Not everyone considers Rowling’s position on trans identity a make or break deal.
How do you sculpt a lion? I chip away everything that is not a lion.
That anti-trans attitude isn’t in the stories at all… at least that I noticed. And those stories got my grandkid reading when he really hated it before that. Are we going to get rid of the founding fathers who had slaves?
Does any character in the Harry Potter books make any negative statements about transsexuals? If the author makes any unpopular statements about any group in real life, she runs the risk of alienating potential customers!
But they still watch “Jeepers Creepers”, and films b Polanski and Weinstein
She should be furious with him for reading that hackwork instead of, say, the much better written Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones.
The strip loses its effectiveness by Susan not voicing her objection(s).
What has Susan got against the Harry Potter books? They’re wonderful entertainment! And the movies made from them were top-notch as well.
The solution to too much free speech is not book burning, but more free speech.
You really want to rise a thinking kid get them hooked on Pratchett before Potter
I read my older son JURASSIC PARK. He enjoyed the book, not the movie. The mayhem went from abstract to visual.
Younger son wasn’t bothered, knowing it wasn’t real.
What about setting this in 1952 with two young republicans and one is furious at the other for letting his kid listen to a Pete Seeger/Weavers record.
Harry Potter and Ender’s Game are two book series where we have to separate the art from the artist, because the artist is doing their absolute best effort to make the world worse for the kinds of people who might otherwise read and enjoy their books.
Lemont should know and be correcting people who say “independent of” in that context. The preposition should be “from.”
Is this like the last book in the Strike series that everyone said was anti-trans until they actually read the book and found out the real message was: don’t assume women are safe and nurturing just because they’re women.
To me, I separate the art from the person. I enjoy reading Harry Potter. I love the books (not the movies) and the community it spawned from. It’s how I made a few friends. Rowling’s politics are HER politics. I don’t agree with them, but I’m not about to boycott HP over it. It’s like Adolf Hitler: I sincerely hope the man is burning in hell with all his orifices bleeding out acid as he is is ravaged by a demon with….well, you get the idea. But some of his artwork he made was quite nice. Mediocre, sure, but if you actually saw them, they weren’t bad at all. But if all you can see is his Nazi symbolism or his politics in them, the problem is with you.
I’m a Harry Potter fan too but I hate transphobia.
Shakespeare had a position on gays and it isn’t pretty. Read Richard II. He also had a position on women and it isn’t pretty either. Read Taming of the Shrew. From Shakespeare on down there is no such thing as a human being who doesn’t have some dirt in their soul. So before you start throwing rocks, you better check out your glass house.
In many cases a work of art can stand separate from its creator. Wagner’s operas have been performed in Israel. True he is dead and does not get any royalties but if D. got the book from the library JK did not profit from his reading an otherwise worthy work of literature to his kid. You can’t judge a band by its fans and you can’t always judge a book by its author. Misguided people occasionally create great works of art.
Rowling’s books are perfect for kids. They are way too juvenile to really enjoy as an adult except through the joy you see they bring in kids. Her stand on putting reality before wishing is actually a big plus and even more reason to get those books for your kids.
We have no phobia except phobophobia itself.
We decided we would continue to read the books and watch the movies from before she made her statements and not purchase/watch her works made since her statements. We have all the books, movies and both sets of audio books, Jim Dale and Stephen Fry. Nothing more to buy or patronise.
Darrin Bell and Theron Heir