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I Shall Not Tell Lies about Reading Harry Potter

Posted by: sue
January 25, 2007, 09:49 AM

Apparently residents in the UK haven't been listening to Professor Umbridge when it comes to lying, as a new survey reveals up to a third of British adults have fibbed about reading some well known novels including Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. According to a new survey conducted by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council "33 per cent of adults have confessed to reading challenging literature to appear well-read, when in fact they haven’t a clue what the book is about." The report goes on to say that "one in twenty men who took part in the poll said they would lie about reading Harry Potter to give the illusion they’re in touch with the latest trends." The list of these books include:

1. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R Tolkien
2. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
3. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
4. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – John Gray
5. 1984 – George Orwell
6. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J.K Rowling
7. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
8. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
9. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
10. Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank

On a related note, here is one adult who is not afraid to publicly state she is a fan of the Harry Potter novels. Tennis champion Serena Williams said in a recent interview with Reuters that :

"I love to read, I read all the Harry Potter novels. I am not reading the last one because I was crying at the last one I read. I'm not going to read anymore, I get too emotionally involved."

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