Both my daughters (20 and 23) love this series of books. I think they are still being written as I think a new book just came out.
The smell of money is a great seductress, I would blame Twilight rather than Harry Potter though. That proved you don't even have to be a good writer (the books) or movie maker (the films) to make a ton of $$$
I would agree. My oldest read the Twilight Series and said it was some of the worst writing she had ever seen. She also said that about the 50 Shades of Gray books.