I couldn't find a way to put both titles in the thread name, so it might be kind of vague, but it was meant as "Between The Silence of the Lambs and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets". I just finished reading The Silence of the Lambs. It was well-written, well-crafted, and well-researched, yet it felt underwhelming. Everything was really well-crafted, but I had almost no feeling of excitement or tension from this supposed masterpiece of suspense-thriller. However, from just the first 30 pages of Harry Potter (of which I've only read the first book) I got all the feelings of tension and suspense I was expecting from Silence. It was in a different form of tension, with death not being an actual consequence to the character. So, what gives? I've heard so many good things about Silence of the Lambs but I got almost nothing out of it. I read the first 30 pages of Harry Potter and suddenly reading becomes fun again. I'm 18 and I can't believe I never read this as a kid. I really missed out until now. Can someone tell my why I feel like this is superior to a supposedly "adult" book?