Re: This Place Is Boring
- From: Toon <toon@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 13:54:46 -0700
On Sun, 28 Oct 2007 21:43:35 GMT, "DaveD"
Still a boring place. JK can reveal what she wants, when she wants
to. Better than keeping things to herself.
Whilst I could happily have done without all the homophobia and "new
members" -who suddenly appeared out of the woodwork, frequently
cross-posting all over the place and assuming because Dd was gay, he was
also a kiddy fiddler- I do actually like getting these minor revelations. It
all adds to the richness of the Potterverse, with new small details clicking
into place, showing the workings of Jo's mind and hopefully strengthening
and illuminating various aspects of the plot.
Personally, I hope she does more sessions like that, dropping the odd bit of
info from her copious backstory notes, which, as they were an
integral part of the plot development process, hopefully means there won't
be (too m)any contradictions.
It does seem to me, though, that there is a bit of a dichotomy here - there
are those to whom Dd being gay is a minor detail, and those to whom it's
quite significant, and that in turn determines whether you don't mind the
revelation (or are just mildly peeved it wasn't in the book, or think it
should have been to strengthen Jo's message of tolerance and acceptance), or
whether instead you feel majorly cheated because it's "big thing".
IMHO, the fact he was gay is a minor detail, but the fact Jo chose to have
such a detail in mind (even if not in the books) is more
significant, and I applaud it. So yes, I'd have liked it in the books but
politically, I can understand why she chose not to do so as it could easily
have resulted in a bigger story than Harry Potter, and I don't feel cheated.
This way her message of accepting differences between people reaches a wider
audience whilst there is more of the message out there for those who want
it, in terms of celebrating diversity.
It didn't fit in the books because Harry never new. It's almost lie
this is his biography (well, if you ignore the few parts here and
there from a nonHarry perspective.) DD had no need to tell Harry he
was gay, Harry had no idea, so, it makes no sense to add it in just
I just hope Jo does do the Encyclopedia, so I don't miss any facts by
missing an interview. One of the best things Archie's TMNT comics did
was a three part Encyclopedia on all characters major and minor at
that time. It told you many great details, including back stories on
a few minor characters.
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