Harmony Book Reviews

Guestblog: After Twilight Comes the Knight

Posted on: December 8, 2008

I finally saw Twilight the movie. Actually, I saw it twice, and I’ve read all the books. It is a beautiful love story, and it will be remembered as such for many years to come.

There are many blogs and comments across cyberspace comparing Stephanie Meyer to J. K. Rowling. Some of them are rather rude like “Stephanie Meyer is NOT J. K. Rowling,” as I recently saw on some Facebook flair. They’re right, Meyer is not Rowling. Rowling is not Tolkien. She’s not Stephen King either. They’re different people, different authors with different styles and different stories to tell.

Much like Tolkien and Lewis after the release of Lord of the Rings and The Narnia Chronicles, respectively, everything in that genre was compared to these books and these authors. With the overwhelming success of the Harry Potter series, it’s only natural that everything after this is compared to it. It’s what people know. Those who aren’t voracious readers of fantasy still know Harry Potter. Everybody knows Harry Potter.it’s as if the magic wand was invented with Harry Potter!

But remember that as awesome as the Harry Potter series is, and it is awesome (the single greatest contribution to children’s literature in our time), it’s unique in some ways, but it also recycles the ideas of others. The concept of a School for Witchcraft and Wizardry was also prominent in the Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula LeGuin, first published in 1968 when J. K. Rowling was just three years old. The orphan-hero is as old as literature itself. These truths don’t make Harry Potter any less magnificent.

Same goes for Meyer and the Twilight series. I personally prefer HP to Twilight, but that doesn’t mean that Meyer is any less talented an author than Rowling. Their styles differ, and I happen to prefer Rowling’s storytelling style. This doesn’t mean that I don’t LOVE the Twilight series! It’s a beautiful love story, as I previously noted, and I really, really dig vampires! (no pun intended)

Inevitably, our book Rowan of the Wood will be compared to Harry Potter and maybe even Twilight. Is it anything like those books? Not really. It’s in the same YA fantasy genre, yes. There is a vampire in it, yes. There is a wizard in it, yes. There is a young boy/orphan (fostered) hero, yes. But ultimately the story is quite different, despite superficial similarities (like the coincidental use of the name Cullen).

Just as Twilight has reached its tipping point in our society after the third book, and its popularity will certainly continue to rise, Harry Potter also reached critical mass after the third book. The timely release of the first film for each around that same time didn’t hurt.

There are a lot of people in this country (not to mention the world)! It takes several years to reach them all (or even a short majority of them). At the moment, Rowan of the Wood is very new to the world of YA fantasy. It was only released a little less than a month ago, and we’ve already won an award!

So, Harry Potter and Edward Cullen, make room for Cullen Knight! Mark your calendars for Christmas 2011/2012, that’s when Rowan of the Wood will reach its apex, after the release of the third book. You can help us get there and be eligible to win over $600 in prizes doing so!

The book is available now via Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Christine and Ethan Rose are the authors of the new YA fantasy novel
Rowan of the Wood, available wherever books are sold. They
live in Austin, TX with their three dogs and Shadow the Cat.
http://www.christineandethanrose.com
* http://www.rowanofthewood.com

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4 Responses to "Guestblog: After Twilight Comes the Knight"

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From my limited knowledge of Twilight, love as ‘I’m-no-good-for-you-baby’ love as tortureous is not true love, and calling it such is only detrimental to young people and leads them to terrible scars and heartache. The idea that love has to hurt and always be this big drama is so wrong! Yet that is what attracts younger people. We need to work on that.

I read your book ‘Rowan of the Wood’ and that is a TRUE love story, one that transcends time, dimension, cultures, and longing. It is the epitome of what love really is. Love is Sacrifice. Nowhere have I read such a tale of sacrifice than is displayed by Fiana in your story. I am so glad you wrote it that way. This is the book young adults SHOULD be reading, and imitating, in terms of recognizing
true love.

I have to say, I can not agree with you in 100%, but that’s just my IMHO, which could be very wrong.
p.s. You have an awesome template . Where have you got it from?

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