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Hermione is dream fictional date

The character of Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter books is the most popular fictional dream date for teenage readers, according to a new survey.

Almost a quarter of the teenagers surveyed (23%) nominated her character, played by Emma Watson in the films, ahead of Jacob Black (14.1%) and Edward Cullen (9.9%) from the Twilight books.

The survey, carried out to mark World Book Day, also identified favourite teenage reads past and present.

One in ten adults (10.2%) who took part in the survey said their favourite book when they were a teenager was The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

JK Rowling's stories about the teenage wizard were top of the poll of today's teenagers with 30.5% naming them as favourites.

JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, George Orwell's 1984 and The Diary of Anne Frank were the only books on both lists.

Almost a third of teenagers (30.1%) said they only read a couple of books a year, with 18.6% saying they read a book a week.

Rachel Russell, from World Book Day 2011, said: "In the year that World Book Day is focusing on helping teenagers celebrate books and reading, it's interesting to see what tastes and traits young readers today share with readers of the past.

"Our results show that in a world of digital media teenagers still love books, and are enjoying classics novels as well as contemporary best-sellers. It would be interesting to see answers to the same questions from teenagers in another generation's time."

:: Opinion Matters surveyed 1,583 adults and 505 teenagers aged 13-18 for the survey.


From Belfast Telegraph