Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

Okay, so I've read Harry Potter now.

Old playwriting thing, which can also be applied to comics (and of course, books): If you're going to put a gun in the drawer in Act I, you'd better use it by Act III. Conversely, if you're going to use a gun in Act II, you'd better put it in the drawer in Act I.

Rowling used a whole lot of stuff here that was not in the drawer in Act I, so it comes off feeling like a bit of a cheat. I understand that when she was writing Book One, she didn't even know if there'd be a Book Two,let alone a Book Seven, so we can't exactly expect a Master Plan... but by the time she was writing Book Four, she had to know that there was going to be a Book Seven. She had plenty of time to sow seeds, and she didn't do it.

So yeah. My reaction to the book is a bit meh. It could have benefited from some tightening of focus, some editing. She could have pulled it all together using pre-existing elements. But she didn't. So. Yeah. Meh.

I haven't read anyone else's reactions, so this may make me wildly unpopular, I don't know. Could she have done better? I think so. But could anyone have really pulled it off to everyone's satisfaction, this unprecedented juggernaut it's become? Probably not. Not without hiding the hallows horcruxes gun in Act I.
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