This week’s Weekly Geeks asks us to write about a book (or books) that was written in the decade we were born in:
“…today’s Weekly Geeks is about examining a book (or books) which were published in your birth decade. Tell us about a book that came out in the decade you were born which you either loved or hated. Is is relevant to today? Is it a classic, or could it be? Give us a mini-review, or start a discussion about the book or books.”
I am a product of the ’90s. The first book that came to mind is a contemporary classic, the first of an immensely popular series, and one of my personal favorites. Written by a struggling single mother, it was published under different names in the U.K. and the U.S.A. Have you guessed it yet? Yes, I am talking about none other than J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone)!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1997 and set the stage for an epic, suspenseful, and utterly fantastic series. Also published in the ’90s, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Askaban kept up the high standard set by their predecessor.
I’m not sure how I can review the Harry Potter series. Anything good there is to say about a book, I’ll probably say about J. K. Rowling’s works. If you are sincerely interested in me praising Harry Potter to high heaven, I have posts here and here that detail it. Otherwise…
It’s mind-blowing to imagine the humongous empire Harry Potter has become since 1997. The HP brand has made billions of dollars worldwide, according to National Geographic Kids magazine– that includes DVD sales, clothing, toys, posters, and of course, movie tickets and books. But Harry Potter’s impact is not just financial. I would venture to say that J. K. Rowling’s creation has become so engrained in our culture that it achieves status as myth. How many soon-to-be-eleven-year-olds have hoped that an owl will arrive at a window carrying a Hogwarts letter? And how many older fans have looked back wistfully and bemoaned the fact that they never received one?