Sunday, September 12, 2010
Marginalizing A Gay Wizard Kid
Okay, that's not me unholstering my invert-phobia in the title there.
I believe the author herself referred to him as a *gay wizard* in a commencement speech she gave at Harvard.
Anyways, I just finished reading the book to my son - who loved it.
I thought the first 180 pages or so (of 312) went nowhere.
So while the author did well to eventually, vividly paint a *whole new magical world*....I still say the book deserves demerits for its soporific beginning. In fact I'd be surprised if more than a few publishers didn't toss it aside prematurely - much to their financial dismay.
But still, make no mistake, this is a CHILDREN's book - with its ridiculous magic, the worn-out *good and evil* dichotomy, and predictable plot.
I'll continue to look askance at childless adults who read and rave about it.
(BTW, there was a little Islamophobia in it!)