Friday, December 03, 2004

A moratorium, if you will

Can we please stop referring to Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell as "Harry Potter for grownups"? That description wasn't accurate, or all that charming, the previous 127 times it was used. Now it's just lazy and grating.

Thank you. Carry on.

Update: See? The Australian knows how to describe the tome without invoking H.P.: "This is an ingenious mix of history and fantasy about two magicians in early 19th-century England. A brilliant and enchanting narrative to rival Tolkein and Philip Pullman."