Us fans don’t need to take a stance and defend ourselves from this guy who has literally only read 300 pages of the first Harry Potter book, right? We know HP is worthwhile in our lives. We are the ones that understand our deep, personal, and individual connection to the story and the community that enjoys it. Bloom superficially overlooks the plot and its characters, which he compares to “middle class” England, (which might be true, btw), but he only sees the beginning of their character. He is not aware of the relationship that is built between all the characters throughout all those pages and the “arc” they all go through the whole series. And when I say “all,” I include the unjust Dursleys – when near to the end of the series, when Harry’s aunt is saying goodbye to him, it becomes an unbelievably, beautiful, and heartbreaking moment where his only physical association left to his mother, (except for him), is departing from his life because he has to protect those very people that abused him basically his whole life. These relationships include a diverse set of characters who live and/or die, that helped shape our relationships in our world. We grew up with these characters (specifically Harry, Hermione, and Ron, but also Hogwarts students in general and others). We are able to stand and trust that what we read changed us; my old roommate has this beautiful tattoo on her arm that says lumos in cursive writing. That shows the big impact the story had on her life. I don’t personally know how Harold Bloom grew up, and that might not even matter to him while writing a review on anything, I mean, lets face it, he is a professor at Yale, and he does have a very interesting point of view, I’m sure he knows way beyond what I know, but precisely because of that, because he is an academic critic, he should objectively measure Potter’s pros and cons, but instead, he bashes it and doesn’t even give it a chance.
I’d say, if you want to talk trash about something 35 million other people love, you should first finish the whole series and then if you (Bloom) still think it sucks and that it should be considered as an inadequate piece of literature by everyone, then be it. Either way, we don’t care. It changed us, not you. It matters to us, not you. So suck it Bloom.
I found four rhetorical figures today that I’d like to implement on my Essay 3.1 for this friday.
Anthypohora: “A figure of reasoning in which one asks and then immediately answers one’s own questions.” – I want to phrase the question like: I understand why not everyone LOVES Harry Potter, but why would you say the series should be unaccredited when 35 other million readers think it’s actually good? This is where I think I might introduce the readers who started to read because of HP, and the big impact it might’ve had with their reading habits. (HP functioning as an introduction to “literature”).
Simile: An explicit comparison, often (but not necessarily) employing “like” or “as.” – I’d like to compare Harry Potter to Star Wars actually, say something like “HP is actually a lot like Star Wars because of its core plot similarities and myth elements that are included in the story (at least of the first book), and use that to explain why this book made a significant impact on popular culture.
Anaphora: I really like using repetition, I’ve always felt it to be something very distinctive of the way I speak, and the times that I’ve heard repetition (obviously when it’s well phrased and smartly placed on the conversation/speech). I’d say something like, “Harry Potter is fun and entertaining,” or roughly along those lines that give the impression that it is actually something worth reading, and that while it might not comply with certain needs Bloom has from a book, it is still a worthwhile story/book to read.
Hyperbole: This is another one of my favorite rhetorical figures, I do use this all the time, I am a very exaggerated person. I love to do it, so if in this case I’m allowed to entail my opinion, I’m all about the exaggeration in a sarcastic or non-sarcastic manner, it doesn’t matter I’ll use it. I’d say something like “Harry Potter is the most influential youth targeted book in the 21st century.” Then I’ll maybe talk about how this book created a chain of events where more children were interested in reading other young adult novels or series of novels (older or newer series it didn’t matter). And then say that this is why “Harry Potter is the best thing that ever happened to some people.”
My imagined audience for essay three are Star Wars haters. I searched on the internet and found “I hate Star Wars” blogs. These blogs are written by the people out there who think that SW is the worst thing ever for the science fiction genre. Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum says, “The success of this movie convinced studio heads that movies should be made to sell merchandise … that antisocial ten-year-old boys are the viewers to target, and that anyone who thinks otherwise about movies can take a hike.” This essay will be about argumenting against the people who blame SW for radically reshaping Hollywood in a negative way.Those who think the plot is stupid, the script is “laughable,” and an “amateurish, stumbling piece of brain-dead mediocrity launched a cross-platform media juggernaut.” Those who think the “endless sequels” should not be taken seriously. They argue that because there is so much franchise content every-fu**ing-where; i.e. movies, books, comics, toys, legos, videogames, lego videogames, it’s all more and more crap. Only when the universe was limited then each piece of work alone are beautiful. So there’s haters who’ve loved SW in 1991 but hate Star Wars in 2014. People who’ve become haters even though they did like it at the beginning, until everything else came out and you “couldn’t even take SW” seriously. They argue that Lucas should’ve left the franchise alone after the first three films. That the prequels were not a piece of “crap.”