You are a member of a writer’s group. Every now and then, somebody will make a comment about how bad they thought Harry Potter/Twilight/ The Da Vinci code was. Everyone else will chime in and nod sagely.
Does this sounds familiar to you?
What is it that makes ‘Hating Harry Potter’ a mandatory attribute for aspiring writers?
I’ve read all Harry Potter books. I’ve also read all Stephanie Meyer’s books. I must be one of the five people in the world who hasn’t read The Da Vinci Code, but this has nothing to do with its success. It’s because the subject of digging into religious history doesn’t interest me, and I have a lot of other books I’d sooner read.
I quite enjoyed Harry Potter and Twilight. Sure, when I look at them with my writerly eyes, I can see places where I thought things got a little wobbly, but I can’t think of a single book I’ve read where that wasn’t the case. The overall reading experience was a positive one. Which is why I totally don’t get why so many aspiring writers take delight in dissing these books as pieces of crap. The universal writerly crapometer seems to be set at a particularly sensitive setting for very successful novels.
It seems to be OK, expected even, amongst aspiring writers, that you hated these books. Admitting that you liked them feels like treason.
Why? Why? Why?