Long live Harry Potter

Potter mania – via books, movies, et al is one thing but how would you describe a collective wish that the next generation be as star-struck about Harry Potter too? A wish for immortality, perhaps. That’s what folks in the UK want to ensure.

About 1000 readers – across ages 16 to 64, answered ‘Harry Potter’ when asked about the book they hoped the next generation would read. The survey was conducted by the BBC on the occasion of World Book Day.

Apart from Harry Potter books, others in the fiction category include – “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown @ #2,  “Twilight,” by Stephenie Meyer @ #5, and “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini @ # 6.

In the nonfiction category, personal choices included  “The 9/11 Commission Report,”  “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” by Bill Bryson, “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins, and “Dreams from my Father” by Barack Obama.

In addition to book choices, the survey gives one an inkling of the altruistic side of human nature.

Three quarters of people surveyed said they had given a book as a gift during the last year.

Here’s the full report. Similar poll of 2009  [ (Source: news.bbc.co.uk ]