Monday, July 02, 2007


I am working on several reviews which I am anxious to post but I need to get them "right."

In the meantime, I thought this article about phenomena à la Harry Potter was interesting.

Potter the phenomenon doesn't compare for suspense, but like the wizard's tale, it is unique and extraordinary and well placed in tradition. Like Star Wars and Star Trek, it is the story of how a work of popular art becomes a world of its own — imitated, merchandised and analyzed, immortalized not by the marketers, but by the fans.

"Every phenomenon is a kind of myth unto itself, a myth about how a phenomenon becomes a phenomenon. The story of how the public embraced Potter only gives more momentum to Potter in our culture," says Neal Gabler, an author and cultural critic whose books include Walt Disney and Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality.

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