Harry Potter, Meh, by PZ MyersAugust 15, 2007
A Pharyngula post taking Rowling
s to account for utterly lacking imagination, and also providing a list of children’s authors who imagine circles around her. I bought the first Harry Potter book in Santiago when I was about to fly back to the states stopping in Lima, San Jose, and San Salvador. I read about the first third or so and spent the remainder of the flight reading the in flight catalogs rather than finish it.
I added the links below.
I know it’s a children’s book. Good children’s literature, though, is not baby-talk versions of trite stories with happy endings — it is not teletubbies on paper. If you’re avoiding L’Engle, Wynne Jones, Pinkwater, Alexander [wikipedia], LeGuin, Pullman, de Saint-Exupéry [wikipedia again], White [wikipedia yet again], Rowling [meh, right PZ? What’s your point?], even Lewis [wikipedia quatrafecta with many external links] because they wrote for children and young adults, then you are missing some excellent literature. It’s a huge mistake to regard children as stupid versions of adults who need an inferior literature….
I can’t believe he forgot Lewis Carroll.
[edit a few hours later: Susan Cooper]