as a family, because we're all loving and talking about the same thing.
So, thank you, Ms. Rowling! We will be reading you forever! Stay tuned for my next favorite author, and let me know who yours is!
Parents should know: Harry Potter is about wizardry. If you're wondering if this is an issue with your faith, I suggest reading Looking For God in Harry Potter by John Granger. Also, there are some "minor" curse words in each book, some death and violence, and some "snogging" (kissing) in the last 3. For more details about the content, go to Harry Potter on Parental Book Reviews.