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    Tuesday
    Dec012009

    Twilight vs. Harry Potter

    Here's a different take on the Twilight phenomenon "Do Twilight Fans Get Flak Because They're (mostly) Girls?"  The question is that if it was less of a romantic book, and more of an adventure book, similar to the Harry Potter series, then maybe the book wouldn't be so bedeviled by critics.

    However, Harry Potter hasn't been as loved by critics as this blog seems to suggest.

    Here's an article on all the book banning of Harry Potter. More details about the Potter censorship battles. Here's The New York Times' children's book editor, Laura Miller's take on how long a book takes to become a classic, and why Harry Potter is yet to be one. She also writes about the children's literature publishing world in that article for Salon. Christian bookstores and some Christians haven't been very enamored with the Potter series, either.

    The list is endless, but Harry Potter is not particularly beloved among everyone and has taken his hits and arrows. Twilight is paying the price for popularity as well.

    Monday
    Nov302009

    Twilight popularity

    The popularity of Twilight continues to be debated.  The multitude of ideas sometimes seems to confuse why it is popular.  Yesterday in the Chicago Tribune Jonathan Zimmerman had an op-ed piece that Twilight's popularity is very much connected to the hook-up style of dating and the minority of men on college campuses.  Zimmerman says that young women on college campuses are giving up control of dating to young men. The thing about Bella is that she wants control of the relationship.  Edward is far more old-fashioned than the kind of men Zimmerman is writing about.

    What do you think are the reasons that Twilight is so popular?

    Wednesday
    Oct142009

    Where the Wild Things Are

    ENG 372 students are reading the Maurice Sendak book as well as the adaptation story by Dave Eggers.  The film opens this Friday, Oct. 16.  I'm going to see it this weekend.  Are you?

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