Harry Potter, in both the books and the movies, has presented itself as an anomoly. Adults and children of all ages have attached themselves to the works of the one and only J.K. Rowling. We all know this. Amongst the scores of articles and stories regarding all things HP there are lots of other noteworthy titles that have gotten ignored by the mainstream media.
The Percy Jackson series for the YA audience has brought scores of teens and adults into bookstores across the land. The phenomenon of vampires has not limited itself to Stephanie Meyer alone--as the wild and unpredicted success of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has proven.
Stieg Larsson has become quite an international scene-stealer in his own right even after his own early death. "The Girl Who Played With Fire" just released this past Tuesday and has already become one of our best-selling hardcover fiction titles of all-time. The follow-up to "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has brought interest from all types of our fiction readers--mystery-lovers/avant-garde fiction/contemporary lit. lovers/international readers.
This coming fall brings new fiction from a wide range of novelists for readers to choose from: Barbara Kingsolver, Pat Conroy, Richard's Russo and Power's, Thomas Pynchon and E.L. Doctorow to name just a few. So, needless to say, there is no shortage of good novels to pick from in the coming months.
Fiction, in all its various forms and worlds, is one way for us to engage in the written word. To dive into the unknown or familiar and stay there for a little while.