I'm going to write this now, as I finish a Scrabble game and wait to head to the library. There I will be studying pond organisms, and the classifications of all things unnecessarily classified, until past midnight. This is the last Lab Practical of the semester, though! Huzzah for the death of science tests!
We each have one more turn, and the score is:
Are you nervous? I am. I'll keep you updated.
Oh! I know what I wanted this blog to be about! Harry Potter! (Again, yes. Let me be!) Okay, so today we were discussing the 7th book in class, and someone eventually brought up the 19 page epilogue. I cringed, not because of the epilogue, but because of the negative opinions I knew it would stir up. Now, let me tell you how I feel. Of course I was yearning for more, but I'm glad she included it. I'm glad she tied it up, so that people wouldn't be nagging her for more books. I wish it would have been longer, yes. But it's her series, and she did what she though was right.
Goodness, the negativity! Some people said they would have been happier if it wasn't included at all! Some people wished it wouldn't have been a fairy tale ending. As for the first argument, that would have left it wide open for more books, and she isn't writing any more! As for the second, the seventh book wasn't fairy tale! Some of the most beloved characters died!
People kept expressing how it was too cliched (a word I HATE... this could be a whole other blog), and how she should have thought of the fans more. This argument bothers me too, because people seem to forget why an author starts writing. For themselves. Because they need to write. If you start writing for any other reason, don't even bother. If you've watched "J.K. Rowling, A Year in the Life" (Which the entire class has!) you see just how emotionally attached to this series she was. She knew people would loathe the ending.
"Some people with absolutely loathe it.
But the thing is, that's as it should be.
Because for some people to love it, others must loathe it...
I'm actually really really happy with it."
There. That's all you need. She said she finished it as she needed it to be finished. She knows the exact years of character's deaths and marriages not mentioned in the book because she needed to sort it out. I do wish she would have included this giant family tree she wrote out in the book, though.
However, she wrote what she needed to write, and generously let us into her world. Let's be happy. So I stood up for her. :]
Okay, back to Scrabble. So, it was my last turn and I was losing by 11 points. I had one letter left, an 'E'. I tried everywhere, but I was coming up a few points short. I finally surrendered, and placed the 'E' for 8 points. But THEN, ladies and gentlemen, it told me I WON! He had letters left!
I won! I WON! Against an English major who's graduating in weeks! HUZZAH!
Unrad: Pond organisms and classification.
What did you think of the epilogue?