Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Harry Potter a best-seller? Nah.

Why not? My wife and I each bought a Deathly Hallows. It's not gonna be a NYT Bestseller, though, because it's a "children's book."

The book that will probably set a single day and one week sales record, the book hundreds of thousands will line up for at midnight won't be the Number One book on The New York Times Bestseller list? That's right because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a children's book and those books don't count.
Also mentioned in the article as screwed by this policy is His Dark Materials, a series I've heard good things about, but not much, because it couldn't be a bestseller either.

The article points out that if this ban had been in effect when the first Potter book was published, the series wouldn't be what it is today.

2 comments:

the evil one said...

"The article points out that if this ban had been in effect when the first Potter book was published, the series wouldn't be what it is today."

Why? Because the mindless sheep can't pick up a book unless the NYT or Oprah says to?

I do not read the NYT nor watch Oprah, but I know about Harry Potter. A popular book will still get plenty of press and word of month. Who cares what the NYT feels is "fit to print"?

I remember when the Times came down with the decision to "ban" Potter from its lists. It was silly then, and I feel it's still silly now.

- Enrique
"You all laugh because I'm different. I laugh because you're all the same."

Bpaul said...

His Dark Materials series deserves a read -- seriously. Very good books, and as you know I only hesitantly read "young adult" fiction.

ps: the nyt thing is idiotic