What if Harry Potter had been written in the POV of a girl?
No, Siriusly. What if?
|Harry and Draco even look good enough as girls. (source)|
I was pretty much thinking about it when the Bechdel test was popping up around the blogosphere. You can even read more about it on Wikipedia, but if you're being totally lazy, a book could pass the test if it has at least two women talking to each other about anything else except guys. There's more to the test than just that, though.
But if you test HP with that simple requirement, it fails. I can't remember Hermoine talking at all to other girls, or my memory's just being faulty. I can remember a few instances, though, but I don't think it counts.
In the end, I was thinking would Harry Potter have had the same success it had if it was written in the POV of a girl? The answer I came up with was "no." I blame it all on prejudice.
Classmate: Can you recommend a book to me?
Me: (insert book title here)
Classmate: Does it have romance?
Me: Well, yeah, a little . . .
One of the facts that HP was so successful was that anyone and everyone had read the book. But if it had been written in a different point of view, then maybe the book's audience would have been smaller. There are a lot of snobs out there who might look at a book and think, "Female author, heroine, female-ish cover. No thanks."
And covers! Would HP even have the same covers if that was the case? And the answer's a "no" too, because not only would Harry have to be replaced by a girl, but then who knows what cover designers might do? Instead of these covers (the link has comparisons of the new and old HP covers, and DID YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU LINE THE NEW VERSIONS' SPINE TOGETHER BECAUSE I DIDN'T), it might have been more feminine. Maybe there wouldn't even be that font for the title.
Now, cheer up. Here's a funny GIF.
|And keep laughing. (source)|