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Hi, teachers! Nice to 'see' you...

I am not sure what “adult fare” in the following sentence means. Does the passage say that the Harry Potter books sold better than the books for adults?

Any help appreciated.

Just as the “Harry Potter” books may have spurred children to reach for more adult fare, the films may be accomplishing much the same in the cinematic realm, initiating them into the pleasures of more genres.

(source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/movies/15scot.html )
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Hi - and welcome to English Forums.

It means that the Potter books encouraged younger readers to attempt [=reach for] higher-level [=adult] books, instead of reading only children's literature.
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Thank you very much, Grammar Geek, for your quick reply!



May I ask you another question, please?

Now I understand what the passage says, but am still confused with the use of ‘fare’ in that sentence. My dictionary renders two meanings; one for something what you pay for a bus, train, etc. and the other for ‘food.’ Does the ‘fare’ in the above sentence mean ‘food’ rather metaphorically?

Thanks a lot!

ladybird