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July 31st, 2007

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09:35 am
Two quick questions designed to start arguments in the comments:

1) Is J.K. Rowling the most significant female writer in human history?

2) Now that Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni are dead, who is the greatest living filmmaker?

Discuss below.

(16 points | Discuss)


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Date:July 31st, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
RE Narnia and LOTR

I don't think either of those series are as accessible as Potter. I read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and The Hobbit for school, probably around 5th grade or so, and I swear, I can't remember either of them. They never inspired me to read more. I know they inspired a LOT of other people--believe me--but I don't find them to be as accessible as the Potter books. I think that's part of the reason that Rowling has been as successful as she's been...her books hold mass appeal and they are not difficult to read.
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Date:August 1st, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
I agree that accessibility is a part of significance, but I think a greater part is sustainability. There's a lot of Potter love in the world right now, partly because of accessibility. And though LOTR is probably less accessible, it has sustained fandom for a long time and helped redefine how we look at fantasy. I think Potter has had similar influence over fantasy fiction in the here and now--I just need to see the influence play out past the end of the series.

I tend to think of Narnia, however, as significantly more accessible than Potter. For one thing, the books are a hell of a lot shorter. : )
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Date:August 1st, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Plus, they lack those pesky interesting characters, so that won't slow you down...

(Sorry. I've got a major anti-Narnia bent. But that probably comes from having the books shoved down my throat when I was a kid.)

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