Caroline: I was a teenager when I first read Harry Potter, and I remember how completely shocked and stricken I was by the death of Cedric Diggory. He was the first “on-camera” death in that series, a few books in, and since the first three books were spooky but not grim this sudden shift in tone took me by surprise. And more was to come: at that point, the last book hadn’t even been written, and it killed far more folks than Cedric. While I felt that I could handle it, I was disappointed by the change in a series I’d started to love for an entirely different reason. More, I worried about the kids younger than me who were reading these books.
There are very few books out there I will buy in hardback. Hardbacks have several severe disadvantages, mainly:
- They are big, and don’t fit into my handbag.
- They are heavy, and I don’t like to carry them in my handbag or have my arms tire when I hold them for a longer time.
- They take up more space on my shelves than they need to.
- They are expensive.