Originally Posted by Skippymjp
Actually, I think it's kind of funny that anyone would think that an English writer of children's fantasy books would make subliminal reference to US politics. She probably couldn't care less about what any of them are doing.
Originally Posted by kluchetta
When I read this, Tolkein was the first thing I thought about. Personally, as an "artistic" type, I wouldn't think that political satire would be the first thing Jo Rowling was thinking about. But that's just me...
I'm even an English major/graduate, and there were a lot of times that I thought that the symbolism that was claimed was just people ruining a really good story.
Why would she make a children's series about American politics? Are we seriously that egocentric to read ourselves into everything? (Don't answer that
) Besides, the first book was published in 1997. Bush came into office in 2001. She may have planned a lot into her characters, but I don't think that she could tell the future and see what left-winger and right-winger would come to mean in 2007 when the last book was published.
Honestly, I think it's just plain sad that we Americans especially have become so polarized politically that we see either side politically as inherently good or bad (referring to Hope's post). But I can definitely see how that is happening, considering the leadership on both sides of the aisle at the present time. On one side is Bush, who has been demonized by just about everyone. However, I really don't think that the majority of the Right holds to the exact same political beliefs, any more than the majority of the Left hold to the exact same political beliefs as Nancy Pelosi. And I know for a fact that not everyone who isn't a dirty politician (which is all of them, isn't it?), i.e. a private citizen, doesn't believe in everything the politicos do. Its the same on both sides, though. The left demonize the right, the right demonize the left. Which is also why I think that saying a fictional character in a children's book is one side or the other on the political front is just plain ridiculous!