I count myself among the masses of Harry Potter fans, having stood in line for hours for my copy of Deathly Hallows, and even taking a turn reading during the 10th anniversary webcast.
But I have a confession: I was not on board the Harry Potter train from the beginning.
It wasn't until I was stuck somewhere alone one day that I finally picked up an old copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that was lying around, to kill some time. Of course, it was amazing, and I was an active fan from them on in, but a little part of me is still bothered by the fact that I was too late.
The cool thing about being “in” on a trend from the very beginning is that you get to experience ALL the excitement, at every stage. In some ways, the early fans are responsible for the book's (or movie's, or band's) later success. With Harry, I only got to experience the tail end of it all.
Looking back, it becomes clear that I have been late on several other trends too. For example: I only JUST played my first Nintendo Wii game a few months ago (and now, I'm totally hooked). I didn't read Twilight until all the hoopla surrounding the release of Breaking Dawn had receded (after which, I promptly read all four books and saw the movie). And my new favorite tween show? It isn't even “new” at all, but I'm addicted to Wizards of Waverly Place.
Fortunately, there's one trend I'm proud to say I caught early, and I'm super satisfied that I did. I read Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, for ages 12 and up, upon its release, which means I can now participate in all the excitement for its sequel, Catching Fire! (And yes, I geeked out when the cover image of Book 2 was released — see it here.
So what are some trends you've caught too late? What about the ones you caught just in time? Leave a comment!
— Morgan, Scholastic Staffer