Sunday, October 21, 2007

Did We Really Need to Know?

This may be a delicate and controversial topic for a blog but the most interesting thing to appear on my radar in days is the announcement by J.K. Rowling that Dumbledore is gay. Or rather the lack of response to this announcement that came Friday at a large speaking engagement Rowling held at the beginning of a U.S. tour. I would have expected to have heard about it before late Sunday morning.

It makes some wonder in the usual cynical way of things, if she really planned it this way from the start or if this came about as an idea later. Oh, I don’t know, say about the time she decided to do the encyclopedia and began to wonder just how much more she had to tell us that she hadn’t already revealed in the podcasts and interviews following Deathly Hallows. If so, I must admit she has my interest. Rowling never gives away the biggest piece of dirt, she’s a clever one in that way. So if "Dumbledore is gay, actually,” isn’t the biggest piece of news she has to offer, what is?

We all know who Harry marries, how many kids and what their names are. Same for Ron and Hermione. We know what happens to Neville Longbottom, who he marries and his career choice. We know all about the fact that Dean Thomas’ dad is actually a wizard who left the family to protect them from the first round of Voldemort inspired purges. We know Snape harbored an everlasting love for dear Lily Potter and that he, not James, was that dreadful boy Petunia hated. We know Dudley will probably make a fair to middlin’ human being. So what is the big news?

But maybe not. As one who writes stories as well, I can tell you that yes, a writer knows things about their characters that never make it into the books. Think about it. Think about your favorite character in literature. Wouldn’t you love to be able to prod the writer for more details? Find out more about them? Or just have the writer explain something you don’t quite understand? I know I have a whole host of questions for some of my favorite writers.

Jane Austen: What did ever happen to Margaret Dashwood? That seems like one heck of a story left untold.

Sherrilyn Kenyon: Exactly why would Fury Katalakis seek out his father’s family and stay as part of the pack for so many years if he didn’t intend to let anyone know who he was or was he waiting for the old man to die?

Mo Willems: Does the pigeon ever get to drive the bus?

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