tonight i read poems that i’d written ten minutes before and they were brutally honest and i might whack them up here once i’ve edited them because people liked them
Just a fraction of the cool stuff I learned when researching women’s history.
Julia Sanderson wonders how far J.K. Rowling can extend her authorial control beyond the printed page.
MY ARTICLE IS OUT!
I promised you guys this was coming.
This is something I feel quite strongly about and I’d love it if you gave it a read. In response to the media drama over J.K. Rowling belatedly questioning Ron and Hermione’s relationship, and the ensuing huge fan response, I discuss the ideologies behind this and why I think it’s really problematic for authors to try to take control over what happens outside of their books.
(There’s brief reference to John Green and Stan Lee in here too for those interested!)
This is so thought-provoking. A really wonderful read :3
I initially disagreed with John Green’s claims that ‘books belong to their readers’ - to my mind, the author dreamed them up, and likely created a whole life for them inside of his/her head, possibly extending in both directions, so whatever that author thinks most likely to happen to them once the book has ended is probably going to be the case. Certainly, I understand Hazel’s frustration with Van Houten in TFiOS when he refused to make any comment at all.
On the one hand, it’s true that she would have taken his word on the matter and placed it far above her own, or indeed above anyone else’s; but on the other, that was what she wanted. She didn’t want to imagine them for herself - she wanted to see more of how he had imagined them, and I can completely understand that. I see both sides of the coin here - generally, the author has slightly more of an understanding of the character, having created and subsequently fine-tuned them, and as a reader, I too feel the pull of wanting know, not imagine, what happens next; but then, as a writer, I understand that to publish a book is to release it into the world as it is, and essentially to relinquish further control over the story and its characters. It gives readers the freedom to imagine, even if we don’t always want to.
I’ve rambled a bit here, but you should definitely read the article and draw your own conclusions because it’s well thought out and beautifully written :)
“Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves, who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier, and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth, ‘It unscrews the other way.’”