Wizards and Vampires: Exploring the Phenomenal Popularity of the Harry Potter and Twilight Book Series

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“There was a time when no one had heard of Harry Potter,” a title of an article published in the 2007 edition of the Chicago tribune. It attempted to describe the Harry Potter phenomenon. However, if written now it would be “There was a time when no one had heard of Harry Potter and Edward Cullen” the Twilight series has sparked a phenomenon equal to the Harry Potter series. To know exactly why these fictional books have become a vast phenomenon is impossible but gaining thoughts and slight understanding of why helps. And to understand this roaring debate between the fan bases of each book.
In order to understand the phenomena of these books, a basic understanding of the plots is necessary. The Harry Potter series is a seven book
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Quidditch, the Tri-wizards cup.
With regard to Twilight, a relatively new series by Stephanie Myer, is a four book, vampire love story. Bella Swan transfers schools to live with her dad in Forks, WA, a dreary, rainy place. This is also, where the Cullen’s live, a family of vampires, who only feed only on animals and are the “good” vampires. When Bella meets Edward Cullen, in her biology class, there is deep tension between the two of them and it doesn’t seem to be in a good way, Edward seems utterly repulsed by Bella. As the story continues, it’s discovered that he only seemed repulsed when in reality he cannot get enough of her. After Edward saves Bella’s life, it is her goal to understand why and how. Unknowingly the two fall madly in love with each other and will do anything to keep the other “alive”. The story of Bella and Edward is a modern day Romeo and Juliet story, except with the vampire twist.
Both books have an underlying theme of love in them. In Twilight, it is obvious there is a romance theme. A true love so deep the characters would die for each other. However, in Harry Potter, it’s a little deeper but the love theme is there. Love featured in the Harry Potter books are much more than romance; it is a love for family, friends and everyone in the world. It is love that drives Harry's mother to die for him, Snape to switch sides, and Harry to try to sacrifice himself in the hopes of weakening Voldemort. The idea

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