Harry Potter or Blade Runner, Crazy Codpieces Take Writing to Another Level
What do Harry Potter and Blade Runner have in common?
JK Rowling wrote seven long-winded Harry Potter novels that were Stephen King long and featured a pedestrian writing style and absurd story lines. These novels all became best sellers and blockbuster movies.
The movie Blade Runner was based on a Philip K Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick wrote more than 30 novels and over 100 short stories that ranged from pot boilers to esoteric, rambling self-conscious mysticism triggered by an overdose of vitamin C. His writing was clumsy and haphazard. Blade Runner is now considered one of the top 100 movies and people just keep making more movies from his Science Fiction. His writing is now considered literary Science Fiction.
How did the works of these two authors with such questionable writing become such publishing sensations? Are they examples of story telling triumphing over writing style?
No, it was codpieces that created publishing magic. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? starts out with Rick Deckard sporting a large codpiece, ostensibly to protect his gonads from radiation. Apparently, the rest of his body wasn’t susceptible to radiation. (Imagine Harrison Ford on the set of Blade Runner, wearing a large codpiece).
My son outgrew Harry Potter before we had read that many novels or seem many movies, but it had all that fantasy stuff, so I’m sure codpieces must figure that prominently in the Harry Potter books.