Today, I thought I'd step in with thoughts on some recent news in the writing world.
RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman
As you've probably heard, actor Phillip Hoffman was found dead Sunday morning of an apparent drug overdose. I don't know much of his work, but from what I've heard, he was a very gifted actor. In the Hunger Games movie series, he has been playing Plutarch, who is a pretty important and complex character.
All the work acting-wise on Mockingjay: Part 1 is done, and the movie is post-production, so he will be in that movie. 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 to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. You will be missed.
J.K. Rowling's Interview: Ron + Hermione = No?
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 Romione shipper, I'm going to 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 couple's 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:
I also agree with our famous buddy John Green that Rowling's statement doesn't change anything. A 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. Plus, once the canon is in place, it is what it is, you know? I don't think Romione is all about Rowling's own wish fulfillment or that Rowling pulled an Inception and got in the way of her own story.
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 may very well have too much distance now to remember where she was coming from. I mean, six years ago, only two of my current WIPs had been written, #IceEnchantressStory and #ApocalypseStory, 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 yesterday that I'm super excited for! First is 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. It pulls the other characters from Cinder and Scarlet together in a sci-fi retelling of Rapunzel.
Finally, there's a new series starter, 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!
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