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Harry Potter Stars Want YOU…To Read

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Need some extra motivation to get reading? The American Library Association (ALA) and the stars of Harry Potter are here to help!

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have joined the READ campaign, whose mission is to encourage children to read.

We've got to assume they're also looking to get adults to read more, because of the adult-themed books the Harry Potter folks are holding in their posters.

Here are some thoughts on the book selections…

The Master & The Margarita - Not sure how many kids are into reading Soviet satire

Romeo & Juliet - Good choice…but for somewhat older children

A Clockwork Orange - Not for kids. WTF, Rupert?!?!?

The posters with the age-inappropriate book choices go on sale on October 18. ALA Graphics will give Facebookers the chance to win these posters through a trivia contest here.

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29 comments to “Harry Potter Stars Want YOU…To Read”



  1. 1

    I'd assume this is aimed at the 17/18/19 year olds that have grown up with the books, and therefore would read the books they are showing. I've read all books the cast members are showing, and yes, they are not for children - but they are masterpieces none the less. Just because you read nothing except the cellulite on the clients thighs Mario.



  2. 2

    You are such a dumbass perez. Those books are THEIR particular favorites. They're just incouraging kids to read PERIOD. Not those books in particular. Fucking dumbass hypocrite.



  3. 3

    GEERRRROFF im going to the movies books are passe'



  4. 4

    Who says only kids should read???? The whole point of the campaign is to get EVERYONE to read. I read Les Miserables when I was only 12 and most would say that book is for older people. A lot of people think the Harry Potter series is just for kids, but people of all ages love that series.



  5. 5

    Only Perez would think these books inappropriate.
    He reads only cereal boxes.



  6. 6

    Not all ALA posters are for younger kids! These posters are perfect for high school libraries, since it's getting kids to read books they OTHERWISE MIGHT NOT HAVE PICKED UP. You have no idea how hard it is to get kids to try and read in general - and this is helping to get them to read classics!

    And I've been waiting for these posters to come out from ALA forever. Yes, I'm a librarian.



  7. 7

    The Master & Margarita is not soviet satire, it is one of the best books of last centure. It is about love, Jesus, life & soul, so it is great choice!



  8. 8

    These posters are awesome (well what I can see at least), as are the books. You wish you had the ability to read those books.



  9. 9

    Re: Carlo_B – haha that cracked me up! 'read the cellulite on the clients thighs!'.

    Also-yeah,the books they're suggesting are ALL brilliant :)



  10. 10

    people of all ages read these books. they probably picked their favorites- not that you would know anything about said literature or its content. you only know what you watch on a screen right?



  11. 11

    Sweetie, the Soviet satire is only a tiny part of "The Master & The Margarita".
    Don't post things you don't know)



  12. 12

    clock work Orange!!! Ron is my new hero!! a book about rape and easy sex and drama snds like twilight to me…ok just more arb and sexually explicit….GO RON!!!!! wahahaha



  13. 13

    we read romeo and juliet in the 6th grade i was like 11 at the oldest, wth you have obviously never read any of these…maybe saw the movie but thats it…



  14. 14

    They're adults, you fucking moron. Are 20somethings supposed to hold children's books? No, that would look completely stupid, unless they were actually posing with children.

    Think for a second before you start flapping your lips, the posters are to show their favorites and encourage people to pick up A BOOK, not say "hey kids, read THESE books".



  15. 15

    Did you go to school just to have a free lunch?
    All the three books were in my school program and I've read them by the time I was 15.
    I knew that USA has a problem with basic education, but you're just a perfect illustration for that, Perez.



  16. 16

    In England we've studies Romeo & Juliet by age 11, and Clockwork Orange is a classic most kids have seen for its gratuitous violence by 15 - why shouldn't they read the original and actually understand it?

    But I agree with what everyone else is saying also - this encourages EVERYONE to read, not just children, thus their book choices are their own and not subject to judgement from anyone.



  17. 17

    It's so great of them to support this. I mean, Harry Potter is one of the most loved and best-selling book series of all time and the Harry Potter movie franchise is the HIGHEST GROSSING film franchise of all time. It beat Star Wars and James Bond. They have such a huge influence on thier fans.

    I bought those posters yesterday. I can't waito put them up.



  18. 18

    A) Perez, you're a little slow on the uptake with all of this Harry Potter news
    B) Harry Potter isn't only for children. If it was, it wouldn't be as big as it was. Perez, I love you, but sometimes you sound like an idiot.



  19. 19

    A Clockwork Orange is an excellent read for youth, apparently you are only thinking of Kubrick's film which glorified the sex and violence. The novel is a literary classic that challenges the idea of free will and what happens when you take away man's ability to make decision. Read it if you haven't. I read it when I was 14 and it put things into perspective for me.



  20. 20

    I think Perez is right, I would never read these books for fun. Ok maybe Romeo n Juliet, but after seeing a gazillion versions of it, I dont want to read the book anyomore



  21. 21

    Re: shantaclaws – .. so you didn't get it, did you?



  22. 22

    retard, my kid read A Clockwork Orange in her advanced lit class in tenth grade! She read Romeo and Juliet in 9th grade! duhhhhhhh it's clear from your posts you're barely literate and this proves it.



  23. 23

    so perez has obviously never read the actual books in question, which are all incredible examples of both historical and modern literature….

    me thinks someone needs to get himself a library card.



  24. 24

    A few points to remember:
    - the harry potter books have a cross-generational appeal
    - libraries do not condone censorship of books (so kudos to Rupert for standing by a book that he believes should be read)
    - the READ posters are meant to hang in a library … not just children's areas
    - and WHY not hold up books that are challenging to read? didn't JK Rowling initially get criticism for her books as being 'too hard' for young readers. honestly, if you stop catering to the lowest common denominator, you'll find that people are more intelligent that you think.



  25. 25

    There is nothing inappropriate about teenagers reading any of these classic books, i bet you're one of those morons who feel that 'catcher in the rye' and 'to kill a mockingbird' should not be taught in school. oh wait, you've probably never read ANY of these fantastic books, so shut up.



  26. 26

    obviously a clockwork orange isnt for kids, i doubt they would understand 90% of it anyway. shut up perez.



  27. 27

    and in the uk most 16/17 year olds doing english study a clockwork orange



  28. 28

    and you do romeo and juliet by the time youre about 12



  29. 29

    Re: Mancunian – In most northern places in the US(where the good education programs are) you would have read most of these by those ages. I have a tenth grade reading level in 5th grade and read chapter books in 1st grade. Perez is from Florida, they are lacking in the education area along with the whole south.