Thursday, July 23, 2009

no one reads the terms and conditions

Last night, talking about the Harry Potter books at Omst's house.

Phillip: "What do you think makes the Harry Potter books so popular?"

"Lindsey": "They help me paint a mental picture. I can imagine their robes, quidditch, the hallways..."

Me: "The author is very good at authoritative details."

Phillip: "Do you think if a group of us got together and focused for a weekend, we could reverse engineer what makes a children's book captivating, and then write one that's just as good?"

Me: "No."

Omst: "I think by reading Harry Potter, you implicitly agree to terms that you will not try to reverse engineer the book."

4 comments:

ArC said...

You've heard of the video game initially known as 'Barry Hatter', right?

ArC said...

Also, books don't have anti-reverse-engineering clauses, or else David Eddings wouldn't have had a career.

Seneca the Younger said...

Niniane,dear, remember T.S. Elliot's Dictum: mature artists steal.

John K. Lin said...

Just don't make your book on Amazon.com's "Big Brother" Kindle ...