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J.K. Rowling and the Plot Twist of the Century


Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) & Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)

Holy hippogriff, Batman! What is this news I wake up to today? Hermione and Ron having marital issues?? I don’t know if I can handle this. I don’t know if the Harry Potter fandom can handle this. Thanks to Britain’s Sunday Times, we now have excerpts from an exclusive interview with Rowling hosted by none other than the original Hermione Granger herself, Emma Watson. Of course, I saw the article written by Andrew Simms on via Facebook and then did a bit of research for myself to find this piece on CNN’s Entertainment webpage.

Comments are raging on the CNN article, swinging both ways. Some even suggest the possibility of a new storyline, featuring Ron turning to the Dark Arts. Is it wise for Rowling to attempt such a task? Could this be the end for the Golden Trio? Why didn’t Rowling just put Harry and Hermione together from the get-go?

As many of us know, a few years back Rowling admitted debating whether to kill Ron halfway through the series (via Deathly Hallows DVD extra). Fortunately, however, the fandom was blessed with his presence throughout the rest of Harry’s journey as a teenager and into his mid-30s, to the last of our knowledge. What would we have done without Ron’s comic relief? What if he’d never saved Harry in Deathly Hallows? So many “what-ifs,” we could go on forever, speculating what could have happened.

As a writer, it’s difficult at times to decide what should become of your characters. I love that Rowling is able to share with us now what could have been, how she might have created a different ending. That’s the beauty of being given the power to work with words. Your creativity provides you with multiple opportunities for your characters, and it is your responsibility to choose what happens next, what’s for the best for your characters. Rowling possesses a talent many people dream of having, and hearing her thoughts is a blessing.

And look out, world of Harry Potter fanfic! It’s gonna blow up with all sorts of “I told you so’s.” That world is gonna be totally upside-down.

The full interview is set for publication in Wonderland, a magazine distributed across the UK, this coming Friday, February 7.


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Long Time Gone

Wow, it’s been quite a while. Hello, virtual world. How have you been? Life has been a crazy roller coaster, but that’s how it’s supposed to be, right? Anyway, it’s time for a makeover. This site needs to be updated and kept up with regularly, and I’m gonna do my best to make that happen this year.

New year, new look, new priorities.

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First Book of the Year

I finished reading the novel Creation in Death on January 26, 2012. It is the first book I’ve read from start to finish this year. It is also the first novel I’ve read that was written by Nora Roberts under the pen name J.D. Robb. I believe the books written under J.D. Robb are all mystery novels, and to my knowledge, all the titles end in in Death.

I’ve been a fan of Roberts’s writing since I picked up her short story compilation A Little Magic halfway through high school. I found a few J.D. Robb novels at Border’s while browsing through their scant selection of merchandise just before the store went out of business in the Lancaster area, and I snatched them up before anyone else was able to find them. Although I haven’t read more than half the books I own, I can’t stop myself from taking advantage of amazing sales (especially when Nora Roberts is involved). It is a dangerous addiction.

As for Creation in Death, I highly recommend it to anyone who is intrigued by detective tales with romance splashed throughout. In this particular book, a mystery that occurred nine years ago in New York comes back to life and it is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s responsibility to uncover the mastermind behind the disappearances of young women in their late twenties to early thirties, all with specific characteristics and employment histories. No later than a week after each is reported missing, they begin to turn up–dead, clothed in nothing but a white sheet and wearing a silver band on their left ring finger. Dallas won’t rest until the killer is apprehended, but will he get to her first?

Creation in Death will have you turning pages quicker than you can say, “suspicion.” It’s a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole ride.

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Christmas Eve: Santa Comes Tonight

A long, long time ago, before she hit The Real World as many people call it, Rose Boettinger was a senior in high school (2005-2006). During that time, when winter rolled around, she put together a portfolio for her honors English class filled with all sorts of writings. She has recently run across this portfolio and has decided, it being close to Christmas and all, to share one piece in particular. It takes the form of a diary entry written by a young girl with a strong belief in Santa Claus and who thinks boys have cooties.


Santa Comes Tonight

December 24, 1998

Dear Diary,

Hey, it’s Jenny again. Santa comes tonight. I think I’m going to stay up to see him, just incase he forgot what I asked for. Ever since I saw that commercial for the baby Cabbage Patch Kids, I’ve been bugging Mommy and Daddy for one. They seem to get the point, but I don’t know if Santa does. Maybe he wants to meet me too, just so he can see how good I’ve been.

Something tells me that Mommy won’t let me stay up, though. Oh no, that would be a disaster! Well, I’ll just have to sneak downstairs tonight when they finally go to sleep. It takes them forever, you know. I can’t wait until I’m allowed to stay up as late as they do. 8:00 isn’t exactly the best time to fall asleep. That’s when all the good stuff happens. It’s okay though, because I have my teddy bear to keep me company. I got him last year for Christmas. His name is Happy because that’s what I was when I got him–happy.

I wonder what Santa really looks like. Everybody says his cheeks are red. What if they’re pink? Does he always smile, or is it just sometimes? Bobby says that he’s not real, but Bobby’s just stupid. He is so annoying. He always pulls my hair in class. He makes me so mad, but Mommy said that’s because he likes me. I hope Santa gives him coal for Christmas this year. Last year he got a red fire engine. He didn’t deserve it. Maybe I should talk to Santa about that, too. I’ve never really heard Santa’s laugh, either, except for in the movies. I think it’s because he doesn’t want to wake me up because he believes Mommy and Daddy when they tell me that I’ll be mean the next morning if I don’t get enough sleep.

How come I never heard the reindeer on the roof before? I asked Daddy and he said it’s because Santa gives them a special food that makes them lighter than a feather. That’s why they can fly. I should ask Santa for some of that stuff. Then I could fly. That would be so cool!

Well, Mommy says dinner’s ready. I have to go now. I’m not really hungry because all those peanut butter cookies filled me up. My mommy makes the best peanut butter cookies in the whole wide world! Okay, she’s yelling. I should probably go. Bye!

Love Always,
Jenny Jones

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Life on the Refrigerator Door: A Cool and Intriguing Read

Instant Attraction

I came across this book during my search for anything by Nora Roberts at my library’s book sale about a year ago. What first intrigued me was the title. How would author Alice Kuipers share with her readers the lives of a family through whatever would be on a refrigerator door? As Kuipers’s first novel, what is to be expected?
As I pulled the book from between its neighbors on the collapsible table, I noted the details of the cover. The title, Life on the Refrigerator Door, is not capitalized. A picture of a brief note rests in the bottom right corner, allowing the reader to assume the front cover the door of a refrigerator. Flipping through the pages, I saw no paragraphs, no complete sentences. The entirety of the story is composed of brief notes, such as the picture on the cover.

Holding up the Story

The notes that comprise the story are written by a mother and her daughter. They are how the two communicate mostly, as their schedules prevent them from spending much time together. The notes range from the mother’s grocery lists to her daughter’s updates on her dating life. Many of the notes written by Claire, the daughter, are brief explanations of why she is not home in the evenings. An event occurs in the mother’s life that will change the both of them forever, which is evident by the change of tone in the notes Claire’s mother leaves on the refrigerator throughout the story.

Content Detail

I have always preferred strong descriptions of characters, events, places in the novels I read. Life on the Refrigerator Door is an exception I have made that has allowed me to open my eyes to what the lack of detail can do for the reader. Kuipers proves that a story is capable of enticing readers even without plenty of description to carry the reader along. A few simple words, sometimes not even complete sentences, on each page lead the reader through a world that may be unfamiliar or quite familiar. The reader learns of a mother’s struggle to connect with her teenage daughter in a time of need. The lack of detail in this story makes the plot-line even stronger, leaving room for the reader’s imagination to fill in the gaps. This allows for a stronger connection between the reader and the characters Kuipers has created. The reader is able to mold the characters into the shapes of people in the reader’s life.
Kuipers presents a story that touches the lives of many readers by keeping the content of this piece brief and, in turn, particularly powerful. This quick read will not disappoint its reader. Read Life on the Refrigerator Door to watch the relationship grow between a mother and daughter during the most difficult struggle many people ever face. From grocery lists to meeting times, the unique style Kuipers uses in her story intrigues a number of readers. Will her very first novel magnetize you, as well?

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