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Time For A New Product

 I don't know how many ex Harry Potter Fans there are in the world caused by the extremely disappointing Deathly Hallows, but it seems clear to me that it is time for a New Product to replace Harry Potter in the Witch and Wizard fantasy genre.  I am not an author.  I don't read fanfiction, and I'm not making this post to advertize or suggest any particular book or series.  I am just curious how many ex Harry Potter fans are still around reading fanfiction and just waiting to go back on the Harry Potter fansites and compare the idiotic Harry Potter plot in Deathly Hallows to a more realistic and reasonable witch and wizard plotline.


30th Jul, 2008 01:06 (UTC)
Ah, thanks for the details and opinion on Gaiman’s work, both to winterfox and minkhollow. Once you both mentioned the titles, I recalled that I actually had read Neverwhere and Good Omens, so it appears I had more of a start with Gaiman than I’d remembered. Good Omens was very enjoyable, IMO, and I’ll add a yea vote for that one, but I only have a vague recollection of Neverwhere (mainly I recall those two awful guys – Mr. Crouch and Mr. … Valdemar? Vandemar? Am I thinking of the right novel?). Maybe my vague memory serves as an illustration of winterfox’s point about bland protagonists in some of Gaiman’s works?

As to Harry Dresden, I’m still in the YAY camp, myself. For me, these novels are fun, solidly-written escapist fare with a likeable hero, and I do recommend them. But perhaps my taste is less discriminating than that of others, so those thinking about giving Jim Butcher and Harry Dresden a try can take that into account. Nice that we have a variety of responses to the same books in this thread too, makes it interesting.

Also, just remembered, though the Dresden novels are urban-fantasy, I understand Butcher also has a more traditional sword-and-sorcery fantasy series going too. I haven’t read any of them myself, not my thing, but I've heard those who do enjoy the Dresden series mentioning that they like these as well. “Codex Alera” or something like that is the series title.

The idea of commercial successors to HP is interesting as well. I'm thinking maybe Stephenie Meyers' publishers are trying to position the Twilight series in that spot? I personally don't think anything is going to equal the freakish commercial success of HP for some time, but I'm sure publishers would love to put their fingers on the next big thing if it were possible to predict.


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