August 26, 2008 at 3:22 am (books, rant) (authors, bertie botts, books, Breaking Dawn, children, critics, eclipse, Harry Potter, J.K Rowling, jelly beans, new moon, stephenie meyer, The Host, Twilight)
I don’t see why the critics keep comparing Twilight to Harry Potter. Its on the cover of New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. The authors are totally different and their books target different audiences. Maybe what they’re really trying to compare is popularity. Harry Potter was a huge huge hit that has gotten and is continuing to get a lot of young people to read in a time when people are afraid children aren’t reading as much as they used to. It also showed that children are willing to read bigger books than were previously thought. I read the first Harry Potter book when it came out when I in 5th grade I think. I’ve now read all seven of the books.
I’ve also read the entire Twilight series. Stephenie Meyer’s books target the people most interested in a love story, teenage girls. It has vampires which are always interesting if written about well. It is about the decisions a girl is then forced to make. While Harry Potter has magic and is about a boy growing up in the shadow of his own name and legends.
I think that Meyer develops the emotions of her characters better (she is writing romance), while Rowling has a really amazing grasp on storytelling, in that she knows myths and legends very well and is able to portray them as she wants. Also she has a good understanding of what people would do in desperate times. Both are excellent authors in their own right and have an excellent sense of humor. I’ve laughed outloud from reading both. I’ve also gasped outloud too at the terrible things that happen to the characters at times. I’m glad the authors could lighten things up at times.
The last book in both series upset fans although they were both good books in my opinion. The epilogue was terrible for Harry Potter (Why was that even there? It was like she had written that when she was 7. Everyone stayed together even though I think that would have been highly unlikely and it unfortuately hinted at the small size of the magic community in England which made me think Ewww. I think it would have been perfection without it, but I guess Rowling wanted people to know the afterward. As for Breaking Dawn the book was written a bit different than the other ones and was rather graphic in parts.
A test of skill and popularity is whether they write something popular outside of the series that made them popular. Meyer wrote The Host. I didn’t get a chance to read that yet and I didn’t hear any reviews about it just that it was hyped up. Rowling has written the fairytales mentioned in the seventh book that sold for millons, but that’s not outside of the HP universe, which may be so big that she may never have to leave. And money not exactly a good test, because Rowling has gotten over a billion dollars from HP from its wide audience (me included) and the fact that its so transferable to material goods and movies. Ever tried Bertie Bott bag of jellybeans? Well I guess I ended up comparing the two more than the critics… Maybe American critics want an American author to have such acclaim.