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The Car Crashes Won't Be Simulated

Speaking of Dickens, I had fully intended to write about Dickens World and Harry Potter World, whose impending existence I only became aware of thanks to Galleycat (“Books into Theme Parks,” by Sarah Weinman):

First is the announcement that Dickens World, a theme park devoted to – you guessed it – the work and life of Charles Dickens, has had its opening delayed to May 25…Then there’s the inevitable theme park for Harry Potter, as the Sun reports Universal Studios is close to finalizing a deal to build Harry Potter World at its amusement park in Orlando, Florida.

I don’t have any problem with people (or even multinational corporations) turning books into theme parks–hey, it promotes reading, right? right?–but I’m holding out for PalahniukWorld before I shell out for a hotel-and-airfare package.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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