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2007 Books #22: HP7, by J.K. Rowling

*Obligatory "no spoilers" notation*

All I'm going to say about the story is that I'm satisfied. :)



ETA: spoilers in comments, beware!

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sallidar
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
** Possible minor spoilers follow **

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I would have liked to know what happened with Luna, but can't have everything I guess. Also, a friend wondered if Kreacher was made a free elf afterwards. I contend that he would refuse the offer.
nayad
Jul. 26th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
It's true, some of the less-prominent characters were not wrapped up as thoroughly as we could have hoped. Maybe there will be a new series about Neville! ;) I would have liked an explanation of how he got that incredibly useful weapon away from someone else who nabbed it conspicuously, earlier in the book. I was happy with the endings for the main characters, though, and unlike some of the writers on my flist, I liked the epilogue.

Beyond the story as it happened in the series, I have some quibbles with the writing technique in the series, but the storytelling was good enough to keep me reading, anyway.
sallidar
Jul. 27th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Yeah I brought up that very point, and my friend said she felt it was obvious where he got it. How is another point entirely.

The writing is actually fairly well developed for a series of children's books, in my opinion. Too many people tend to lose sight of the fact that these books are for kids, we adults are just tagging along. The fact of the matter is, the woman wrote a series of stories that captured the imagination of so many people, not just children, that any technical dissenting of her writing style always smacks me as sour grapes. I would be the first to say her writing is simplistic and very overt in it's plot structures, but that is the point. If that doesn't appeal to you, that's great, move on, and enjoy your highbrow fiction. 8.3 million sales in 24 hours tells me J.K. Rowling is doing something decently well, however.

Sorry if that comes across rant-like. I just think some perspective needs to be brought in. These are kids books, not adult. That they appeal to so many adults as well is a bonus for Ms. Rowling, but not her main goal. Although, I found this book to be the most cinematic of the bunch, definitely geared for a movie script. She's obviously been affected by them being turned into films.
nayad
Jul. 27th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Well, I can see how someone might see it as sour grapes to critique writing that has sold millions of copies. Fair enough. I'm not saying the series is crap, though. Far from it--I enjoyed the books quite a lot. But even looking at it as fiction intended for young adults, I know I've seen writing that was more interesting, that seemed more skillful to me. That's my preference when I'm reading. I'm glad that millions of people got into Harry Potter, but I hope that the new readers who got hooked will go on to read other young adult fantasy books that make them work their minds a little harder.

I'm not trying to change your opinion--just expressing mine.
sallidar
Jul. 27th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
Actually I completely agree with you, I didn't mean to make it sound like J.K. Rowlings' style was the end all be all, it is far from it. I just think that the standard by which success is measured is sales, and she has done well with that.

There are certainly far better storytellers in youth literature, in fantasy and other fields. Lewis, Alexander, Tolkein, Hobb, Cooper to name but a few. However, there are plenty of authors who I find far worse, and infinitely more difficult to read. Jennifer Roberson springs to mind, especially with the Cheysuli(sp?) books.

And, to clarify, none of my comments were directed at you, or any one person in particular. I was simply making an observation, based on my feeling that to disparage an obvious success, in any discipline or genre really, just strikes me as a bit of bitterness that the success wasn't theirs. Especially when it's done by someone that could be seen as "competing".
skoolgrrl
Jul. 29th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
that is the coolest thing ever! (the highlight it thing;P)
skoolgrrl
Jul. 29th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
manufracture has a great article he posted:)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 31st, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Another LJ Person You Might Want to Friend
Only think JKR about Michael is that he also posted on its release. I think you'd enjoy his LJ as a writer (and human being in general).

http://mabfan.livejournal.com/
webfarmer
Jul. 31st, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Another LJ Person You Might Want to Friend
Only think JKR about Michael is that he also posted on its release. I think you'd enjoy his LJ as a writer (and human being in general).

http://mabfan.livejournal.com/
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