How is fiction not literature?
This isn't even worthy of a response.
Bottomline: You can't judge a book unless you actually read it. You even said it yourself. HP is much better than Twilight and whatever other fads. It's too bad for you if you consider yourself too "sophisticated" to read good books.
My favourite writer is Julian Barnes. Among my favourite books are The Satanic Verses, The Blind Assassin, Great Expectations, Of Human Bondage, Never Let Me Go, Lolita, Alias Grace, Dracula, The Remains of the Day... I'm not listing any Barnes novels because I love them all and I'd read anything he writes, but the ones that stand out for me are The Sense of an Ending, England, England, Arthur & George, A History of the World in 10.5 Chapters and Flaubert's Parrot. "Good" does not begin to describe the books that I read. Of course, I have read some shit ones (Wuthering Heights stands out as a "classic" that I read recently which I vehemently hated), but to use the word "good" to describe my favourite books is probably understating it a little bit.
I read a page of Harry Potter to judge the writing and I decided that I didn't like it. I did the same for 50 Shades and Twilight. Plenty of people consider 50 Shades and Twilight "good" books as well; do you consider yourself too sophisticated to read them?
You seem to be implying that a novel has to be written for a blasé audience for it to be considered literature. Correct?
No, I don't know where you got that idea.
No need to be so rude.
I don't agree with trips, but she's entitled to her opinion, even if it sounds awfully elitist.
I am elitist. I am also arrogant and a snob. That's why Federer is my favourite player.
“It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”
“It is a curious thing, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”
“After all to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”Quotes by Albus Dumbledore, master of wisdom.
I don't know how you cannot consider this deep and emotional.
I think I'll just stop talking now and let a passage from my latest edition to my favourite books list speak for itself:
The effort was so incommensurate with the result. The bright hopes of youth had to be paid for at such a bitter price of disillusionment. Pain and disease and unhappiness weighed down the scale so heavily. What did it all mean? He thought of his own life, the high hopes with which he had entered upon it, the limitations which his body forced upon him, his friendlessness, and the lack of the affection which had surrounded his youth. He did not know that he had ever done anything, but what seemed best to do, and what a cropper he had become! Other men, with no more advantages than he, succeeded, and others again, with many more, failed. It seemed pure chance. The rain fell alike upon the just and the unjust, and for nothing was there a way and a wherefore.
The entire page 604 of the Vintage edition of the novel (Of Human Bondage) is just breathtaking, but I can't be bothered to type the whole thing out.
Look, like I said before, you cannot seriously argue that Rowling's writing is on the same level as writers who have cemented their status as literary writers (Barnes, Rushdie, McEwan, Hollinghurst, Banville [his style is rather obscure but it's undeniable that his sentences ooze poetry]; I could go on but I'm sure you get the idea). That's why I don't read the series. But more power to whoever reads it and finds meaning in them because that's what books are meant to do. I don't think it's in the same category of Pure Shit as Twilight and 50 Shades, but obviously I don't think they are works of literature either.