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J.G. Keely’s review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
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Dec 22, 2011 06:43PM
I'd be very interested to know what tipped you off! I've never been a very alert reader and these things always take me by surprise. I tend to just sit back and go along for whatever ride the author takes me.
Dec 23, 2011 09:30AM
Well, it was two things, really.
[The first was that we seemed to be wrapping up Dumbledore's personal arc. What I mean by this is that, earlier, he and Harry are often at odds. Harry respects him and looks up to him, he wants guidance from Dumbledore because he is a mentor figure. But he also mistrusts Dumbledore and worries he isn't being told everything. Finally, in this book, Harry and he finally start sitting down and hashing things out, expressing some of their feelings and such.
Whenever a mentor figure starts saying how proud they are of the hero, that's usually a sign that the author is wrapping up that relationship in preparation for the death of the mentor, which is something all heroes have to go through so they can learn how to stand on their own.
The second part was how Rowling was portraying Snape as a villain. While she takes Voldemort's villainy for granted, she kept trying to make Snape's conspicuous. She kept having characters tell us that he was bad, which felt fishy to me. It's like when you walk into a room and someone spins around and says "What? I wasn't doing anything!" when you didn't even ask. It's suspicious when someone starts volunteering too much information.
So, when it became obvious that she was trying very hard to
that Snape was bad, it seemed clear that he couldn't actually be that bad, otherwise she would just let him be bad, like Voldemort, instead of constantly telling us that he was.
So, she needed a strong way to convince us he was bad, and Dumbledore was soon going to die, so I put two and two together and wondered if she wouldn't have Snape kill Dumbledore and take care of both at once. And then, later, we would discover that things weren't all as they seemed, and Snape wasn't really a bad guy, after all. Like Mr. Darcy from
Pride and Prejudice
, we find out he had good reasons for his actions.
So that was basically my thought process as I was reading, and in this case, the hunch turned out to be right.
Apr 11, 2012 01:20AM
Did you read this book right after its publication? Because otherwise, the fact that Dumbledore dies become very common knowledge, unless the HP mania was not strong enough in your area to reach you.
I read all the books in one go a while before the publication of Deathly Hallows, and by then, I already knew a lot of the major plot points (unfortunately).
Apr 11, 2012 04:22AM
Yeah, my girlfriend at the time got it at one of the bookstore chains the night it came out. She read it that day and I read it the next day.
Aug 01, 2013 09:38PM
Yeah, things are really starting to get bloated. Perhaps it's related to all the popular TV miniseries like LOST or Battlestar Galactica, where you are telling these extremely long stories that take days and weeks to watch.
There's also the fact that the series you mention are based on books, and when an author starts to get famous, editing usually goes out the window, and every book is twice the size of the last one, meaning that you can't even fit the final volume into one movie.
Aug 02, 2013 04:02AM
But could the bloating come from people wanting to go back to the concept of having long stories, like the old serials of the bygone years, or even Doctor Who of the 60s-80s? I find that it gives the story more room to grow, if it doesn't run away like "Wheel of Time" (though I will also admit that it is hard to not run away when storytelling, especially with not having that experience in our generation).
Aug 02, 2013 11:13PM
Yeah, it isn't that a serial can't be good, of course--it's just that length for it's own sake isn't a great thing. When a story runs on because of a wealth of richness, it's great. When it runs on because of a lack of editing, that's something else.
Aug 12, 2013 05:39PM
I have to say quite like your review. I'm almost done with this book. I already knew the twist because of all the talk and I saw parts of the movie. Anyway, your review seemed to me (having just finished a course on English composition) like a college paper, but not in a bad way. I find on here that when writing reviews, people either get too personal Example... the relationship between so and so reminded me of my relationship with my boyfriend. Who cares? This is a book review, not a blog post. OR people act super professional like they think they're writing a review that's actually to be printed on the book. Example... Simply astonishing; (authors name) does it again with their blah blah blah writing sense. I actually laugh at those. Or lastly they just say stuff like this book sucked without really writing in a calm manner why they think so. So this was a breath if fresh air. So now that I've written a novel... Bye!
Aug 12, 2013 05:42PM
Oh and I forgot. People also will basically tell the plot, like you sometimes see on books as well. It's like I don't want to know what the book is about, I can read that on the back of the book, what did you actually think of it?!
Aug 12, 2013 07:23PM
Yeah, I also find it frustrating how most reviews are just people giving plot summaries, then saying "I liked it" or "I didn't like it'--or they try to sound like a book reviewer from a magazine and pull out
all the bad cliches
without actually saying anything about the book. I try hard not to do that, myself. Thanks for the comment.
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