Blogger: Rachel Kent
I came across this article on Yahoo yesterday, and I’m not sure what to think of this mom’s efforts to “fix” Harry Potter by writing a “reverse fan fiction” on fanfiction.net.
I agree with her that we do need more moral, Christian books for children to read, but I don’t think she has the right approach here. Not only is she setting herself up for mockery, but she’s wasting time (in my opinion), re-writing a book that is already written when she could be writing something original.
This must violate copyright laws, too. I know that those writing the smashups of Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility got away with it because the works are public domain, but Rowling is very much alive, and the Harry Potter series is still protected.
I do have a soft spot for Christian YA fantasy, and I know that many of the books I read as a teen changed my life. I think this mom could find some great alternatives to Harry Potter for her kids to read that are already published in the CBA market.
How do you feel about the Harry Potter series? Would you let your children read them? Why or why not?
What do you think of this article about the rewrite?
As a writer, how would you feel if someone did this to your book? What would your response be?
What good Christian fiction would you suggest for children who want to read Harry Potter?