Hello Nerdfightaria I know I'm opening myself up to a world of hurt here but I rate the Eoin (pronounced Ian) Colfer Artemis Fowl series of books are for more entertaining, thought provoking and better written than the J.K Rowling Harry Potter Series.
For those who don't know. The Colfer series is Based around a central character Artemis Fowl a (at the time of the first book) 13 year old criminal mastermind, head of an international Irish crime family and his escapades and adventures with the secret fairy community based underground.
IMO Colfer's writing style carries a great weight of humour bending assumptions and traditions of fairy stories into his own world view in a way which Harry Potter just doesn't seem to do to me. The characters in Colfer's writing have to contend with quite heavy issues which he plays with to show their development as the book series goes on. Also both worlds that of the fairy people and the human seem to be much more detailed and realistic than the thin world displayed in Harry Potter.
This is my thoughts on the matter and I'd love to hear opinions of other nerdfighters on the subject especially if they've read both series.
Looking forward to hearing from you guys
Now as easy as it would be to merely jump to the defence of Harry Potter without any justification I won't do that, although I do disagree with you about this. I am a fan of both series it must be said and I am eagery awaiting the final Artemis Fowl book but for me they are good in different ways.
Harry Potter will always be the defining series of my childhood, it was everything that a reader could want and started out well and continually improved. The characters, the messages, the action, even the whole idea behind it all was absolutely compelling.That being said, Artemis Fowl was a very good take on a completely different idea. Like you say, it does take the whole fairy tale idea and spin it on its head and does so very well with a compelling protagonist. I particularly liked the LEP Recon idea, that was particularly inspired!
But unlike Harry Potter that continued to grow and make you more involved in the characters and their stories, the Artemis Fowl series seemed to lose its way somewhat around the fifth book. Eoin Colfer had been building up a relationship between Captain Short and Artemis all of that time and it was a very compelling will they won't they storyline. But then he seemed to be in two minds about how to proceed with it and then instead of picking one, tried to do both simultaneously and ended up with a solution that was not as good as either on their own would have been. I don't know but for me that was examplary of a trend that has continued since then of an author that seems to be struggling a bit for ideas. Artemis is not as good of a character as he was at the beginning and the introduction of the twins was a terrible idea that added nothing to the story other than another jumping off point for dialogue.
Don't get me wrong, I still like the books but the later ones are nowhere near as well rounded and developed as the original ones, let alone the later Harry Potter books. Personally I hope that he manages to pull it out of the bag and produce a truly inspired ending to the series that wraps everything up nicely and doesn't leave the temptation to try and do a spin off with the twins... But I have my doubts.
I kind of agree with you about the later books losing their way, I liked the fifth one but it did have an air of beating a dead horse somewhat, so when I came to the sixth one I really felt like the series needed to conclude itself. To be honest I would have been fine if it ended with the Opal Deception. BUT! I enjoyed it far more than I enjoyed Harry Potter, the characters in Harry Potter (I only read the first five books) always seemed a little bit bland to me, I'm not sure why but I never liked any of them particularly, which isn't very good in that type of series.
I agree so hard! After I've finished my latest book venture I'm planning on re-reading the entire series, since I stopped midway through the sixth book something like four years ago. It depresses me that so few people have read them because I do believe that they are more imaginative and enjoyable than the Harry Potter series, which I also gave up on midway through the sixth book ironically.
I love both of them immensely, and do not wish to debate.
However, I just met Eoin Colfer for the second time at a book signing, and I have advice for everyone:
IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO LISTEN TO EOIN SPEAK, DO IT. Even if you have not read his books! You will laugh until you cry! :)
I myself do prefer the Harry Potter series, but I am probably extremely biased because I grew up with the series and not so much with Artemis Fowl. I wouldn't think your view is outrageous or anything because Artemis Fowl is an extremely well-written series, or at least the first two books were (the only ones I read). So I have no idea what else to say, haha. I think they're both great and it's really a matter of preference.
By the way, Eoin is pronounced exactly like the name 'Owen'. Not being a snob but my brother's name is Eoin so I felt I had to correct you :( sorry...