should I use this summer to read all the volumes of Marcel proust's "On the trail of the lost time". I have thought every summer for the last ten years, that now – in the years – should I cost on me this series. I'm going to save up enough time to read the books in a long gulp, without interruptions, so that I can disappear completely into a different universe, living a different life and think about someone else's thoughts. Instead I have spent the summer evenings to read the books about Harry Potter.
As tenåringsmamma for two representatives of the second wave of the Potter generation, those who were readers when the whole series was completed and an established success, I thought I was pretty well informed. I can the movies by heart. I have spent eight hours at the Potter country outside of London. I've taken various tests online and found out I revealed is a cross between Håsblås and Ravnklo, which I get every other time, and have a rather nasty cat that skytsverge. But I have not read the books. Fortunately. For in that case, had I not had this joyful pleasure to the good.Who is responsible? Debate
For my part this is undoubtedly the best that has come out of the many strange and somewhat unpleasant debates that the rolls for the time being. Whether it is about trans representation, or racism, not to say all things at once, and how J. K. Rowling has been a target for criticism from all sides. Here in the Uk has the criticism been presented and brought to the may by journalist Emilie Portås Anderssen in a comment that has been miserably embarrassing for her, and her highly absent editor in the Norwegian broadcasting corporation. You know you've had a bad day at work, when the list of fixes, changes, presisjoner and incorporated flashbacks of the claims to not have had coverage for, soon as long as the original comment.Take to the us criticism, Debate
Between the lines, it is, nevertheless, some interesting issues in your comment her. One a generasjonsforskjell look in the eyes you have on the world. The other is a view of the literature where both the text and the author is expected to be impeccable, pure and rank. Or, as the reporter says in comment: "As a child, therefore, it was natural to look at the author as a hero. Can I continue with it?"
There is a line between such questions and the many debates about Knut Hamsun and his works. One can read Hamsun when he was a nazi? Was he really a nazi, or was it really the wife like it? You can see the traces of nazism and a clear humanity in the literature of his? And is it possible to shelf the poet, with a street, statue or bust, and thus distinguish the poet from the individual?
In the meeting with criticism against the lack of representation of Hogwarts, that there are too few whites, and those who are there are stereotypes, that there are no representatives of the LHBTQ people, and that the representation of gnomene really is anti-semitic, it's easy to be ironic. This is, after all, not a sosialrealistisk novel from Stovner. Or a book that discusses the relationship between biological and social gender. It is Hogwarts. Which is populated by wizards and witches with wands and brooms. But you must first go into the galley fires was, and search for possible manifestation of immorality, there is one group that is going really bad out of it: the fat, white people. Is there any that is produced carried out mockingly, is it Dudleif and his father.Kulturkrigernes new weapons Comment
Should have taken this literally, and thought that these two examples were typical of Potter-the implied attitude towards the obese, one could easily have concluded that this is a series that believes that fat people are stupid, ugly and bad. And perhaps it could not have been possible today, twenty-three years after the first volume came out, to have ridiculed people's obesity, the way Rowling does.
Maybe it could also not have been possible to write about Hogwarts, without to emphasize trollmennenes and the witches ' ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and attitude towards own gender. Or had the three white main characters. Today it would perhaps have been perceived as a statement in itself, if one wrote a book where none of these issues were thematized. A bit the same way as my childhood translation of "Huckleberry Finn" used the word "negro", a word that today would have been impossible to use. At least not without that the man thus places himself very clearly in the political landscape.the Rage against Rowling is a scary Comment
But it is clear , if you want to read Harry Potter in a tradition of the suppressive literature, one must also jump smoothly over the buck that all the volumes are actually about: the Fight against renhetstenkning. That people get value out from the blood they are born with, and the idea of pure races. As Dumbledore says in volume four: "It does not matter what a person is born, only what he grows to be"
the Rage against J. K. Rowling, from the generation of children she has done to readers, is a classic moderdrap. First and foremost, witnesses the anger and the disappointment about how much the books have meant, hardly any writer has so many dedicated readers all over the world. And no one should say that J. K. Rowling has not warned their readers against thinking of people in simple categories such as "evil" and "good". Children are often confused by Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore: The one turns out to not just be naughty. The other turns out to not only be kind. A bit like J. K. Rowling herself, that is.J. K. Rowling deserves the criticism! Debate
like the vast majority of us. For as anyone who has read some books, know: It gets us to read a book again, and again, is that we recognize, but do not completely understand. There are nuances one doesn't get eye at a time, dobbeltbunn you haven't noticed, there is ambiguity, ambivalence and options that inevitably will frame the innocent. An immaculate hero, on the other hand is only a flat figure – and probably an author with lousy imagination.You can submit your article and opinion piece in Dagbladet here
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