I have read the Harry Potter books and love them and frequent their site. I saw an article about how critics were calling SM the next JKR. I was a bit skeptical! I am an adult, I read many books from many different genre's, and when something seems interesting I read it and form my own oppinion. I have a 14 year old son, so I asked him if he wanted to read the book and he shrugged and said, "Sure." I went to a book store after about a week and saw some girls standing by the Twilight book, so I proceeded to ask them what they thought about the book. I could have easily covered my ears and still heard them gushing on and on about how great they are. Laughing at this point I picked it up and thought why not?! I actually forgot about it for about a month, and I had just finished a book and was looking for something else to read, so I picked it up and started reading it. That was all it took, the next day I went back to the bookstore and bought the next two in the series, and had them all read within the week!! I got my 12 year old to read them and my son read them, I told friends, relatives, even my 67 year old mother read them!! Every body loves them! For me its not just the characters that hooked me... its the story. The story about loving someone you shouldn't. The power of love. About the sacrifices you make for the ones you can't live without, and how in the end, if you believe, it will all end up the way it should.
I have heard people critique SM writing style and ability, but to that I say this... SM has captured our hearts and our minds in this story, no less than brilliant writer can weave a story with words the way that she has. No writer who "has a long way to go" can make a person laugh, cry, smile, and hurt as if we are right there with the characters or are the characters. SM is a GREAT and BRILLIANT writer who has written a love story that generations to come will read and fall in love with just like we did.
Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.