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09 January 2011 @ 03:30 pm
oh, my boy!  
on ronald and how jkr failed his ass
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Avid Beader: booksavidbeader on January 10th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Nice. I agree that Rowling did Ron a huge disservice (as she did to Hermione as well after HBP). I also agree with the comment that Rowling's original plan was for Ron to sacrifice himself and die in the last book, paralleling the first book, but she changed her mind along the way and just let him flounder.
Sunny: HP Trelawnysunny_serenity on January 10th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
I do not understand this woman sometimes. *confused face* I love that she's made this fantastic world and characters but hate that she's allowed them to dissolve into place holders instead of deepening their arc of development. She does realise children grow up and grasp larger concepts, yes?
Avid Beader: h/hr right or easy _nissi_avidbeader on January 11th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
One would think. I remember an interview where she described one woman writing to her after PoA and expressing her fears that later books might get too scary for her children. Rowling bluntly told her, "Don't read the rest of the books." And plot-wise, yes, it got scarier.

Ultimately the last books showed that either (a) Rowling's biggest weakness in writing is not character creation, but character development or (b) all the pressure of completing the series after becoming She Who Must Not Be Edited got to her and she churned out the last two books without taking the time to get them right. Given the added presence of a multitude of plotholes in the last two books, I'd vote a little bit of A and a whole lot of B.
Sunny: HP Voldy Voldy Voldysunny_serenity on January 11th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Indeed it did. Themes of genocide, blind devotion, superiority complexes, some really dark twisted stuff. Yet I always think, 'you could go darker'. Take His Dark Materials for instance. That was some crazy shenanigans about belief and friendship and love and systematic destruction of a race of beings and Pullman did not shy away from hitting those buttons. With panache, I might add.

I agree. Jo having her own personal issues (because wasn't she going through some stuff in that era? getting married, having a baby, battling depression, something or other about her dad. i mean the woman had A LOT on her plate) whilst undergoing pressure from her publishers and the system of 'hurry up finish so we can cash in on this cow' was a huge detriment to what was supposed to be this crescendo of an apex to this massive tale. I think that combo served a colossal blow to the overall story and sadly our most beloved characters paid the price. ...man, it sucks being a fangirl sometimes. *sads*

borg_princess: hermione-feelborg_princess on January 12th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
ILU. First, the whole 'Hermione's character was sabotaged in HBP'. That was the book where my love sputtered and died for canon, because she just warped and destroyed everything I loved about it. Who was this Hermione? I didn't know her anymore!

Also...'She Who Must Not Be Edited'! LMAO. Perfect title!

Re: Ron. She originally had planned to kill Arthur- but then chickened out. I think that's the reason Ron's character is so poorly treated in the later books (not much excuse for earlier on, but it wasn't as bad then). Because before, he was going to have angst over his father's death, a father he knew and loved, and that'd change his character, possibly make him grow up a little, see there's more to life than quidditch. But then JKR realized that it was TOTALLY against the rules for the sidekick to have more legitimate angst than the hero and saved Arthur- which meant any character-development planned for Ron was thrown out. Instead of dealing with grief and a more mature outlook on the war, he was dumped leftover OotP plotlines with the quidditch insecurity and not feeling good enough, blah blah blah. *eyeroll*

PS. Icon love!
borg_princess: wordy-screw canonborg_princess on January 12th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
I've never encountered a series where the fanon is so often superior to canon. Obviously this isn't a grand statement applicable to everyone, there are going to be millions of people who worship the books, but personally, there is just so much wrong with them. Fanfic makes it all better!
Sunny: SCC bullshitsunny_serenity on January 13th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
I agree with you SO MUCH on this point. Sure, give fanon a little room to play in but DAMN when fandom is on, IT IS ON. All up in the superior complex character insight and logical story telling.
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Sunny: WW Donna WIN!sunny_serenity on January 11th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)