Today, I thought I'd step in with thoughts on some recent big news in the writing world. *Harry Potter spoilers ahoy*
RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman
As you've probably heard, actor Phillip Hoffman was found dead Sunday morning, of an apparent drug overdose. This, of course, is a tragic event. I don't know much of his work, but from what I've heard he was a very gifted actor. What I do know about him is from the Hunger Games movie series, in which he has been playing Plutarch, who is a pretty important and somewhat complex character.
From what I've heard, all the work acting-wise on Mockingjay: Part 1 is done and the movie is post-production, so he will be in that movie, and only seven days were left for shooting Mockingjay: Part 2, leading to the same conclusion. We Hunger Games fans can breathe easy, knowing we still have the inclusion of both an important character and a great actor in our series. Nonetheless, it's only appropriate to say RIP, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. You will be missed.
J.K. Rowling's Interview: Ron + Hermione = No?
In a shocking turn of events, J.K. Rowling gave a recent interview in which she stated that, in hindsight, she was wrong to put Ron and Hermione together at the end of the Harry Potter series, even going so far as to say Hermione and Harry would've been a better match. She stated that the couple was "wish fulfillment" for her, and that they would have ended up needing counseling.
As a Heron shipper, I'm going to do something I hate, and say that I believe Jo is wrong in this instance. No, Hermione and Ron would not have been a perfect couple, but no couple ever is. (Also, there is absolutely nothing wrong with needing couples counseling.) They still have a beautiful story, and I think by changing the ending, Jo would've ruined some big points the relationship made. For example:
Most of us writer-types, including our famous buddy John Green, have come to agreement at this point that Rowling's statement can't change anything. For one, the book is of the reader as much as of the writer. I myself believe in a three-level origin of meaning, which I explained (or, rather, Sage O'Riley explained) in an earlier post. For another, Rowling appears to be focused on this "wish fulfillment" issue, or in basis, that she got in the way of her own story, with which I disagree.
Finally, as my good friends Julia and Hero pointed out in a Skype conversation Sunday, it's been something like six years since the last Harry Potter book was written, which means Rowling is now so far away from her books, it's probably hard for her to remember where she was coming from. I mean, six years ago, only two of the books I'm still working on had been written, THE ICE ENCHANTRESS'S PLOT and THE LAST HOPE, and trust me, that was a long time ago.
Some Exciting YA Releases This Week!
To end us off on a happier note, I'd just like to remind you all of the three big YA novel releases this week (yesterday, in fact) that I'm super excited for! First of all, the final book of the Shatter Me trilogy, of which I'm a big proponent, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi! I'm hoping for a smashing ending with a continuation of Mafi's beautiful prose.
Then we've got the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cress by Marissa Meyer. This looks to be pulling the other characters (from Cinder and Scarlet) together in a sci-fi retelling of Rapunzel.
Finally, there's a new book beginning a new series, Alienated by Melissa Landers. This book has already gotten some fantastic critical reviews and is highly popular on Goodreads. I'm eager to check it out!
That covers the news of the week! Thanks for reading, guys, and come back next time to fill out a reader survey, in order to help me make this blog even better and more interesting for you. Thank you!
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