I'm climbing on the old soap box this morning. Took the kids to see the new Harry Potter movie yesterday. Good movie, the kids all enjoyed it and the hubby and I had a nice time chatting about the movie's tone.
However, a bit of conversation floated over to me as we were filing out of the theater and heading for the bathrooms. I overheard someone complaining about the lack of literary value in the books. If I'd been able to determine who was spouting off that way, I would have been tempted to spout right back at them.
The value of a book doesn't reside in whether or not it is on a required reading list. The value of a book isn't determined by whether or not it has been reviewed by The New Yorker. The value of a book doesn't lie in how many literary symbols or devices the author used.
JK Rowling's Harry Potter stories have encouraged kids to read. And because kids have read her books, they've moved on to read other books. This is her enduring legacy. This is where the true value lies in her books.