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I read a lot. As often as I can, although with my current lifestyle I am not a very fast reader. If I am lucky, I can finish about 30 novels a year.
That being said, life is too short to read bad books. Currently, I am reading the latest installment of the "Harry Potter" series. It came out 5 days ago, and I'm only on page 335 of a 652 page book.
Of course it seems anything worth a second look these days seems to be shrouded in contoversy. Harry Potter and friends are no exception. Looking at a recent poll taken by The Victoria Advocate website, it seems as though Victorians have decided to get in on the act.
It's nothing new, certain groups have attacked the books in past years, before that it was the Teletubbies who were endagering your kids, before that it was Bert and Ernie, and on and on since the birth of Rock and Roll.
I know what they are saying... and it's rude I am told to discuss religion ( but I've never been one to mind my manners) Some religious groups believe that the subjects of witchcraft and sorcery are evil and against the will of God. Hey... I'm not knocking that. If I indeed did believe that kids could ride on broomsticks and giants, Phoenixes, and evil sorcerers could roam the earth, I would be cautious too. But I don't believe these things anymore than I believe that Willy Wonka's factory has 2 feet tall Oompa Loompas in it. They are simply stories, and I'm pretty sure I can distinguish reality from fantasy. I'm also pretty sure you would still be able to find me in my house of worship Sunday morning center row like always.
I enjoy these books. I wish I had them when I was younger. Because let's face it, Hank The Cowdog was OK, but he ain't no Harry Potter. Not by a long shot. These books have a clear cut sense of good and evil. It's nice to see the good guys try to win. It's kind of cool to see Harry, who begins the series as an unloved and mistreated orphan, grow into a hero for the ages. But most of all, it's good to see kids READING BOOKS these days. In these days with kids faces stuck to their Xbox's amd PS2's, playing video games with carjackers and assasains as the stars, why are we so concerned about a couple of kids in a fantasy novel when carjacking is much more real than a child on a broomstick? (Nothing against the video game industry, I'm old enough to accept responsibility to play these games too)