Tuesday, July 24, 2007

What Gen X and Millenials See in HP

The following was posted over at The Intersection:

I was at a Theology on Tap talk Thursday night during which Mike Hayes, our speaker and author of the new book “Googling God,” pointed out that Generation X’ers and Millennials tend to want two different experiences out of religion and/or spirituality. Gen X (people born between 1963 and 1980) crave a sense of community. Millennials (born after 1980) yearn for mystery. I believe that statistic may explain the popularity of the Harry Potter franchise – especially the new film “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” - with people of all ages. “Harry” offers viewers/readers both community and mystery.

The mystery of course involves magic and the supernatural forces that allow the witches and wizards in this fantasy story to perform all kinds of spells. Much like the Christian view of the world, there is more going on around us than meets the eye or can be explained through science.

I'm delighted to hear it. The novel I'm working on, well, my goal has been to show a fragmented bunch of folks who have to forge a community in a very strange place full of mysteries of the supernatural sort, and because they do that, they're able to heal themselves and their wounded world. Maybe I'll appeal to post-Boomers.

hat tip Barbara Nicolosi and Claw Man


Mark Goodyear said...

Interesting generalization about Gen X and Millenials. Community vs. Mystery.

Harry Potter also offers mystery in the old fashioned sense. Especially in the first few books. Although they have the whimsical elements of fantasy and magic, the early books are structured like a Scooby Doo episode. (I mean that in a good way.)

Heather said...

What happens when you were born in '77 and you crave both?