No spoiler review
I liked the movie, Practical Magic, when it came out a thousand years ago. I didn’t know it was based on a book until much later, and even if I had, I would not have read it at that time. When this movie came out, I was still having my reading selected by school teachers. I only recently became interested in this book when the author released the prequel, Rules of Magic. I debated reading the story in chronological versus publication order, and ended up reading Practical Magic first. I’m not sure I made the right choice…
Practical Magic was first published in 1995, which puts it at about 24. This is a long time for a book to stay relevant. Most books do not stay readable for more than five years. The writing is starting to seem cliché, but with a book of this age, you have to wonder if it created the clichés. I can say with a reasonable amount of certainty that this will not become a “Classic”, but this book will have value for a particular type of reader. Fans of paranormal romance who were adults in the 70’s and 80’s would likely find this book to be wonderfully nostalgic.
For now, I have kept Rules of Magic on my to-read-list, we’ll see if I’m ever in the mood for it.
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